Help First

We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it…. You are helping us.
2 Corinthians 1:8, 11, NLT

Paul occasionally felt overwhelmed, yet he wrote the Corinthians to encourage them, and they helped him by their prayers. There was mutual support.

Justin Bariso wrote about a day when he was overwhelmed and at the end of his fuse. Emerging from his home office, he found his wife overwhelmed too. Their kids were all over the place, and Justin gave into frustration and started yelling. Later he reviewed his own reaction and said, “I can’t do this again.” He developed a two-word strategy: “Help first.”

A few months later, Justin and his wife again felt overwhelmed, but this time he took a deep breath, told himself to help first, and got his wife out of the room for a break. He set the kids up with something to do, gave them something to eat, cleaned up a little, and gave his wife a hug. It totally changed things.[1]

Maybe those two words are a good strategy for us all.
Help first.

By helping first, you break the cycle of misunderstanding…You feel better about yourself, and you get others to feel better about themselves. 
Justin Bariso