Empathy At Work

Kyle Davies   -  

“Let me know how I can help.”

You’ve said it. I’ve said it. We have all said it. Well-intentioned words that are desiring to show up in action.

The phrase feels good to say, but chances are the person you are offering it to won’t take you up on it.

Instead, offer something specific:

  • Can I fill up your car with gas? (for those trips to the hospital)
  • Can I send you a DoorDash gift card?
  • How about I take that deliverable off your plate on Tuesday?
  • Can I have the kids for an afternoon/evening so that you can rest?
  • What day is best for me to mow your yard?

Choose something you can offer easily/whole-heartedly, and then be specific.

In Luke 10, Jesus tells a story and he describes a good neighbor expressing what it means to Love God and Love Others.

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

The Samaritan couldn’t stay long. But, he was willing to be inconvenienced for a short time and provide specific and tangible relief.

In John 13, Jesus says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Church…we so desperately want the world to change. Change starts with us within the church specifically showing up for each other–living mercy. May we be the initiators of love well.


How do you like to offer help? Are you a communicator? A do-er? A companion? A care coordinator?

Not sure? Pastor Jon would like to meet with you. Set up a meeting here.

Have a need and are nervous about expressing it? Take a chance and allow someone to show up for you [Share A Need].