Show Up for Someone - February 28, 2024

After Albert Einstein’s wife died, his sister moved in to help with the household. For fourteen years she cared for him, allowing his valuable research to continue. When she suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma, Einstein spent two hours every afternoon reading aloud to her. She gave no sign of understanding, but he read anyway. If she understood anything, she understood that he believed she was worth his time. He did what love does – he showed up.

Do you believe in your kids? Then show up. At their games, their plays, their recitals. It may not be possible to make each one, but it’s sure worth the effort. Show up. Whenever I speak at an area congregation, an elder in our church shows up. He does nothing, says nothing. He just smiles when we make eye contact. It means a lot to me. You want to bring out the best in someone? Then just show up.