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Responding to the Call

Upland, CA — There are universal realities regardless of our station in life, here are a few; nobody gets out alive, you reap what you sow, what goes up must come down, and sooner or later you will need some help in life. It has not always been easy for me to ask for help, I am not sure if it is because of my pride or not wanting to see others go out of their way for me. Fortunately, I got over that and realized that asking for help was not a sign of weakness. Early in life, I was taught it was better to give than to receive, this philosophy has stayed with me my entire life. The people I looked up to and admired mentally and spiritually conditioned me to understand the importance of responding to the call. This meant to be willing to respond to others asking, wanting, or needing help even when it is not convenient or easy. Responding to calls means taking action.  We should understand that we should not stand on the sidelines when we have the opportunity to get into the game and make a difference in someone’s life.

Recently, while doing my morning devotion I received a telephone call from a number that I did not recognize.  I normally do not answer calls that I am not familiar with, but something told me to pause and respond to the call. As I answered the call, I was not sure who it was, but as she continued to speak, I identified who it was.  It was someone who I had not spoken to in years, and she was reaching out because she desperately wanted to do something special for someone in her life and was not sure how or where to begin. She then politely asked, Wendy can you please help me? I have always believed that part of my calling in life is to be of service to others. I know helping others has made me emotionally happier, physically healthier, and spiritually wealthier. My grandmother taught me and showed me that life is more productive and fulfilling when we selflessly give of our time and talents to helping others. I believe that God gets his work done through his people and I am one of his people. I have found that doing something good for others brings a certain level of peace and satisfaction.

There are many professions that have a duty to respond to calls on a regular basis.  Some of these occupations are doctors, fire fighters, EMT professionals, coaches, and ministers to name just a few.  We respect and need these individuals as well as those professions, but the truth is we all might be called on to be a first responder. We may be called on first to help a friend in trouble or a family member in need. Responding to the call takes a certain level of responsibility and accountability. The movie New Jack City had a group called Cash Money Brothers (CMB) and they would ask the question, “Am I my brothers’ keeper?” I believe we are our brother/sister’s keeper. We never stand as tall as when we reach down to help someone else. I challenge and encourage you to “respond to the call” when a friend, family member or stranger reaches out for assistance, help or support. Respond to the call when it comes and trust me it will come.

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Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org to learn more. Wendy is a life strategist, coach, consultant, author, and speaker.

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