Tori and I are MAJOR TV show people. When I say major TV show people… I mean we invest far too much emotion into these various fictional stories. I have watched numerous shows and invested a plethora of time and emotion into these stories and the characters that make them up. In my opinion, there are few shows or characters that are better than 24 and Jack Bauer, but I digress. We simply love to invest in a story that catches our attention.
CURRENTLY, one of our new favorite TV shows is called New Amsterdam. The story of the show is pretty simple; there’s a Doctor who decides he can change the system by being different and caring most about helping their patients. This one Doctor is doing whatever he can to radically change the lives of those around him and make a difference by simply being different. He seeks to do this by putting everyone before himself and lead by serving. His tagline is a simple question, “how can I help?”
The first time I heard this question, I felt the radical shift this phrase can have in our every day lives; not just in a TV show. I never have the goal or desire to be the type of person who constantly criticizes our culture or our world. I don’t think it’s helpful at all. However, I do believe we can be honest without being critical. The reality is that the type of selflessness that this question, “how can I help?” shows it is not a common trait today. If I am being honest, it’s not a trait that I consistently show well.
I think what Paul shares in Philippians 2:3-4 communicates the heart behind this message in such a real way.
‘Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.’
What if this were the stance I took on a daily basis? Being willing to place others’ interests above ours and think more about the needs of others than our own. This is the type of heart and mentality that is carried by one who asks others, “how can I help?” God has placed each of us strategically where we are in our lives to make a difference and impact the lives of those around us. I believe asking others around you, “how can I help?” will change your heart, mind, life, and your immediate world around you. It will make you slow down, take time, and really look at others. What might happen if we started asking one person a week, how can I help?