from The Benefit of the Doubt
Sometimes we doubt whether or not the things we do or say to help others are really worthwhile. It’s too easy to get sucked into the trap of feeling like nobody notices the things you do. This whole blogging experience has changed that perspective for me substantially.
Babies can’t go into the ICU as visitors. When a crisis happens and a mom with a baby needs to go in and visit her family, somebody has to take care of that baby. Fortunately for everyone here (especially one friend who gets uncomfortable holding or taking care of babies), I rather enjoy looking after children; it was no big deal to hold the little one and try to get her to sleep. I was also fortunate that I was too distracted taking care of her to have any time or energy left that could be directed toward doubting that what I was doing was worth anyone’s while.
I hadn’t thought about how what I did affected others until that mom was heading out for the night. She gave me a big hug, and I could just tell that it meant a lot to her.
The benefit of the doubt is that we get to choose how much weight that doubt has. If we want to let it weigh enough that we’ll never be able to move it, that’s really our choice. However, should we decide that the doubt we feel has little weight, it can easily be displaced by love, hope, faith, and any of the positive feelings that fight to push doubts aside.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22,25)