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May We Help?

Creating IndependenceA couple weeks ago Kathie asked if I wanted to go to an event with some people she works with. To be honest, I wasn’t really interested. But I’ve been married long enough to realize that when she asks something like that, what she’s really saying is not “do you want to go,” it’s “I want to go, do you know of any conflicts?”

I couldn’t come up with any.

My beautiful date.

I was virtually clueless about what the event was. I just knew it was at Great American Ballpark, it had something to do with an organization sponsored by her firm, and there was a free meal.

I got to visit the Reds dugout!
Our table with some of Kathie’s co-workers.

Turns out it was a lot of fun. We got to hang out on the field at GABP, sit in the Reds dugout and have dinner in the Champions Club. I even got to stand next to Thom Brennaman in the men’s room (no photos) and discuss the miserable Reds season and our hopes for 2017.

But mostly, I learned about a charitable organization called May We Help. I had never heard of them before, and I’m guessing you haven’t either. If you click on the image above it will take you to their web site for more info. Here’s a short (and moving) video about their work:

Pretty cool stuff.

This machine was developed by May We Help for the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League to help kids with special needs play baseball.
These kids were having a blast! Teddy Kremer was the honorary umpire.

I’m glad to know of this work and wanted to share, but that’s not really the point of this post.

The thing that struck me is how important it is to simply ask that question. May we help? I’m impressed with people who are able to see a niche like this where they can contribute some positive good to the human race. A niche I probably would never have considered. They saw it because they were looking. They found it because they asked the question.

What niche do you see?

Don’t be afraid to ask the question: “May I help?”

You may be able to help in ways that no one else can.


My Picks for the Weekend 10-30-2015

Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…

What do we give…and why?

Dear World: Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor -Kristen Welch
Dear World Lets Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor“Why do we give others-often those in service to the poor or the poor themselves-something we wouldn’t keep or give ourselves?”

There is a lot of wisdom in this little article…

Eight Life-Changing Things Someone Taught Me -Lore Ferguson

“There have been seven or eight lessons I have learned over the course of my life that have altered my thinking in profound ways. They have become markers of what Paul calls, “Glory to glory.” They marked a step forward, not in closer or better union with Christ, but in closer and better understanding of him. Today I thought of sharing them briefly with you…”

How we need to remember to speak to others with the recognition that each word could be the last…

Last Words -Ed Welch

“A child would not fully understand, but an adult does: with life’s uncertainty in mind, we are especially careful with our words and relationships.”

Four Things Joy Says -Michael Kelly

“… joy is one of those things we tend to confuse with something else. But if joy could talk, maybe she would clear up some of those misconceptions. So what would Joy tell us if she could? I think it would be at least four things…”

A Halloween perspective…