It’s Your Turn

Do a good turn daily.

The slogan of all scouts, both girl and boy, is the same—”do a good turn daily.” It’s a good slogan to live by.

How often do any of us follow that advice? When we have an opportunity to “do a good turn” do we take it? Do we even notice. or are we too caught up in our own problems to see anyone else’s?

And it’s so simple. It’s something each of us can do in a moment and it might just make a difference.

See a piece of trash left on the ground? Pick it up.

See a shopping cart in the parking lot? Take it back into the store.

See someone struggling with grocery bags and a door? Hold the door open.

These are the kind of things I try to notice every day when I’m out and I try to remember to do them. Just three examples, but there are many more. And I’m not going to say that by doing these things we’ll solve all the world’s problems. But we might make someone else’s day a bit better. And they might do the same for someone else.

Call it a random act of kindness, or loving your neighbor as yourself.

But either way, it’s your turn to do a good turn today.

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Filled to Overflowing

Salt Creek Falls

Salt Creek Falls (Photo: Julia Ozab)

“How full is your bucket?” This is the question asked by a best-selling book of the same name. It uses a metaphor of a bucket and a ladle to describe how selfish acts diminish the positive outlook of other people (symbolized by water in a bucket), and how self-giving acts replenish not just other people’s buckets, but our own as well.

It’s really a meditation on the infinite abundance of love.

We read the kids’ version of this story to Anna. She picked up on the metaphor right away, and I picked up on a couple of other points that the authors might have missed.

First, that depression is like a hole in your bucket. I know that when I got depressed none of the people or things that normally brought me joy could lift me out of the darkness. There’s a hole in the bucket, and—just like the song—any attempt on my part to patch that hole is futile. That’s why people who suffer from depression need to get help. You can’t will yourself to get better anymore than you can will away an infection or a major injury. Depression is not a lack of faith, in either God or in oneself, it’s a disease.

Second, that God has an infinite bucket filled with infinite water that never runs out. This is what Jesus told the woman at the well—”whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

God is love; a spring of living water that never runs out. And he fills us to overflowing.

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When I wrote this post last Friday, I had no idea how tragically relevant it would become. If you’re struggling with depression and especially if you’ve thought of hurting yourself in any way, please seek help. 1-800-273-TALK.