Support is a simple enough word; but, more importantly it is a powerful tool. My dictionary says this about support: To hold or bear weight, to tolerate, to give assistance, approval or aid.
Quite often we hear the word in association with divorce as in spousal or child support. This is usually in regards to finances. This too is important in life…because truthfully, needing money to survive is a basic necessity in our world. But there are many types of support that we need to survive.
We need physical support throughout life such as encouragement through hugs, pat on the back, a kiss, food, water, shelter, a high five now and again. We need emotional support that carries us through the hard times. Most often the emotional support comes in the form of a mixture of physical touch and verbal words of encouragement. When our words and our body language don’t match…people pick up on that and feel rejected. But when you combine words with positive body language…that has the power to lift people up and help them to overcome obstacles and challenges that they face.
Today, my family will be supporting three wonderful human beings that our family has been blessed to know. All three are teachers at the core of who they are…in fact, they are “professionals”…teachers also by trade.
One teacher, Mrs. K, has been battling cancer since her son was born 4 years ago. She is a young woman who has given so much to her special education students and their families. She has been making an impact on those around her by inspiring and teaching even during her illness.
Her husband and child have been a source of love and encouragement. Her former students (she has not been able to work for the last 2 years because of her treatments) have motivated her and connected with her to communicate their love and support for her. She has touched the lives of so many people that i think it surprises her how many people care about what she is going through. Today, there is a community fundraiser to help her family out financially; as she continues to fight against the cancer that has spread in her body, even though her treatments have been aggressive. This community support, i hope, goes along way to bring a surge of love and support to Mrs. K and her whole family. I pray that they are lifted up and touched by the level of love (and finances) sent their way.
Today also, we will go and support and celebrate a marital union of two other teachers who have been a big part of our family, for years. They are blending a family officially and legally. But more importantly, they are blending a family physically and emotionally. One is a special education teacher who has been bringing educational support to our community’s families who have children with challenges. We are blessed to know Mr. S. His bride, J, will soon be Mrs. S. She has waited 5 years for this day. Together they will have 5 children in their family. “J” has been teaching one of my children in a homeschool environment for the last year. She has brought much love and support to our family as well.
The thing about support is that it requires sacrifice. What you put out there into the world comes back. Support, either you’ve got what it takes…or you don’t. Who can you find to support today?