Is there a season any more “Get Me Outta Here” in NW OH than right now? We need sunshine, ASAP!
There are times in our lives that give us those “get me outta here” feelings too, and it’s not about the weather. We’re stuck in an awkward conversation, a moment we just wish would end, or what seems like an impossible situation. That’s when we find ourselves hoping for any way out — even hope that there is a way out, and it can’t come fast enough.
As a church, we want to be intentional about offering hope, encouragement, and help in this season to those who are having a “get me outta here” moment so they know they matter to God! How can you offer hope?
Ask God who you can specifically offer hope, encouragement, or help to this week.
Notice the Moment
Be intentional about noticing if a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor or someone you know finds themselves somewhere they don’t want to be, or is experiencing a “get me outta here” moment.
Step in and offer hope, encouragement, and help for the moment. Use the card we gave out this weekend or print this out to give along with it.
(This doesn’t have to be big! See the examples below.)
Do this each week, for 4 weeks, to offer hope and help for those “Get Me Outta Here” moments! Imagine the impact!
What does a “Hope It Helps” moment look like?
- A co-worker spills their morning coffee in their car… >> You run and grab a new coffee for them (or a bag of coffee).
- You know a friend is facing a difficult meeting… >> Text them ahead of time with a prayer of encouragement and hope.
- A friend had a crummy shift… >> You pick up flowers and deliver them with a kind note.
- A family member struggled through a challenge at school or work… >> You pick up their favorite salty snack and drop it off with encouraging words.
More Ideas to Offer Hope
Text HOPE to 419-419-0707 to join the “Hope It Helps” Text Campaign for some fun and encouraging reminders!
A parent of one of the kids on the team couldn’t be there, so you text them a re-cap of the game and share what their son/daughter did well.
A new staff member is overwhelmed during a meeting, so you offer to sit down for 15 minutes and process the meeting.
Pick up a silly dollar store item and call it the “You Got Through It” award. Hand it to your neighbor who made it through a change at work.
Write a handwritten note that speaks right to the moment they are in – encourage them with Scripture or a prayer written on the “Hope it Helps!” card provided.
Grab your shovel and tackle your neighbor’s driveway before they have a chance to deal with the snow.
A neighbor posted that dinner was ruined for the night so you have dinner delivered or provide a gift card for next time.
You know a friend or family member is facing a busier week than normal. Offer to lighten their load by providing taxi service for the kids and/or watching the kids while they tackle one of their own to-do items.
Your friend is sick at home. Pack up a few puzzles and games, along with your favorite “fun read” to add something fresh to their long days, and leave them on their doorstep.
Rally your family and have them write a note of appreciation for someone who serves your family (a teacher, mail carrier, doctor, grocery store employee). You know they could use some encouragement!