When Wayne Hayer couldn’t find a babysitter for his 5-month old daughter Assata, he remembered a promise his Morehouse college professor had made him. Mathematics professor Nathan Alexander, at the Atlanta-based historically black college, had told the college senior he could take his daughter to class if he needed, but Hayer hadn’t intended to take him up on it. With no other choice, Hayer walked into class with his daughter strapped to his chest. Without bating an eye, Hayer’s professor looked up and said, “No problem, in fact I will even hold her so you can take better notes in class.” And he did! In fact, Alexander held Assata for the whole lecture and even stayed after class to answer students’ questions with the 5-month-old still strapped to his chest. (Read the Full Story Here)
What an amazing story! Bravo to Mr. Alexander for his willingness to help a student during a difficult time. It seems anymore that fewer and fewer people are willing to show such empathy and more than that, have a willingness to do something to help.
As Christians, we have been called upon to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). And we can do that in so many ways. It may be helping that struggling mom with the kids so that she too can hear the sermon. It may be offering to sit with a shut-in so that a caretaker can go to Bible Class or to worship. The point is are we looking for ways we can help others so that their burdens don’t hinder their spiritual growth? Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and ask yourself, what would I want someone to do for me (Cf. Matthew 7:12)?
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ…So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:2, 10)