Care Capsule
Capsules of Motivation to Dispense Care and Kindness

Volume 1 - Issue 1
January 1999



In This Issue

90% of Helping Is
Just Showing Up

Standing On The Promises

2nd Annual International Conference on Christian Care

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The Most Caring Child

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90% of Helping Is Just Showing Up

Dr. James R. Kok

“Thank you so much for the message you left on my answering machine,” she gushed. “It really carried me through a difficult weekend,” she added.

It wasn’t the first time I heard that kind of appreciation. Always I am mildly stunned. Such a small contribution. Such a big reaction.

People are thankful for acts of kindness, no matter how little. Mostly they remember the one who showed up. Often there is minimal recall of the substance of the contact. The woman who so much appreciated my recorded

greeting may not forget I called but what I said, no doubt, will slip quickly away.

It is easy to call a hurting person. But the average man or woman neglects the kind act. As greatly as such calls are appreciated, as elementary as the procedure of doing it is, the calls are done rarely. Too rarely.

When we reach out to a struggling friend or relative, or even a neighbor or stranger, with a word, touch, card or call we literally give them a shot in the arm. It works like a dose of good medicine. It is good medicine.


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