I love seeing little kids sitting on the shoulders of an adult watching a parade or just getting a better view.  The child may be wandering around below in the crowd feeling lost because they can’t see what is going on.  A sporting event is happening or Mickey Mouse is up ahead and they need to be lifted up to see.

Uncle Jim lifts Tommy up to see the football game.  Susie is raised on her dad’s shoulders to see the princess parade.  The shoulder view is much better than the 4-year-old-level view.

There are times we need to be lifted up, too.  Maybe not physically placed on top of someone’s shoulders but lifted up in spirit.

Zechariah was an old testament prophet and the Lord spoke to him in Zechariah 7:9-10 saying to “show mercy and compassion to one another.  Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor.”

Who do you know that needs to be lifted up?  Who needs mercy and compassion?

My friend, Stephanie Jones has published a new book titled The Giving Challenge – 40 Days to a More Generous Life.  It has 40 different stories of kindness that will open our eyes to those around us who need to be lifted up.  Let’s start our day looking for someone who needs a “view from the shoulders”.  I would love to hear how you lift someone up today…leave a comment below or send me an email at deannadayyoung@outlook.com.

My lift today goes to a friend who helped with Bucket Buddies in Chicago – chocolate covered strawberries from Edible Arrangements.  Yummy!