I think this list will help you. Or help people you want to support.

Remember when I talked about being fearlessly helpful a couple weeks ago?

I’m thinking about that a lot.

I was thinking about it when I started working on a message for next Sunday. One of the texts includes Micah 6:8.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

It contrasts that with what else the Lord might require, like sacrificing thousands of sheep or rivers of olive oil.

Sometimes we want big dramatic sacrifices. God request simple daily acts of justice and mercy and walking with God. Not necessarily easy, but simple.

And helpful.


What might it look like?

I created a resource over the weekend called Thirty-one things to say and do to help someone when their loved one has died (other than sending flowers. It’s a PDF you can download. It’s helpful because it comes from people who said, “Here’s what would have helped me after my loved on died.”

I wasn’t sure whether to share it here. But you may need this today. And I know that it will be helpful.


And I put together a newsletter of some reading and writing about finding words in hard times. It’s separate from this 300words mailing list. But I think that it may be helpful to you, too. So I’m sharing it here.

Eulogies for the living, upstream thinking, and other conversations I’m having.


Knowing what counts. That’s seems such a hard question. What counts as helpful. What counts as following God. What counts as being spiritual enough or praying enough or loving enough.

But the word enough doesn’t show up in Micah.

Act justly (not justly enough). Love mercy (not love enough). Walk humbly (not humbly enough).

Maybe it starts with doing. Not measuring.

Just fearlessly.