Helping Hands

Did you know our hands have:

29 major and minor bones (many people have a few more).
29 major joints.
At least 123 named ligaments.
34 muscles which move the fingers and thumb:
17 in the palm of the hand, and
18 in the forearm.
48 named nerves:
3 major nerves.
24 named sensory branches.
21 named muscular branches.
30 named arteries and nearly as many smaller named branches.

About a quarter of the motor cortex in the human brain (the part of the brain which controls all movement in the body) is devoted to the muscles of the hands.

Hands are a MAJOR part of who we are and how we function in more ways than we realize.
I’ve often been amazed at the many ways hands are helpful.
Washing and drying dishes, making a craft or even just picking up around the house.
Hands provide help with much more than daily tasks.
I remember reading years ago how helpful it is to touch your child with your hand when you speak to them, they will in fact hear what you say and be much more likely to remember what you said.
Whether you give a pat on the back, a thumbs up…encouragment through communication without say a word.

Hands can show others the expression of what you are feeling and what’s in your heart . Kindness, love and patience are just a few of the examples of what we can express.
Unfortunately they can also show ugliness, rudeness, impatience and cause terrible hurt.

I have recently been attempting to stress the importance of helpfulness with our boys, while also trying to put into action in my own life what I have been trying to teach.
I want them to know how to be helpful with their hands and their hearts.
To help someone who needs a hand or just a pat on the back by helping thought love and kindness.

Last night while shopping at our nearby craft store the boys and I were looking for some items to make a craft. As we approached the check out counter the clerk was on the floor picking up a very big mess of gift
cards, candy bars and candy truffles. A shelf had broken and all of it’s contents were spread across the floor.
Immediately my 7 year old said, “Hey let’s help her”!
He and my 4 year old jumped into action picking up the plunder and placed it where she told them to.

She thanked them and went on with her work checking people out in line.
I was so excited to see them spring into helpful action so quickly. It
encouraged and reminded me of how important it is to lend a helping hand even if we are in a hurry or might think we’ll look silly in the process by passers by.
Helping hands are precious to those who might need them.
We are given them as a gift to use, so let’s use them to help others more.

Luke 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

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