See the need is a concept I first heard from my daughter who was grateful that her mother-in-law had said this to her son over the years. From the moment I heard it I loved it and have strived to make it a part of my everyday thinking. I enjoy looking for people who follow this principle and always try to practice it myself.  

See the need means looking for every opportunity to help or serve others without being asked.

It can be as simple as holding the door open for the young mother struggling with the baby carrier and diaper bag. It reminds me of a fantastic server refilling your drink quietly without asking “would you like more water?” Or the person on the plane that assists you when you struggle to get your luggage out of the overhead compartment.

Over the years, I have witnessed my son-in-law see the need with me and others. Many times we have pulled into the driveway with a car full of items to be unloaded. As soon as he sees us he would already be walking over to help. Oftentimes at the dinner table, he will eagerly grab an empty glass or refill a bread basket.

Today, I want to challenge you to adopt this principle and see the need. Where can you jump in and help without being asked at work, in your home, or community?