How far would you go for a Biscuit? - A Dose of Encouragement

How far would you go for a Biscuit?

Would you go to the kitchen cupboard?

   Would you go to the corner shop?

      Would you go to the supermarket at the other side of your town?

                                            Probably yes!

On Saturday we went 45 mins by car to the other side of Belfast just to get a certain type of biscuit.  We went to Ikea for their Pepparkaka Ginger Thins.

(I'm just wondering if they would be willing to pay me for this great advertisement for their biscuits hmmm?)

Saturday was Fred's birthday and our son and daughter-in-law had invited us to come for a birthday meal and Suzie had promised Fred cake.

So by Friday I was wondering what else we were going to do before going to see them in Belfast.

I decided that this was a good opportunity to go to Ikea and stock up on their biscuits.

The first reason being that I can have 3 of these biscuits with a cup of coffee in the afternoon and not use up too many calories as opposed to the chocolate biscuits that Fred likes.  The second reason is that I love to dunk these biscuits in my coffee and the third reason was that we had run out of them at home a few months ago.

So really we were not driving all that distance just for the biscuits but using the opportunity to go a little bit out of our way when we were already going to Belfast.

This got me thinking!

We went out of our way for something I wanted, but how much do we actually go out of our way to do something for others?

We did something for someone just the previous week which took a couple of hours of our Saturday because we had to drive a distance again and we were happy that what we did had helped to make this other person happy.  But many times we can look on making an effort for others as taking up our time and energy when we should be thinking of things that others need help with or that would add a little joy to their lives.

It is so easy to go on each day with our lives and have them centre around us and God but not around others.  Yet Jesus set us a clear example of  how his days on earth were centred around God and others before himself.  Look at how tired Jesus was at various times.

I often think of the example King David showed of kindness

2 Samuel 9:1
Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

David went on to find Mephibosheth and when he was brought to David at the palace he was afraid not expecting David to show him kindness


2 Samuel 9:7 
So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”

Was David just returning kindness because Jonathan had been kind to him?
David and Jonathan had been good friends and Jonathan had been an honest, supportive friend who showed great loyalty to David and also respect to his father King Saul just as David had.

Whether it was only because of his friendship with Jonathan or because of his personal relationship with God we know he followed through on this statement of kindness.

What is the difference for us?

Well we have the instruction from Jesus himself when He was asked about the greatest commandment

Matthew 22:34-40
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

What better reason to show love to someone than because it is what God wants of us.

What better way to show love to someone than to show kindness.

What better way to be able to share the love of Jesus and the message of salvation with others than to show kindness and be a friend who is proven to be trustworthy and dependable by their words and actions.

We drove home on Saturday night smiling and feeling very happy because we had spent a lovely evening with Daniel and Suzie,  but we also went home the previous week happy because we had put a smile on someone else's face and made her happy.

There should definitely be room in our lives for both of these types of days and for a lot more of them than there has been recently.

I am thankful that God wants us to help others.

Have you also noticed that in the helping of others our lives are enriched as well as theirs?


  1. It is amazing that we'll go out of our way for something we really want. I guess that's the key - "really want". I'll think more about that today to see what I'm really chasing based on what my actions show. Thanks for this, Sandra.

    1. Hi again Lisa, yes I was just thinking about looking day by day at what we do and what we use to see what is important to us and adjust my lifestyle perhaps by what I notice - or as you say "really want. I see an idea here for a blog post in the future thanks.

  2. It is amazing how small acts can make a big difference. (Seen on Thank Goodness It's Thursday Blog Hop.)

  3. Welcome Katie, thanks for dropping in and "small acts - big difference" so right

  4. I think there are a couple of ideas there for my "year of firsts". I plan on taking an IKEA trip soon. I haven't tried the biscuits. I could try those. I also need to make a day of going out of my way to do something for someone else. I try to do that but I want to make a day that is devoted to doing things for others.

  5. Your words drew me it. I thank you for bringing me into your world.

  6. I love your illustration of going out of our way to help others. Glad you got your biscuits thought.

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  7. I really like the parallel here. If we really loved our neighbor as ourselves, it wouldn't be hard to imagine going out of our way to help others!

  8. I love the gut I go out of my way for others as much as I do for myself?

  9. Wonderful encouragement, Sandra. You have me wondering if the Ikea here in Chicago also has those biscuits. :) Thank you for the reminder that we need to also go out of our way to encouraged others. I think I've been living in a little bubble recently and know doing things to encourage others almost always encourages us too. Blessings to you. Thank you so much for faithfully sharing with TWW.

  10. I fall short of making time for others far more than I should. I agree that this is something we should do more of.

  11. Wonderful thoughts and love the analogy here, Sandra! (Also, I totally dig the blog makeover. Great work :-)

    Thanks for linking up with #EverydayJesus (and sorry it wasn't posted at normal "early" time. Wordpress sometimes "misses" the scheduled blog posts times.) Blessings to you!

  12. Thanks for the reminder that going our of my way to help someone else will make me happier than going out of my way for myself. The former makes me happy, the latter leaves me satisfied. I'd rather be happy :).

  13. Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. We hope to see you again this week!

  14. I would go to the store! Thanks for sharing on Whatever Wednesday!

  15. Ginger thins are the best! How far would I go? Depends on the day of the month. ;)

  16. You made me smile about the IKEA cookies. :)

    As for helping others, isn't it the way everyone has been brought up? I know I was. :)

  17. This really made me think.

    I would go an incredible distance for something or someone I love!

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful little story.


  18. Your "biscuits" look delicious, maybe something like shortbread cookies? And yes, there are places to go where distance is not the important consideration!

  19. This was a great reminder for me today: "It is so easy to go on each day with our lives and have them centre around us and God but not around others. Yet Jesus set us a clear example of how his days on earth were centred around God and others before himself." Thank you so much for sharing. It's so easy to get caught up in our own stuff that we never look up to see the faces of others.

  20. This definitely makes me think. How much of what I do is centered around myself? How much is self-serving? Even in my walk with Christ, I am excited because He uses ME even when I am broken. It comes back to me so much. Thank you for these thoughts.