When our friends Curt and Erin offered to help, we told them “no.” After all, while we hope that this house makes an incredible new home for a family, the bottom line is we hope to make some money on it. We couldn’t dare take help from friends when we’re in it for the profit. We wouldn’t want to jeopardize that relationship.
“I’m confused,” she said. “We could spend an enjoyable evening or afternoon visiting with you while we work on the house.”
They showed up with pizza and gloves and set to work.
And it clicked. It wasn’t necessarily about the task at hand. It was all about relationship.
Relationship is why our friends Matt and Deb helped us install the floor in the home we live in. And it’s why we helped them with the floor in their old home. It’s why we made umpteen trips to Goodwill when they downsized and handed them the keys to our truck.
Relationship is why Curt tore out the tile in the bathroom for us. It’s why Todd and Matt painted all of those edges. They know I don’t do edges!
Relationship is why Lori picked up the wallpaper steamer and helped peel some for a little while. And it’s why we painted Lori’s bedroom three years ago.
Relationship is why Jen and Erin worked on that fireplace. And I still don’t know if I’m going to like this whitewashed looked. But, we’re only one coat in so we’ll see.
Relationship is why Crystal came out and took pictures, then asked her architect friend if we could tear out that wall.
It’s not about the money at all.
If you decide to take on a daunting task and you’re friends offer to help, say yes. You may find more blessings than elbow grease.