When I see the pain in the world and the choices people make heading in the wrong direction it’s just too much for my human heart to handle. I’m so glad I don’t have God’s job because there’s no way I could do it.
I remember a sweet friend, years after we’d met, describing to me the way she used to see my life back then. She exhaled, “It was like watching a train wreck.”
She just lived life with me and she didn’t hate me. She loved me and was my friend when I needed her most.
I had no idea she saw my life and the things I was doing as a train wreck. I just knew she called me her friend.
People are hurting. Everywhere. Every day. People are hurting at work, school, maybe in your own home, in your neighborhood, church, and think about all the people we sometimes overlook like when you’re just out running errands; at the bank, checking out at the grocery store, getting coffee or lunch, or maybe in the car beside you at the stop sign.
What if you prayed over each person connected to your life every day?
What if you did?
In the morning say a prayer over your day asking God to touch and bless the lives of all the people you see, talk to on the phone, and even your online acquaintances, and don’t forget your enemies.
People just need you to be kind and pray and ask God to lead the way out of the dark tunnel (and everyone has dark tunnel times.) They don’t need you to hit them over the head with a Bible. People need to know what love looks like in every day life.
Just call or text. Send an email when someone comes to your mind. Just say you were thinking of them. Take coffee or chocolate. Just say, “I love you; but not in a creepy way. I love you with a Jesus kind of love.” Or you could say, “I love you more than cheese.” (Because that’s A LOT!)
It’s not like people go around with a sign saying, “Hey, I’m missing something and you know what that is. I need Jesus but I don’t really know Him and because of whatever reasons you aren’t sharing Him with me so I’m still stumbling all over myself and crashing into everything. Please stop staring at me and talking about me and start lifting me up when you pray. I need help.”
Or maybe they do have signs. And maybe they are screaming for help. Lord, PLEASE help us listen better.
It’s okay to need help.
Jesus never, EVER said to live this life on your own. He says to lean on Him, follow Him, speak His name and He will be near you, fix your eyes on Him, and that He loves you no matter what.
Praise God He’s bigger than problems, broken relationships, the world, and life, itself.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.