We should always make ourselves available towards those who are alone and
lonely and be for them the support that they need. It is important that
we lift others up in their time of need and show them that their situation
is not as bad as it seems. There is always something bright that we can
have them focus on to show them that everything will be okay. Just as we
would treasure their intervention in our time of need, we should also
extend that same goodness towards them. The Bible declares in Galatians
6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
We’re commanded to be intercessors for our fellow human beings showing them
the good that they still have to look forward to. (James 1:27) (Luke 4:18-19)
Sometimes someone simply needs to hear good news because everything
they're hearing from others and telling themselves is not so good. We
will be true evangelists because we will be spreading the good news
towards those who are downtrodden in that moment. We all have good days
and bad days and wouldn't it be wonderful if on those bad days we can do
our part and share some joy. Be encouraged to take the initiative when
you feel led. Don't hide yourself and hope someone else does it, but you
take the lead and make a difference that can never be erased. (Mark 12:30-31)
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to be one who is
willing to lift others up in their time of need. When we do, we will have
found true joy in the countenance of others as well as in ourselves.
NO ONE TO PHONE
One afternoon after the death of her grandfather, Carol lay huddled on her
bed, sobbing forlornly. Her mother sat beside her and asked, “What's the
“I miss my grandpa, and I miss talking to him about my problems,” the girl said.
“I know, dear,” sympathized her mother. “I miss him too. But can't you
talk to me?” Carol shook her head vehemently.
“Why not?” her mother persisted.
“Because you're what we talked about,” sobbed Carol.
Children may not always confide in their parents. And adults may choose
not to confide in many of their friends and family. But it is important to
have someone with whom we can be emotionally intimate.
Tragically, it has been estimated that the majority of men, and many women,
have nobody they could phone at 2:00 in the morning if their lives fall
apart. They believe there is nobody who really wants to hear from them in
a crisis. Too many of us are utterly without close and intimate friends.
The philosopher Goethe once observed, “The world is so empty if one thinks
only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there
who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in
spirit, this makes the earth an inhabited garden.”
Who can you be vulnerable with? Is the earth, for you, more like a lonely
desert or an inhabited garden? The difference may simply be in whom you
feel free to call at your most wounded moments. Do you have such a person?
And are you such a person for someone else?
As it has been said, “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart
and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” If we are
to find the kind of friend who knows the song in our hearts, we must also
BE that kind of friend. And since good friends take time to grow, today is
a good day to work on those friendships.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:19-21 “We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I
love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his
brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And
this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother
1 John 3:16-18 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But
whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in
any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also
aboundeth by Christ.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is
perfected in us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry