Your Simple Gesture…Could Save Someone‘s Life:
“Share each other’s troubles and problems (bear one another‘s burdens), and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2).
Did you ever notice how people these days aren’t as friendly as they used to be? We’re living in a world where people are alone and lonely, and isolated in their relationships from one another. These things ought not to be. God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” His ultimate design and purpose for our lives is for us to get connected with one another in real and meaningful relationships. The above Scripture tells us that we ought to share each other’s troubles and problems – to bear one another’s burdens. For some people, that’s not very comfortable. But if you’re a Christian, it’s a God-given commandment. Consider this story, and be challenged.
A SIMPLE GESTURE:
Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed that the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way, he helped to carry part of the burden. As they walked, Mark discovered the boy’s name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history, that he was having a lot of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend. Mark went home after dropping Bill at his house. They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated from junior high school. They ended up in the same high school, where they had brief contacts over the years. Finally the long-awaited senior year came. Three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk. Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. “Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?” asked Bill. “You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn’t want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother’s sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up my books that day, you did a lot more. You saved my life.” (By John W. Schlatter from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul).
A simple gesture…a kind word…a warm hello…a friendly hug. You never know what a difference these actions can make in the life of another person – your simple gesture could save their life. Don’t be content to walk through life without interacting with the people-treasures that God has surrounded you with. There are people who pass you by every day who are struggling with depression and loneliness, and God may want to use you to encourage them today.
If you feel lonely today, or you’re someone who struggles with depression, I want you to know that there is someone who cares about you today. Jesus loves you, and cares about what you’re going through. And so do I. I may not know exactly what you’re facing today, but if you’d be willing to share it with me, I’d love to pray for you, speak a kind word to you, give you a warm hello, or a friendly hug… You are not alone! Call me or e-mail me, and let’s talk.
“We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters. But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help – how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.” (1 John 3:16-18).
Pastor Chris Jordan