In life, people enter and leave our life so constantly, it’s easy to hold on tightly to a few close relationships and not extend ourselves emotionally past the normal conversations about the weather and winning football scores. It’s easy to miss out on sharing joy with others. The sadder truth is that we all too often miss the opportunity to place words of hope into the life of soul facing struggle. Life is stinking hard. We could all use a little help.
I am a pretty confident guy. I face most things with a strong face and a belief that God has equipped me for for hardships. But the fact is that we’re created for fellowship. We need it. We’re called to stir one another up to love and good works. The church body is the most obvious example of fellowship but unfortunately can be the first place where an opportunity to love is missed. It’s easy to be thinking about what you’re grabbing for lunch after church or be so wrapped up in the craziness of the day or week ahead that we don’t see someone going through something rough right next to us. And when we can miss someone that close to use, it’s saddening to think of how many we might run across in need of a few words of love in other areas of life.
The time when we least think about helping out like this is when we’re having trouble ourselves. But letting go of worry to lift another up isn’t just a calling but is good for the soul. If we’re always worried about building ourselves up, we’re always going to be looking down. By lifting a brother up, our gaze is lifted. Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. I really believe that sometimes all someone needs is that bit of encouragement to keep that bit of hope alive as they fight life’s battles. So speak up. You could just save a life.