Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Offering a Figurative Flashlight


If you’ve ever tried to drive somewhere you’ve never been without looking at directions first, you know what it’s like to be lost.

If you’ve been lost, then you probably know what it’s like to be scared, angry, and confused.

The impulse to get in the car and just drive sounds, at first, freeing, exhilarating, even. 

Yet, without a guide to help us along the way, that drive may quickly become chaotic and our mood might sour.

In the most simplest form, because we are people we have a world full of other people we can ask for direction! Whether you’re a person of faith now, not yet, or don’t believe at all, we all ask one another for counsel. 

It seems fitting then, when we see or recognize someone in the wilderness, that we offer up a figurative flashlight to help them out. If you’re a Christian, now’s the time to find support in the Word! The Bible is the best “map” we have for our emotional and spiritual dark moments. 

The last few months, and mostly in recent weeks, I’ve praying that I’d be aware of the opportunities to help anyone who needed it.

It happened this past weekend, with no real thought, but just an honest urge I found myself offering up help and encouragement. It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, in fact, it’s the best time to remember how you’ve hurt and how you’ve grown. 

Then, of course, there are my loved ones and close friends for whom I will always offer up encouragement, provide a listening ear, and laugh with them as needed and I’ll never stop.

On a day-to-day basis, the key is in recognizing the grace in the moment you have to offer encouragement. It is no mistake that you’re the one who will be tugged to do so. You may be the only person that someone else will listen to, or you might be the only person who knows exactly what they’re feeling and you just don’t know it yet.

Our opportunities to serve don’t last long. If we blink, we may miss the moment.

Proverbs 3:28 (NIV)
"Do not say to your neighbor,
‘Come back later, I’ll give it to you tomorrow’ - 
when you now have it with you."

Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
"Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you."


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