Years ago I came to the realization that I can’t make it through this life on my own.
I think back of all the times others in my life lifted me up… figuratively, prayerfully, and even physically.
How different my life would be today if each one hadn’t come to my aid, just when I needed it.
–At my mother’s funeral, my girlfriends were there, arm in arm, in loving support.
–My best friend left the party she was hosting for her dad’s birthday, to come be with me and my family as my father passed from this life into eternity.
–The encouraging note I received from a friend when I walked through one of the most difficult times of my life.
–The text I received just the other day from a friend checking on me, and seeing how I was doing.
I could keep writing example after example, and fill this entire post with them. Maybe someday I’ll do that. But today? I just want to encourage you.
Friend, we need each other.
Two are better than one because a good return comes when two work together. If one of them falls, the other can help him up. But who will help the pitiful person who falls down alone? In the same way, if two lie down together, they can keep each other warm. But how will the one who sleeps alone stay warm against the night? And if one person is vulnerable to attack, two can drive the attacker away. As the saying goes, “A rope made of three strands is not quickly broken.”
God didn’t design us to walk through this life alone. We are designed for community. We are fashioned to do life with those around us. We are called to walk alongside of each other, to encourage, to lift, to bless, to serve, to infuse hope.
Life. With each other.
I can’t begin to count how many times your presence here has encouraged this heart of mine. Just when I begin to think the words I write don’t matter one bit. Or when I question if anything I’m doing is making any sort of difference, your words, your love, your encouragement, your presence give me just what I need to keep going. Time and time again.
You are making a difference, my friend.
A difference to others and a difference to me. Thank you.
What about you? When recently did someone come alongside you to bless and encourage your heart?
There are people in our lives who need us. There’s someone today who needs what only you can give. There’s someone who needs to feel loved, encouraged, hopeful. I pray our eyes are opened, and are hearts continue to remain soft. May we be attentive to the one who needs help getting back up today.
I am here for you, friend, and am lifting you in prayer.
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