“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
I believe that true friendship has an incredible value. Throughout the Bible we read of friends for good. I’m personally grateful for good friends, and I need to cherish and esteem them more than I do. A true friend is one who sticks with you no matter what the circumstances–his or her love is not dependent on things going well. (Which I suppose is the point, for they rarely go well.)
Many of us are profoundly handicapped– mentally ill or impaired physically. And quite often we are hungry for help. Case in point– the page that gets the most views on this site is “24/7 Crisis Lines.” We get 90-100 views every single day. This tells me that there is great need.Could it be, that maybe the Holy Spirit provides for us in this way?
“As iron sharpens iron, so people can improve each other.”
Proverbs 27:17, NCV
“A friend loves you all the time, and a brother helps in time of trouble.”
“It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, can never know what true friendship means.”
These are pictures of an actual polar bear attack in Canada. These pictures were taken while people watched and did nothing to stop the attack! Local newspapers say that the victim has made full recovery.
Warning: Not for the faint of heart. Proceed with caution.
Your friends “fingers” might be appreciated, but they can’t lift the darkness. They may want to help you, but they are limited in what they can do. Overcoming depression has to start from the inside, and the Holy Spirit will lead you through this. The darkness doesn’t always lift, but the Lord’s presence soothes and comforts.
“For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.”
Psalm 143:3, ESV
“Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.”
“Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life.”
We should periodically re-configure our thinking. We don’t always get to observe nature working anymore. It seems we must rely on the technique and talent of the photographer to bring us up close, and then perhaps we begin to see things differently. People who live in cities, will seldom get the chance to see the stars in the night sky. Nature, and its profound wonders are the canvases God uses to proclaim His presence and glory.
Sometimes I think that when a person becomes a Christian, we should get them a Bible, and a subscription to National Geographic Magazine! We need to experience both to truly see the wonder of God in His creation. After all, we become what we worship.
“Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?”
With a little bit of forethought, we can create an atmosphere where love, and all that follows it will flourish. We predetermine all that goes into “love” and makes an impact on all those around us, who savor and appreciate its presence. This you might say, makes us authentic believers–but it’s joy, and most certainly not a burden! We were born to love others!
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” Augustine
P.S. I’m thinking of getting a tattoo on my left shoulder, “Born to Love Others”. (Think it will help?)