Every day I learn more about the different ways to “be there” for someone I’ve never met face to face. Social media makes that happen. When I read through my Facebook and Twitter feeds I usually find someone out there that is hurting or in need of prayer.
I feel a deep desire to respond.
Why? Because early in the morning I try to place my heart wide open before Him. I trust that He is with me and then whatever rolls before me on the daily updates of my friends and family– I accept what impresses me as His assignment for me.
While a simple acknowledgement may bring great comfort – I’m transported back in time, sitting on the mountain side and listening to these words:
“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.”
Matthew 5:30 – NKJV
Sometimes it’s a word of encouragement that’s enough. Or maybe letting someone know you’re praying and then praying for them in that moment – REALLY praying for them. You need a heart that’s willing to listen, understand, and care deeply about what people are going through. You need His heart.
His power flows when you care enough to go the second mile. There is real value and significance in making a connection with someone, staying connected to them, and letting them know they are not alone. “Being there” for someone – for more than a single moment in time – is a privilege that becomes an act of worship.
Henri Nouwen , a respected priest, teacher and author, once wrote a devotional about what it means to lay down your life for your friends.
“One of the greatest gifts we can give others is ourselves. We offer consolation and comfort, especially in moments of crisis, when we say, ‘Do not be afraid, I know what you are living and I am living it with you. You are not alone. Thus we become Christ-like shepherds.”
There’s tremendous power in the “with you.”
The Web creates a new universe of “friends.” Regardless of how you might want to define a friend, Jesus flat out told us to love God and love people. There are millions of people – friends – for you to go and love on – TODAY.
Never underestimate how what you give will come back to you and how it changes you from the inside out.
What special connection have you made today? What is the kindest gesture you have received from someone online?