25Oct

you got to be there…

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 thewith 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?

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  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    ” . . . whatever rolls before me . . .”

    This is what so strikes me about Jesus’ ministry. He met with His father early in the morning, and then He went through His day touching those who rolled before Him. He didn’t need to run frantically looking for people to serve. The internet has increased the crowds so that coming with an open heart to our keyboard is all the more important.

    I stand amazed at the relationships that can be built heart-to-heart online.

    I’m going to savor this post for awhile. And by the way, Tami, your words about the legacy we leave through our blogs still resonate.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    ” . . . whatever rolls before me . . .”

    This is what so strikes me about Jesus’ ministry. He met with His father early in the morning, and then He went through His day touching those who rolled before Him. He didn’t need to run frantically looking for people to serve. The internet has increased the crowds so that coming with an open heart to our keyboard is all the more important.

    I stand amazed at the relationships that can be built heart-to-heart online.

    I’m going to savor this post for awhile. And by the way, Tami, your words about the legacy we leave through our blogs still resonate.

  • Tami Heim

    Praising God for NO accidents. /

    Some people think of a ‘legacy’ as this really BIG thing or GRAND idea that they will behind for the world to treasure forever. Of course those exist. But, I often wonder if we miss the life-changing impact of the legacy we each build with every word written (spoken) and every deed done. Only God knows the force by which those ripple through the generations. We just need to be faithful.

    So happy you are sticking here with us!

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  • http://twitter.com/kennysilva Kenny Silva

    I love the heart here. It doesn’t matter how we’re connected. It just matters that we are connected. The web just makes it that much easier for us to get out and love people no matter where they are. So, that’s what we need to do. :)

  • *~Michelle~*

    The most powerful of all sentences:

    ” You are not alone.”

    Great post!

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Michelle ~

    And one of my favorite promises….”and lo, I am with you ALWAYS, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

  • Tami Heim

    Exactly Kenny – I am so grateful that you really get this part of it. Thanks for living it out online for others to see.
    Stay tuned – going to tackle some hard heart stuff in the weeks ahead.

  • Anonymous

    I often know that God is there for me though the smiles and attention of His children. I have been loved well by strangers who became great friends, mentors and family. Tami, you are that kind of person who loves well and becomes God’s gift to the rest of us.