It’s easy to get moving so fast online that we click right past a heart may be crying out: “please . . . stop . . . save me!”
Today we want to help you adjust your vision so you can recognize and reach out to the spiritually needy around you in the Land of Shiny Things (L.O.S.T.). Be warned: It’s a task that will take divine sensitivity and—as we call out in @stickyJesus, the book—an awakened heart. It’s often in the routine of daily conversation that the lack of light is thinly veiled.
Not to worry: There are attitudes or behaviors that will help you recognize people in need of the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Here are a few red flags you might notice . . .
1. Lack of peace – When there is an absence of peace in a person’s life, you’ll see comments flowing that are anxious or full of worry. Something is always wrong, urgent, or completely out of control. There is a consistent over reaction to the daily events in life that most people would take in stride.
2. Loneliness – This can show up online in a very direct way. Someone will simply post that they are lonely and then wait to see if someone will respond. Other times you might notice that a person never posts any comments about family, friends, or group activities. The lack of community and companionship are painfully evident. There may also be a preoccupation with work, a bitterness towards life, or a quickness to judge.
3. Restlessness – Typically this attitude appears when comments are edgy or irritable. Online actively might be heaviest in the late evening and into the early morning hours. Expressed impatience or general dissatisfaction dominate comments and conversations.
4. Disillusionment – You can spot this cry for help when general dissatisfaction with work, life, and family are frequently expressed. Nothing ever lives up to expectations. Most experiences fall short and the frustration with the status quo is high. The person’s assessment of most things suggest that nothing in life is really “worth it.”
5. Emptiness – This attitude is apparent when you observe relationship instability, excessive moodiness, paranoia, anger or hints of self-injury. When people are empty, they have an incredible need to fill it with anything. There may be a tendency to engage in extreme or compulsive activities in an attempt to simply feel something.
People everywhere need Jesus. Never be afraid to speak the hope and love of Christ into a hurting person’s life. #LiveSticky
What else have you seen in your daily stream that lets you know someone needs help?