I was walking to work today, which isn’t a very long walk – though I do enjoy my morning mooch and evening one for that matter. I was having a think and then touched on the subject at lunchtime with a friend
We all have circumstances in life right, but lets not be arrogant enough to say that only a certain set of circumstances apply to us (in the general), they don’t.
Often, I like to send texts to people to encourage them, because I know what it’s like to receive an encouraging text. That feeling I get when reading it, I want to share that feeling. I encouraged someone last night face-to-face, I was that persons best mate for the next half hour, they were bouncing around – but it was nice for me too, not only to watch that, but also receive some reciprocated appreciation.
So maybe once you’ve read this – do this (and I will too). Think of any struggles in life you have or have had. Now think of people you know that have had the same or similar struggle – can you effect it?
If you know what solitude feels like – bring someone some company.
If someone is ‘missing’ – you make an ‘appearance’
If someone is hungry – give them some food, or even better eat with them too
If someone is being attacked – be their defender.
If someone has nothing – provide what you can
If someone lacks hope – create an opportunity
If someone is sad – cry with them for a while then bring them laughter
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you visited me’ – can you imagine if everyone did this tomorrow, how things would be?
Fences in life are helpful things, very helpful things in fact. According to Wikipedia – ‘a structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors’ Note, they weren’t designed for sitting on whilst people deal with their ‘stuff’. So how about we get off any fences, jump down and tonight instead of watch people with their ‘stuff’ – do something practical so they can leave their ‘stuff’ behind. Now, if you know me, I am many things (good and bad), but I am terrible at fence sitting, oh and I actually hate the word ‘stuff’.