The words and stories in the song Save My Life by Sidewalk Prophets have been playing in my mind quite a bit lately. The song is all about having the courage to encourage those around us who might need it desperately without anyone knowing. A waiter, our Pastor, ourselves…we all are in great need to hear a word of hope that will help us cope with the loneliness, anxiety, fear, depression, anguish and wide array of emotions that we carry inside. We all need to know we matter. We all need to know we are not invisible. We all need to know we are precious. We all need to know we are loved.
Some of us have not experienced love in a healthy way. Some of us have not felt love even from those who are supposedly required to love us. Some of us only know what it feels like to be abandoned, rejected, forgotten, diminished, demeaned, belittled… a kind word that injects a little light into someone’s life may, indeed, be the way God will save that life…and that word may be spoken by me…by you…if we dare, if we don’t waste the chance.
Today I cling to 1 Thessalonians 5: 11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
And pray that I may be the kind of person who remembers to offer that word of encouragement which may make a difference in someone’s life, in the Name of Christ.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4: 29