A Thousand Miles (Monday)

….and you were sad, very sad without the usual crowd. Check out today’s devo! (there’s no more cringe-worthy parodying, promise)

by Ruth Hallstead

There are people in this word that will drop everything the second they are needed by another. That somebody you can call (and wake up) at 2 am who will listen to your existential crisis, who will wake up at 4 am to take you to the airport, who shows up at your door with cookies when they hear you’ve had a rough day, that person who would walk 1000 miles to rescue you. They don’t do it for recognition, they do it because it’s who they are, it’s their way to show love. While somedays they may move mountains for you, other times they simply say hello, and that’s enough. It’s not big, and they may not even remember doing it, but it made your day. The focus today though, is for you to be that person for someone. God asks us to “love our neighbors”, and simply showing up is one of the best ways to do that. Even if you can’t fix your friend’s broken pipe, you can mop up the water, you can be a shoulder to cry on in frustration, you can simply be present as living proof that they are loved. Serving others is hard, but still harder is helping with the little things, the in-the-moment, personal crises. Sometimes it seems like you’re not doing enough. You’re not in Houston, cleaning up flood waters; nor are you in Mexico, attempting to salvage things from the rubble of earthquakes; you’re not even in a homeless shelter in Tuscaloosa. It may not seem like serving others when you send someone a text wishing them a great week, but you are. John 3:30 says that “This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines” (The Message). God is the important one. No job is too small to be important, because that’s not what it is about, that’s never what it was about. God is the star, we are simply the stage hands making his love known to the world.