While there are needs everywhere often you find that there is a particular person that stands out and you feel almost a responsibility in assisting them through their journey.
Reference: v.16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (NIV Bible)
Explore: When I was working as Chaplain at a local primary school I met many people. While there were 450 children that meant there were also 50 staff members and a few hundred parents as well. As I went about meeting all those connected to the school I found that there was often a few people that really stood out to me. There were a few staff members who I connected with really easily and I hope to remain friends with for a long time afterwards. However there were also some people that touched a nerve in my heart and I felt compelled to assist them in their struggles. While there are needs everywhere often you find that there is a particular person that stands out and you feel almost a responsibility in assisting them through their journey.
Paul must have met thousands of people on all of his mission journeys and yet there were some believers that really stood out to him. Some he knew needed his guidance and some needed his encouragement. So, although he would have had his hands full proclaiming the gospel, he took time to write to these people and communicate God's wisdom to them.
Application: You might find that there are people that come into your life for a season that need your help. Due to their need you may not become best friends but you feel that you are able to assist them in some way. Believe me, you don't have to have some kind of welfare job description to come across people in need. No matter where you go or what work force you are involved in, there are people in need. And there might just be one person who tugs on your heart and you feel a deeper sense of call to assist them. If you do, rise to the occasion and give them some extra support. It is important to keep good boundaries and know your own limits but often in helping others you learn more about yourself and gain some great wisdom. Look out for the people who would gain from your prayers and encouragement and aim to support them for their season of need.
Prayer: Lord, often people come into our lives for a greater purpose. We are able to assist them and in turn receive your blessing. Help us to have the courage to act when those people come into our lives. Amen.
Have you had people come into your life for a season? Are we able to support people for just a short period of time?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.