No News is Not Always Good News

Philippians 2:4 “Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.”

Be the Strength in the Moment of Someone Else’s Weakness

When I was growing up, I often heard adults saying, “We’ve not heard from him or her so all must be well.”   And so it goes with many of us. We just assume that people are going to come to us, or we will find out somehow if things are not going well.  I would venture to guess that that is less true than we want to believe.  Myself, for example, I do not run to people when I’m walking through challenges. That is when I am most likely to keep to myself, and shut the world out.  I am often amazed during those times, at how seldom I hear from people.  When I finally find strength enough to reconnect the response is always the same…”Oh, haven’t heard from you,” “Haven’t seen you in a while.”  But it seems to never occur to anyone to pick up a phone or send a message. Unfortunately for those who don’t like to reach out to people, that is not God’s attitude.  Scripture tells us to look out for the interests of others (Philippians 2:4), not that we should wait for someone to tell us something interesting.

There is no brotherly love in waiting for the lame to limp to you. A brother lends a shoulder; a sister lends an ear. Reach out and support someone who has fallen.lend-a-hand

If you don’t hear from someone, or don’t see someone who is usually in a certain place at a certain time, reach out!  Don’t adopt the attitude that if someone doesn’t tell you something it’s because they don’t want you to know. Most likely they want someone to know, but they lack the strength to say so, find out what’s going on.    We are our brother’s keeper. It is our job to look after the needs of others especially our Christian brothers and sisters.  Don’t let someone fall out of your reach.  Don’t leave your friends,  loved ones, co-workers, or church members struggle alone just because you are too polite to ask questions.  One act of kindness can mean the world to someone about to give up.