I tossed and turned in my bed prior to writing this article. No matter what I seemed to do I just couldn’t get comfortable or fall asleep. While struggling in a way I’m not accustomed to I could not help but think of the many whose tossing and turning have become a way of life.
Every day I come alongside those who are battling great illness, discomfort, distress, depression and what I’m sure is a daily battlefield of the mind. They can’t help but reflect on past glory days gone by and all that has changed. They wonder if they will ever walk again. Will they every see better days this side of Heaven? Even bigger, most of them wonder does anybody even care.
Many of these folks are residing in homes, hospitals, skill nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities all over the world. Have you even noticed them yourself? These folks could be your grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, or next door neighbor. These folks used to live life at a different pace just like us. Now, they find themselves battling what my granddad has ingrained in my head, “High mileage on rough roads.”
What am I trying to say? I’m sure you’re wondering. I’m saying that in a world that runs quickly it’s real easy to forget those who ran before us. I truly believe that anytime we’re too busy for people, we’re too busy. After all, what greater commandment did Jesus ever give us than to “Love one another.”
So, take the time for those struggling around you. Those that can’t get up and around like they used to. Those who can’t even get to church like they did before. It’s time for the church to come to them. Be Jesus with skin.
I still recall a lady who had devoted her life to her community and church. Yet, she ask me time after time, “Does anybody care about me?” Why? Because nobody took the time to come see her and show her they cared when she needed it most. When she could no longer get out and give to others, no one was there by her bedside. “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Show somebody you care today and every day!
Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)