I talked with an old friend last night. I had not spoken with him in quite a while. I knew that he had gone through a lot of junk in his life this past year and I had prayed for him a few times, but I had not called or attempted to see him for months.
So last night I called. Glad I did.
He did not really spill it all out last night. I didn’t ask him to. There was no need to really. I just told him I missed him, had been praying for him, and asked him what I could do to help him. He told me a little about what was going on and how he felt. I told him how sorry I was that life was so stinkin’ bad for him and hoped that this year would be better. I told him that I genuinely meant it when I said I would help him if he needed it. He assured me that he knew that and appreciated it.
Before I got off the phone I made him a promise. I told him I would do better at keeping in touch. I told him I will continue to pray for him but would also make a better effort at calling and/or trying to have lunch or hang out sometime. Again, he was grateful and we said good bye.
There are people in our life who need us to make personal contact with them. Don’t get so caught up in all the things you have going on that you miss an opportunity to show God’s love to someone you love. Make this New Year’s Resolution with me. I will do better at staying in touch with people in need.
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:4 NLT