It Only Takes a Second...

Sometimes it only takes a second to change someone's whole day. Think back with me to a time recently that you were a bit down or stressed. Maybe you weren't feeling well. Maybe life had thrown you one too many blows that day. Maybe your toddler was having one of those special days where nothing can be said unless it comes out as a whine or with tears. And you get a text or phone call from a friend that was just thinking about you and wanted to say hello. That little bit of sunshine can go a long way to changing your mood, your perspective, your attitude. It can go a long way towards strengthening your faith. 

Have you ever been on the other end of that? Have you ever been going about your day and all of a sudden there is a friend that you cannot get off your mind? Maybe it's someone close or someone you've only talked to a couple of times, but they are there, burned into your every waking thought. What do you do? Do you think to yourself, "yeah, I need to call so-and-so soon" and just add it to your to-do list? Or do you take just a second and send them a message to say you're thinking about them, praying for them or want to get together with them soon? I've done both. I hate to admit that there were times I was "too busy" and brushed off the thought, and missed out on an opportunity to be used by God to potentially bless someone I care about. There are other times I've been obedient. I've sent an email, text, phone call and just told my friend they were on my mind and I was praying for them. Not always, but so many times, their response was so overwhelming. Time after time I've gotten responses like "oh you have no idea how much that means to me. I'm having the worst day, or I just got some terrible news, etc." And in that second, we are both blessed - my friend because they were encouraged in a moment of need, and me because I allowed the grace of God to move. 

I am convinced that there are times when God places someone on our hearts and minds and asks us to be obedient. He wants us to put down what we're doing and pick up the phone. God moves so often times through human connections. He uses us to speak His words of encouragement and love to others. He uses us to build others up when they are down. He uses us to refocus each other on Him and His word. But we have to be obedient, and it only takes a second...

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
— 2 Corinthians 13:11