Have you ever had moments where you wonder if people actually notice your efforts? Moments when you begin to doubt yourself, and wonder if you really are making a difference in people's lives? As Christ followers, it is so easy to get wrapped up in this feeling. Church planters especially go through moments where we have poured our heart and soul into planting a church, but struggle to see any tangible results.
The past two weeks my wife and I have received a ton of confirmation that in some way or another. People from our high school days up to present time have began to show compassion towards our family, and do all they can to comfort us in whatever way they feel is appropriate. This was a horrible situation for us to find out, but it was great to receive comfort and affirmation from friends, family, and friends of friends.
In a way, I am really disappointed that it took a moment of tragedy for some people to get out of their comfort zones, and show compassion to others. Don't get me wrong. I am totally grateful and blown away that someone would reach out and give comfort to my family, but why couldn't this have happened a long time ago?
Our purpose in life is to reflect Christ in whatever way possible, and that includes reaching out to those around us. To show love and compassion, to give a shoulder to cry on, a set of ears to listen, but do not wait until they are heart broken and holding on by a thread. Don't ever let them to get even close to asking themselves these questions, "Do they think I am important? Did I really make a difference in their life?". Act now! Show love. Show compassion. Let your friends and family know today that they mean something, and that they are important to you!