There’s an old Country/Christian song by Paul Overstreet that says:
If you love someone, you gotta’ let ’em know. When you’re thinkin’ of someone, you gotta’ tell ’em so.
Yesterday was a hard day. Kathy and I got word early in the morning that a very good friend of ours in Ireland had died tragically. Our whole Ireland prayer team was devastated. My brain and my emotions felt like Jello all day…I couldn’t seem to get a handle on anything. Jesus was there, and was faithful, but it was hard to get a good “connect” with him regarding the situation.
At around noon, I checked my cell phone and saw that I had a voicemail. It was from a friend who isn’t really connected with our Ireland work, but had heard of our friend’s death. He simply and kindly said that he was so sorry that we had lost our friend, that he knew I was surrounded by people but that if I needed a shoulder to cry on or someone to just talk to, he was available. He made sure I knew I was loved and appreciated. And that was it.
And you know what happened? My Jello began to melt away, and I could see, think, and pray much more clearly. I could trust in God’s ability to make something good of this terrible situation. My friend’s initiative broke the “spell”.
I realized how often I’m just plain passive. I think things like, “Oh, they don’t need me bugging them.” Or, “Good grief…they know I love them…why do I need to say it?”
May I just say that PASSIVITY ISN’T A RIGHT. IT IS A WASTE. And I’m afraid I’ve been very wasteful in my life.
Of course, of course…there’s a balance to all of this. We don’t need to go around being sappy all the time. I couldn’t handle that. But I’ll tell you what…we DO need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and to each other…and when He puts somebody on our hearts, we need to LET THEM KNOW.
I think I’ll start right now…here goes:
I love and appreciate you guys,
“Encourage one another daily so that none of you may fall into unbelief.” Hebrews 3:12,13 (my paraphrase)