So Many More People Need Prayers
Updated: Sep 11, 2018
Today, a close friend from high school texted me. That’s not out of the ordinary because we usually try to keep in touch with each other even though we are over 200 miles apart. We usually talk about life when we talk, more specifically, God.
I can not tell you how important it is to have someone or multiple people in your life, that discuss life on that deep of a level with you. It’s comforting for one. This sweet soul that I call my friend has an on-going “list” if you will of prayers for anything and anyone. We were having our usual catch-up when I had mentioned I know quite a few people who could use prayers, even miracles.
Having friends that talk you through the questions running through your mind about faith and your life at the moment…is a relief. It might not bring you many answers. However, for every unanswered question, and for every heart-wrenching obstacle…these conversations with my friend constantly bring me comfort. Comfort in the fact that while no one else knows the answers, God does. These talks remind me that when obstacles don’t look realistic to overcome, God is your biggest coach training you and guiding you through the whole thing. These kinds of talks don’t give answers, and I don’t seek them. These talks have taught me that it’s not always about the answer, but instead how to respond to the questions life gives you.
So, in my conversation today with my friend, she asked if I needed any prayers. A handful of other people came to mind first. I simply responded, “So many more people need prayers. Life is good”. My response today, made me happy. It made me feel like I’m growing in my faith.
I had a talk with my mom the other day about Lent. We both admitted we are just going to try our best to be our best, how God taught us to be. I, as a young adult have a lot of growing to do to be by best. My mom on the other hand, in the eyes of so many people I know, can’t get any better than the wife, mom, sister, daughter and friend that she already is.
Today, my response to my friend made me feel like I really am being the best person I can be. I’m fortunate, I’m blessed, and I realize it. The biggest struggle of my day is my sniffles and two exams…and that doesn’t compare to the multiple families I know that need God and ALL his healing and strength.
So my messages to you today are confidently some of the best advice I might ever give…
Find that friend & be that friend. Find someone who can talk with you about LIFE. Not just what outfit looks best for Friday night. Don’t get me wrong, my friend who has the most serious of talks with me, also makes me laugh just as much. I PROMISE, having this friend makes responding to hardships that much more bearable.
Count your blessings. I’m not saying to forget about you, but that doesn’t mean forget about others. It puts it into perspective when I see people going through much more than I am, put their prayers for others before themselves. In retrospect, someone else truly does have it worse. My cold doesn’t compare to cancer, disease, loss and so many other factors. Be thankful for YOUR blessings, you never know who would be begging to have them.
Special thanks to my friend Ken for always bringing me closer to God and making life a little easier when it’s the toughest.