In our Western culture we pride ourselves in being independent and “getting it done.” Inner strength is admired and everyone knows we strive to raise our children to become self sufficient. Those who call for help are too often viewed as lightweights. We aim to be private. We manage our situations and our emotions and our needs. We nod our heads in agreement when we say we need community and yet, we isolate ourselves. When life is smooth and easy we’re eager to share the good. When life gets bumpy and messy and difficult, we cocoon ourselves. We don’t show a need for support or advice.
Jesus calls us to a different perspective. He calls us to love one another and that requires us to be actively involved in another’s bumps and mess and difficulties. It means we assist in carrying the weight of the hard times. It calls for inconvenience and self sacrifice. The Apostle Paul loved people well. He modeled what it means to be involved in their lives and to pray with them and pray for them and putting aside his own wants and petty issues, placing others above himself.
Col. 1: 9- 12 states, “For this reason , since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”
Imagine having your friends and community folks praying this Scripture for you- seeking God’s richest blessings upon you. Imagine YOURSELF praying this for the people in your circle. This is what we’re called to do, actually. To share. To pray for each other. To love.
Who can you pray for? Who might you ask to pray with you? Risk being vulnerable. Sometimes that’s what love looks like.