It’s so easy for people to tell you the things you need to do in order to have a stronger relationship with God. Go to Church. Find a group of “strong” Christian believers and turn to them when you’re in distress or need comfort. Because when you feel like God isn’t listening or is ignoring your pleas, where should you turn? It’s easy for people to tell you that if you don’t have a strong network of Christian believers in your immediate circle that you will forever wander around this Earth lost and hopeless. How ironic is it that the people who are quick to tell you the things you need to do, the things you need to change, are the same people who aren’t willing to help you. Instead they give you a few sentences of advice and go on their way. They aren’t willing to pick you up when you’re down. They aren’t willing to spare a few seconds out of their busy schedules to help. There is always some excuse.

Time.  This is something we don’t have a lot of or claim not to have a lot of, but the truth is we don’t want to take the time to help other people. It only takes a second to ask “How are you?” and “I’m here for you.” Do you think saying you’ll pray for someone is enough? It’s not. There are people who are hurting in ways that you cannot possibly imagine. Hurting in ways far more than just someone having a “bad day.” It’s deeper than that, much deeper.

We’re fragile humans roaming this Earth who are only looking for a sign of hope. We are looking for our light. When we cry out to God and ask him to relieve us of all our worries, stresses, hurts, pains, anguish, bitterness, it almost seems like we’re only speaking to ourselves in silence. Hoping that He hears us and will deliver us from our pain and sorrow. The truth is, it takes more than God to heal us. It takes unconditional love and support that people are unwilling to reciprocate because they are broken and fragile too. It’s a bitter cycle, but a cycle all of us know well. So how do we break the cycle? We cannot do it alone. We are not in this world alone. We need each other and we need each other now more than ever.

We need to know we are not alone and that there are people out there who care. We need to know that despite whatever is going on in someone else’s life that we are worth that second or minute. There is no excuse as to why someone cannot be there for another Christian or someone who is failing in their Faith. We are all in this world together and there is no reason we should ever stand or feel alone. Part of healing and growing in Christ together is what God wanted for us all. He wanted us to be in fellowship with one another and lift each other up when we feel weak. When we are lost we are supposed to turn to each other for support. So why are we the first to turn our backs? Fear. It is that fear alone that prohibits us from truly making a difference in another person’s life. But that fear should not define us.

We need to wake up.

We need to open our eyes to the world around us and be the change. We are the hope for the future. We are the ones that should stand united and pick each other up when we fall or feel weak and immobile. The life we live is only temporary to the life we will all live in Heaven. The time we spend here should be spent making a difference in other people’s lives and being the support and comfort others need when they are hurting or distressed. Because irregardless of what is going on in our lives, there is no excuse that should prevent us from being there for other people!

Hectic work schedule? Excuse. Too tired? Excuse. Depressed? Excuse. No time? Excuse. Those excuses become walls that we build around ourselves and the people in our lives who depend on and need us. If God stood in front of you and asked you why you have denied Him and his children, your brothers in sisters in Christ, what would be your response? You were too tired? Too burned out on life? The life we live and the lives we touch will have an everlasting impact on the life we live in Heaven and when we’re confronted by God on our final day.

We must break the cycle and be the change. This life is only temporary and the more we make excuses the more those excuses will become truths.There is only one truth and that is God. Do not deny others your time, love and support. There are people out there that need you. Be the change.  It’s what God wants.

Be the change today.

James 2:14-17

4 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.