When you go through a difficult time, who do you want close beside you? Say you’re going through the breakup of a relationship; or you’ve gotten a very bad grade on an assignment, or you got cut from the team or didn’t get the job you’d placed your hopes in. Mom’s, who did you want in the birthing room with you? Guys, who do you call if you got laid off or fired? If you face some painful treatment, who would you ask to accompany you? If you’re going into a difficult meeting who do you ask to pray? Or upon receiving news of the death of a loved one, who’s the first person you would call? It’s very valuable to have people we can depend on during difficult times.
Now let’s turn it around. How have you done when called upon to be that person of support? How have you responded to news of a friend’s breakup or their bad grade or that they got cut from the team or didn’t get the job? How would you do beside that woman giving birth? What would you do to support a friend who got laid off or fired? Would you be able to sit with someone in the waiting room as they faced painful treatment? Would you remember to pray for someone who had a difficult meeting the next day? How might you respond to a call from someone whose loved one has just passed away?