Luke 5:18-19 “Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.”
This is one of my favorite passages. I have heard many pastors’ message about this story. There are so many facets to it concerning everything from faith to friendship.
I have been convicted as of late about the importance of touching and encouraging others around me. Not just family, but friends of all sorts. We often just don’t realize the depth and difference that encouraging or listening to a friend in need can make. And let’s admit: weall are in need.
I have committed to reach out to at least three people a day – just casual conversation with a willingness to show concern, compassion, and encouragement. Usually it takes very little time — often just a phone call or note.
Today, how far will you go for your friend? Sometimes, all you need to offer is a prayer, a word of encouragement, or a listening ear. Often that will mean more than you can imagine. You may be surprised how just that little effort can be as meaningful as carrying your friend, tearing off that roof, and lowering them before the feet of Jesus.
Have a blessed day.