Stop and Reach Out
One day, many years ago, my students were milling about the classroom gathering supplies for a project. I noticed some of them began to giggle and congregate at one of the classroom windows. Being curious, I followed them. It seemed that in the chain link fence on the other side of the window was a prairie dog—stuck! …about a foot off of the ground, upside down, bottom in the air.
I admit, it was a humorous sight. How in the world had the little guy ended up in that position?
Though I had the students return to their task, I quietly continued to watch the scenario. It was then I noticed that he had a little prairie dog friend. Periodically, the friend would run here and there, seemingly trying to find help, and when none was to be found, he would return to his friend, and wait with him. I was amazed. What a clear example of how we are to be toward one another.
In Romans, Paul states, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 Paul also mentions in Galatians that we are to, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
Today, if you know of a friend who is “stuck” in a tough position or who maybe just needs a little of your time, encouragement and support—stop and reach out. Wait with them, cry with them, rejoice with them. Help them bear their burden and in doing so “fulfill the law of Christ.”