Be The Person You Needed

5 Feb

“Be the person you needed when you were younger.”  ~ Ayesha Siddiqi

We all need someone from time to time in our lives.  We are, after all, social beings.  We were not created to be alone.  We were created to be family.  We are, as a matter of fact, one huge family since we share one Father, God.  As He is our Father and Jesus is our brother, we are all brothers and sisters.

Sure, family members scrap from time to time.  There are arguments and bickering and jealousies and other such nonsense.  However, when it comes down to it, most families do the best that they can to stick together and to be there for one another.

When we were young, we faced all sorts of anxious situations.  We went to school and met new groups of people.  We often relied upon older siblings or other friends to help us out if we encountered situations.  Quite often, we would look for that special someone, that “bodyguard”, if you will.  We wanted to feel absolutely safe.

Instead of getting someone who helped us feel safe, there were times that we faced disappointment.  The person upon whom we relied failed us and we experienced a whole mix of feelings: anger, sadness, resentment, mistrust.  “Why were they not there for us?”, we would ask ourselves.

We may have even made a promise to ourselves that we would never let anyone down the way we felt that we were let down.  And then the inevitable most likely happened: even though we promised ourselves not to, we probably let someone down.  Maybe even a lot of someones.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though.  There is always the opportunity to turn our lives around, to be there for others, indeed, to be the person we needed when we were younger.  We may have had to go through hardship alone.  That doesn’t mean that we have to let other people face their hardships alone.

Chances are real good that we all know at least one person who could use a friend.  Are you up to that task?

FAITH ACTION:  Try not to let anyone down today.  Be there for someone in need.