What If I Told You?

What if I told you that someone you know needs us?  It could be a family member.  It could be a friend.  It could be a neighbor, a coworker, or someone you greet in church each Sunday.  It could be the cashier at the grocery store or the child you see playing outside as soon as the weather is nice enough.

What if I told you that all those who need us are facing fear, sorrow, isolation, violence, and so much more?  Every single day.  Things like normal daily routines are hard.  Hard because no matter what they do, someone is always telling them it’s all wrong.  And that they’re worthless and crazy.  Someone is there telling them that they have no one who loves them, no one who cares.  And that they’re lucky.  Lucky to have their self-worth shredded, lucky to have a constant stream of insults.  Lucky to have the “love” of this person because they could never survive without it.  They’d never find anyone else to “love” them.

What if I told you that over time, the people who need us start to believe all of those things?  They start to accept this as exactly what they deserve. 

But what if I told you that you could help?  You could help by choosing kindness – always.  We never know what obstacles they face or how much they might be suffering without the slightest bit of visible evidence.  You kindness could be the lifeline they need that day. 

If I could ask one thing, it would be that you listen.  If someone ever chooses to confide in you, listen to their story and believe them.  You could tell them that we’re available and we can help.  Because what if I told you this small kindness could change a life – even save a life too?