God created every person on this earth in a unique, purpose-minded manner. Every detail about you was planned and God is pleased with the beautiful masterpiece you are. Psalm 139:13-16 says,
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
When you know your worth and your purpose in this life, it’s important to connect with others and help them recognize their worth as well.
So, how does God want us to do life together? God gives us community to navigate through the trials and tribulations life brings our way. You do not have to walk through life alone. But, one of the hardest parts about developing a sense of community is being vulnerable to someone else. Getting to know someone new may seem hard at first, but you never know what God has in store for you in developing new a friendship.
Speaking of faithful friends, one of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Jesus healing and forgiving the paralytic. Back in Jesus’s day, the people came from all over to hear Jesus preach. Imagine a massive crowd of people who came hungry to receive the word, but they were all inside a one or two room home. What a wonderful sight it must’ve been to see many people praising God despite the space of the building in which He was preaching. The news had traveled all around and the people had heard of all the miracles Jesus was performing. The people were eager to enter a new phase of their lives and they knew Jesus could help them. Many people came to see Jesus so that they could be set free of illnesses they had suffered from for many years.
Right there in the middle of the people who were seeking healing, we see a group of faithful friends who want to see their friend healed. The friends knew there was no way they would be able to reach Jesus through the main floor of the building. But, through faith and determination, the men decided to lower their friend down through the roof. Back in Jesus’s day, the roofs were made of mud and leaves. Imagine the men digging their way through to make a hole in the roof so that they would be able to lower their friend down to Jesus. What I love most about this story is that the friends saw all of the obstacles in their way and they could’ve given up, but they chose to find a way.
In this moment, I can’t fathom how much gratitude the man must’ve possessed for his friends. They could’ve easily spoken doubt into the situation, but they continued to move forward knowing that Jesus was going to heal their paralyzed friend. I believe it’s one thing to say you have faith, but something wonderful happens when you put faith into action. The rest of the story continues, and the paralyzed man is healed and forgiven, but Jesus is also in awe of the faith his friends expressed during this time.
What do your friendships look like?
- surface level or deep
- genuine or fake
- all about you or equally about them
- do you listen or just offer advice
Dig deep into your relationships. I encourage you to pray for your friends and family. The truth is, a lot of people you’re doing life with will not tell you everything they’re going through, and that’s where taking the time listen to the people you love becomes important. We are blessed to do life alongside many amazing people. My prayer is you always remember that every single person on this earth is a gift from God.