Mummy has a way of detecting when my elder sister is sick. She is scared of hospitals, injections and drugs. My sister would take on house chores that Mum did not even ask for. She answers questions faster than you ask. She also talks a bit more than normal. This is all in a bid to hide the fact that her temperature is high.
Mum is smart. She will call my sister. When she places her hands on her, she confirms her fears- her daughter is sick but wants to cover it up with doing more and talking more.
I think one of the mistakes we can make in the body of Christ as believers is to assume that the person who does more is fine. Most folks who are committed in church rarely raise their issues.
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good…Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.”
Galatians 6:9-10 MSG
Did you see those words- “starting with those closest to us”? It is easy to assume they are fine.
Parents need to take a pause and check on their children. Have you wondered why they seem so angry? You are the nice dad and mum to other children except yours.
It took a while for me to discover that a young girl that is quite committed in the church sleeps on the hard floor in her room. We got her a mattress that week.
Do something different this week- take a closer look at the person who serves the best in your church or office. They may have hard-pressing issues hidden behind the smiles and hard work. You may have to pull the curtain and get to know their pains.
If you serve in headship anywhere, take a pause and ask those who go the extra mile a sincere “How are you?”. I have asked someone that question before and she burst into tears.
If you are a minister, you must know the state of the flock. Take heed to the flock. Watch over them jealously. Let no one hide pains under the cloak of service.
Depression is real. We must be sensitive. People bubbling with life all day may be thinking of suicide all night. Your simple act of drawing them close can be the saving grace needed to change the story. Be sensitive to prompts.
Who will you ask “How are you?” today? (And you must mean it)