Need A Jump?

This will come as no surprise, but I’m not exactly a car expert.  In college, my roommate Josie and I were driving home from a weekend in Virginia Beach, when all of a sudden, “fuse 8” blew.  Who even knows what “fuse 8” is, but there on the side of I-64, we pulled over and replaced it!  I was so pleased with myself, but since then, replacing fuse 8 is about the extent of my knowledge of car repairs.

Last week, a friend’s car battery died and she called asking if we had jumper cables.  Unfortunately, we did not, but it got me thinking about how incredibly cool jumper cables are.  Again, I’m no expert, but this is what I know:  your car completely dies and won’t turn on so you call a friend, hook up some cables, turn the car on, and it comes back to life!

How cool is that?!  Little to no effort required.

Similarly, there are times when you may feel run down, discouraged, depleted, and completely out of energy.  Try as you might to start your engine, it’s just no use.

That’s when it’s time to call in some reinforcements–utilize your community; let them plug into you and help to turn you back on.

If this is you, don’t be afraid to ask your friend to help give you a jump.  That’s what they’re there for!

Or if you have someone in your life in need of a jolt, be quick to plug into them, even before they call on you.

  • Pray for them without ceasing–if someone’s battery is dead, prayer can be a challenge.  Intercede for them.
  • Go out of your way to love them and make sacrifices to help make their lives a little bit easier.
  • Set aside time for them and make sure you’re up for anything–a walk, a chat on the couch, dinner, a movie night–just be with them. 
  • Come to their house with something, anything in hand–a bottle of wine, a worship CD, a bouquet of flowers, a bag of sour patch kids, a latte…who doesn’t love an unexpected gift?!
  • Send them a note in the mail to let them know how much you love them.
What a gift that when we feel empty, God can bring people into our lives to lean into and carry us along until we’re up and running again.  Don’t be afraid to take advantage of it!  

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10