Weep with those who weep

You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept.

I found the above quote in an old little booklet called “Good Stuff.” It reminds us of the importance of being there for others when we’re needed.

Often times we may find it difficult to “be there” for others. The difficulty does not come from a lack of interest or care. The difficulty comes from the awkwardness of not knowing exactly what to do or say to help the hurting.

The simple fact is that there is hardly a time when we could do or say anything that would completely remedy the situation. Pain that produces tears needs more than minutes … it needs weeks, months or maybe even years. But the minutes that we offer and give still matter!

You may have never heard the quote at the beginning, but if you can remember the quote at the end, you will understand the importance of the little things that help us to be better equipped to help with the big things of life. The quote is grouped with a list of things that may not always be easy to do, but they are always worth it.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.” (Romans 12:14-16 NKJV)

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May 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Why Some Men Must Be Marked (Fred House)
  • Balaam (Sam Willcut)
  • Is Dancing Sinful? (Johnie Scaggs, Jr)
  • Am I Saved or Lost? (Guy N. Woods)
  • Modesty Is for Men Also! (Carl B. Garner)
  • Excuses (Lynn Blair)
  • Sin Is Still Sin! (M. Floyd Bailey, Jr)
  • This We Must Accomplish (John W. Moore)
  • Only in Jesus (Wayne Jones)
  • Comfort for Troubled Hearts (Mike Vestal)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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Ask for help

The other day, before I went to sleep, I set my glasses in a different spot than normal. The problem with that was when I woke the next morning, I forgot where I had put them. To make matters worse, apparently I am so blind I need my glasses in order to see where I set my glasses. So I spent the first thirty minutes of the day looking and feeling around for my glasses.

I finally had to swallow my pride and ask my wife for help. She found them in a matter of seconds. I probably would have spent all day looking for them and never found them.

Many of us have a sense of pride that keeps us from asking others for help. When it comes to small things—like looking for help finding my glasses—it’s not that big of a deal. The worst thing that might happen is I might be a little embarrassed.

When it comes to spiritual things, however, the result of not asking for help could be a lot worse. In Galatians 6:2, Paul tells us, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

This can happen only if we share our struggles and problems with each other. You might be like me and want to do everything on your own but, as Christians, we need to learn a different way.

Let’s share, not just in our blessings, but also share in our struggles—”and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

—Luke Bower, Baker Heights bulletin, Abilene TX

#fellowship, #mutual-support, #one-another