How often have you heard that statement throughout the years? And then recycled when someone with a high celebrity profile commits suicide?
So many times I’ve stopped counting.
But how many of us actually check on our “strong friends”? The fact of the matter is, so many of us post that statement because we think of ourselves as the strong friend. We post it as a cry for help sometimes because the truth is, not many of us are checking on each other.
We simply go through life calling each other when we want to go out, cry on someone’s shoulders about our own problems, gossip about someone, or when we’re bored.
Not many people are actually having the heavy conversations – truly asking how someone is. Mentally, physically, financially, emotionally.
The real truth. We’re all strong.
Each of us have been given a measure of strength that others don’t have. If other people were put in our shoes, they wouldn’t be able to deal. But looking from the outside, they’d think they could.
So the point here is, check on your friends. Those people you call bro. Sis. Best Friend. Bestie. Girlfriend. Boyfriend. Husband. Wife. Sister. Brother. Because all of us need someone to care. To genuinely take interest in the condition of our hearts and minds. All of us need God-fearing friends and family in our corner praying for us, hoping us through life, keeping us before the throne of grace.
And when we begin to do this for others, we are strengthened.
Philippians 2:1-8 KJV
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
All my Love,