Updated: Mar 25
I've never had to dial 911. But I'm glad it's there in case I need to. It's nice knowing that help is just a phone call away.
Wouldn't that be a great thing for each of us to remember while living in this crazy, messed-up world?
Help is just a phone call away.
No, I'm not talking about 911. Although, don't hesitate if you need to. I'm talking about reaching out for help with all the other stuff in your life. The heartache, the hurt, the worry, the disappointment, the tragedy, the loss, the pain, the sorrow, the anger, the loneliness, and everything else you deal with.
Don't you realize that help is just a phone call away? "But, who do I call?" you may ask.
Maybe you can call a parent. I did this a bunch especially around December of 2020. I was in a pretty bad place. I am generally a pretty outgoing and upbeat guy. But after 9 months of masks, lockdowns, and weird I was done and I needed help.
I picked up my phone and called my dad. He's in ministry too. He knew some of the things that I was experiencing. Not exactly, mind you. But close enough that he helped me see somethings I was completely missing.
He helped me see that, as a Kid's Pastor, what I had before the pandemic was gone and never coming back. Depressing, huh? But it was exactly what I needed to hear. I had to quit mourning what was gone to realize what was ahead. New opportunities, blessings, and graces were just up ahead, but I had been looking back and didn't see them.
Maybe you can call a friend.
Maybe you can call a church.
Maybe you can call a child.
Or even a radio station.
Maybe you can call a doctor or therapist.
Whatever you do, make the call. Don't sit and stew in your thoughts. One of these people could help you see things in an entirely different light. Offer you hope. Set you on a better path. Open your eyes to opportunities. Save your life.
I've never had to call 911, but I have had to call for help. And I will always be grateful for the ones who answered.