Does someone in your life have issues?

Does someone in your life have issues? Someone in your family? A co-worker or classmate? Or maybe a friend? Perhaps it’s just that their priorities are frazzled.

And you just don’t know what to do. Maybe it’s legitimate. Maybe it’s not. Maybe you’re just not sure. The point is that it can be complicated.

But you want to help because you care. So here’s one thing you can do no matter what the situation is:

Be as healthy and as faithful as YOU can be.

I remember reading in a book—I think it was by Christian psychiatrist M. Scott Peck—that whenever he gets approached to help with a difficult person in a family situation, he tries to look around at the wider context, including what the surroundings are like and who the key people are. There is a greater chance of success if the person in the home who has the most emotional health gets even healthier. That’s why he works with that person as well. Their strength impacts others’ strength.

What if YOU were in a strong position to effect good change in someone’s life? What if you could positively impact their well-being simply by being as healthy and as faithful as you can be.

…by showing what it’s like to put God first
…by showing how to live by key priorities
…by taking care of yourself and showing genuine interest in the well-being of others

“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) is a passage that never stops renovating our hearts and attitudes. Doing a good job of loving others presumes a pattern of love and care that you first offer to yourself. That’s why being as healthy and as faithful as you can be can sends a ripple effect into your relationships.

Maybe this devo isn’t for you. But if it is, be as healthy and as faithful as you can be. Either way, you won’t be the only one who reaps the rewards.

By Matthew Ruttan

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One thought on “Does someone in your life have issues?

  1. When travelling on an airplane, the safety demo often tells you to put your own oxygen mask on first. The reason – if you pass out you are of no help to anyone else (children travelling with you).


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