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I Got You, Buddy

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times.  2 Corinthians 1:3 MSG

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Our backyard is every little boy’s paradise: a giant pile of dirt.

The bank where we dug the dirt out for our new project was extremely steep. Carter, my oldest, figured out a way to climb up on his own. Everything that big brother does, little brother wants to do too. Daniel, my youngest, desperately tried to climb the steep bank. He fussed and hollered. He pawed and jumped, but he couldn’t climb the bank.

Finally, Carter came from behind and pushed Daniel up. Even though he wasn’t strong enough, Carter kept trying. Slowly, Daniel climbed a little higher. Carter finally wrapped his arms around his little brother and said, “I got you, buddy.” Then he hollered up to me, “Mama, help pull him to the top.” By that point, he was high enough for me to grab his arms and pull him to the top.

Carter trying to lift his younger brother up pictures what Christians should do. There are people all around us who are stuck in deep holes or messy dirt. We need to do everything within our power to come alongside them—or even push them from behind—and say, “Hey, I got you, buddy.” We may not be able to lift them all the way up, but a little boost may be enough to get them off the bottom and into the reach of Jesus who waits at the top. Although we aren’t the saviors, we can be the lifeline God uses to get others to the Savior.

Look around for opportunities to come alongside others, wrap your arms around them, and say, “I got you, buddy.”

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Christy Adams

Christy Bass Adams is a mother of two boys. She uses her past classroom experience to teach future educators at Saint Leo University and at North Florida College. Christy serves as the Outreach and Connections Coordinator of Fellowship Baptist Church in Madison, Florida. She also writes a weekly inspirational column in Greene Publishing and maintains a regular blog. When she isn’t teaching or writing, you can find her sitting by the fire, wetting a line in the river, or spending time with her boys. For more from Christy, visit her blog: www.christybassadams.com.