Everybody Needs Somebody

Everybody Needs Somebody

Look around you. Chances are, you didn’t get to where you are today all by yourself. At some point in your life, someone was more than likely in your corner, cheering you on and giving you an opportunity to flourish. Perhaps it was a parent; perhaps it was a teacher, tutor or a mentor; or perhaps it was a friend. Everybody needs somebody.

My church has recently partnered with the local school district to provide mentors and tutors to children who attend the elementary school. This particular school district is below the poverty level and many of the kids are being raised in very difficult circumstances: single parent homes, a limited food supply, no warm clothing, and very little emotional support. As a result, the children are in a constant state of fight or flight, making it very difficult for them to learn much of anything.

Research has shown that the remedy to this fight or flight state of mind is quite simply: love. Spending one hour a week with a child who lacks the emotional support to do well in school can make all the difference in the world. For one hour, they are the center of attention. Someone is there beside them, helping with their homework, talking about their family, or just listening with interest to what they have to say.

It’s not only children living in poverty who need somebody cheering them on. My guess is that most of us know people in our own circle of family and friends who are struggling and in need. And yet, our first response tends to be to send them away. They’re too bothersome. They are a distraction, or they require too much time and energy. It’s so much easier to ignore them. We tend to look at what people are not, instead of who they are in the eyes of God.

Each Sunday at the end of our service, we pray that God will send us out into the world to do the work He has called us to do. He calls each of us to be a somebody to somebody. Being a mentor to a young child might not be your thing, but there are many ways to be a somebody to somebody. It will make all the difference in someone else’s life, and ultimately, in yours.

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