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How many times have you sensed someone was headed for trouble? How many times did you hear of someone failing and said to yourself, “I could have predicted that”?

It is easy to shrug off the feelings that you must do something with the rationale that it is none of your business.

I beg to differ. It is our business when someone is about to fall off the edge, trip up and lose his or her way.

Imagine life where we cared more, loved more and were concerned to the degree that we spoke up. Around us, we see the obvious needs -- homelessness, hunger, poverty and more and we should all do what we can to remedy these problems.

Yet there are many deep waters people are beginning to drown in that may not be as blatantly apparent as the ones I just listed. We need to reach out, offer our support and in some cases our loving confrontation that allows someone to know that they are not alone and to warn them of the dangers ahead.

Again, you could say, none of my business, but I would like you to reconsider that.

It could very well be God nudging you toward reaching out, encouraging and lifting someone up. The nudge or the simple awareness can be just the right thing to cause us to act.

It is never a bad thing to do a good thing. To look into the eyes of someone and simply say, "You are too important to allow your life to get distracted, derailed or worse."

The Bible is filled with examples of people caring for people and commands for us to care for each other.

John 13:34 -- “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

John 13:35 -- “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Romans 12:10 -- "Be committed to one another and love them like family; focus on the needs of others, to one another in honor."

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Galatians 6:1 -- "If anyone is caught in an overwhelming situation, you who are spiritual, restore them with a heart that is gentle."

Our lives are best lived when we help those who are making poor choices, despondent or in need of simple encouragement.

You can make a difference in the lives of others and possibly rescue a few before they fall or fail deeply. May you recognize the moments and places, the people and issues where you can extend grace and be used to add value to others, especially in their time of need.

Go ahead and respond and do not be silent. You will never go wrong, only if you do nothing.

May God open our eyes that we might see the people around us as people who God has created and who have intrinsic value and by His plan, have been placed in our path and under our observation for a reason. May God teach us that we are our brother’s keep and we need not be silent.

Please! Let’s be receptive to the nudges and save some along the way.

Bernie Federmann is the senior pastor of the Lompoc Foursquare Church. He also serves as chaplain to Lompoc police and fire departments. He can be reached through myflc.com

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