I have started writing this month’s article over and over, but each time I end up scrapping the next idea and coming back to the same thing. Caring. We need to talk about caring. Somebody needs to know they are loved.

I got together with a couple of friends earlier this summer and it was amazing to discover that we each felt the same way right then: Alone, forgotten, like no one would even want to get together with us. Now was that true? Not at all. But the enemy sure does like to discourage us, and we end up believing we’re the only one feeling lonely and isolated.

Philippians 2:4 says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” We live in a selfish society that makes it difficult to think of others. But we were never meant to do life alone. Yes, the Bible says God will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) But we need each other, too. When God was creating the world, He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone,” (Genesis 2:18) and so He made Eve.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Jesus commanded us to, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) We’re also supposed to “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Right now, who is the first person that’s coming to mind? I encourage you to take a piece of paper and write him or her a quick note. If that sounds like too much work, send a text or an email. Or make a call. Just like Stevie Wonder sang years ago, just call to say, “I love you and I care!” Or “thank you.” Or “I’m thinking about you.” Anything! Just a few words of kindness can go a long way in brightening someone’s day. Keep in mind that the people who look like they have it all together are often the ones who most need a reminder that they are loved.

One of the hardest things to do is to reach out to someone when you are feeling lonely. If that’s where you are today and you’re not sure who would care, send me an email and I will reply. I promise! You are loved and you are important. And it’s not because of how much money you have, what you look like, what you’ve accomplished, or how much you know. It’s just because you are here, made in the image of God. You are special. And you need to be reminded of that.

• Lisa Jisa and her family have been residents of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2000. She can be reached at lisa.jisa@gmail.com.

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