Living Life With The Buddy System
Start writing a post
Relationships

Living Life With The Buddy System

We weren't meant to swim alone.

34
Living Life With The Buddy System
pixabay

As kids, when we were taught how to swim, we were told to use the buddy system. We couldn't swim on our own because we needed to look out for each other. If one kid started to struggle, the other one was there to help and call for an adult. But I think the buddy system works for more than just learning to swim. In fact, I would appreciate the buddy system in every part of my life.

I have come to realize that there are so many broken people in this world. They're everywhere. The smiling girl across the aisle at the grocery store is grieving her father's death. The guy next to you is struggling to find his voice in this ridiculously loud world. The woman in front of you with the cutest outfit is stressed out of her mind, making a giant career decision.

You would never guess this just by looking at them. They're happy, at least they seem that way. They're happy, funny people. You would never guess that they're the strongest too. You don't see why they would need to be strong. But that's just it. They don't show it. You can't see their strength because you can't see their weakness. They're falling to pieces from the inside out, just waiting for someone to realize that they need help. Just waiting for someone to ask a simple question like, "Are you okay?" Just waiting for someone to see the pain in their eyes, and care. Don't underestimate the power of a smile, a simple compliment, a "How are you?" a friendly hello. Mankind is relational. We crave relationships, no matter how much we may deny it and hide it.

Life is like swimming in an ocean. It may be a cheesy metaphor, but stick with me here. Some of us are in shallow, calm water - just floating. That's fine. But some are in deep waters, drowning, gasping for what little breath they can get. Who do we think we are, sitting in our shallow water, watching others drown? We should be diving in, coming alongside them, helping them to safety. We need to show them love, grace, and mercy. Not ignoring their subtle cries for help, and definitely not pushing them farther down. We must point them in the direction of safety and swim there with them. Don't just play in the kiddie pool or stay on the shore.

So smile at strangers. Ask how they're doing. Have heart-to-hearts with your best friends. Be the one person that could make someone else's day. Show the world Christ's love in the little things.

Have the eyes and ears of a lifeguard and point people to the only Lifeguard that can truly save them. People are broken and drowning, but we weren't meant to swim alone.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

29 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach, SC Regardless Of The Weather

Both indoors and outdoors things to do in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

2526
29 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach, SC Regardless Of The Weather
Dahlia DeHaan

In 2017, I moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - one of the most touristy places on the East Coast. And ever since then, I've befriended locals and done some exploring on my own to discover new, fun things to do in Myrtle Beach. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Keep Reading... Show less
Sports

The Birthplace of Basketball

The NBA Playoffs are here. It’s kind of funny that my history kind of started out in the same place that basketball’s did too.

4418
quotefancy.com

Basketball was originally created by James Naismith, a Presbyterian minister who taught P.E. at YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. He invented the new game to keep the young men occupied inside during the winter. Borrowing ideas from rugby and a game he used to play as a boy, “duck on the rock”, he thought of nailing up boxes to throw a ball into. He couldn’t find boxes so he used peach baskets instead. The rest of the rules he made up in about an hour.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

I Met You At The Wrong Time

At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

3989
Tumblr

I met you when I was in middle school and I thought boys still had cooties. I wore flared jeans, Aeropostale shirts, and had the dorkiest braces ever. I cared about what other people thought of me, and I definitely cared a lot about what you thought, too. You were older, and your friends made fun of me when I talked to you. I pretended it didn’t bother me, but it did. I sat two rows in front of you in class, and constantly tried to think of reasons to talk to you. Your hair was a curly mess. It still is. You graduated from middle school a year before me, and I missed you. I don’t think you even knew my name.

Keep Reading... Show less
Sports

The Problem With The NBA

Is the NBA losing to College basketball for some sports fans?

16411
New York Times

The annual ESPY award show put on by ESPN was created to reward athletes from around the world for their hard work, skill, determination and more. When Former NFL superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was hosting the ceremony, and in the opening of the show, he absolutely shredded NBA champion Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors to create what many sports fans called a “super team.”

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Why I Don't Believe In Religion

I used to be comfortable with religion, but now I'm uncomfortable.

16569
Rebecca Jarrett

I’m not one of those people who doesn’t believe in God because“if there was a God, why would He let such horrible things happen?” Saying that because sometimes bad things happen, there must be no benevolent higher power, to me, makes about as much sense as saying that because sometimes it gets dark, there must be no light.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments