Hello Friends ~
In my last post I made the comment “there but by the grace of God go I.” This is a daily reminder for myself.
Have you noticed lately people are under attack? The more a light shines or even a tiny flame, the quicker a quiet force may sneak up to attempt to put it out. Well, if this is the case, we need to arm ourselves with matches so we can lend a hand to re-light that flame. I have recently been privileged and entrusted with some very honest and gut wrenching trials of others. When we are brought to something in life that shakes our core, it is a time of vulnerability. We need to support our foundations and stabilize the core so we can stand up in the face of the storm. We will be brought together to do just that for one another. Here is the good news it does not all happen at the same time. One day you are on a cloud all things are lifted up then slowly something pulls at you and you fall into a pit or hole and often we are somewhere in the middle. We hold on for dear life in the valleys and soar in the peaks. We as humans are right and wrong, good and bad, thoughtful and rude, concerned and negligent. We are happy and sad, joyful and mean, beautiful and ugly. We are sinners and so we are imperfect. We are also believers in Gods promise and so we can admit weakness, seek atonement, and understand frustration. We can help one another to work though a trial with Christ as our constant advocate. We can remind one another to seek Him in all things. We can remind one another He has our scenes pre-written and He will send the cast partners needed to complete them. When it gets so tough and desperate this is when He comes directly lifts you up until it is time to set you down gently. Here is the best part WE WILL ALL MAKE MISTAKES ~ LEARN FROM THEM AND GROW. I want us to remember people will come forward as they are. Some will be meek, some bold, some will be afraid to show a crack in their armor. Many will present one way and not admit to their own pain or heavy weight that limits their honest struggle in their walk. Some will be young and not trained in the ways of the world. They will attempt to get our attention through actions and even some really colorful words. We all do it. We are like little children sometimes we stamp our feet and scream. Funny though when we scream sometimes nothing comes out. So some internalize their pain. Some have questions they want to ask but they are stifled and afraid or giggle from lack of practice. We can practice together; we can learn to be Christ-like together. We can be honest in our confusion together, but first we must be real. If I mess up I will say I am sorry, if I see you hurting I will reach for you, if you are hungry I will try to feed you. We can be fed together if we TRUST that God wants us to be honest in our faults and real in our walks. We need to be real so we can truly see one another. That way when things get cloudier and darker we will be able to see the flickering lights among the crowds. We then can fuel one another and more importantly share some light with those in the dark. When I forget my words as I have them here feel free to nudge me I promise to nudge you write back. This way we can stay upright on this tight rope of life TOGETHER~
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35).