Yesterday we attended the funeral of my husband's (distant) cousin. He was 24 years old and he committed suicide. The final part of the funeral was a slide show of his life. We watched as pictures of this precious little boy moved across the screen and we watched him "grow up" right in front of us.
I found myself watching his eyes, wondering if I would see when the light of that precious little blond boy started to dim. When did life become too difficult? I don't know. We may never know.
Here's what I do know...
Each person we come in contact with each day is a divine appointment from God. We can do one of three things:
1) we can hurt, beat down, and destroy with our words and actions;
2) we can ignore them sending a clear message that they are not worthy of our time or attention;
3) we can see them as God sees them, imperfect (just like we are), needing God's touch (just like we do), and we can give them the experience - at least once this day - of knowing that someone sees the value and the image of God in them.
We never know what people are facing in the quiet places of their hearts. Some people walk around in constant, agonizing spiritual and/or emotional pain.
As Christians we have the opportunity and the power to CARE for each person we meet; to CAREFULLY handle them and their issues. No one should ever be worse off after contact with us.
I have had another reminder of the fragile nature of humans. Yes God made us resilient and strong, and yes, people have survived amazing tragedy and heart break, but we still have the potential to be broken.
Ask God to make you aware today of each soul in your path. Pray for them. Ask God to provide according to their need and his abundance. Be ready to be the hands and heart of God to each one today.
"...we are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world."
Following the plan,
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