Step Out and Reach Out

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Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7

We live  in a world where the news is a our fingertips. Where it has become easier to find out what is happening in Saudi Arabia than it is sometimes, to talk to someone and find out what is going on with them.  It is possible to become desensitized to the tragedies around us because they happen often and do not directly affect us. Yes, there may be sorrow  and the shaking of our heads over another situation but eventually we move on because that is what happens with life.

Recently, a former classmate of mine passed away after an ongoing battle with cancer, leaving behind her four children. She was 39 years old. Her passing was a shock but hopefully also a wakeup call. You see, we tend not to pay attention to what is not right up in our faces and tend to ignore that which may not seem pressing.   The loss of Marie Blunte has made me take the time to step back and look at my family and reevaluate my relationships. This is real. This is close to me. None of us is invincible and we only have one time around on this earth.

Life is too short to hold on to bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, hatred, judgmental attitudes and selfishness.

When Christ died for us, it was not after having been on earth one day. What if He had said “Father, I don’t think so. These people are too stubborn and hard hearted. I want to preserve my life. It’s not worth it.” He saw all human shortcomings. He experienced hatred and the close-minded nature of man. He was accused and beaten. People wanted Him dead and they succeeded.  Yet, He still put His life on the line for us. He considered us, imperfect humans, worth it. Even after all that He knew we were and had the potential to be.

Often times we can become closed off, afraid of rejection and not wanting to interact with others in order to preserve ourselves and our feelings. We can decide that a person is not worth the effort when a constant smile or polite greeting may be all that it takes to impact someone else.

News flash people : None of us is perfect!

No one has it all together but if we are willing to be there for each other, to step out of our comfort zones and reach out,  to give love where it may not be returned, to show mercy when it may not be warranted, to allow the Holy Spirit to lead our hearts – then we are on the right path.

Lord, I pray for Marie’s children and family, that they may know Your love and peace and have love from those around them for the rest of their lives. That they will remember clearly her joy and strength and not the memories her illness.

May we remember each day to give love and to be patient. May we try to see past a person’s  exterior to realise that they need a kind word and understanding just as we do.

Marisse Cropper

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