|Bleeding heart flowers (found on google images)|
How do I know that the lady in line at the store who cut in line in front of me isn't hurrying to finish her grocery shopping, so she can comfort someone who was just diagnosed with cancer?
How do I know that the woman who walked past me with no smile or word of greeting, but walked right past without so much as acknowleding my existence (even when I extended a smile and greeting to her), may be a Mom who has kids at home that have been sick for several days and she is so tired that she truly did not see me?
How do I know the boy who won't help with cleaning up and seems rebellious and focused on himself, isn't struggling with fear at being told he's "not doing it the right way" and is hurting inside because of lies he believes about himself and others. Like, "I'm worthless", or "They are thinking (you fill in the blank) about me".
How do I know the girl who came across as flippant, unfriendly, and disrespectful isn't carrying a scarred heart, filled with pain and the only way she knows how to deal with it is to seem "fine" and "in control" even though inside she is reeling with confusion?
How do I know that the people walking past me everyday are fine, because they are dressed okay, act okay, appear okay, when inside they could be falling apart, crying in pain, struggling with issues that we cannot comprehend?
There is so much pain around us and sometimes it is so easy to forget that since everyone seems either "okay" or "rebellious" or "unfriendly" all the time, we assume it is just the way they are. But we never know what is going on on the inside of a person. We never know what a kind word, a smile, a caring heart, a listening ear, a forgiving spirit or a patient response will help someone.
|A single bleeding heart |
(found on google images.)
I just wanted to share what was on my heart today. I'm so thankful God loves me even though I mess up every single day. As a "little Christ" my focus should be on turning what God gives to me and sharing it with others, never caring if they "deserve" or "need" it. Just doing it because God does it to me when I don't deserve it and He knows the needs of every person out there and I don't.
Praying you have a great weekend!