What runs through your head? Is it all those things that they said that hurt you? Was it that they were a different color than you and you think of a racial slur. Is it that they may have culturally taken something from your culture. Do you focus in on how they dressed, or how annoying they were? Was it that they never called, or stopped by to see you?
My guess is that all these are not true. My guess is that your heart is filled with grief, perhaps sadness at all the things you couldn't say. All the things you can no longer do. The fact that you feel like you'll never get to hug them again, tell them your sorry for the way you treated them, or the things you've said. You wish you were more prepared, had a little more time. I lost my best friend when she was 20 and there's not a day that goes by I don't miss her. Our time here is not eternal, we need to start taking time today. And our hope is, as Christians, living for Jesus, we will be united in eternity again.
We get a little careless when it comes to how we treat others don't we? I watch Facebook day in and day out with little stabs and hurtful words. People in pain and lonely, and those that are in sicknesses that feel like victims with no hope. It's time to change.
Heard the most amazing analogy in church yesterday. If you take a bottle of water and you shake it, water comes out, right? Well if you take a person and you "shake them up" metaphorically speaking, what comes out of them is what is in their heart.
Take a moment to think about that.
I don't know about you, but that set hard with me. I'm still not where I want to be, so I have some prayers to ask and I have a heart that needs to be worked on, and thank God I know the "fixer of the heart" if I've never introduced you to him, I apologize. His name is Jesus.
Luke 12: 35-40 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Thank you for this blessed new day. Please come into our hearts and transform us from the inside out. Please help us in the way that we look at the day and help us encourage one another to be ready spiritually to help others along their journey. In your name I call out. Jesus.