Giving up is easy. But when you give up, never realize what could have been. Whither it is a dream, a person or a thing. Jesus did not give up on anyone of us. If he had there would be no resurrection story. There would be no grace. There would be no forgiveness. We were created in the image of God, that truth says to me that we will be given the tools necessary to walk with people through their crap. During the crap most people will push you away. They will be ugly. They will hurt you. Because hurting people hurt people. (This is a truth that has resonated with me for most of my life. At times like a mantra pushing me to love through the hurt. Other times as a reminder to myself to let people love me through my own hurt and not to cause any more damage.) Often they can’t help it. Because they can’t see past their moment. Sometimes they don’t care to help it. That is where grace comes in. But know it is never about you. I have done my share of pushing people away. I have also done my share of waiting for someone to be there. In those moments all I wanted was someone to see the hurt, damage, yuck and just be there. Sometimes all you need to do is be there.
I have been bought through enough muck that I believe in my heart of hearts, that I am to fight for the weak, the broken, the scared and the misunderstood. I will fight. And when I get weak I will lean into my Jesus, for it is there that my strength will be renewed. I have been called a defender of the weak. I have been teased when I have stood up for the “persecuted” but I do it because no one should ever be picked on. No one should ever feel like their missteps or mistakes or bad choices make then less than a person. I have to really pay attention to myself in this area. I am sarcastic and come from a long line of hurt…it, often times, is far too easy for the venom to flow. Sometimes even before I realize it. I am working hard to do better. I want my words to speak life. I want them to bring life. I them to be encouragement.
I remember this amazing woman of God praying over me and saying the Lord was giving her a picture and the banner over me was love. My verse was Proverbs 20:6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? In that season I did not have the knowledge I needed to fully understand what was being spoken to me. At sixteen it was almost more than I could comprehend. Recently the Lord has brought that back to mind. He has spoken to my heart that the banner was His love through the mucky places I have walked through to get to where I am now. The banner also represents the love He has placed in me for others, particularly the broken, hurting, damaged, scared and misunderstood.
Giving up and letting a person walk through their muck alone robs each person of their gift. One needs the gift of support and companionship. The other needs the gift of seeing their gifts and talents used for a greater purpose then one’s self. Let’s begin the ascent into Fall walking in love and grace. I challenge you to reach out and love someone today. Encourage them to press forward.
Just remember big things my friends! Big things are coming! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.