There has been too much sadness lately; and too much loss. If there is something we can do to help (and there usually is, even if it’s just a word of encouragement), we should do it.
Here’s an idea: let’s stop. Stop saying mean things to people. Stop saying mean things about people. Step in and say something when you hear others badmouthing another human being. Do you think I’m talking about you? Maybe I am (I know that I’m also talking to myself). Please just stop and think before you do an unkind deed or say an unkind word to another person. Even if you believe they deserve your judgment. Even if you are sure that they deserve to be blackballed and shunned.
Don’t stand by and watch someone being bullied or hurt because they are different, strange, overweight, poor, or mentally ill. Do you know someone who is hard to love? That is the person who needs your love and care the most. Be that person.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of these the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
It’s hard to love people who are different from us. People who make choices we don’t understand or approve of. It’s not easy to keep praying for and offering help to someone who doesn’t seem to want to help themselves or make changes. It’s discouraging and frustrating and you will probably want to give up, but please don’t. Please don’t stop loving and caring for people. There is no greater purpose than loving the unlovable, sad, needy, helpless, mentally ill, and homeless.
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not though away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray form them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Please do not give up on yourself! Your life may feel bleak and hopeless, but I promise that you will not always feel this way. Do not give up hope. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, pray, and ask for help; you will be amazed at how many people care about you and are willing to help you.