Today’s devotional is a little longer than we typically post, but I felt it had a wonderful message and wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy. -Lisa
It still seems unreal to me sometimes that we can connect with people from all over the world through a connection called the internet. Social networks are very popular now days, such as Facebook, where you can chat, play games, and share ideas with people around the earth. Recently I was ‘surfing’ posts on Facebook when I saw that a young lady was distraught because she was ridiculed in her church by certain church members for ‘hanging with the wrong crowd’ when she claims she was mingling with this crowd to invite them to church and witness to them.
She could not understand what we should do when we have hurt feelings because some people judge us for our actions. I felt led to write to her the following response:
Unfortunately in life we meet all kinds of people with different opinions and different attitudes. Of course, differences can be a spice of life when presented to each other in kindness and love, but we find those who disagree in our churches; we find them in our government; we find them in our neighborhood; even in our family members.
Yes, I have seen many who feel they are so correct in their walk with the Lord. They feel it is their obligation to point out everyone else’ flaws. It has saddened me many times that we allow ourselves to get to this point in our lives. Christ reminds us in all of His teachings, that we are daily taking up the cross. The cross represents ‘burdens’–not judgments.
I work for a chronic illness ministry. I have seen so many wonderful Christians struck with terrible health challenges, and I still stand amazed watching some of them use their weaknesses to minister to others. Christ is our strength, but we have to humble ourselves to place our burdens at the foot of the cross.
I find in my life, I can deal much better with the ‘holier-than-Thou’ attitudes of others when I remember it is not people I am placed here to please. I want to live my life to show others the love of Christ. I can do this by simply doing something to help one other person.
I remember my grandmother telling me when I was little, “If you go out of your way to help one person a day, but do it anonymously and not for praise of man, you will receive many blessings in return.”
I have thought of this many times over the years, and it in turn causes me to step back and avoid altercations with my fellow neighbors, since I want to strive to help others if I can. I guess what I am saying is, if we hang on to hurt feelings because of something someone else has said or done, we are hurting only ourselves.
Drop those burdens off, and pick up a friend’s burden and help them that day. You will find you have much more JOY in your life, and your attitude towards life will be much lighter.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me today to have the courage to place ALL of my burdens at Your feet. Help me to carry someone else’s cross, to help lighten their load. And Lord, help me to recover and prosper past the hurt feelings I receive from the careless words of others. I love You, praise You, and thank You today for all You have accomplished in my life. Amen!
About the Author:
Deborah Farmer lives with her husband and has 2 adult children. She is a writer, reader and small business owner, but can only achieve this through Christ who is her strength. She suffers from several health challenges.
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