You are needed.
Your rosy colored lives or white-wall perfection can create a legacy of hope and fellowship.
How much time do we waste prepping for photographic memories of perfected families and smiles? What kind of useless items do we have displayed in our homes as hospitality welcomes in a comparison of whose house has the best slogans plastered on the walls? How many social media posts do we like and comment on in order to get affirmation in our mundane existence so that we feel important?
We are missing the whole wide world by living in a bubble of self-made people. We need to stop staring out the window daydreaming of how much more perfection we can pretend to display across the faces of our lives.
There are many people just right outside of our circles who are trying to reach the coat tails flapping behind our weekly coffee dates and wine sipping parties. We don’t see their flustered brows or hurting eyes because we are too busy trying to cover up our own imperfections. They try to reach out, but their just don’t pass the interview process that gets them into the clique.
People are hurting and we are dismissing them over there lack of trendy wares and because they aren’t quite up on their binge watching of the top five shows. Their children struggle with grades, their churches aren’t mega, jobs aren’t providing large homes, and their Postpartum Depression was one time too many.
They need you. I need you, because I am one of them. I would venture to guess that you may have been one of them at some point as well. Who reached out to you? We need to pay that forward.
Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
Instead of pushing past the new mom at small group, over-looking the quiet neighbor down the street or dismissing the struggling woman at the coffee shop, as sisters in Christ we should be looking to open up to conversation with others. We can’t build each other up in faith if we are too self-indulged in fancy planners.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
As we labor along the road to friendships and community, we must not leave behind those who need us the most. We need to open our eyes to the needs of those around us without the fear of missed playdates or the church gossip hour. Priorities need to be readjusted and thoughtfulness needs to replace our busyness.
We can extend our hands to the new girl who just needs a reprieve and words of affirmation. The Lord has poured down so much grace on us and now we should take the time to live it out loud in our walk.We can't build each other up in faith if we are too self-indulged in fancy planners. Click To Tweet
This post comes from the 20 Days of Devotionals series.