Happy New Year!
We didn't send out Christmas Cards this year and I don't recall ever skipping a year. But with flying back to New York the week before Christmas for my niece's Wedding, I wrestled with...lose my sanity or lose the card?! (Probably lost a little bit of both! ;)
I came across this picture and it got me thinking...
Do you have people in your life to spot you? Are you carrying weight that sometimes seems too hard to bear? Having friends in your life to stand beside you during those rough seasons can literally make or break you.
I laugh when I'm at the gym trying to spot one of these above beasts. I stand in the position of the spotter, but God forbid I have to try and step in and sustain the weight! I pretty much tell them they're on their own.
I want to be a friend that doesn't just 'look the part', but one who can actually step in and help ease other people's loads. To hold the bar while they catch their breath. That challenges others to attempt to lift more since I'm right there to catch the bar if it's too heavy. I know I can't carry the whole load for them, I'm not strong enough. But what I can do is give them the assurance that I'm not going anywhere. I'm here. If you feel weak, I can remind you you're not alone. You are stronger than you think.
Life in isolation is painful. Going through struggles alone can be filled with despair. God didn't create us not to need each other. Independence is overrated.
I'm grateful for those who have been there in my darkest hours. I hope to do the same for those who enter one of their trials. Whether it's a tragedy or a mess of their own making because they are human and will fail. Regardless, Jesus was the perfect example of someone who loved the unlovely. The broken. He didn't require us to clean up our act completely before He engaged with us. He told the woman at the well to go and sin no more. He said you who are without sin, cast the first stone. He knew we were all guilty.
Let us be a people that display love in such a way that it is compelling for them to change. As opposed to the scolding parent who just wants behavior modification but with no heart change. We can have behavior that is in line but hearts far from Him.
Here's to 2016 and looking more like Him this year.