Thursday, May 17, 2012

see people that others miss


All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

We live in a broken world.  There is so much pain and dysfunction all around us.  Because of that pain and what people have done or what they battle, so many people have chosen to turn their heads the other direction.  That is when you see a hurting person or someone who made a bad decision and you move on, you don’t offer to help and you become cold.

Have we become cold to the hurt of the world?  For me that answer is no, but I have to be careful because there are some things that I get cold toward.  It is important that I make sure I am careful to not grow cold or less compassionate.

Hurting people need God.  They need people who will reach out and not worry about things and show the love of God. 

Life is messy.  So many of the addictions that people struggle with and the relationships that have fallen apart make life messy.  I believe that God has called us, call His children, to reach out to hurting people.  We don’t need to worry about getting our hands dirty.

In fact God often takes the hurt we’ve experienced and grown through to help others deal with what they are going through.  When you have been where another person is, you can sympathize with them and understand where they are coming from.  You can listen and be compassionate.

I meet all kinds of people.  The church I am honored to serve attracts people from many walks of life, and most of these people are broken and in pain.  God has called us to lend a hand, to help heal wounds, to give second chances and to love like God loves.  That is not always easy, but it is always right.

Do see you broken and hurting people around you?  Did you notice the man or woman on the street corner holding up the sign?  Did you notice the person on the park bench sleeping?  Did you see that kid with the worn out tennis shoes?  Did you hear the rumble of the person’s stomach that you sat next to in the waiting room?

There are hurting people all around us.  When we chose to respond, when we chose to reach out and be compassionate, when we chose to notice the homeless or hurting person, we will make a difference each time that we reach out.

Seeing people that others miss begins with pointing ourselves toward God and notice how God has blessed us.  You may not have much money or much time, but the money you do have and the time you do have can bless another person who has a real need and lots of hurt.

Tommy Barnett said it best in these two lines … find a need and meet it; find a hurt and heal it.  May God help us to see people that others miss.

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.

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