Today, see everyone as people on a spiritual journey that often times does not follow a straight and narrow path.
Many times there are bumps, ditches, narrow paths, darkness as well as pain along the way of struggling through the journey of life.
Maybe we should realize: WE are all on a journey
Life can get us down at times yet if we remember that no one has it down perfectly and struggles are part of learning, we would make it easier on ourselves but also on others in our lives.
I know personally, I have learned over the last year especially that everyone is vlunerable and everyone is often anxious, fearful and worried about the challenges in their lives, just as I am in my own life.
I have learned to SEE others for the struggling souls that they are. In Mud and the Masterpiece by John Burke, he discusses that in the church we often forget that we all have mud on us due to our sins and struggles, but God sees a masterpiece.
I am working to remember this in every encounter I have with someone else.
A struggling soul; maybe feeling lost
A story that is continuing to play out; God has the plan
Stuff that was not theirs to carry around; God can handle it. Give it to Him.
See them through my own memories of feeling lost, alone, anxious and fearful; Maybe this is where they are at today.
Allow my own memories to be the looking glass through which I see those who I feel may be in the same place I was before.
Today, let us take the time to remember the blood, community and world family with the compassion, support and love you know it will take to inspire them to want to do better and be better.
I am now aware to the idea that maybe what I see in others represents the fears I have about myself.