If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NIV)
None of us lives to himself… —Romans 14:7
I recently told someone to “Be kinder than necessary. Start with yourself.” I hope they understood all of what I intended when I said it. Now that I have committed myself to restoration, acknowledged that I am Imago Dei and you are too, then we are bound to treat the God in each of us with reverence. Start with yourself, but do not remain there.
We are the Body of Christ, and when one suffers, we all hurt…whether we feel the hurt or not. It started as a status update, but as are the mysterious ways of God, it went so much deeper. Checking on online family today, I noticed something that troubled me, and privately, I reached out. The person who made me go there is among the bravest and most honest I have met recently. I am learning about depression, and am grateful for their patience and openness with me. They trust me, and I honor that trust.
I have #SQUAD with mental illness. They are my people. I have learned so much from knowing them; from loving them. Here is what I know. Each and every one of us deserves the most compassion we can get from one another every time we encounter one another. Every single time. Whether it's mental illness or anything else. We've got to do better, y'all. Do better. That is our call to Faith; our call to action. Love one another. Just love. Without judgement, without qualifying. I want you to think of the person you love least and try to figure out exactly how you should love and honor them….even if it begins at a distance.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously wrote
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
There is so much currently in the world to be pissed off about, but as the expression goes, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” If I hear one more person ranting about Target’s bathroom policies when there is real pain and real need in the world, I’m about to “go HAM” like Jesus in the Temple. If I can only master one thing in my pursuit of Christ, I want it to be giving away all the love, mercy and grace He’s given me so I can get even more. I’m not an Old Testament believer, that’s not my lane. I am far to flawed and frail to do any more than seek that Joy that passes all understanding, and I mean to chase it like my life depends upon it. I return again to some of the lessons I learned on a recent bad day, including;
b) Be kind. The circle is round.
c) According to one translation of Genesis 1, God said: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature..." Never have I read that His Nature was hateful, ugly, or petulant...so at the very least, practice Grace.