This is Part 2 of an earlier blog.
As my attitude changed, I began to lend a sympathetic ear to those who often found themselves being ignored and cast away from the popular kids. As I drew closer to this one kid and his frequent questions, it felt as if he was just trying all possible ways to initiate some conversation by which someone would feel interested to talk to him.
He just needed someone to hear his mind out, and listen. His questions were not even looking for any right answer. He needed acceptance, while all ‘we’ were doing was casting him out. And this ‘we’ could be the ring-leader of the gang, a teacher or just anyone who spoke a word too soon.
To those of us who are not careful with our words and attitudes, consider, that today perhaps someone has lost their confidence, it could be with their performance or talents. Perhaps someone didn’t look up to face the harsh world again or find motivation to get better. Maybe someone didn’t make a friend again...
Yes, I know of people who have used harsh experiences to rise and become stronger. But some may not have reached there as yet. And others may have been affected by incidents giving rise to mental health issues.
The day I found a friend in Jesus, I realized that He was all I had ever needed. I can testify to this day that I never felt a lack, even if my friend list was not very long. And when my eyes saw the love of the ultimate healer taking me at my lowest and mending me, it gave me strength to give love to the broken-hearted.
Yes, one may have thousands of followers on their social media page, but yet have a deep and empty void because the world cannot satisfy their thirst. 'If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.' (Jn. 15:19)
Today when someone is being treated unfairly or discriminated against, you can choose to either silently stand as a spectator at the game, or do your part to support and encourage the broken-hearted. Yes, you will perhaps be looked down upon and persecuted for showing that love, but it was to that pure love that we were called.
It reminds me of Jesus, who came for the sick and dying, to give us his love and yes, it was for our sins he suffered the death on the cross. But that was not the end as this love found a way to give us also an everlasting life. May God give us the strength to live and act like Jesus, to the many living in brokenness.