Hey friends, how are you? How was your weekend? Its a cold day in my neck of the woods, but still with thankfulness, I can say …
We are now just a little over five weeks before the new year begins; can you believe it? Soon, 2020 will be in the rear-view mirror, but before we come to the end, we do still have almost six weeks to go. What shall we do with those weeks? Shall we pretend they don’t exist and wait for a new year? Maybe we should bear it, with long-suffering? I have a better idea, why don’t we choose instead to ‘live life abundantly’? Isn’t that better? 2020 will go down in history, the kids of the future will read about this year with everything that made the year stand apart. And the beauty of it is this; we are part of this history, we are actually in the midst of a historical year, isn’t that great?
I am an introvert, I said that here, but I’m also an optimistic person. I have the tendency to see the glass half full, much to the disgust of a few people. I very rarely wallow in self-pity for long, although there are days when I do. People rarely disappoint me, I suppose when one expects little from others, any good is good, right? One of my favorite aunts once told me that she suspects I have been given the gift of discernment. Although at the time I had no idea what she meant by that word, I was able to distinguish or judge the character of most people, by just being in their company. At the time, most people fell into two boxes: good and bad. I realize today that rather than label people ‘good’ or ‘bad’, most people fall under genuine or truthful or not.
Most of us put on a persona to some extent, but some people are just untruthful in everything they say and do. When I was younger, because I didn’t understand what about these people freaked me out, I just chose to stay away from them altogether. For most of my formative years, I lived a life of God and me. I had friends and family, but most lived on the fringe of my life because none could be trusted, except God, alone. To some extent this gift, because I did not understand its intent, caused me to dislike people and keep them at arm’s length.
I began to judge people and found them wanting; honey chile… it’s not hard when you’re looking to find deceit in the human population; not hard at all, but the true deceit lies in thinking you are better than they are and that’s what took the Lord a few years to teach me.
People are people, are people, are people, and God loves people. Every single person is loved by God and the truth is, none of us are truthful by nature, yet we are loved with an unfailing, unwavering, unconditional love. As Christians, we are blessed to be supplied with that special gift that bonds us in the family of God. We are not more special than another, just different and therein lies true beauty; the ability to build up and encourage and push others to keep their eyes on the Savior by doing exactly what we’ve be called to do. We’ve been tasked to be ‘others’ minded; to love others, to be kind to others, to pray for others. We may not all have the exact beliefs in all things, we may not all look alike or speak alike or live in alike environments, but because we serve the same God, we are a part of His wonderful family.
As the year comes to an end, let’s choose to add some optimism to our lives and believe that the God of the universe has the world and all that lies in it, in the Palm of His hand and He is more than capable of keeping what is His.
Look up, chile, look up… your redemption draws closer every day. How are you doing?