sometimes when you do good things, you don't get rewarded. sometimes when you love, they won't appreciate it. i've been in too many situation where you try so hard to help someone, but somehow when you do not live up to their expectation they'll spread rumors about you and trash your name. sigh! love hurts. can you call it love, if it never hurt? i think our lord Jesus knew that is was going to hurt coming to love this world. he knew exactly what he was getting himself into, but he came to be hurt. he came for the hurt of rejection, the hurt of abandonment, the hurt of false accusation, the hurt of human indignity and sin.
i'm reminded of the taiwanese culture, where the word for love is the very word for hurt. when they say, "jesus hurt you." they mean to say "Jesus loves you." it's interesting this sort of pain or hurt is a representation of true love and sympathy.
i prayed for someone today at the office. his name was jimmy and he's not yet a believer. i asked if it was okay to lay my hand on him to pray for him and his dying father. in the prayer, i felt his grief and his pain and there was love. i think he felt God's love, because God knew his pain. and somehow that pain got mixed with love and it was okay.
it's been two weeks. the media continues to feed us the videos, the reports, and the endless stories of pain, devastation, and fear. it's hard not to ask at time like this the difficult questions, like "where is God in all this?" the easiest thing is to treat it like an endless drama of sort or a distant history of a people far far away, but the reality is we all have people in our midst that is intimately affected by all these things, if you care to look. at first i resisted. i didn't want to watch any of those reports on the net, because i don't want to know. i don't want to be overtaken by its reality. i don't even want to be moved in my heart by the reality of pain. it is too painful to imagine and because i don't believe as a christian we can just be a by-stander and watch as people suffer and die. so, i didn't want to watch, lest i'd be responsible. but i think God wants us to watch, because He is watching. He has his eyes on humanity since the day of our creation and our subsequent fall. since then he continues to bleed and cry for a people that lives in pain and refusal for his love and salvation. therefore, we must see as He sees, a people in need of love and salvation. we must show them hope where there is none in this world. God is good and we must prove His goodness with the good He brings through his Church. Amen...
went to see it tonight. i thoroughly enjoyed it. it exposed the brutal reality of crack addiction and how dysfunctional family can become a plaque for generation after generation. but the good part is nobody has to continue living like that. you can choose to change and you can choose to beat that addiction and your vain obsession with your failed attempt at glory and become someone new. you can be a part of that healing, a part of someone else's success. before giving away too much of the plot, let me just stop right here.
i don't know how you end up reading my blog. but i want to tell you you can change, even when your experience tells you "you can't." don't believe it. God is here and He wants to love you. you can change through Him. don't let your world define who you are. let the love of Jesus bring you into wholeness. drop me a note, if you want someone to pray for you.
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