Why are the wounded so often shot? I am so sick of the people who masquerade as “holy”. Pretending that they have it all together, that they’re NOT a mess, when they DEFINITELY are.
Those that make themselves look better by bullying others. Pretending to be grown-ups, when actually they are juvenile, insecure children who are just too scared to admit that they are a mess too.
It embarrasses me for them.
It would be easy to be furious. To stoop to the same level of bigotry and hurt. And to be quite honest, it would feel good, too. In my flesh anyway.
But I am called to something higher and greater: FORGIVENESS!
So here’s what I say to the wounded Believers Among us:
You are holy & dearly loved!
You are precious is Abba’s sight, the Apple of His eye.
You are a member of a mass of messed-up people with issues just like yours. Not worse than, but maybe equal to.
We are all unique in our individual mess, and we are all in this together. Not a one of us will make it out of here alive, but we can help each other stay afloat if we try.
So, whoever told you that you weren’t worth it–their time, their effort, their energy, or their love- they were/are just liars and bullies!
You know how I know? Because, I BELIEVE THE KING, WHO SAYS THAT YOU ARE WORTH EVERY THING HE WENT THROUGH! and, baby that’s EVERYTHING!
birth, life, torture, and death. All of it!
If He is up against your personal bully, He’s the honest one! HE’S THE ONLY ONE who’s voice is worth listening to. He’s the only one who will ALWAYS be in your corner, cheering you on.
And to the “such were some of you”s, of whom I am the chief member:
In a world so full of crazy, it’s so hard to hold on to love. To look at it deep and desire for it to take root in your soul.
So we retreat to our corners, tend our wounded, and love deep.
But what about the ones outside our den of contentment?
The easy is to be apathetic to anyone and EVERYONE else.
The simple is to let them take care of themselves, and say “they aren’t worth it.”
But is that Our call?
Isn’t the call of EVERY believer to love as He loved?!
And here’s where I ask The questions:
How do we love those who don’t want our love?
How do we care for those who shove us away Everytime we open our arms?
How do we continue to reach for those who may never trust us enough to accept the love we offer?
I really have no clue!
But maybe it’s written in the blood that still flows from Calvary.
Maybe it’s in NOT SHOOTING THE WOUNDED among us!
Maybe it’s seeing ourselves in the injuries they wear, and loving like Our Lover does.
Even if and when we do. Not. Know. How.
Maybe it’s doing it anyway. One moment at a time.
I’m sorry for shooting first instead of loving. I hate that I see this ugly in me. That I let that same fear that gives the bully his power, overwhelm me. There is no excuse for it,only many MANY tear drenched apologies. I am choosing to be a giver of love, tender of wounds, cry-with-me mama, forgiver of wrongs, wear-ER of thicker skin. While I’m trying, will you? Will you choose those same things in the moment, instead of after?