Be The First

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Woman-tear-on-faceThere are people in this world who will try to drag you down, remind you of why you’re not good enough, and bring you to your knees in pain.  We wonder why.  We question ourselves.  We look in the mirror and find every fault they have pointed out multiplied a hundred times over.  Believers are just as guilty as the non-believers.  In fact, the guilt should go deeper if you have given your life to Jesus, for your responsibility to others should be greater.  

Why do we do things like this to one another?  Is it our own inner insecurities that make it so hard to just love, encourage, and support one another?  What makes one person not get along with another?  I have pondered these questions over and over in the last several years.  I don’t understand why people like to hurt each other or not get along – especially in our churches. We are to be yoked to Christ, behaving like Him, loving as He does.  He has forgiven the worst of offenses, eaten with the poor, saved the criminal, loved the homeless, the drug addicts… why can’t we do the same?  We are certainly not any better than any of them.  We, as believers, should hold ourselves to a higher standard to forgive more easily, love more readily, and serve without question.  3ed9740

We get our feelings hurt and decide to punish by withholding forgiveness.  We get angry so we hold grudges.  We feel insecure so we gossip.  How much sense does any of this make?  At the end of the day, you have withheld the love you could have shared, the example you could have been, and most of all, you have disappointed the One who gave you the life you are living and everything in it.  And for what?  A few moments of personal gratification that is sinful?  

Regardless of what everyone else is doing, regardless of your selfish human feelings, regardless of what the world teaches, be the first one to make a move and break the mold.  Be the first one to show that Christ is in charge of your life and not you.  Be the first to stand up and say, “I forgive you.”  Be the first to stand up and say, “I’m sorry”.  Be the first to say, “I love you. I cherish you. I support you.”  Be the first to pray for the homeless man on the corner instead of trash talking him as you pass by him about how he needs to get a job.  Do you know his story anymore than he knows yours?  

young-man-elderly-woman-visiting-1080937-printBe the first to reach out to the quiet person who you assume is a snob or thinks she is better.  Do you know what is in her heart anymore than she knows what is in yours?  Be the first to speak to the elderly or serve them.  Can you just imagine what stories they could share with you from the life they have lived?  They look in the mirror and see the child, the teen, the twenty-something, the forty-something… they once were.  They look in the mirror with wiser eyes, matured heart, and full of lessons learned.  Oh what they could share with us about how to live!  

Step out of your comfort zone.  Step out on faith.  Jesus has never left you and He never will.  Every step you take He is right beside you holding your hand with more love than we could ever feel from one another.  He will guide you in loving, encouraging, and serving others for it is all for His glory.  So go ahead.  Be the first!love brother

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4 thoughts on “Be The First

    Lanice Flaxman said:
    October 5, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Melanie, you are such a blessing in my life. God sends your words of wisdom to me just when I need them the most. You and your precious family remain in my prayers.

    God bless you

    Lanice Gaye Flaxman — Australia

    Sent from my iPad

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      Melanie responded:
      October 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Lanice. It encourages me to hear that I have helped someone in some small way. Blessings to you across the pond!

    Dora Barnes said:
    October 5, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Hi, I’m still trying to learn technology & not sure if this is right. This is so very true! Thank you for writing this & some of the others you have written in the past. I haven’t had the knowledge to figure out how to reply to. If you have an E-mail or phone # to send me I would appreciate it. I sit here with a broke neck awaiting two more surgeries counting my blessings & to get this message now has really lifted my spirits.

    Love, prayers & hugs to you & your entire family.

    Dora Barnes

    Sent from my iPhone

    crystallovesjesus said:
    October 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Love love love this!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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