It seems so much this world is about smoke and mirrors…what you see isn’t always truth. It’s so easy to make it look like things are amazing and you have the best life ever on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s also just as easy to make it sound like you have the worst life in hopes to get attention and sympathy. It’s so hard to tell who is real and who isn’t…that right there is a shame.
Then there is real life. You walk around seeing smiling faces but you never truly know what’s behind that smile. You see a family dressed in torn dirty clothes walking through Walmart and you immediately cast judgment on them wondering why they’d go out dressed like that. There’s too much judgment. I will admit that I’m guilty of this myself but I’m trying hard to stop when my mind goes down those tracks. I want to reprogram my thinking process. Here’s what I try to remind myself when these situations come up:
Someone is rude to you…Maybe they lost their job that week? Maybe their spouse left them or they are dealing with a hard struggle. Say a prayer for them before you think hateful thoughts. Maybe they need a smile or kind word. Who knows what hardships they’ve experienced.
You see a child misbehaving in the store or doctors office while their parent sits by and seems to do nothing…Maybe they are struggling with behavior issues and this child’s parent is worn and exhausted. At the point of giving up. Pray for that child…pray for that parent. Ask God to give them peace, strength and guidance.
You see someone who is chronically ill and they are happy and smiling…Remember they are strong and have learned to put up a good front. Inside they are still struggling. They are still fighting. Pray for their health. Pray for their mental well being. Offer them a meal or find a way to be a blessing to them even if all seems well. So often these people will never ask for help but inside they are crying out for some one to care enough to dig a little deeper and see the real truth of the situation. Pray that God show you a way to be a blessing to them.
You scroll through your wall on FB and see some one complaining yet again about the same thing. Take a deep breath. Say a prayer for this person that they can find a way to escape this struggle they are in. Pray that they find true joy.
Remember the simple rules we were taught when we were young:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Turn the other cheek.
Be the kind of friend you’d want to have.
Take turns. The last shall be first and the first shall be last.
You reap what you sow.
All so simple yet so difficult at the same time. Just take a moment to try to see through the smoke and ask God to show you the truth. Be a light to others even when they are darkness….They are the ones that need it the most.