Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014
We all have a story. Some may be elaborate volumes, spilling over with tales of adventure and heartache. Others may be simple poems with subtle undertones and quiet sentiments. One may be full of pictures and colour, while yet another may be dark and brooding. But, as we are flipping through the pages of our books, we blatantly notice that none of them are quite finished. There are still more chapters to be written and lines to be scripted. Who will do the writing?
Over the past while I've been learning about not judging others. Whether it be their appearance, status, finances, kids, or any plethora of things, I'm slowly beginning to understand how to see past the exterior to the heart behind the person. Who am I to assume things about them that may or may not be true? I have no idea what they've gone through or how they've gotten to where they are. That is...until I take the time to get to know them.
I've been in several positions lately where I've had the opportunity to live outside of my comfort zone and have my story intersect with someone else's; someone who I may not have placed myself in conversation with. It's stretching at first. Going from not knowing someone at all (and feeling like you don't really care whether you get to know them), to learning bits and pieces of their story, and then finally seeing their open and vulnerable heart.
Typically I am the type of person who is comfortable with my close group of friends, and can talk with people fine, but am very content to have a somewhat small world. I think that's completely acceptable. But, sometimes there are people who need to hear what I have to say, and others who I can benefit from as well.
Life isn't about me. It's about the One who created me. It's about sharing Jesus with a world who needs hope and love. It's about opening that book with an unassuming cover and delving into the story.
What would it be like to live free from insecurity; to be full of grace and joy, endeavouring to believe the best of others? It would be a bit of heaven on earth and that's what Jesus came to bring us.
This Christmas season, as you have lots of opportunities to start conversations and step into other people's lives, may the wonder of Jesus and all he's done spill out of you and onto those in your world. May the grace and peace God has placed in you give you the words and the strength to not judge a book by its cover. May you be a pen in the hand of life's Author.