Last week was a blessing when family came up from Texas to see us. It was a time of fellowship and love. I didn’t realize how much I needed that time with them until they returned home.
This week, on the other hand has been a challenge for me mentally. While I am beginning to feel physically different, my spirit is at peace. That’s not to say I do not have my moments of emotional weakness. However, even at those times I still am at peace.
I know there are so many people hurting in world. My eyes are more clearly focused on this fact than ever before. God is showing me things I possibly would not have noticed had I not been diagnosed with ALS. If you knew me in high school, you probably knew I had little to no interest in learning much. High school for me was a time of different interest and I paid the price later in college. Today, I love learning. I read something every day, but it must be something of spiritual and mental value. Unfortunately, there is no book written that describes in detail what one thinks and feels when they’re told their time is short. It is a unique mental, spiritual, physical and emotional construction that looks different to every individual.
What’s my point? I don’t really know other than to say to you, approach every person you meet with patience, love, compassion, and kindness. We have no earthly idea what others are going through. If I knew ‘then’, what I know now, I would have been slower, softer, easier, gentler and more loving. My heart breaks at the thought of what people carry around with them on a daily basis. Unpreventable things that happened to me as a child brought nothing but grief and shame the majority of my adult life. It wasn’t until I opened up to others that I began to heal and trust. I truly believe that everyone is hiding hurts that prevent them from being who God intended them to be.
Tread lightly while interacting with others because just like you, they’re hurting too.