This is a simple thought for today. Sometimes you wonder why things aren’t being done–whether they are in your workplace, in your home, in your social life, whatever it might be. I can certainly confess that this is frustrating at times because you can feel like you are ALWAYS stepping in where there is lack and don’t always get a break. I’ve definitely heard myself saying “I don’t get it–why am I the only person that thinks to do this?” It’s not pride. It’s frustration.
One of my biggest pet peeves, especially in the Christian world, is when people see a need or a person who is lonely and do nothing. It’s especially irritating in the day in which we live when everything is visible on social media. I caught myself becoming angry when I saw a picture was posted and every comment was praising one person in a group of friends and a stranger, an outsider asked a question and no one answered. Maybe this seems like a dumb thing to be upset over but I’ve seen this in the church as a whole for most of my life. I hope it’s not intentional but regardless of motives I think it’s a sad day when people are wrapped up in the praises of their social group so much so that they miss an opportunity to include others. Jesus didn’t walk around with his disciples like the Kanye West of the New Testament looking at others outside his group like “Ain’t nobody fresher than my clique, clique, clique, clique, clique” – so why are we?
I challenge you to really look at what you may or may not be doing to see others and the needs around you that lay—outside of your group. If you are already seeing those people and needs don’t resent it, or doubt it. You are covering areas where others haven’t and that is a blessing not a hassle. And if you are guilty of only looking after you and yours, I don’t want to scold you. I want to encourage you to open your borders. Look around. Take someone new in. Take a chance.
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