Quite often we look at the people around us and derive preconceived notions about who they are having no relevance or factual information to support our thoughts other than what our eyes see and our ears hear.
However, I would like to suggest that we are often unable to see the true nature of the people who are before us. Why? Because so many of the Men, Women, boys and girls we encounter are wounded, confused, misguided people carrying weights they never asked to carry.
These people represent the young boy who lost his father before the tender age of twelve and now walks in anger, confusion, loneliness and constant frustration.
These people look like little girls who never had an opportunity to hear the words, "you're beautiful" aside from them being attached to some sort of perverted sexual deviant act from people who were supposed to protect her.
These people look like Women who gave into the pressure of marrying because they did not want to have babies out of wedlock and thus was thrust into adulthood and marriage which led to them being abused by Men who pledged to love them forever simply because he was not truly ready for all the responsibility that came his way.
These people look like Men whose Mother's abandoned and rejected them when they were mere boys needing her affection and attention...and she did so because his dad left and she was left with the constant reminder of "the mistake" she made.
These people whom we harshly judge, ridicule, scoff and laugh at, talk about and turn our noses up at are us. We too, each of us has our own unresolved issues or things that we have indeed overcome. Nothing makes them worse or better than us and nothing makes us better or worse than them. Be mindful of how you view others. Take a moment to speak a kind word into the life of another. It's your support they need more than your judgement.
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven."
~ Luke 6:37 NIV
Father in the name of Jesus, help each of us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Help us to remember from whence we've come and to go back and set the captives free. Lord increase our compassion. Give us discernment to see what people are going through beyond what they say, what they do and how they act so that we may be able to support them even if its simply with a smile, a hug, a word of encouragement, being a mentor, taking on a child as our own even if they are not ours biologically. Help us God to live a life that pleases you and attracts people to the light of Christ that dwells within us. In Jesus name I pray, Amen