from villages in the Amazon,& Ghana,
 to the bumpin city life of Capetown, London, & NYC
to the suburbs of Jersey & the farmlands of Lancaster
I’ve been to them & all and have observed this truth;
Humanity is fighting. for. their. life.
The tendency is to say;
 ” Look at how much we have in The States we are so jaded  & ungrateful lets go serve in Zimbabwe”
( or fill in the blank with whatever impoverished nation of your liking).
Whats crushing is
while people are indeed fighting for the most basic life necessities
in several  nations (including this one)
and please don’t misunderstand me those necessities are indeed crucial
 there are people in our lives who are fighting to face each day.
It is universal.
It breaks through all socioeconomic & cultural backgrounds alike.
No matter where they come from or what they have,
Humanity is struggling to feel like they can go on.
and all too often we don’t even see it.
It is MORE than fine to cry yourself to sleep after a hard day,
to be frustrated or annoyed,
to wonder when can I start living the dream,
or to not quite have figured out how to start doing what we love.
Those are all important steps as we try to make sense of our person,
& discovering where we see ourselves thriving.
We’ve all been there its healthy, necessary, & beneficial for growth.
But this is not why I’m writing  this post.
Today I write because
my heart is SO heavy
 for so many
 who feel hopeless and pointless
for the beautiful people I’ve seen reach an all time low
for the time I’ve spent crying & praying for those who just want to give up.
The truth is; to one extent or another we’re all fed with little lies that whisper
failure
replaceable
annoying
boring
unsuccessful
unimportant
etc.
 
The devil is a liar & likes to see us self destruct and buy that garbage.
IT INFURIATES ME.
When people make genuinely make  fun of others,
IT INFURIATES ME
when people disrespect others
IT INFURIATES ME
when people ignore people
IT INFURIATES ME
when people act like they’re better than others
IT INFURIATES ME
…because humanity is already fighting for their life,
there is no need for adding to that pain.
I’m embarrassed to say I don’t always notice when people are struggling.
Partially its my oblivion…
but Greg is the most observant man I know & when he doesn’t see it
I know it’s partially because people guise up their lives pretty well..
The other day Greg & I went to Lititz Spring Park & loved it,
our dog went BUCK and wanted to run after the hundreds of ducks and baby ducklings,
we walked around for a bit peeping at the various artists proudly displaying their art,
 had some delicious chocolate,
& then we saw a bench.
Painted on this bench was the quote
” Be Kind; EVERYONE you meet is fighting a hard battle”.
EVERYONE.
not just the impoverished.
not just the famous.
not just the non christians
not just the people overseas
EVERYONE
this is a call to be kind
extraordinarily kind
to go out of your comfort zone
& SAY to someone they matter
or INVITE SOMEONE OVER
or WRITE A LETTER
or MAKE SOMEONE DINNER
or PRAY FOR SOMEONE
or LET THE WAITER KNOW YOU APPRECIATE THEM.
do whatever it takes to demonstrate love for others in this life,
even if it makes you look like a fool
even if it means standing up to the mean person
 or showing love to the mean person
None of us have the eyes of Christ who sees all and knows all
we can only beat ourselves up so much for not knowing someone was struggling
but what WE CAN DO is step our game up.
We can practice speaking life to others so frequently that it begins to pour out as naturally & powerfully as PA thunderstorms in the summer.
Please focus on intentionally adding joy & life to one person you come across.
*commit* to loving them
This life we are given is beautiful , good ,& hard.
nobody even for a moment needs to believe they’re at it alone.
We don’t need to cave into the dog eat dog world that society insists on, because more dog’s make life more fun !
Humanity is fighting for their life
won’t you join Christ
& join me
in shouting
in TANGIBLE ways
to whomever crosses your path
that they are not alone
that speaking + showing love is louder than lies,
& that life is worth fighting for.

Post Author: Thressa Irving

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