I am being encouraged by:
- A friend who probably does not know how emotionally encouraging her blogging is...
- Another friend who is very steadfast in blogging about reality as it pertains to life and faith (and everything in between)...
- The Bible Series on TV (I know, it's got some inaccuracies, and it is theatrical. But I am learning a lot)
In the midst of a hard time for me-- smack dab in a situation with no 'right' decision to make, except the decision to look out for myself-- I have just one, good, overwhelming thought throughout this hardship. My mind is inundated by this one thing.
I would just love to be Simon.
That bystander who was taken out of the crowd to help Jesus carry the cross. I know it would be hard work. Maybe he got some strikes and lashes along the way. I understand.
But I can do that already. I can help others bear their burdens. Showing God's love to others is one simple thing I can do to fulfill this desire to serve. I can empathize, sympathize, cry when others are crying, laugh when others are laughing. God made me this unique, emotional, human version of Himself to do just that. Just being there for another soul is fulfilling my purpose. I realize now that my earthly weakness of caring 'too much' is my spiritual strength. That took me 25 years to figure out.
|Luke 23:26||Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear [it] after Jesus.|