Reaching Out in Love

Earlier today, I was a little unkind in how I treated someone. At the time, it didn’t seem like a big deal. But as I was driving home, a song came on the radio that gave me goosebumps. I had heard the song before, but this time it really convicted me and made me think about my actions.

The song is called “Save My Life,” by the Sidewalk Prophets. It talks about reaching out to other people. About looking into their eyes, and actually taking the time to see the hurt and pain that might be there.

So often I breeze through my day, not stopping to consider those around me and what they could be going through. Maybe that person who seems “annoying” at the time really needs a friend. Maybe a favor done for someone, even when it’s inconvenient for me, could encourage that person to make it through the day. Maybe a word of truth spoken in love could actually mean the difference between life and death for someone.

I know that there have been people in my life who have done this for me. My family never ceases to amaze me with how they support me on every side with words of encouragement. I have friends who are understanding of the things that I struggle with and who don’t poke fun or dish out judgment – they just love me. And most of all I have my Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave His life so that He could have a relationship with me. So that He could really know me. And so that He could love me in spite of all of my shortcomings.

Is there someone you need to reach out to today? Even people who seem like they “have it all together” need support and encouragement. Because the truth is, none of us really “has it all together.” We need each other. And we need to be willing to come alongside others with the help and hope that God has given to us. ❤

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He Loves Us Anyway

Have you ever felt unlovable?

I’ve been feeling a little like that this evening.

My heart is discouraged and I’m not quite sure why. I don’t have a specific reason…I just feel “down,” and I wonder why anyone would want to be around me.

As I was driving home from visiting my husband at work, however, a song came on K-Love radio that encouraged me. It’s called “You Love Me Anyway,” by the Sidewalk Prophets. Some of the words really hit home.

I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway

The amazing thing is that the focus is not on what we have done or how horrible it is. The focus is on what Christ has done and how wonderful it is! It is just so amazing that He loves us anyway, even after all of the ways we’ve (knowingly or unknowingly) fallen short of His best for us.

Be encouraged today. No matter what you’ve thought, felt, said, or done, God loves you (and me!) anyway. ❤


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