By: Mandy Hill
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8)
Yesterday was Father’s Day. Many celebrated with their Dad’s, while others celebrated with their husbands; the fathers of their children. But, my heart was heavy today for those who were unable to joyfully celebrate their Dad. It got me thinking….. What happens when happy days, holidays more specifically, lack the ‘happy‘!?
I believe it’s on these days that we are especially called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. On days when celebrations, family time, special meals, etc are happening all around, a friend who is having a hard time finding joy will only experience a greater void.
How can we, as daughters of Christ, bless someone on a happy day, that isn’t so happy for them?
Think of the college student or young family that lives far from home; can you add them to your guest list when planning your holiday family meal? What about that widow who’s kids are far from home and family is miles away; could you include her in your time of celebrating? How about that friend, who’s dad was absent most of her life, and the times he was present only bring on memories of sadness and heartache; could you do your best to comfort her and encourage her?
God calls us to “be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” (1 Peter 3:8) Not one of these things are not qualities He hasn’t already exemplified for us in His time here on earth. Nor are they things He lacks in offering us in this very present day.
So the answer to the question posed above: How can we, as daughters of Christ, bless someone on a happy day, that isn’t so happy for them?
If you are living in an abundance of joy, share from that abundance. Reach out to those who are lacking joy and fill them up with the overflow of your blessings. Be sympathetic to those who are hurting; offering them love just as Jesus would.
Heavenly Father, please give us hearts for the hurting. Teach us new ways to “be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” Please burden our hearts when there is a heart dear to us that is depleted of joy; help us be Your hands and Your feet to that person. I pray this in Your name, Jesus; amen.