“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:18)
I can attest to the fact that chronic physical and emotional pain leads to not only depression, but ANGER. This is an unfortunate result of brokenness, which non-sufferers may not realize.
The anger is for a variety reasons, but normally comes down to just a few.
- We’re angry because we can’t do what we perceive to be “normal” things
- We can’t do what we used to do
- We feel trapped in our brokenness and pain, which can be its own prison
We need to try and work through this anger, for sure, and there are a variety of ways to do that. Exercise, meditation, listening to music, screaming into a pillow, pummeling a punching bag, etc.
In the meantime, however, it is my opinion we should do our best to be nice to others. This world is getting more angry by the day, it seems, so taking a stand for peace seems to be, unfortunately, the exception, not the rule. Perhaps I’m being too cynical about that, but it’s my perception of things right now.
Truth is, behind drawn shades, closed curtains and locked doors, some are slowly going mad…
They won’t show this side of themselves to you, but it’s there, bubbling JUST below the surface.
“So why should I be nice to others?” you may ask. “They’re never nice to me.”
That may be true, but there is much joy to be found in pursuing peace. Sure, some will throw the love right back in your face. You’ll hold the door open for someone and they’ll huff and stroll right through, not even acknowledging your good deed. You’ll try and help an elderly person lift something into their cart and they’ll reply, “I can do it!”
Yeah, there will be times you do something nice for someone and it backfires.
But then there are the other times…
You’ll hold the door open for someone, and they smile and reply, “Thank you very much!” You’ll let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store, because they have two items and you have a whole cart full, and they are BEYOND grateful.
And BOOM! Just like that, you’ve made somebody’s day.
Pretty amazing, don’t you think?
It’s really that easy. If we do our best to follow Jesus’ example, and LOVE people (which is, I admit, extremely challenging at times), we can shine a bit of light into their dark world.
Yes, I think it’s ESSENTIAL we tread carefully through our day, loving others every time we get the chance. It will, slowly, begin to fill YOUR spirit with light, and you’ll be spreading peace to a hateful and bitter world.
So when it comes to life, in my opinion, we should proceed with caution, for there are broken souls everywhere.
Blessings, my friends.