today, the kind people at barn owl primitives that make these adorable wooden plaques are giving you a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to their fun store! they have a million different signs and sayings, but i loved this one.
i was reminded of seeing a friend riding his bike the other day. we both stopped at the same stoplight. lynnie!, i shouted.
he wheeled over and looking into his eyes, i could see terrible sadness. i knew why. his wife had lost a battle to congenital heart disease the very night before.
i'm glad that you're riding.
will you guys be at the funeral tonight?, he asked.
and then the light changed from red to green. life kept moving and so did we.
to other drivers, he's just a guy riding his bike. but everyone has a story, a hard thing that they're living out right then. we never know what people are living through when we see them and interact with them. it's easy to forget hat we all walk the road of suffering. if not now, then sometime.
rapper drake says it best: we're all walking the same road, we just got different shoes on.
remembering that lends greater compassion towards others. and yet we need something more. the only way we can do the hard things and remain soft hearted or to look at other people through a compassionate lens, is with Christ's strength. eventually our own strength will wain. we get tired.
run to the one who never gets tired. never sleeps. never stops working on your behalf.
paul, who would have been an incredible rapper in our day, says
philipians 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
i pray that i can remember that "secret" today.
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