Growing in Grace: Wrapped Up In Me

Wrapped up in me

Sometimes I forget about people. People who I really love. People who I care about. People whose friendship I treasure.

I get busy with my own life. And, I forget about them. I mean, I still know that they exist, but I live my day to day life as if they didn’t.

I get lost. Caught up in my home, in my projects, in my to-do list that needs to be completed. I get wrapped up in my family, my ministry, my next thing. I get lost in my own health problems, financial burdens, or stresses of daily life.

And then, one day I look up and realize, what about them? I have forgotten them.

What are they going through?

Are they struggling?

What about their home, and their relationship problems, and their health issues, and their discouraging days?

I have forgotten to reach out. I have forgotten to be the type of friend that I so desperately need at times. I have forgotten to offer my prayers or a listening ear.

As I look at the life of my Savior, I see someone who reached out. Someone who cared about people. Not just in the “Hi, how are you” sense. He REALLY cared about people. Even the broken, and the messed up, and the helpless, and the people who really didn’t deserve His friendship or compassion. Especially them.

He loved people.

He knew them, He knew their hearts, and their lives, and the things they were struggling with.

He went out of his way to be a friend, to help others.

He didn’t just love them when it was convenient for him, when they just happened to be at the same place at the same time, like I so often do.

He sought them out.

And, His actions serve as my reminder. My reminder NOT to forget about others just because they no longer work at the same place I do, or they stopped coming to my church, or they no longer are conveniently at the same location as me.

As Jesus sought me out, so I will seek out others.

As He loved me with his actions, I will choose to act out love to people.

As He went out of His way to be a friend, even to the hard people, the ones who are difficult (like me), I will be intentional about being a friend.

As He so lovingly desires to know me, my heart, my life, my struggles and my joys, I will attempt to know people, to help people, to be Jesus to people.

I won’t do it perfectly. I’m sure I will fail. BUT today I choose to STOP forgetting.

Will you stop forgetting with me?

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

***Here are some practical things I am doing to STOP forgetting people: visiting the sick at a hospital, taking cards to a nursing home, making food for a friend who just had a baby, writing letters to those who are in jail or prison, sending quick texts or emails to friends that God lays on my heart, being intentional about inviting other’s into my home frequently…

I’d love to hear from you- What are some of your ideas of things to do in order to intentionally NOT forget people?!***

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12 thoughts on “Growing in Grace: Wrapped Up In Me

  1. Oh, wow. This is so convicting. My sister and I were talking just the other day about how we have to be intentional about nurturing the friendships and other relationships in our lives, as it’s so easy to get too busy in our own lives. Jesus is truly our example in changing this. Great thoughts!

    Cindy Garrett Swanson

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  2. Just today I realized a dear friend was feeling like the unpopular kid at school (we are grown-ups). I texted her an encouraging note about how dear she is to me and what a blessing. It made her day. Thanks for the reminder to take off our blinders from time to time. Keep going, fellow 31 Dayer!

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    • Isn’t at funny how even as adults we sometimes feel that way?! Kudos for reaching out! Even our small acts of kindness can be huge to those who are touched by them! Thanks so much for reading Jennifer!

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  3. “He sought them out.”
    That is an awesome thing. Thank you for the reminder that He sought me and does each day until eternity. Pretty awesome.
    Some things I do to NOT forget my far away friends in particular is send them obscure texts with photos or a remembrance I had of something we shared long ago. This happens more than one might think as many of my friends I have known for over 30 years,
    God is so good to give us friends <3. Praying you get to connect with some of yours this week :).

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