As I watch the news, scroll through social media, and hear stories from my family/friends, my heart breaks. During this crazy/beautiful health journey, I feel God has given me the ability to truly see the pain of people I come across in my daily walk. It is like I literally take on their pain. I believe God wants me to be constantly reminded, that my journey in comparison, is not as bad as so many others. All I have to do is turn on the news, jump on social media, or visit the doctors office/hospital, to realize how blessed I am. My journey is not easy, but I have been blessed with a wonderful and supporting wife. I have family and friends who truly care for me. So many do not have the same experience.
Feeling others pain so strongly is not easy. It keeps me up a lot during the night. It truly hurts to see so many hurting people and know I cannot help everyone that passes by me. It grieves my heart. That is why I spend so much time in prayer. When I ask for people to share their prayer request, I genuinely want to pray for those that are hurting. I also want to rejoice and celebrate when those prayers are answered.
I pray we will all slow down, so we can truly see the hurting people God is putting in our lives. We may not be able to help everyone in a material way, but we can pray for everyone God allows in our lives. It will definitely take a different mindset, but what a beautiful world we would have, if we took the time to actually be the hands and feet of Jesus. ~OC