Something we repeat often @ The Bridge, but not always in the same way, is that people are in need of help, hope and healing. This goes along right along with our vision of being “outwardly-focused.” We remind ourselves of this b/c it is so easy to forget. It is so easy for us turn inward, and think only of our own problems, and forget that people all around us are hurting, needing hope and healing. All of us are pretty good at putting on our masks. We clean up pretty good on the outside, but on the inside there is often a lot of doubt, fear, self-loathing, guilt, etc, etc, etc. I think it is our natural tendency to just blind ourselves from the reality that people we are around us are in need. If we didn’t wear our mask or tried to see past everyone elses, it would really become overwhelming. But it is so important that we don’t become so inwardly focused to the neglect of everyone around us. It is to overwhelming to know about and want to help those who are hurting, needing hope and healing. But we aren’t the savior. It is not our job to ‘fix’ everybody. Our hope is in God. And God is the hope we can share with those in need.
So, know this, people are hurting. They want help. They desire healing. They may not show it. They may not say it. But a lot of them are hoping that someone cares and has that hope, help or healing from them. Care enough today to look past someone’s mask and love them. Lend a hand. Pray for them. Serve them. Invest your life in theirs. You may be the one that plants that seed of hope that leads that friend, neighbor, family member to put their trust in God.