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Wednesday, November 8th 2017

1:13 AM

My Wounds Are More Important than Your Pain

Our annual trip to Florida in November has come and gone. We spent a couple of days at the beach and then spent a couple of days in Orlando. Just like any other vacation, it wasn’t long enough and waiting until next year seems too far away to even think about it. Perhaps we can figure out a way to see our Florida Peeps every few months instead of once per year, but I digress.

When we swam in the ocean, I experienced something I never experienced before, a sharp pain in my foot as I set it on the ocean floor.

One of my favorite activities in the water is to jump up as the waves hit me so I can keep my head above the water. If a wave is strong enough, it will push me towards the shore. This time, I landed on something that will remain a mystery. Whatever it was decided to bite my foot, and it caused me to jump on top of the water while I ran to the shore. Did I mention that New Smyrna Beach is known for shark bites?

After much discussion and Michael taking a picture of my foot which is now on her Facebook wall, we came to the conclusion that it was a baby shark. And as I tell the story in different settings, that baby shark will grow into a Great White Shark who happens to be the grandson of Jaws! The bite was scary and painful when it happened, but it was not as bad as it could have been so I’m not going to whine about it.

My shark bite was not a big deal, but I will get offended if somebody tries to upstage my moment.

I get to play the victim because I have been bitten by a shark, and I will not allow anybody to steal my thunder with something petty like a real life struggle of not having enough food to eat or money to pay the rent, or emotional pain from a broken relationship. How dare people try to rain on my pity parade with nonsense like hurting from their own trials!

I hope you can pick up on the sarcasm and that you understand I am totally not like that… But isn’t this how “church people” act when something bad happens to them?

Sometimes, we can get a little too wrapped up in our own lives that we forget that there are people out there who are hurting worse than we are.

For this reason, I would like to challenge us to take a moment and think about how we are viewed by those who are not part of the church. Do they see real compassion flowing from our hearts, or do they see stubborn, self-centered, easily offended hypocrites who could care less about anybody who does not show up for worship?

I could give some examples, but I will leave that for you to decide. Take a look around Facebook and I am sure you will find plenty of “church people” acting like heathens and heathens acting more like Christians. It is a sad day when the faithful followers are the ones who are guilty of what we accuse others of doing.

Let’s take some time to evaluate how we treat others especially when we are having a bad day. Perhaps our day is not as bad as we think, and somebody else could use our help to make their day better. And by making somebody else’s day better, our day gets better too!

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