Yesterday, I was surprised. Saddened. And very convicted. I went to a conference called That Girl Is Smart. http://www.thatgirlissmart.com/ One of my mentors, Mrs. Monica Johnson, started it to inspire girls to live their lives with Godly confidence and success. I had an amazing time and left very encouraged! One of the moments that hit home for me was when Mrs. Monica got down on our level and sat on the floor with us. She encouraged us to open up and be real about how we were doing. How we felt. How life was treating us. A lot of people did open up. As different girls shared their different struggles and situations, I was surprised, saddened, and very convicted. I was surprised, because so many girls, go through the same, exact problems. No one is exempt. It was so sad to hear the pain in people’s life and its wide reach and impact in so many. I felt convicted. I realized that it’s so easy to forget that I’m not the only person dealing with stuff.
It’s so easy to get caught up with my life and my ups and my downs, that I don’t care about someone else’s. The person I sit next to at church could be dealing with depression. The neighbor I wave at could be dealing with self-hatred. The person I eat lunch with at co-op could be in that moment battling with peer pressure, yearning to be accepted and not feeling wanted. When I’m rushing past someone and say “Good, how are you,” do I really want to know? Why is it so easy to not care?
When I was in session with Mrs. Monica and the other girls, we talked about how people say they’re OK when they’re really not. It makes it easy to forget the sin that plagues ALL of us and the negativity that lurks in our hearts. But both are very real consumers of the soul.
God showed me that it’s time to get it together. To stop thinking I’m the only one struggling and to realize that people’s hearts are bleeding right next to me. In my devotion, I’ve been reading 1 John 3, which talks about giving love to our brothers and sisters. How are you doing loving the people right next to you? Do you encourage them, even if you don’t know what they’re going through? Do you pray for your friends, even if you don’t know the exact problems they’re facing? I’m working on that. I now understand that everyone is struggling, whether I know it or not. Therefore, if I actually care about the people in my life, it’s my job to lift them up through encouragement and prayer at all times. Please pray for me and my efforts, as I am praying that this article will impact you!
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