Over many years I have had quite a few encounters with hurting people.
Some of the most tragic, at least in my view, were those dear souls who for any number of reasons were apt to be treated other than “normal” due to various ailments.
Whether mental illness, some form of disease that cause involuntary movement or affected their ability to speak clearly, some sort of physical issue that caused them to stand out (in a perceived “negative” sense) from the crowd, it would be a pretty sure bet their life journey would include burdens most do not bear.
Rejection is one of the most difficult “thorns of the flesh” for any of us. Can you imagine not being able to do anything about this or that area and throughout your life knowing strangers and even some of those you thought friends didn’t want to be around you due to it?
But what can one do? We can do the best we can with what we’ve got, that’s what!
1 Corinthians 1
26 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble; 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that are not, that he might bring to nothing the things that are: 29 that no flesh should boast before God. 30 But of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, “He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.”
Pride kills. Literally.
Too many people, myself included at times, are far too concerned about how they look, if they are “getting the credit they deserve”, etc.. While valid in some cases, pride, arrogance, a “I’m the center of my universe” attitude is one of the devil’s tools to assist us in self-destruction.
Folks who deal with what I have listed above may well seem like “the foolish things of the world”, they are not the sort so-called “normal” or “successful” people want to have around, often due to the “normal” person’s own sense of insecurity and ego. “The beautiful” often flock with “the beautiful”… and “others need not apply for membership” in the “cool clique”.
If anything, throughout the Bible God FAVORS the outcast, the poor, the diseased, the weak, the foreigner. “He gives grace to the humble but turns the proud away”. Those who seemingly “have no need of God” need Him most but are too self-worshiping to allow room for God Himself much less those much of society would rather forget about if not fully discard.
One of the reasons I build and play what can be considered “useless”, even “junk” guitars is as an object lesson: it truly ain’ț what you got but what you choose to do with it.
One of several problems in our world is that the music we think we make can sound like noise to God. There is a potent statement made by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 about that: “If I have not love…” Well, you can look that one up. I read it and repent often as I well need to!
Things to consider as we are tempted to shy away from showing love, respect and giving place to “the least of these” in our neighborhood.
As always, thanks for stopping by!