I watched a movie last night on television. It was called A Walk in My Shoes.
It was a good movie, with a good life lesson; a good biblical life lesson. I feel certain by the title one will easily discern the life lesson this movie provided for its viewers.
Too often, I neglect to consider others. I view and live my life through my own experiences. When I encounter someone separated from my ‘world,’ I find myself challenged.
I am ill prepared. I am not equipped to deal with another’s plight.
Yet, I have read the books. I have studied at a master’s level. Still, I remain ill prepared.
I have done the difficult work, haven’t I?
Haven’t I studied through all hours of the day and night?
Didn’t I struggle to pay the tuition and the book fees?
Didn’t I ensure that I attended all classes possible, often disregarding weather, health, or other interferences?
So why am I too often not able to deal with others who suffer?
The answer, simply, is that I neglect to remember the one very important truth.
I can do nothing without the Lord.
In John 15:5 Jesus tells us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (NIV)
Without prayer; without remembering who my lifeline is…I am not able to accomplish anything.
I make a mess.
It is good for me to be reminded yet again, that each time I reach out to help someone in need; I cannot do it without Jesus.
I am here to honor and to glorify the Lord. And yes, what an honor it is; there is no higher calling than to honor the Lord.
Have a blessed day!