No, I’m not talking about a post game interview with any professional athlete, “You know, at the end of the day we just got to play better, at the end of the day it is what it is, at the end of the day they’re professionals too, at the end of the day the better team won, etc.”
I’m talking about at the end of EVERY day. No matter what has transpired, no matter what you believe, no matter what has brought you down, no matter what hurt you have experienced, no matter what outrage you have felt, no matter what loss you have endured, no matter what you have witnessed that grieves you to your soul, no matter how hungry you are, no matter how much money you do or don’t have, no matter how GOOD things are, no matter how many blessings you have, no matter how great your job and family are, no matter what…at the end of the day…there is love.
Look at our world today. SO divided. Beyond that, so divided and having no problems alienating those who just might see and/or believe things different than us. Our opinions matter more than our relationships. Outrage left love and compassion far behind. Tolerance is a verbal weapon and not nearly a true reality. Open mindedness is a theory far compromised by confirmation bias. The security of the keyboard emboldens the negative while abandoning the positive. Where is love?
Look at families. So many are broken. I’m not just talking about national averages of single parent homes, though did you know that more children are raised in a home with a parent than a father (it’s true, I heard it a on a podcast so it must be true)? I’m talking about grown adults who haven’t spoken to their siblings in years. Grown adults whose parents have told them that they want nothing to do with them. Broken, broken families.
Look at friendships. We change friend groups every ten years (so I’ve heard from some…study, or social media post). We grow up. We change. It’s not normally bad, we just move on. Sometimes our kids were friends with our friends kids and now they’ve grown and we just don’t have anything in common anymore. Other times there is hurt, there is betrayal. Friendships face the strain of relationships and sometimes they suffer, and fail.
I could go on and talk about neighbors, communities, the work place and more but you don’t need that. You are well aware that things are broken, and very often cannot be fixed.
Happy Friday everyone! Ok, this may not seem like a feel good post, but it is. Because, at the end of the day, there is love. YOU have the opportunity to love. No one can take that from you. You can choose to love someone. You can choose to look past the worst life has to offer and still love. You can heal through hurts and find love. You can look past differences and choose to love.
You don’t have to agree with people. You don’t have to repair every relationship. You don’t have to have it all together. However, you can love. You can be there for someone, anyone. You can let people know that you’ll be there for them, and then be there for them. You don’t have to talk politics, religion, parenting styles, or anything else. You just have to be there when you’re needed.
It’s the greatest thing you can do for someone. You can love them. Why? Well, you can find that in Romans 5:8. God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We didn’t and don’t deserve it, but He freely gave it. What if that love is rejected? What if it is not returned? What if…? Well, what have you lost? You have chosen to love. You have given. You have acted as God would want you to act. Could you be hurt? Sure. However, life has it’s share of hurts coming your way anyhow. You might as well get them doing the good thing. After all, at the end of the day…