This title may throw you off, you may see it as a means to share what a day in my life might entail, but unfortunately that might not be so exciting to anyone who might read this post. What I am conveying in this title is the opportunity to share with you the thought that we should take the opportunity that is presented to us each day to try and comprehend what it might mean to put ourselves in someone elses shoes, to know what their daily life is like and take time to join them in praise for the good things that are happening for them or have compassion for the struggles they experience. Now we each have those times of great struggle and also great joy, but have you stopped and tried to understand someone around you and what they might be going through. I am not talking about those individuals who are friends, who might share their joys or defeats through say Facebook, but those we walk by and come into contact with on a daily basis.
Okay so maybe I have a weird sense of being, I love to watch others and wonder what their life must be like, but I also must confess that I do not always take in stride their struggles or perhaps their defeat. What do I mean by this you might ask? Lets say you are in the check out line or driving through a fast food restaurant and the person waiting on you is anything but nice and polite, how do you react? How do I react? I have to confess there have been times that I have sarcastically answered back or thought as I walked or drove away, what bad service or where has all the good customer service gone, or what a bad attitude that person has, etc…. But when was the last time you or I thought or asked ourselves “I wonder what their life is like, or poor thing they must be having a bad day.” Did I stop to ask them if there was something that I could pray with them about or even said a kind word to them? If I reacted to them wrongly, was the light of God shining through me?
God Word tells us in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Proverbs 15:30 relays that the, “Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” We also see in Isaiah 58:10 that, “… if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10
So I guess as I finish this post, I have to ask myself, have I hidden the light Jesus has given me under a bowl? Have I let the light shine from my eyes to bring joy to someone in need, and am I ready to spend myself on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed? Do I truly mean it when I pray and ask God to use me to reach others or is it just something I think I should pray because I am a Christian? Do I have the compassion that Jesus offered up to me?