He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Luke 10:27
The young woman lay dead on the street. Her body repeatedly photographed … like a model she may have dreamed to be. But that was not to be for her. Just a couple of hours earlier, she was happy and carefree and celebrating with the community. Then the celebrating got out of hand when a group of girls who were intoxicated started yelling slurs at the girl. She tried to ignore it, but the group wouldn’t hear of it. They began to push her around. The young woman cried for help, but the onlookers looked away. They grabbed their own children and rushed off. Involvement was not in their plan.
The pushing elevated to punching and kicking. The girl tried to cover herself as she fell to the ground and curled up like a fetus. The plummeting continued until no life was left.
How many people do we encounter each day that are “crying out for help” to escape the brutality of their life? If we could see them like God does, we may be astounded. It is a choice to take off the blinders of self and really look at people and their needs. God sees them. Do we want to see them, too?
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I have turned away from those whom you wanted me to see and help. I pray for the wisdom, strength and most of all, love to be obedient to you. Amen
Faith Tip: Make the choice to really see people you come in contact with today.