Today I had to stop.
I woke up to the news of the Las Vegas shooting. Last week my heart was heavy for Puerto Rico. On a closer to home note, I was in a car accident over the weekend that left me shaken to the core. There seems like so little one can do while sitting at a desk, or watching from a screen at home. It’s times like these we want to rush in and help to aid the situation. I’ve been struggling with the overwhelming sense of helplessness in the middle of all this chaos. What can we do? How can we help? I was reminded yesterday of a simple yet very hard lesson surrounding one word.
On TV it’s preached. In referencing our administration and the U.S. as a whole, it’s encouraged. But what does it mean? What does it truly mean to love – to share it, spread it, and ultimately live it?
This discussion comes down to one simple fact: In order to love, you must first realize that you are loved.In order to love, you must first realize that you are loved. Click To Tweet
I can’t help think of the ultimate example of love… For me, as a Christian, that example is Jesus Christ. I realize not everyone believes the way I do, so feel free to adjust accordingly. But Christ was the ultimate example of showing compassion and love.
We see so many celebrities and news outlets saying, “we need more love,” or “love is all we need,” which is true. However, how are we able to love our neighbor, our friends, or those who bring harm to us, if we ourselves aren’t sure how to be loved? You could google “how to be loved” like I did. It will bring you to a wikihow page with 9 simple steps. Or we can look inside ourselves and realize we are all truly broken people. Once we realize this, it’s easier to give grace and lend compassion to our fellow man. None of us are perfect and we are all in desperate need of love.
Today as we go about the news cycle and uncover new details about these tragedies; let’s not forget that we ourselves are broken. Let’s show compassion and love to those around us with the realization they are broken and in just as much need of love as we are.