It is a marvelous thing the way Jesus reached out to all kinds of people. Have you heard someone being referred to as "weird," "odd," "strange," etc. or have you done that yourself? It is true that some folk have mental challenges but most are just "different." They see things through a different lens than most of us. They march to the beat of a different drum! Do we look down on them? Do we patronize them? Do we have a condescending attitude? Because so many of us don't know how to relate or are uncomfortable to try, where does that leave someone who is lonely, hurting, rejected, and too often ridiculed? There are many today who desperately need respect, acceptance, friendship and time. What an opportunity for Christ's love to flow through us to touch them at the point of their deepest needs! Did not Christ die for them, as well as for those of us who know Him? Jesus wasn't too busy for us. Can we give of our time to befriend one of these "different" ones? Perhaps you are thinking in terms of reaching out to several people that you know and that seems impossible with all your responsibilities. Why not start with one or two? When you meet others, give respect and a listening ear. Treat them as you would want to be treated if you were "different!" You may give someone the desire to go on living! Selah! You may bring sunshine into the clouds of gloom in somebody's life. What a gift! Ron
Consider this from Hebrews 12:12-13. Although its use here is not the basic interpretation, it is, nevertheless, an appropriate application: "Wherefore, lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed."