I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all of the love and support that I have had over the years. I am so, so grateful for it. Let’s face it, this life can be difficult sometimes and it’s nice to have someone to talk to and lean on. I believe that we are all here to help each other on this journey through life. Whether it be by kind and simple acts of service or being a shoulder to cry on, or someone to hang out with. Sometimes it is even through the roughest moments of our lives that someone comes along and is able to give us the push we need to move forward or says the exact right thing we need to hear. I call that divine intervention and I don’t believe it is a coincidence at all.
Some people may not believe that there is a divine being that cares about us more than we can ever imagine, and that’s ok. We are all different and have different paths and journeys that we take in this life. As I always say, I can only speak from own experience. But there are so many other people’s experiences in this life that we can learn and grow from. And if we shut people out because they don’t believe exactly as we do, we are literally passing judgement on them. Does not Jesus Christ (whom I believe is that supreme being for me and all of us), say in Matthew 7:1-2?
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
I have spoken of this subject before. But I firmly and so totally believe that we are going to speak at some point for how we judge our fellow men. I believe that is a question that we will be asked, “How did you treat others? How did you think of others? Were you your brother’s keeper?” No matter the situation that we came to this world in, all people including ourselves, are deserving of unconditional true love and charity in it’s deepest form.
In this world, unfortunately, we are so completely bombarded with judgement and selfishness and harshness from those we love the most and those who don’t know us at all. There is so much negativity in this world as we know it.
Fortunately for us there is an opposite side to that negativity. However there must always be a push and pull, or good and bad. In the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, we read in 2 Nephi 2:11
11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad.
With that being said, we must embrace positivity with all that we are. And upon on doing that we must grow in acceptance and love, pure and unconditional, that reaches out and fills the cups of others. Can we not accept the fact that we are and always will each be individuals in this the human race? We are all human beings! That doesn’t make us any better or worse than the person sitting next us. We are each deserving and worthy of love and light! Our responsibility is to see the divinity in others, no matter what situations they may be in. We need to be better , we need to do better in that treatment of each and every one we come into contact with.
I’m certainly not saying that I’m am perfect at this in any way! In fact quite the opposite. I am such a work in progress. That is why I write what I do. It is usually because of some experience that I have had that inspires me to speak about something like this.
Jesus taught us so much in parables about the way we are to love and treat each other. Did he not teach the parable of the good Samaritan? And the prodigal son? Those who labored in the vineyard, some that came in the morning and some that came in the evening to work, yet all were payed the same? Do these parables not teach us that we are equal in His eyes? That we need to treat each other with respect and divinity, no matter how differently we may think or act or look? Are we not all deserving of this great love that Jesus so spoke of? The answer is a resounding YES! We are all deserving, all worthy and we are all worth it!
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the twelve apostles said, “God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.”
Yes we are worthy of and worth His love. Which in turn means that we are worthy and worth the love of others, no matter the circumstances or the choices that have been made on our individual journeys. Remember we have our journey and other people have their journey. We all respond and learn differently. But we are asked to love others without condition. speaking of the two great commandants in Mark 12:31 we read:
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt lovethy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
I will completely and wholeheartedly take responsibility for my own shortcomings in this area. I have so much to learn and so many people to accept and love. And I’m am so grateful to the supreme being who loves me and knows my shortcomings and doesn’t expect me to be completely perfect. He knows that I am going to fall short and yet loves me anyway. He loves each of us anyway! No matter how broken or wronged or battered you feel, you do have one who loves you so greatly and so completely that He died that you might live! You are important, you are loved, you are enough! You are the you that you were meant to be! Embrace that. Embrace others for the diversity that surrounds us.
We are SO blessed to live and love and have this great adventure that we call life! My challenge is for myself and for you to go out today and love on someone who needs your love. Love so hard that you forget that they are different and think different than you do. Love them unconditionally and perfectly. As that is how our maker loves us. “As I have loved you, LOVE one another!”
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34-35