Who are your friends? Who are the people you turn to when you are in need? Who do you trust? We all can answer that question pretty easily. Friends, family, the DOC, whomever we all have the one person or group of people who are there for us when and if we ever truly need them. It is awesome. This month when we are so seeking others to help us and support us during Diabetes Awareness month, we have a sure and certain sign of the advocacy out there. Every Friday throughout the month we encounter Blue Friday’s.
Granted we must be careful. Some people who may be wearing blue today, just well may be wearing blue. How awkward would that be. “Hi five for D-Advocacy!!!” “????” “You are wearing blue to raise diabetes awareness right??” “No” (AWKWARD). I can think of a few people who may fall into the awkward hi fiving people category. I won’t name names. Kim you know who you are.
The thing is that this month especially as many of us advocate for diabetes awareness, we know we are not alone, unless you hi five the wrong person. Yet there are more things out there to realize as well. We truly are not alone, even when we think we are. There is someone else there to help us out. GOD. Yeah, the big guy is there for us as well. Lately there has been a song stuck in my head, I mean stick your head in a microwave trying to pop the kernel of it out of your head stuck. The song is called “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” by the band Casting Crowns. The lyrics are great, the melody is haunting, it is a quality song. The album in fact is pretty amazing as well. If you want to hear the song, I am linking you to a video I found of it.
The lyrics though are what really caught me. Two different reasons though, the first part makes me wonder about how our “efforts” affect those around us, especially when we slam our opinions down their throats, whether they like it or not.
“Jesus, friend of sinners
We have strayed so far away
We cut down people in Your name
But the sword was never ours to swing”
Mind you I am not saying what is being done should not be done or is wrong. Yet at the same time our efforts, our over zealousness can shoot us in the foot. It can be more than people can bear. Sometimes we need to be tactful, subtle, maybe in how we address and handle people and their “ignorance, stupidity, cluelessness.”
That was just a random thought, the other part of the song/message is the more important, what we hear in the refrain from the song:
“Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world
At the end our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Break our hearts for what breaks Yours”
Let our hearts be led by mercy, the mercy that you show us. The care you have for us. The support you have for us. Let our hearts realize you are good. Let us remember that in our dark days, our times of need you are there for us. You have given other people the ability to help and support and guide us along the way. What more can I say? We trust our friends and families. We turn to them, when we are truly in need. We must also trust the Lord, believe that what is happening, is doing so for a reason. We cannot understand said reason, at least right now. But we must trust Him who watches over us and guides us. The Friend of all people who believe in him.
thanks for sharing, brian. this is a beautiful post. thank you for the reminder that i need to focus on trusting in God amidst all the craziness in my life currently.