All too often we’re caught up in our own lives, never really thinking of those around us. We’re quick to be too busy to talk, and we’re ready to judge. We tend to praise our accomplishments and judge when others don’t complement our hard work.
We’re all busy, correct? We’re all handling something in our life that causes extra stress or brings joy to our day; however, more often than not we put ourselves first.
For the last two months I’ve been busy, so busy with work, family, trying to stay ahead of housework, paying bills, holidays, rolling into a new year with school and work, coordinating everyone’s schedules, upcoming trips for school events, basketball, softball, baseball – oh my, have I forgotten anything???
In all of that chaos, I hadn’t noticed what was happening around me. My life is always fast-paced, and I’m very organized, so usually, I’m very aware of not only my life but those that I care about, whether their professional connections or my friends; however, I had fallen short.
It began mid-December, I was so inundated with work after several coworkers decided to take time off to be with their families during the holidays. For three weeks I was in early and out late, rarely taking time for lunch and thankful when my spouse or one of my coworkers would surprise me with something to eat. I found myself in the office on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to make sure that everyone that was working knew they were appreciated.
It was weeks before the dust began to settle – everyone had finally returned to work. I finally had time to reach out to people in my life that I hadn’t connected with for weeks. How my heart sank as I learned that an amazing person in my life had begun their fight against cancer, that two others were dealing with workplace bullying from their supervisors. I realized how disconnected I had been.
Not too long ago I read an interesting take on Wearing Hope. I wish I had a copy of this piece. It made me think. From what I can remember, it talked about Faith, Hope and Love being Spiritual Gifts, powerful but abstract. So how do we wear them?
I’m not going to do this piece justice, and the day I read this I thought to myself that I would never forget what I had read. I’ll try my best. We wear our faith and don it every day to live for Christ. Our hearts are wrapped in faith and knows God’s love. We’re safe from sin and blows inflicted by life, our trust is tested every day, betrayed by those we call friend, and at times even loved ones; however, we face these trials clothed in love and forgiveness, and we’re protected by hope as we focus on God’s salvation.
1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.