December 26th, 2012 | By admin
by Katt Anderson
We were never assured life would be easy. Bad things happen to good people constantly. Review the last 48 hours in the South. The tornadoes, the blizzard, the snow. These can all turn into bad things, and it happens to good people as well as bad. We have no control, but it’s how we accept the bad that’s important.
As this year ends, we are reminded of a lot of sadness. I’m sure a lot of us have lost loved ones this year. How are you coping? I hope you are accepting the sorrow and looking to the future.
God did not promise us a bed of roses. If you do get that rose bed, it has thorns. The way we deal with sorrow and loss is what is more important to us. When Jesus’ friend Lazarus died, He wept, John 11:35. He knew he would raise Lazarus to life.
Through Jesus’ teaching we see compassion for others. Today we need compassion for others to help them through their storms in life. We will all have storms, but it is so much easier when we have people around who love us and care for us.
During the holidays we see people caring for others more than any time of the year. Why does it have to end on December 26? Why can’t we care about others all year long? Houses burn down, people are homeless, people lose jobs, they have difficulties. Do we care for them all year long? We should. We should be helping others during their storms all year long.
Since this is written for teen girls, what can you do to help? You are our encouragement. At this time in your life, you care for others and have a gentle spirit. Let that shine for the older folks to see. Be the first to encourage someone when they are hurt. Smile for the older people. A smile can show you care for those in need. It can lift someone up who is in sorrow. We think we have to say something clever, but we don’t. A smile can help so much.
We never know who is watching us. Be kind. Jesus was so kind to so many in the Bible. Read the Gospels to learn how to be kind as Jesus was. Live your life as an example to others. Show how much you care for those in need in this world. Be a light in the middle of a storm.