Overwhelmed with stress, I was set free by just one empathetic glance from a friend.
It was one of those days. Chaos was on the rise. It wasn’t just my small world – it was all around me. With only a quick moment to spare I walked past my co-worker friend in the middle of her own chaos. We exchanged glances and only a few words, but in that moment there was a kind of empathetic understanding and a sense that ‘we’re in this together.’ Life’s load lifts when we are surrounded by those people who, with a glance, can shift our outlook and help us to ‘just breathe.’
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
There are a few magnificent people in my life whose very passing-by generates feelings of peace and love. They don’t even have to open their mouths and say a word. They truly are the peacemakers of this world. They are those people who grab ahold of what is good and positive. They don’t ignore the looming harsh reality of stress and pain but shine bright and bold beams of positivity into it. Where stress and pain dim your sparkle (all that makes you feel alive) they change your outlook and, even if it is just for a moment, refresh your spirit.
I want to be near people who with their entire being choose to listen without judgment and see the good even in chaos. I also want to be one of those people. Like the bright twinkling stars in the night sky I want to offer hope from the chaos.
“Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.” Daniel 12:3 MSG
Thank God for people who kick you out of your reality, whether it be negative thoughts or life’s tough stuff. Here’s to the radiant beams of light in my life. Keep shining brilliantly!