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Loving Others as They Are

Jinger Jarrett
Aug 17, 2007
Yesterday while in the local drugstore I had the opportunity to meet someone with Tourette's Syndrome. Tourette's Syndrome is a rare condition where an individual cannot always control his/her actions and movement.

It can be mind jarring to meet someone with this condition because one minute he/she may seem perfectly normal and the next the person is screaming and saying things that make no sense.

This woman seemed perfectly normal until she started screaming "Fire, Fire, Someone Help Me!".

When she walked by me, she explained her condition to me and apologized. Never in my entire life, except during the deaths of my granddaughter and grandson, have I felt so deeply compassionate towards another person. I felt my heart break in that moment because of this woman's suffering.

I felt so bad for her, and what's worse, I really didn't know what to say except that it was OK, she had nothing to apologize for.

After she left, it really made me think.

I don't always understand why God does what He does, or why He allows the things to happen that He allows. Nothing in this world, or the next, can happen without His say so (Don't believe me? Read the book of Job).

What I do know is that there is absolutely nothing random about God. He's in control. Everything that happens happens because He allows it, and He has good reasons although we may not understand his reasoning.

What I also know is that this woman, and each of us, is made in God's image. We are something special. No other creature in heaven or on earth can claim this privilege but human beings.

God doesn't make junk. Everything He makes is extraordinary and special.

What this woman taught me is this: we should never apologize for who and what we are. We are something special.

Yes, all of us make mistakes. Sometimes we take what God has created and make it something preverted, evil, or wrong. The core of who we are though, comes from God, and that is never wrong.

There are many people who are hurting today. They need our love. The Bible teaches us that the greatest commandment is to love God and love others as we love ourselves. The Bible also says that love covers a multitude of sins.

The greatest gift we can offer others is to love them. Loving them isn't about who, or what, they are. It's about who we are.

By learning to love ourselves, and then loving others, we become better. We become more of who we were meant to become.

Love is the only thing that ever changed the world in a positive way.
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Jinger Jarrett wants to give you a free copy of "The Science of Getting Rich". This free ebook will help you prosper and grow as a Christian. Get it now: http://www.101christian.com
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