So I’ve been injured a few times in my life.
A couple torn ACL’s and a few torn rotator cuffs in my shoulder. But I’m still here today, so it’s all good.
God carried me through each experience. But God also showed me something as well through each injury I sustained. Something very sad, at least I believe.
What God revealed to me is that in our world, here on earth, you sometimes have to be next to death or in a hospital bed for people in life to care. This can be friends and even family.
My mom and I are close, but not as close as I would like to be. The last time her and I were as close as I would of liked to be is when I was between birth and 7 years old. Before my parents divorced. After that, life took a Huge turn!
I would have said turn for the worse a couple weeks ago. That is before I picked up my Bible daily.
Since I’ve started picking up my Bible daily God has been revealing things to me left and right. And as I was sitting down watching a movie at home, God revealed something else to me.
That is, I have received the most genuine love, care and affection since my parents divorced not at home, not at school and not even at church. Since my parents divorced, I have received the most genuine love, care and affection at the hospital.
That’s right – the hospital.
Laying in those hospital beds you see not only how much each doctor and nurse care about your well being, but also how much your family does as well.
How your family drops everything to come to your side once you are laying in a hospital bed. Searching for the best doctor to heal you.
I’ve been there.
You could have been complaining to your mom about anxiety, stress, anger or whatever before the hospital and she may have just said, “It will be okay. Go find a doctor or some meds and I’ll help you pay for it.” Knowing good and well, you didn’t need a doctor or the meds. You just wanted your mom to come out and see you to give you the love and attention you’ve longed for.
But she didn’t catch that. Or if you told her straight up what you desired, she wasn’t willing to give or didn’t care to make time. That is, until your symptoms became more severe and the hospital had to get involved.
Isn’t that sad? That so many people are hurting every day but we have to visibily see them next to death or in the hospital before we care? Truly care? I believe that the hospital would have so many less patients and people would have such little debt from the hospital if people – family, friends and whomever – just stopped and cared for another person.
Truly cared for each persons well being.
Instead of just pushing past the lady with two kids moving slowly trying to get on the bus, asking if she needs any help. Instead of just taking your food from the cafe and going, stopping to ask the cashier how they are doing or at least telling them to have a good day.
I believe we each could change the world by stopping to care for each other more. Reduce the patients that hospitals see each year.
Man, I live for the day when people receive the type of love and care found in hospitals.
We shouldn’t have to be so badly hurt that a hospital is our lifeline. Churches, in my opinion, all need to have services for mental health, abuse, abandonment, etc. Or at least have resources to provide people both inside the church and out in the world assistance in finding help for any areas in their life they are struggling with. Getting rid of the stigma surrounding this.
We have to do better people.
Sometimes I wonder why God created me the way He did. I feel so isolated and alone A Lot. Like there’s nobody else in the world who thinks like I do. It’s a scary feeling at times. Maybe that’s why God told me to read a chapter of His Word a day. Because He knew I would have many days where I felt alone, but passionate on issues like such.
I feel alone, but I’m not lonely. I know I have God by my side and I’m sure He feels the same way I do on this topic.
I believe that He put it on my heart to share right now.
So yeah. I pray that there is a day when people care more. A day when someone can tell another person they just met on the street that they have anxiety or multiple personality disorder and the other person doesn’t run the other direction. But rather directs them to the nearest help. Or at least tries to find help for them.
I don’t want to have to go to a hospital to receive the love and care I believe I desire and deserve. I wonder too how many less suicides there would be as well in the world if people genuinely cared about other people. Since I’ve had thoughts of suicide before – I believe that suicide is the last resort in my opinion.
When you’ve been seeking care for your needs from family and loved ones, trying to express your needs to people in the church, out in the world and even been to the hospital a few times but nothing seems to stick. No people seem to stick around and seem to genuinely care long-term like you want. That, I believe, is when you reach the end.
That, I believe, is one reason God told me to read His Word. Because He wanted to show me and He wants to show you as well that He cares. And that He will be there for you to address all your needs even if nobody else is around to.
God – you the Man!
In terms of suicide, it’s as if you want to show all those persons who neglected you or didn’t give you the attention and care you desired just how badly you were hurting. Believing that once you take your life they will truly see the pain you were enduring.
It’s sad it has to reach that point and it shouldn’t. Ever! But that’s unfortunately the world we live in. Not the whole world, but a good portion of it.
We have to do better at caring for our neighbor. Please people, if not for me do it for God.
Mark 12:28-31 New International Version (NIV)
The Greatest Commandment
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”