That’s right, I cried on the way to work. Almost felt like I couldn’t hold it together. Not because I didn’t want to go, but because of some things going on a home that were stressful and burdensome to me. My heart was heavy because one of my children was hurting. (I’m sure this is how God feels when we hurt, even though He knows it’s just part of our story). He was struggling with life…school, friends, family, church… the whole lot and the empathy I had for him was quite a heavy load. There’s no doubt that when your kids hurt… you hurt.
That day in the office taught me something valuable that changed my perspective forever. You see, the minute I hit the door; I had to pull myself together, gain my composure and put on a smile. It was early in the morning and I can remember walking by several people and looking at their faces (also smiling) wondering if their smiles were forced too. The lump in my throat and held back tears gave me the acute realization that I had no idea what was going on behind the eyes of others. After all, they did not know what was going on behind mine.
As I walked by each person… I wondered… are they hurting too? Are we all just wearing masks? When we interact with people at work, we need to remember that we don’t have a clue what someone is facing at home or outside of work. Do they have a sick child, a tumultuous relationship, an impending divorce, a wayward child, crushing debt, an ailing parent, or what ever other burden you choose?
There was something about holding in my pain that day that helped me to remember to be patient with others, to show them the love of God, and to consider that what we see isn’t always reality. Is there someone in your life who might be wearing a mask that needs your help? Reach out to them today, bear their burden with them. Encourage them with the promises of God.
Remember that everything we face, especially the tough stuff, is a part of our story, (it was part of my child’s too). It’s in the valley that the moss grows. God used this day to change the way I see others. Has He done something similar for you? Share it with me and the readers of Courageous Women in the comment box below.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (KJV)