Scars or medals?

I have seen many people whose names will never be “known” because they have done nothing “note-worthy”  by the world’s standards.  On the other hand they have gone through horrendous trials and have come along side of other people going through the same trials.  Through the strength the person has gained enduring those things that he or she have experienced is the reserves drawn on to minister others falling apart.  These people loan their strength to hold up the strugglers. Society raises people up to levels for reasons of popularity that really do not enhance other people’s lives.

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I believe when we stand before God medals isn’t going to be what gives us value to the Father.  God will want to know how we dealt with our trials and how we helped others with the experience and strength we gained coming through it.  When someone is under unimaginable pressure from any number of trials the thing they need the most is someone who “knows” what he or she is going through.  I have seen children that have lost both their parents and then have tried to help others smile.  I have seen people who have lost everything and some crumble never to rise again but some have risen from the ashes while helping others rise with them.  I have seen soldiers that have lost limbs in combat and then come along side other wounded warriors to bring them back to a life of purpose and direction.

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Society has a twisted sense of what is valuable.  Society values people who are shocking in their actions, or able to pretend to be someone they aren’t (actors), or athletes that perform well but how does any of that help someone other than their self?  Helping someone with no expectation of benefit in return is something that society shuns as not wise.  Opening yourself up to another breaks down walls and increases the person’s self-value.  Opening yourself to someone in need or hurting you will be accused of selfish or self-promoting motives but only you know your true motives.  Your motives can be to “look good” to the world, or your motives can be truly egalitarian.  If your motives are pure then doing your good deeds anonymously gives you the utmost satisfaction but if you make contributions or efforts to be “seen by men” then you have received your rewards in full.  I am much more interested in how God sees me than how man sees me.  In the words of Mother Teresa:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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