They will let you down.
They won’t invite you.
They’ll disappoint you.
They will not meet your expectations.
They won’t show up or understand how you feel.
They’ll forget important information and they’ll monopolize the conversation.
They’ll slice through you with harsh words and they’ll freeze you with their silence.
They’ll walk out on you and sometimes they’ll walk all over you.
But yet, people will surprise you.
They’ll support you and they’ll remember your birthday and they’ll show up.
They’ll encourage and they’ll listen and they’ll serve and they’ll make you laugh.
They will understand and empathize and they’ll offer you a shoulder to cry on.
They will advise you and counsel you and give you gifts and comfort you when you’re sad and they’ll show up when other “people” don’t.
The bottom line is people are fickle and we can’t look to them for our constant source of comfort, purpose or identity.
When my relationships are struggling I feel like the whole world is caving in, and some of the people 😉in my life are encouraging me to look to Christ for the things I want people to be.
Jesus will always show up.
He will always support you.
He will always remember your birthday.
He will always be available.
He will constantly be a source of peace and joy.
He will never tire of bringing you comfort.
His arms are always a refuge and his presence will always be home. He has invited me to his kingdom and his banner over me is love.
So on nights like tonight when I’m feeling hurt by some people and deeply loved by others, I’ll remember to find my indentity and my true joy in Jesus. Because he is not like most people.
“This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.”
1 Peter 2