Life, it is full of moments. Some are great and small. Some come and go quickly, other's last a bit longer. And as wise people share, it is those moments that make you and I stronger -- if we let ourselves grow through it, that is.
But what about going through moments and getting that extra chatter, the kind that isn't necessary. The kind of chatter that is done behind our backs or if they have the courage to say it to our face. Essentially, kicking us when we are already down. I've been there, we've all been there, and as thick as our skin can be, it still hurts. Maybe that is why I felt called to write a bit about mercy today. My heart feels so compelled to be far from the opposite of hate, to the point of going so out of my way at times.
Many preach about persevering and rising from the dark ashes. I'm here to preach to the crowd about having mercy, my attempt to hush the chatter.
"If God can give us mercy, why can't we have mercy on each other." -Mary J Blige
We are already our own worst critic. We don't need outsiders confirming or cheering the criticism we give ourselves. We don't need to see others get dragged through the dirt, and then maybe dragged for a second round because the first time wasn't enough.
Instead, we should practice mercy.
MERCY: a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion.
It is far more work, in my opinion, to give someone anything other than love and mercy. It is nice to be nice, and it is definitely nice to feel love and compassion - especially in those moments when we are totally feeling down in the dumps.
I was searching online for meanings about mercy and I came across a good little sentence, it said, "mercy is a quality intrinsic to the nature of God. It is for this reason that in some situations "merciful" was a sufficient description of God." When we act and show mercy to another, we are displaying God's love. There is nothing sweeter than sharing a glimpse of what we receive from God himself, with another.
The next time we see someone having a moment, great or small, let us practice compassion, mercy, and love. It is easier to jump on the bandwagon of hate and chit-chatter, but it is greater to stand, pray, give hope and encouragement, a hug or pat on the back. Simply loving the person.