I have to be honest, even though I love and believe this quote; I don’t always practice it. I want to love like Jesus. I want to not be offended. I don’t want to hold grudges, but sometimes it just seems easier to “throw out the baby with the bath water.”
Some people are hard to love and I know I am too at times.
I tend to build walls instead of setting proper boundaries. I know we need to set boundaries with people to protect ourselves sometimes, but too often we let offenses come in and take over and that boundary is too hard or we just don’t want to deal with it. Our nasty pride puffs up and we instead have erected a great big wall that keeps people out and cuts people off. I can be too quick to drop them like it’s hot. I am just a little too good sometimes at the ole Gift of Goodbye. Boundaries are meant to be moveable and adjustable and help us grow. Walls once built with offenses, hurt, bitterness and unforgiveness are much harder to tear down. Walls sadly prevent the good from coming in too and the bad from ever exiting. All the hurts get trapped and then we too are trapped and held hostage by the walls we put up to keep those hard to love people that have rubbed us the wrong way at bay. No one wins this way.
When I saw this quote again I started to look at all the “R” words Hepburn used -it is sort of eye opening.
She said people are to be:
Restored-return to its original condition, place, or position. Bring back; reinstate
Renewed-resume after an interruption. Re-establish a relationship.
Revived-restore to life. Regain life, consciousness, or strength. Give new strength or energy to.
Reclaimed-retrieve or recover something that was lost, given, or paid; obtain the return of. Bring under cultivation.
Redeemed-compensate for the faults or bad aspects of something. Gain or regain possession of.
Wow! Christ is the great restorer, renewer,reviver, reclaimer, and redeemer, and if He can do all that for me, I can surely let Him work through me to help me extend all that to others.
So let’s be mindful we are all on a journey. We are all hoping to look much better in the future than we look right now. God doesn’t play favorites, He loves us all. Let’s practice extending the “R” words to others instead of erecting those walls. Don’t throw out anyone! ( no matter how dirty that bath water is) ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom