Casting Crowns had the hit "Does Anybody Hear Her?" a few years back. The chorus says, "Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see? Or does anybody even knows she's going down today Under the shadow of our steeple With all the lost and lonely people Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?"
It's sad that people have felt ignored and mistreated by God's people since Genesis. Genesis 16 tells about Hagar, a servant to Sarai (Sarah, Abraham's wife). Since Sarai and Abram couldn't conceive and became impatient, Sarai gave her servant to her husband to give her a child. When Hagar discovered she was pregnant, Sarai became jealous and mistreated Hagar. Hagar eventually ran away to a spring and cried. An angel, on the behalf of God, came to and told her that the Lord had heard her misery. When she spoke to God, she said, "You are the God who sees me."
Oh my! How often do we overlook people or mistreat people on accident? When jealousy or gossip gets in the way, we don't treat people the way we should. Who knows how these people are feeling! Imagine what a non-believer thinks of God when His people ignore him/her! I have heard of three attempted suicides in the GSP area in three days...those people felt alone because someone overlooked them when they needed love. Many of the youth in our society are acting out by drinking, smoking, cutting, sleeping around, etc. because they are looking for love that only God can show them.
My goal for this week is to show God's love to EVERY person I come into contact with and to go out of my way to show His love to people who may need it. Every person is important to God. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God is waiting patiently for man to come to Him. I'm going to show people who God is!