Thursday, July 30, 2009

Retuning My Heart


My sister-in-law has a flair for decorating and a personality people seek out. She is regarded as a best friend by many and has found tremendous success in her career. But that's not what has touched my heart about her.


What touches my heart is that she has made a deliberate effort to love those people who are deemed, "hard to love." She says the last couple of years have been wonderfully fulfilling as she has chosen to stand in what is sometimes the receiving end of their anger, their frustration, their hurt. It doesn't make sense to some people. Why would anyone choose to be there in the ugliness, the messiness, the worthlessness?


Because it's what Christ commands.


And with His help, sometimes it's possible to see the beauty buried and hidden deeply within the mess we've made of his creation.






12 comments:

Evansmom said...

What a nice post~ She sounds like a special lady.

Living on the Spit said...

I love meeting people that teach us wonderful lessos in life and I definitely needed to hear this one as well!!!

Decadent Housewife said...

Wonderful. And please water your tomatoes.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i think your plants have seen better days... if it is any consolation... mine are watered daily and look the same ... they are just baking on the vine because it is too hot here...
what a wonderful post...:)
HUGS

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Your SIL sounds like my kind of person!
We would get along just wonderfully!
We all have beauty and worth!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is a nice tribute to your SIL, she is a gem. That plant? I thought it was dead too...suppose we should not assume huh?

The Incredible Woody said...

She sounds like a very special lady!

kim-d said...

Wow! Your SIL sounds like a real treasure...and I happen to think that it takes one to know one! :)

I just love posts like these; they make my whole day better.

Lucy and Ethel said...

Yea for a wonderful sis-in-law!

Are you hoping she'll tend to the tomatoes??? They do look a bit, um, needy, but at least you have some!

Lucy

Betty said...

She sounds like a real inspiration! Someone to admire.

Reddirt Woman said...

There needs to be more like her in this world. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Helen

Mrs4444 said...

She sounds wonderful. I'm sure that God is the reason I work with students with emotional/behavioral disabilities--the kids no one else wants to have in their classrooms. Hopefully, it's earning me some points with the Big Guy. haha