The Cricket

The strangest thing happened this week. There was a dead cricket in my bathroom floor at the store. I didn’t want to pick it up, because I didn’t want to touch it, so I left it there. 3 days later while I was using the bathroom, I looked down at the cricket and it moved!! It totally freaked me out! I didn’t have the heart to kill it, so I just left it there.The next day, there it was, in the same spot. I nudged it with my foot, and dang if it didn’t move again! Again I sat there staring at it. I realize it was just a cricket, but for some strange reason I just couldn’t kill it and I was just too weirded out to touch it. The next day, same thing! Finally Steve came in and I made him take it outside. Hopefully it lived.

How many times in life do we walk right on by someone that we know is wounded? Not physically, but spiritually or emotionally. Maybe they’re acting out, or maybe they don’t look like we think they should look. Maybe we’re scared of what people might think so, much like I did to the cricket, we just stare at them, or maybe give them a little nudge; you know, a “hey, how are you?” Just to make sure they’re still “alive”.

We live in a world full of people who are dead inside. Sitting there waiting on someone to lend them a helping hand. Waiting on someone to look past their hurts and love them.

I can’t set anyone free like I did the wounded cricket, but I can tell them about the One who can! I don’t want to be guilty of not loving someone because it weirds me out or inconveniences me. I want to share the love of Christ with a lost and hurting world!

Mark 12:30-31 says, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There are no commands more important than these.”

Our neighbors are not just those who live beside us, it can be anyone we encounter. If we say we love The Lord, but don’t love our neighbors, then maybe we need to do some self evaluating? I know I do!

You betta’Check yo’self befo’ you wreck yo’self! Love y’all! And have a great day!

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