Have you ever met, ran into, overheard, or worked with a jerk? I know I have. I know I've BEEN one of these people. Miserable human beings, right? It's enough to make you slip into self-righteous indignation. (Or want to flip them them the bird.)
But today I read about Jesus telling his disciples what it means to love others.... The strong, humble, vulnerable, serving-others kind of love. The kind he freely gave, and the kind he actually commands.
Let me tell you, I suck at loving people the way He did. I especially stink at it when I'm worn out or feeling insecure inside. "A dry well can offer no water."
Perhaps the jerks are jerks because their well is all "dried up" ... Maybe it's been "dried up" their entire lives. Maybe they have no concept of what it means to be loved, accepted, honored, seen, cherished, or respected. Honestly, what a very sad state of life that would be.
I'm not excusing their behavior, but it puts things into perspective for me.
When I focus on everything I *don't* have, I'm a pretty sucky human being. But when I focus on how many riches I have, how much value I hold, and how vastly Jesus loved His friends, His enemies, the stubborn, bullheaded, broken, rejected, the sick, and ME..... Man, it fills me up. (I've still got a long way to go, but it helps!)
So my message to you & myself:
Don't let the jerks get you down. *Perhaps* these difficult, jerky people need love and prayers more than anything else.
Hi, all. It's been a while. I've missed connecting with you here.
I have lots to update you on:
First, I didn't win the HeroRats design contest... bummer. BUT, I'm honored to have participated in such a great cause, and I truly believe in the global work that they are doing, so go check them out!
Second, I'm currently working on a new children's book called.It's an adorable & encouraging book about a lion named Maggie, written by author, Natalie Shafer. I'll be working on the illustrations until October, and I can't wait to share the book with you once it's all put together. (A few lion practice sketches are above).
Super hero pages, inspired by HeroRATS, a wonderful organization.
They train rats to safely sniff out land mines and TB in Africa and other countries.
(I participated in their recent T-shirt Design Contest. Fingers crossed to see if I won.
Then we can all grab some sweet t-shirts with my illustrations on them AND support this great cause. :-) I'll keep you posted!)
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P.S. Stay tuned for the Gratitude Journal project!
I should have more details in the next few weeks.