A Slap across the Face

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

To Kill A MockingBird

I don’t think I’ve ever really been able to apply the phrase, “walking in someone else’s shoes”, to my life until now.

For the past year, I’ve been watching a lot of people around me strolling down the wrong path. They’re headed for nowhere. Worst part is that when I try to tell them to turn around to get back on the right track, they just don’t want to listen. It hurts me a lot, seeing them struggle and ask why the world’s filled with nothing but suffering. They don’t know what I know, that Jesus can transform the darkest and saddest life into one filled with meaning and the highest satisfaction. They don’t see what I see, the miracles happening everyday around us, or the way a person’s face glows while worshiping their Savior. I want to shake their shoulders, slap them across the face with truth, and shove them into God’s open arms. I feel helpless as I watch them spiral even more downwards than before.

The worst part is knowing I used to be just like these people- careless, ignorant, oblivious as to why I wasn’t happy. I put my friends and family through the same thing I’m going through now. They tried to talk to me, but I just wouldn’t listen. It took me years to realize what was missing from the equation, the reason why I was so discontent. I needed Jesus. I needed to feel the joy and love that was missing from my life. I needed to be slapped across the face with His offer of forgiveness to finally feel the pure bliss that comes from knowing our One and Only Savior, the One who rescues. Thank God for a friend who finally did slap me.

Knowing that my life was changed because people stuck by my side for all those years and never gave up on me, makes me want to stick by other people’s sides that much more. It’s never too late to be saved, never too late to jump into your Daddy’s arms, and it is our job to spread that news. Don’t think that you can’t make a difference, because that is truly the only thing that ever has- a person willing to slap someone across the face with the knowledge of who is responsible for anything beautiful in this world.

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