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A few weeks ago, I had a no good, very bad Friday night. I wrote a TV recap, attempting to burn the midnight oil in a way that would create something both entertaining and informative. I went for an obvious joke mid-way through the recap, finished the piece and published the wondrous creation around 2:00 a.m.
The next morning, I noticed I had two comments on the post. The first one berated me for my insensitive joke.
I kept reading. Unbeknownst to me, I had inadvertently poked fun at a moment that shouldn’t have been ridiculed. After some quick research, I learned the commenter was right. I apologized for my oblivious moment and immediately ran to edit the post. It took another few hours for the site to refresh with the updated information. I cried about it for several hours. I’ll never know how many people read my insensitive remark, but I am grateful I had the ability to remedy the situation.
Sometimes I wish life had a refresh button. I wish I could go back and re-code how I handled certain situations in the past. I would edit all those times I said something dumb, or hurt someone’s feelings or drank that funny-smelling milk.
Later that week, a dozen or more ladies in my Bible Study arrived at the Star of Hope women’s shelter for our monthly service project where we give the ladies manicures and pedicures. As I looked around, I saw many individuals who would probably love a chance to re-write their story. After serving inside their walls for five years, I can attest that most women there feel hopeless, alone and completely exposed.
How in the world will we ever make a difference?
Then it occurred to me. The “reboot” was happening all around me. We sit at their feet or across the table from them, listening to their stories. We silently pray for them as they unload their burdens. We offer kind smiles and encouragement. We paint their nails girly colors and rub their hands with smelly lotions. From the simple acts, we can show them the love of Jesus.
And how He can make all things new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
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