Nuisance or Need
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A lot of life's disrupting sounds you can learn to ignore: sirens screaming, telephones ringing, TVs blasting, trains rumbling by. It is almost impossible to ignore a baby crying. If there's a baby in your house and he starts crying, what should you do?
You say, "What a nuisance!" So what do you do? You could close the door and pretend it isn't there. You could turn up the music real loud. Maybe you could yell back at him like he's yelling at you. Obviously, if you do any of those, you are showing your inexperience. That's not going to do anything. He's just going to keep crying.
See, behind the cry is a need, and the crying isn't going to stop until he gets his tummy filled, or the relief that only a burp can give, or until you get him out of his mess shall we say. Of course, we don't stop crying just because we grow up; we just find grownup ways to do it. Maybe there's someone crying around you right now. I wonder how you're responding.
See, that crying person, they're a wounded person. And you can be part of God's healing in that person's life. We're here to do what Jesus would do if He were here in person, and that means when others see a nuisance, you'll see a need and you'll do something about it.
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