What do we do when people are people? Rise, let us go from here.
Ever have those days? You spend hours dealing with “something that came up” to find out you would have never been able to find the solution because you didn’t even know the root issue existed? In the meantime, the work you’re behind on is now even more behind. You volunteer for many things during the week as well so you can’t necessarily work late and get everything finished. You can’t work or go in early because you have a family that needs your attention in the mornings. Then in the middle of your work day, the school calls to tell you one of your children made a bad choice. However, you’re still committed to what you gave your word to volunteer for and once you get to where you’re volunteering you realize you’re stuck in the middle of a difference of opinions. You can’t please everyone. You can’t. You literally can not please everyone. But…
People are people, always have been and always will be. Emergency’s will always come up. Timing won’t always be perfect. Work will always have something to work on. Kids will always find things to learn the hard way from and you will always find yourself caught in the middle at one point or another. Sometimes all those things occur at once! But you know what? Jesus has always been Jesus. He always will be. People are people which is the exact reason Jesus is Jesus.
I’m so thankful for Jesus! He’s literally the entire reason we get to have a hard moment with people and be able to still love them the next. Shoot, even love them during the hard moment. He’s the puzzle piece that keeps it all okay. Jesus fills in the cracks, He fixes the emergencies, He calms the storm of your child’s wrong choice, He helps you get caught up and He never leaves you through the entire process. It’s us who tend to look away from Him when we’re caught up in the thick of it all.
Jesus says, “Rise, let us go from here.” That didn’t necessarily mean to leave the physical place we’re in, but to live your life from that particular point in time on. He meant for us to keep going and even told us how we could. All we need to do is listen to the advice Jesus gave us in John 14 before He asked us to Rise and go.
So, I’ve learned to let people be people and Jesus be Jesus. Focus on Jesus who focuses on the people and you’ll get through your days more peaceful than you ever thought possible! You see, after Jesus died and rose again, He asked our Father to send the Holy Spirit.
So who is our extra advocate, the Holy Spirit? John 14:16-29 explains;
“26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.”
From that point on the Holy Spirit has been the Holy Spirit. The power team of the trinity does not take one single moment off, let alone a day off. Always working on your behalf, even in the moments you can’t see it. When you can’t see it, change your focus. Don’t focus on the people or the situation or that’s ALL you’ll see. Focus on Jesus, focus on the helper God sent you, Holy Spirit. You’ll begin to see through their eyes! The view will always look more beautiful that way.
So, rise, let us go from here. To the next moment, to the next day, to the next opportunity to get to see people as people which is the same moment, we get to see God as God, Jesus as Jesus and Holy spirt as Holy spirit and view through the beauty of their lenses.