“You don’t have to wait for the End. I am right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?”
~ John 11:25-26
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved.
~ Barbara Johnson
It happens. The problem, like a small dragon, is in the room. It is not dealt with. The dragon grows. We’ll “get to it later.” And the dragon grows. Pretty soon we’re tripping over it, but still not dealing with it.
We don’t know what to say, the dragon is too big, we don’t know how to deal with it. The child in the story, There’s No Such Thing As a Dragon by Jack Kent, sees the dragon.
He tells his parents about it. They ignore it, they don’t see it. It grows. Billy pets the dragon and it makes him happier. But Billy is sad because his parents don’t believe him. The problem fills the house, but still, no one believes Billy.
Have you ever had this experience? You KNEW something, but no one believed you? It seemed as if folks ignored you for the sake of proving their point? But then the problem grew, and you got ignored for the sake of the problem?
Sometimes, being kind is much more important than being right. Suspending our concept of reality to consider another just might be the “love” that the other person needs, and it just might change your perspective. If I believe in you now, the benefits for later will grow. If you believe in me now, I am able to either let go of, or absorb the thing you are trying to tell me. Sometimes we just need to be heard.
Jesus hears you. He is the life in you right now, no matter who else cannot hear you. Stand on that, right now. You are the person who needs loving, not a problem to be solved.
Because of Him,