Yesterday was love and today is offer. I find these two go hand in hand. We are told to love our neighbors, and that means all of them. What happens when we find it hard to love our neighbor? What if they get on our last nerve or set us on edge. This is where offer comes into play.
I found is so hard to write about love last night when I myself was finding hatred in my heart. I felt bitter. A few people I was working with were just getting to me and I felt frustration and hatred build up in me and not only that I felt guilty for feeling it. But I just did not know how to get rid of it.
But tonight I learned how, I just had to offer it up. I was always told to offer up my pain and suffering, that offering it to God will make it better and honestly it does. If you have never truly offered up your pain to God I would advise you to do it. You can start with anything. That headache you cannot get rid of or that kink in your neck. But I knew all that before. But today as I was thinking about what to write I connected the dots. To love the ones you find hardest to love. Whether they broke your heart or left you out in dodge ball in fifth grade, you have to offer it up. And once you offer up all that you can finally love everyone so fully. I am not saying it is easy. I am saying it is possible if you just offer it up to the Lord and love one another.
-Dawn Palmer, Young Adult