If you’ve read my review on the new release, Cleansed By Death by Catherine Finger, then you know the book deals with domestic abuse. But it also points to the abuse and devaluation of human life as shown through the actions of a serial killer. Here’s what I want to say.
Citing the stats and pontificating on the issues of abuse leads to some interesting dialogue. But we’ll do that in another post on another day on my site. Confrontation with self is tough, especially when others have an expectation that you need to be strong. What is confrontation with self? It’s y-o-u choosing to face the truth about your life and present conditions. It’s questioning your beliefs that you deserve nothing better, and then daring to reach out for it anyway. That requires working through a lot of pain.
Any individual that is broken down in their mind is prey to the predators and bullies that want to exploit that weakness. Think of a broken mind as an ugly, festering wound. Like flies to a corpse, darkness is attracted to that kind of emotional pain. The fallacy is in thinking that we can fix ourselves, we can defend ourselves, that if we just focus and fight hard enough, we can be our own answer. No, we can’t. We can do something, but we can’t fix our own brokenness. It takes Jesus to do that. And He does it by His Spirit, and through people.
If you are involved in such a situation, it’s easy to feel undeserving of better. But the power of God’s love is that it is specifically designated for the undeserving.
I never know who reads what I write, but I want to take a moment to say this to the peeps that are NOT experiencing abuse, or hatred or ugly in your own life. I guarantee that you come into daily contact with someone that is.
I exhort you to be kind to the people around you. Especially the surly barista, the ticked off co-worker, the whining child. Smile, share a kind word. Stop making their issues about you. And in cases where you have influence to make a difference, talk to God and find out what He wants to do for them THROUGH YOU.
A wise man once said, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18
Am I trying to tell you how to treat others? Nope, I’m just asking you to consider what I’m saying. Thanks for stopping by. I love you.