As a child, do you recall the adventures of scoping out your back yard or neighborhood park for the ideal tree to climb? Once you found that perfect tree with the branches aligned in such a way that it provided you with a climbing route that was barely in need of much thought or preparation. You’d take a couple steps back from the tree, look it up and down, and then ambitiously leap for that first branch.
Off you went. Branch by branch. You found yourself scaling higher and higher, and you felt as though you were surpassing the sky and the clouds that surrounded you. Then you have the sudden realization that there was no more tree to climb. You glance down below and become shaken by how high off the ground you are. You were so distracted by the climb up that you didn’t take a moment to ponder upon your route to get back to ground level. We were so consumed by this temporary moment of thrill that we allowed it to prevent us from getting back to square one.
This world is aching.
With the abundance of tension, pain, grief…With the murder of Christina Grimmie, the shooting in Orlando, and beyond…We are aching.
Our country is in a place where we’ve become astonishingly distracted by where we are going, that we’ve forgot where we started. We’ve became so distracted by our own self gain, that we’ve lost the understanding of the importance of who we are in the lives of those around us. We’ve become so distracted by one’s outer appearance and actions portrayed by one being, that we overlook the hardships within and around them. As human beings, we all face struggle. Whether that be emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. We struggle.
Love has and always will ultimately win. It’s the act of meeting someone where they are at, enabling them to recognize their value in a hurting world regardless of where they’ve been or what they’ve done, and providing them with the encouragement and hope needed to walk through this battle we call life.
To love must be a lifestyle that we are committed to living out 365 days a year.
We must love consistently.
I had recently watched a video clip on my Facebook newsfeed that interviewed a former undercover CIA agent about some of the most powerful moments she experienced in her position. She stated how one of the most vital life lessons she learned through her career in the CIA for 10 years, was listen to your enemies. Though we disagree and don’t always see what others see, we must take a moment to simply hear them out with the INTENT to understand why individuals believe what they believe, practice what they practice, preach what they preach, and support what they support. Until we are able to capture this mindset when it comes to this inability to hear others out and meet them where they are at, we will never discover a starting line that may ultimately lead to unity, acceptance of one another for who we are, and develop a concrete foundation of love for one another in a fallen world.
The problem is not them. It is us.
We recognize the problem but do not respond appropriately.
We must learn to look beyond and within when we come across all people. We must adjust our perspective to a level that maintains our own, but enables us to gain a clearer understanding of that of another individual and where they are in the story being lived.
Love wins in all circumstances. Love will forever outweigh hatred, and always overrides darkness, creating a world that may flourish as one body. When we are able to practice the mindset of that above, it enables us to have a peaceful attitude of meeting people where they are at, and loving on people for who they are.
We must love with the intent of uplifting those around us, meeting other where they are at & for who they are, recognizing that we are all at battle with something, and looking at that as an opportunity to lend hands and walk through this battle we called life, together.
Love becomes contagious and rapidly flourishes when pursued by one body of people.
Our country aches for peace during this time of grief, uncertainty, frustration, fear, and desperate search for hope. Although, hope is already here as it begins with you and also begins with me.
We are experiencing a time in which we are beginning to recognize that we live within a fallen world, and always have. As we recognize these already existent discoveries, we must take the proper precautions and steps to respond appropriately to the world needs, and to the emotional needs and well-being of our people. We must love like we’ve never loved before. We must uplift our neighbors with all we have to give. We must put others before ourselves with the intent of allowing them to feel valued for who they are and to feel loved in every aspect and phase of their life. Together, we must construct a foundation of support and hope for those that have lost their loved ones during these horrific times. May we come back to square one, together and love like never before.
It’s time we come together, pray together, and rise together.
We’ve won before. We will win again.
Written By: Ryan Hesslau
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