Emotional Betrayals

By Randy Kilgore

Some years back, another man and I were reading together Matthew 26 about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. “I know this much,” he told me as we read along, “if I’d been with Jesus in Gethsemane, I’d have had His back. No way would I have fallen asleep!” Indignant, he continued, “How could anyone fall asleep after hearing Jesus tell them how troubled He was? He was practically begging!

Knowing that our families struggled with our long work hours, I wondered out loud to my friend: “How many times have our children looked for us in the crowd at their school activities, hoping to see us? Do our kids face troubles alone because we are away or busy? Our families and friends have an intense need for personal attention from us. Even Jesus asked His disciples to watch and pray with Him” (see Matt 26:40-45).

It is not a simple thing to balance life’s demands against the needs of those we love and serve, but failing to do so is emotional betrayal. As we think about the disciples disappointing Jesus in the Garden, we might want to consider the ways we can today show our care for our loved ones and their interests. Help us, Lord, to love others well.

Open my eyes, Lord, to people around me,
Help me to see them as You do above;
Give me the wisdom and
strength to take action,
So others may see the depth of Your love
. —K. DeHaan

Too Short

Things to Ponder….

A wise person once said—There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh.

Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t.

Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.—Author unknown

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Thoughts become words. Words become actions.
Actions become habits. Habits become character.

If someone is going down the wrong road he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up.
What he needs is education to turn him around. ~ Jim Rohn