“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some” (1 Corinthians 9.22 NLT).
I almost lost my twin sister in a car accident. Getting that phone call in the middle of the night is one of the worst experiences of my life. She wrestled through months of recovery and today has thriving health; but her body has some residual pain and is adorned with many scars, including a large one down her hip and leg where the doctors bolted her shattered hip back together. I called her while I was training. I needed “a body.” MMA fighters must practice their moves on others. These selfless people allow their bodies to get painfully manipulated and hit so that the fighters can improve their technique. My sister met me at the gym, and for about an hour I ran toward her body, locked my arms around her calves and used my shoulders and neck to knock her down….but I held back. I kept moving my hands to her hips, trying to help her land softly on the mat. I didn’t want to hurt her, but I did. The next day she had bruises along her thick scar and her body hurt all over. Sometimes we can be so focused on what we need to get done that we forget that other people have pain and weaknesses that should not be exposed to our personal challenges. During my training, I leaned on my sister for many things; but that was the first and last time I used her as my body.
God, help me to always be aware of the trials, hurts and weaknesses of others. I want to focus so much on serving others that I will never selflessly hurt them or hinder their walks of faith. I know how easy it is to get caught up in our own lives, especially when we are in a season of difficulty; but I want to stay aligned with Jesus’ example: He never once took His eyes off a people who desperately needed a Savior. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.