Where Love Makes a Difference

by tklicka on April 14, 2015

where love makes a difference

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ ”                ~Matthew 25:40

I’m in Dallas this week for work and a conference, and in my free time Sunday, I decided to visit the Dallas World Aquarium. Wonderful museum! As I was enjoying God’s amazing underwater creatures from halfway around the globe right before me, I noticed a relatively young man in a wheelchair just next to me.

Clearly with the man was his wife, or girlfriend, or maybe his sister. As I watched them discreetly for a few moments, I observed the woman completely ignore the man while she showed the boy with them the colorful fish in the tank, then continued to act as if he didn’t exist  while she messed with her phone. The handicapped man stared ahead of him, uninterested in the fish and looking sad and dejected.

When our family ever took a field trip or outing, the kids and I loved to include Chris. Though handicapped and scooter-bound, his pleasure and comfort were our first priority. We could not have enjoyed ourselves apart from him knowing we wanted him there with us.

I thought about how much of a difference love makes in the life of someone who struggles with an ongoing physical ailment. The temptation for the sick one to feel they’re a huge burden is mitigated by the sincere love of family and friends.

For those who unfortunately suffer with debilitating disease or physical infirmity, small acts of care and words of kindness may make the difference between them feeling truly alive and feeling dead, though their sick body is living.

Regardless of how difficult a chronically sick person can be to care for (physically and/or emotionally), to not be loved by their own family, like it seemed the man in the wheelchair was, must make their life doubly a prison. They are stuck inside their broken body, and are also trapped in the solitary confinement of rejection.

Even if loving that person is difficult or impossible, at the very least, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Being made in God’s image earns every human being that right.

We couldn’t change the downward spiral of Chris’s MS those 15 years he lived with it before his passing, but at least we could help make his life richer and fuller with our love and respect.

How I wish that for the sad, young man in the wheelchair.

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Do Not Let Evil Deeds Shake You

by tklicka on March 3, 2015

As I was driving home from running errands a few weeks back, I took some time to pray for the state of the world and our nation. The advancing forces of darkness which we are witnessing in an unprecedented way around the globe can have an unsettling effect on even the most stalwart in the faith. I am certainly not one of those.

On the drive home that day, my heart was particularly heavy; the sadness I feel for our brethren and many others being persecuted and even killed at the hands of angry, ruthless men brings tears to my eyes. The constant unraveling of recent events shakes my faith that good can come out of the sin and death we see on full, unabashed display in the world around us.

Then, as I was praying, I saw this sight before me…


God reigns over all the earth, Mal. 11.1

…a personal gift from my heavenly Father. And this verse came to mind. God’s name will be great among all the nations, regardless of all the unleashing of violence and death which evil men have purposed in their hearts.

I felt so encouraged, I decided to write down some other verses to meditate on when current events unsettle my heart. How I need to remember God’s truth everyday!

Looking for some great words from your heavenly Father to build your courage and hope in His sovereign reign? Try meditating on these words of truth:

  • Psalm 45:6  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”
  • Psalm 93:1-22  “The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.”
  • Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
  • Psalm 22:28  “For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”
  • Job 12:10  “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
  • Hebrews 2:8  “Putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.”
  • I Chronicles 29:11  “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

If you are feeling discouraged by what you see happening in the world around you, take heart. God is on the throne and He reigns!



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