A Prayer for Pretenders
By Meg Bucher
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” – Romans 12:9 NLT
Oh, here they come. Some people are just draining …we’ll say.
We’re all guilty of it. We cringe and scramble to appear busy, on the move, or in a conversation before we are cornered into a long conversation. There are people we actually avoid. It’s the shocking truth. In a world where we have been set down to serve others, we actually don’t want to or like to, sometimes, depending on the person and what we have going on in our own lives at the moment.
The English Dictionary definition of pretend is “to cause or attempt to cause (what is not so) to seem so.” Pretending runs right alongside avoidance. I bet it makes Christ cringe, the boundaries we put up around hurting people who border our lives. I’m just as guilty. Some days are such an emotional struggle, I don’t understand where the capacity to reach…