Go Courageously

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you! You that was thrown away because you look like you don’t have much to offer. You that was thrown away because you couldn’t fit in. I am encouraging you to rely on God’s protection and guidance. David said in Psalm 23:4 that God’s rod and staff comforted him. The rod and staff were basic tools a shepherd used to protect and guide the sheep. It doesn’t matter what people or life has thrown at you and it doesn’t matter who has thrown you away, God will be with you, and He’ll protect and guide you.

You are not alone…
If you are reading this letter and you have thrown away someone from your life in recent past, don’t feel bad and don’t condemn yourself. It’s so easy, to think about love, to talk about love, to wish for love, but it’s not always easy, to recognize love, even when we hold it in our hands. Many have thrown away people out of their lives for various reasons. Sometimes we throw away people who made us smile to pursue someone who only use to make us smile.

Let’s do things differently…
Don’t throw away people who actually try and care for you. Don’t be quick to throw away people and situations that don’t agree with what you want EXACTLY when you want it. Don’t throw away people because they are of no benefit to you anymore or now because they need you. People are never trash! Don’t change how you treat people who love you when your situation changes. Keep those that are loyal and faithful close to your side. Don’t throw away people who were there for you at your worst for people who created the problems in the first place. Don’t throw away people who look like they don’t have much to offer. They may be the voice of God for you to get back what the devil has stolen from you.

I will say it again…
Don’t throw away people who are down for you. Don’t throw away people that have been there for you in your darkest times! Don’t throw away people just because something better came along. Don’t throw away people because you found someone better. Don’t throw away people willing to be permanent in your life just because temporary people start noticing you. Don’t throw away people who want to be with you. Maybe they will be the only ones who will stay with you in the most difficult moments. Don’t throw away people who are broken. Don’t throw away people that care for you more than themselves. Don’t throw away people who have helped you! You will meet them on the road ahead. Don’t throw away people who love you because trust me, not many will.

Always remember too…
There are no throw-away people, no lost causes. No one that can out-sin God’s grace. No mistakes in all of humanity: we all have a role to play in God’s grand design. Some roles are bigger than others. Some are big parts, while others are mere cameos. Nevertheless, God has predestined a role for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11). Let’s go courageously and tenderly into the world and declare this. Let’s stare in the mirror and say it until we believe it for everyone, including you and me. When you meet someone who tries their hardest to stick by you regardless of how difficult you are, keep them. Keep them at all cost because finding someone who cares enough to look past your flaws isn’t something that happens everyday.

Don’t get me wrong…
While it is easier to say that there are no throw-away people, some people are toxic and difficult to love or live with. If the person in your life is that one person you think you need to let go, instead of throwing them away, throw away your idea and expectations of them. Change the priority in which they hold in your daily life. If you must throw away people, let it be those who treat you like trash or have become a risk to your life or anything connected to you. Don’t stay or keep quiet in an abusive relationship or environment – seek help.

I am praying for you…
You that was thrown away for all the “blessed reasons”, you that long after they have given up on you, your heart still searches for the one that threw you away without your permission, you, the one who found this letter of hope – that hope will make your heart beat stronger again. Don’t be afraid to love again, don’t be afraid to trust people again. Unfortunately you can never truly know who to trust until you do it. It’s a risk – it either works or it doesn’t. So be proud of your heart. It might have been played, stabbed, cheated, burned and broken but somehow it still works. Being too guarded can make you throw away people who really matter. Treat others as you want to be treated and appreciate people who try their best for you.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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