Friday, July 1, 2011

Truth Is

I wonder if Bob Marley would be surprised to know that teen girls find his following quote touching enough to spread like wild fire across social media:
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
My best guess is that hearts touched by this quote have suffered connected to someone they have loving feelings toward. And that does hurt. But here's some consolation.

"Everybody" isn't going to hurt you. Most people (your mail carrier, neighbor, and cousin) are pretty decent and many people are surprisingly kind (the surgeon who reset your nose, the professor who gave you a break, and the driver who gave you room to merge.)

Who is worth suffering for? This isn't as mysterious as it sounds. In order of priority, husbands and wives are to suffer for each other and their children. Children are to honor, and suffer for, their parents. In the nuclear family we are to suffer for our siblings. From there we are to suffer for the truly vulnerable to include:
... care for orphans and widows in their affliction... James 1:27
Truth is...never found in emotionally misleading words.