The recent death of beloved comedian Robin Williams finds many of us remembering not only his wit but learning of his compassion and involvement in causes such as animal rescue, working with the homeless, and supporting the fight against cancer. We have learned of his kindness and gentleness as a father and friend and been made keenly aware of his personal struggles with depression and addiction. His tragic death has underscored the brevity and unpredictability of life.
Many of us have friends and family who are lost in their own stormy seas of mental illness, emotional dysfunction, or addiction. There are others who are homeless, jobless, or lonely. Where is their hope and how can we help?
It is easy -- and I for one have been guilty -- to get so caught up in our own problems that we lose sight of others and the things they may be going through. Or we simply fail to look beyond the surface and truly understand the condition of the human soul.
Today take a closer look at the people around you. Be more sensitive to the challenges they may be dealing with and look for ways you can help. Learn what you can about the things you may not understand, such as mental illness, suicide, and social injustice. Lend an ear or a helping hand and make a difference where you can.
Life is short. Our opportunities to make a difference and to share God's love with a hopeless world are diminishing with each passing day. Hug those close to you, encourage them, and express how much you love them...while they're still here.
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