In light of everything that is going on these days – violence, protests, hurricanes, elections, charges, counter charges, lies, counter lies, it’s enough to make you sick…..
It’s also enough to make me think that my mother just might have been right.
At least once.
Okay, really, she’s been right a lot longer than that. But what am I talking about this time? I’m talking about when she would be refereeing a fight between my brothers and I and she’d say, “You know, there is more to the story than you’re telling me.” (A nice way of saying, “You’re lying to me son……)
There’s more to the story. The people who are yelling the loudest on social media about any issue – there’s more to their story.
There’s more to the story – the lady sitting by herself in church. Why?
There’s more to the story – the kid who always has to be the loudest and the “first” at school – what drives that in him?
There’s more to the story – so give them a little extra leniency.
There’s more to the story – so if she misses work again, ask what might be happening.
There’s more to the story – so if someone is new to a school, give them grace and space about what might have happened at the past school.
There’s more to the story – so the news reports you are hearing just might not be telling the whole truth or even part of the truth.
I could go on for a very long time with examples but I think you get the picture. All is not as it appears on the surface. There are many deep issues and struggles running through much of your community. Much of your family. Much of your church. Much of your kids school.
Be aware that it’s there. Don’t feel like you need to know what it is.
But knowing that it is there, ask yourself, what do you need for your struggles?
You need someone to sit with you, to be with you and to give you grace.
Go forward and give grace to those you meet.
Because there is more to the story.
I guarantee it.