Life Stories

Life Stories

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”

I Peter 4:8 NIV


I was FINALLY able to watch the movie, Wonder. I remember when the promos and trailers for this movie began. I had told my daughter I wanted to take her to see the movie. As life would have it, we didn’t get a chance to go see the movie and rented it, instead. I’m actually glad I watched this movie from the comfort of my own home. I teared up from beginning to end. It would not have been cute to see me by the end of this movie. My husband refuses to watch these types of movies that tug at the heartstrings. When he saw what I had rented to watch, he stayed in the dining area! Haha!

What I loved most about this movie was how they depicted each character and the personal struggles these individuals were going through. One could see the main antagonist and his background story. Another character is seen as a horrible friend, yet when the light shines on the issues she is facing at home, we are able to understand her a bit more.

This is life. The bully in chapter 2 of your life story may just be projecting what he is experiencing at home. The angry woman in chapter 5 may be having difficulty expressing herself due to the losses she’s experienced in her life. In chapter 10, you may encounter a miserable man. Yet his life story may contain many moments of despair, hurt and betrayal.

We all have a story. We all go through seasons in our lives that can make or break us. Many times, we react. And those reactions can ultimately affect those around us. But, I want to focus on the receiving end of these actions. Unfortunately, we will experience negative and downright nasty attitudes by hurting people. We have a choice during these moments. We can either continue the cycle and pass the attitudes forward, or we can be kind and love.

A while ago, I felt mistreated by someone I had invested my time and resources into. I remember speaking to my husband about this and discussing with him how I felt taken advantage of. And yet, the outcome of that conversation just propelled me to continue to be kind and love. Why? Because I don’t know all of the chapters of an individual’s story. A lot of times, we are molded by our experiences. If we do not practice self-awareness, we may not even realize how we are treating others the majority of the time. And if my actions were anything other than love and kindness, how would that help the situation?

I think it’s time to break the cycle and adopt the motto of the Wonder movie: “Choose Kind”. We don’t know all of the burdens the individuals we encounter are carrying. Perhaps, our reactions to their displays may be what is needed for their personal breakthrough. Maybe we can make a difference and be a new chapter in their life stories – filled with light, peace and hope.

Jesus chose to save us, as filthy as we can be. Let us choose to be that same epitome of love to others. Just as it saved us, it can very well save them.  

Amy Velazquez
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