Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Angels Among Us

Life is a learning process. Everything we do and experience is there to teach us something and to guide us onto the path that will bring us the most fulfillment, the greatest joy, and bring us closer to God. At least, that's how I see life. Recently I learned something that I thought was truly worth sharing.

I was washing dishes and listening to the music on my phone when the song “Angels Among Us” came up. I've always loved this song. I think it's beautiful and I love the message it is sharing. That day, however, the song struck a different chord in me. I realized that there is another message, one that's very similar but is found on a slightly different level.

The chorus to the song is where the message is found. The lyrics go.... “Oh, I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us, from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hour. To show us how to live; to teach us how to give; to guide us with the light of love.”

The last part is what really hit me. To show us how to live; to teach us how to give; to guide us with the light of love.

The whole purpose of the song is to show that when you need help or are feeling low or know you just can't go on, there will be somebody, an angel already among us, who comes along to pick you up and help you get back to where you can move forward again. That's the message I've always gotten from it. But, I know now that there is so much more to that message... to show us how to live, teach us how to give, and guide us with the light of love. More maybe than even the author of the song realized.

The angels among us are not only those people who are there when we need help or who pop in to see how we're doing. These people are angels, absolutely. But the angels among us are those people in our daily lives who help shape who we are. The people that unknowingly open up opportunities for us to grow temporally and spiritually. And here's the biggest part about this. They aren't the people we're close to. They're the stranger down the street that makes everybody's life miserable. They're the brother or sister that just doesn't understand or agree with choices you've made and won't stop giving you grief for it. They're the acquaintance that has to cut you down every time they see you. And they're the person that we know we should love, that we want to love, but that we're afraid to love. These people, those we want to love but are afraid to do so, are the biggest angels. They've agreed to be in our lives as that person so we can have the growth we need, even though the experience will be challenging for them as well. All these people are angels opening up opportunities for us to grow and become a better, bigger people. If we allow it. Through these angels we learn how to live, to give, and we learn the true meaning of love, which we can then use as a guide for our lives.

Angels among us are people we're close to as well, to be sure, don't get me wrong. Every person we come in contact with gives us an opportunity for growth. It's our choice how we want to take the opportunity and whether or not we're going to allow ourselves to grow.

This realization was huge for me. It's something that I'm hoping will help me see others in a different light, and help me recognize them for the angels they are. Why do I share this? Because think how wonderful life on this earth could be if we were all able to view others as the angels that they are, regardless of what they've done. God does. What about us?
If this helps you or you know somebody that it would help, please share it. I believe it is a message worth sharing.

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