Last fall, my husband and I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Taiwan. One of my favorite parts of the trip was visiting a black sand beach. The beach was gorgeous. We took many beautiful pictures of the scenery.
What the pictures don’t show is that just 50 yards away from the ocean’s edge, there is washed up trash – lots of it. When looking at the pictures, all you can see is the beauty of the black sand, rocks, and ocean.
On Sunday, while looking through these pictures, I thought about how these pictures are just like life. Often we look at other people’s lives and see only beauty. We don’t see the trials and the struggles that others are dealing with in their lives, but that doesn’t mean they're not there.
At different times in people’s lives, they face trials unseen to the world around them. They need support; they need love; and they need compassion. Just like my pictures don’t show the trash 50 yards away, we can’t always know who is going through an unseen struggle.
We must strive to treat each person like the Savior would. He knows their hearts; He knows what we can’t see; and He always responds with love.
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