Tonight Alina, Ian and I were going to Omika by train to have dinner with a friend. When we arrived at the train station, we found out that a few stops away (between Katsuta and Mito for those of you who know these parts), a person had thrown themselves in front of the train and committed suicide. Although I cannot verify the fact, a friend told me once that a person kills themself by train everyday somewhere in Japan. How tragic.
Japan is known to have a high suicide rate. It's not for me to judge how or why, but that makes me all the more dedicated to making everyone I come in contact with feel like they are special. I know that sounds incredibly cheesey and Pollyanna-ish, but it's true. I think that's how Jesus effected people; everyone felt like they were special in His presence. They felt fulfilled. I can't fill those needs in people, but I can reflect the grace and love that God has shown me to everyone else. Who knows what difference you could make in a life.
Please pray today that God will grant the hopeless a measure of hope to make it through. Maybe you will be a giver of hope that God sends someone's way.