Monday, April 25, 2016
Imagine what we could accomplish
I love this one. Life is hard. No matter what is going on for each one of us. My trials are not your trials, they are mine. To me, they are hard enough. Imagine what we could do for each other if we quit comparing ourselves to anyone else and just accepted each other and loved each other. As is, no holds barred, short-comings and all. What an amazing thought.
I look at the world today, and it scares me sometimes. There are so many people who hate and want vengeance. There are people who convince themselves that they have been wronged and slandered. Maybe, they have, but wouldn't it be better if we could just get along? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could actually be the adults that we profess to be and stop being unkind, unthoughtful, uncaring and even just plain mean.
What a difference we could make in the world around us, if we could just accept each other and love each other through the hard times. Sometimes, wouldn't it be especially meaningful if we could treat those in our own families that way. Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to get angry with someone you know, rather than someone you don't? Yet the ones we know deserve our love and acceptance even more than strangers we might meet.
As we have done foreign exchange students over the years, I have learned to love deeply those with differing beliefs. I have learned to see their countries through their eyes. I have shared their food, and their hopes and their dreams. In teaching them, I too, have been taught. I have been uplifted. I have been loved. I have been so blessed in the sharing of good with them.
So today, let us try to be just a little more Christ-like in our day to day living. Reach out a hand, give a smile, help your neighbor, be a friend. We really can change our small corner of the world. So, let's bring a little light to the darkness and fill the world with more love and peace. I know we can do it. I know I can change this little piece of heaven here on the earth. I think it might even be worth the extra effort.