When I wrote my last blog, it was about the positive coming out of the quarantine era. It seems to me now, that some differ from that, and that’s too bad. In our world, times should be “of the moment”, with appreciation of what’s been given to us, to all of us, as we look for answers; mine is my belief in God. I try to move forward, with an attempt to do good for others. and volunteer my services to those who need support in hospitals, in my neighborhood, and wherever else I see a need. I see no need for skin color to be a concern to me. We are all born with a journey ahead of us, and we are taught what God has given us. Unfortunately, recently there has been a mass of people who have strayed from the church, especially those with young children. This is a problem with keeping one’s faith, to NOT having history OF faith. We, (our country), have gotten do so much political correctness with all of our beliefs, that some can’t even express our beliefs to others, for fear of being something of a ***ist, whatever that means. It’s a terrible thing when people use their emotional opinions to converse, to “win” a conversation, rather than having a talk, as friends who maybe disagree; wasn’t like that 10 or so years ago.
It’s sad, as people who had friends for 15, 20, 25 years, suddenly dismiss that friendship, due to political, and other beliefs. Is harsh feelings the way to find peace? Is hatred talk the way to converse?
I did a viral recently, (on YouTube), describing how we can adapt to our situation of the virus, and staying home, and renewing our religious faith with the time that we had with our quarantine restrictions. I found it necessary for all of us to use that “moment to moment” time, to look at what we can do with this new “change” that will be here for awhile. It’s not going away, but it also means that we can adapt to it, and make it useful in our lives, and our faith. As I mentioned in my last blog, I saw many wonderful things come out of that time. And then things changed. A tragic event occurred, and so did many harsh feelings, much harsh language, and events that did nothing but cause hatred. I think that many emotions opinions took the place of conversation, and I hope that people start to look at those that lost a friend, a business, a soul. We are better than that. Our hearts are better than that, Our faith is better than that. Peace doesn’t just happen, it has to be committed to, to be worked on, but only with open eyes, and an open heart. Talk, observe, listen to others, be kind, be helpful, and try to be necessary for someone. We can get through this, but we have to stay open.
Many police have been in altercations, some have died in the last few weeks, and why? For the ONE bad apple, (which I think is tragic!), police , (and 1st responders), have become targets; a policeman breaking up a fight in Las Vegas during a “demonstration” and point blank getting shot in the back of his head, Santa Cruz ambush that killed a policeman, New York same thing. Not a lot of thinking about this. Intentions should be calmer.
I’m going to include a script that I hope lifts up our thoughts. It means that we are ALL sinners, which we know, but that if we encourage a word like repent, which means “go beyond the mind that you have”, meaning minds, eyes, ears, senses, perceptions, all have to be opened up and be revitalized. It means to have forgiveness, and to be righteous. We have all sinned, but let’s try to change that; we ask and we shall receive.
“Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous.
It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back.
But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come–an eternity of life!”
Titus 3:1-7 The Message
I sincerely hope that we all remain well, and that we all can have our friendships remain, and express your faith with good intentions.
Let’s all be lives of goodness,