It's difficult to listen to the radio and/or television, or use the internet without being  subjected to something hateful, vitriolic, demeaning, and hurtful about someone or some group of people. Sometimes, we allow others' views to influence our opinions, attitudes, and actions towards others.

TODAY, what if we:

  • Have a conversation with, or say hello to, someone who differs from us in: age, appearance, culture, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual preference, political leanings, socioeconomic status, attitude, etc.? Try to understand a viewpoint different from our own? How can we understand others if we maintain distance from them? Why do we judge or criticize what we don't know or understand? Why do we paint others with our broad brush of intolerance based on our lack of knowledge or understanding, our fear, perceptions, assumptions, preferences, etc.? Why must we agree with someone, or be like them, to love or care about them or, at a minimum, treat them with dignity, kindness, and respect?

TODAY, what if we:

  • Lend a helping hand to a stranger? We're all strangers to someone and need a helping hand from time to time.

TODAY, what if we:

  • Show compassion to a homeless, or less fortunate, person in need? Why do we shun those we perceive to be "less than" or "beneath" us? Many of us live from paycheck to paycheck; are fearful of losing our jobs and benefits; have significant education, credit card, medical, and/or other debt, and know that it's nothing but the grace of God that we are able to keep our own heads above water.

what if we move outside our circles and our comfort zones and treat others the way we want to be treated? What if we loved--or tried to love--our neighbors (our fellow man/woman) as ourselves?



05/20/2014 1:25pm

What a powerful message.

05/21/2014 2:01am

The Bible says, "Love your neighbor as yourself." How does one do that? I am still trying to figure that out. I can do deeds of kindness - that's easy, the humane thing to do to/for another human being. It's compassion for another, but I may not necessarily feel love--the kind of love I feel for my family or friends. OK, I think I need to talk to the Lord about this LOVE business. I think I am over thinking this whole idea. PRAISE GOD!!! .><))))>

05/21/2014 2:22am

:-) Well, I certainly don't have the answer. I figure if I start with the Golden Rule, hopefully I'm on the right path.


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