Saturday, March 21, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
Is it just me? Doesn’t it seem as though the opposite ends of the decency spectrum are much more pronounced recently than they have been in the past? I’ve been thinking that this Covid-19 scare has brought out both the worst and the best of folks in much more visible ways than we are used to seeing.
On the one hand I’m hearing of and seeing what are some fantastic acts of kindness, often random in nature. There seems to be a greater abundance of them, and they involve more of someone(s) going out of their way to help someone(s) out. They also seem more along the lines of selfless acts, whereby no payback or acknowledgement is wanted or necessary. I could perhaps sum it up by simply saying bigger, more heart driven, often sacrificial acts of kindness are being done for more people.
On the other side of the spectrum it’s completely different. I’m seeing much more visual (and often verbal) evidence of poor behavior or behavior choices toward mankind. We saw it in the grocery stores in the panic buying. “Hey, I’m getting mine, screw you” type attitudes on stupid stuff like toilet paper. Hoarding! That and Purell and like products. There was clearly lots of evidence of this distasteful behavior on the part of some folks with their “screw you” attitudes…not just in buying, but in their disregard for the safety and welfare of others—particularly those more at risk.
Perhaps it takes something like the coronavirus to clearly distinguish between beauty and the beast., between ugly and beautiful, between obnoxious and kind, between disregard for fellow man and empathy for them. Is their hope for those on the wrong side of the spectrum.
Ah, human nature. A fascinating study.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Sometimes all it takes is a short daily devotional. “To what?”, you ask. Allow me to answer a question with an unusual question. What happens when your car is out of alignment? Several things, starting with a steering issue—the car wants to pull one way or the other. Then there is the matter of the tires wearing unevenly. Essentially it becomes a control issue with the car.
So, back to your original question. Don’t people get out of alignment, perhaps even you? You know, just a bit off kilter—like when your head and heart aren’t quite in sync? When you feel as if you are being pulled and tugged away from what you know to be right, when you feel the tentacles of temptation pressing in…when you sense you are somewhat out of control.
What brings you back to the straight and narrow, that path not always the most easily trodden? Better yet, what helps keep you there? Yes, you may go to church. Is it once a week? Yes, you may be in a small group that meets. Is that once a week, or maybe every other week. Yes, you may read scripture. Is it mostly out of obligation, or do you really get into the Word? Yes, you perhaps associate only with like believers. How does that test your ability/desire to witness? I thought so. A short daily devotional can help you on your path in multiple ways; it is daily; it will usually have a life application aspect in each article, one that jives with the scripture cited; it will thus be typically relevant to you.
Short daily devotions do not have to be in printed/book form to accomplish their purpose. You are reading one of sorts now—an electronic version. Websites and blogs for the Christian abound and are readily available. Let your fingers do the walking!
HERE's a good start.