What Would You Do?

  I was watching a movie the other night. In a particular scene a parent was yelling at his children and the children muttered under their breath that he didn’t need to speak to them in that manner ; stating they are not animals.

  I found that statement to be funny…yet so true; although I am certain that how I took the statement was not the way the actors lines were meant to be received.

  We do have a tendency to think that we are better than most other living organisms. On one hand, yes we are highly evolved and intelligent creatures; but on the other hand…we often do not use that intelligence.

  I would suppose that we could say animals attack one another, and it looks brutal and senseless. But for one moment let us take it a step further…why are they fighting? Are they fighting because one is wearing a gang color? Are they fighting because one is wearing a pair of shoes or an item of clothing that the other wants? Of course not, that would make them irrational…wouldn’t it? After all of this time, I would think that we would know that all that we NEED in this life will be given to us…in God’s time. The fact that we have actually gotten to a point in our existence where we feel the need to take another’s belongings simply because we do not have them is a sad sight. This can be caused by two basic reasons…one of which is greed…we want more than we have. And for some reason we are of the belief that we should be able to have whatever we want whenever we want it. The second reason is deprivation. There are people walking around on our streets who go without the very basics in life…this can lead to behavior that would seem irrational. However if we, as a society, began treating one another as brother’s and sister’s then we would become proactive in each others lives. Whereas one may say that it is not my problem if another person doesn’t have food to eat, clothes on their backs, or shelter from the cold…we might say we have enough to worry about. I, too, have moments where I have felt like I have a lot on my plate; that I cannot take on another thing. However, when I am communing with God, I am gently reminded that all that I have is a gift. It is our job to look after one another…we are a family with ONE heavenly father. As a family, it is our responsibility to reach out for one another. If you watch a pack of wolves, you will begin to understand what family is about. They are one unit. They hunt for the entire pack…it is NEVER one for himself. Animals have a divine understanding, and unlike human beings they do not try to rationalize why they should veer from their path or purpose.

  We search for reasons not to care about one another. We create boundaries based on a physical difference…a skin color…a texture of hair…an accent or the shape of a facial feature. But underneath all of this…we are exactly the same in design. We all are made up of bones, blood, and skin. We should care and be concerned about one another because we were all created under the same heaven…by the same Creator.

  We will often pass by another human being in the street who has no home…no food…no money…no hope and we will fall to our knees in prayer that night asking for God to help us with one thing or another. And when we do not receive the outcome we had hoped for when we prayed; we will question what God is doing. Perhaps we should re-evaluate our lives…because I have been raised to believe that the homeless man on the street…is GOD. He is not God in the literal sense…but representative of what we are supposed to be doing for God. When we give unselfishly we are rewarded…every time.

  We have become so concerned with judging the actions of people that we fail to see the larger picture. The conditions of one another’s lives are our business…because it is a human condition. Something that affects your neighbor…should feel personal to you, because it could BE you…you could be the one being beaten, abused, raped, and murdered. I always try and speak in a way that everyone may be able to relate to…what if the woman next door who is being abused was your child? Wouldn’t you want her neighbor to look out for her…simply because she is your child? Don’t you think God feels the same way when we see something like that…and do nothing? Wouldn’t it make you sad or angry if someone saw your child freezing to death…with no coat…no food…and they just walked past?  What if that person then turned to you because they wanted a favor?  What would you do?

~~ From my heart to yours