Yet we do not need to join the world in this process.
How often as we are in the midst of a conversation do we hear someone passing judgment upon another. Criticizing the way they dress. Their choice of hairstyles or even the type of work they do. This seems impossible at times to escape. Judgment after judgment being rendered from individuals that they themselves are flawed to the core.
Least we forget we are fallen. We are imperfect. We are human.
I too have found myself with thoughts which certainly fall short of that which God has directed us to avoid at all cost. And what is the cost of our thoughts, our comments, our condemnation of others? Sad but true, the cost is more than anyone of us would ever wish to bear.
As I grew in my faith, as my state of enlightenment developed, I discovered amazing grace and peace as I found myself looking upon others, not by the clothes they wear, the tattoos on their body, but more as I gazed upon their spirit and the light that shines from their hearts and minds as they pray, as they praise and lift up others around them.
My post today is prompted by the state of affairs we find ourselves embroiled in across the country and even around the world. There is hatred the in hearts of so many, there is a disconnect within our communities, and there is a loss of compassion for those living without the necessities required to simply exist.
With the recent destruction of our cities and towns through the hurricanes these past few weeks, we have witnessed such amazing compassion and concern for the safety and lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. With the attack on lives and bombings overseas we are seeing outreach once more for those whose lives have been disrupted by the violence that has overtaken those communities. Why? Why does it take such devastation, such loss of life, for us to show compassion. We are created with the emotion of love first and foremost. How we end up allowing fear, anger, jealousy, and violence to become the controlling elements of our lives is beyond imagination.
As I created the graphics with the quote shown above my heart was filled with love for the amazing diversity we share here in America as well as for the beauty that can only be seen at times when you view life through the heavenly realm and not simply through our human condition. My friends, take a moment to pray for our country, for our communities, and for the world to be filled with the peace that only comes from God and that is witnessed through each of us, one person at a time, one act of faith and of compassion at a time. May God bless you for your thoughts of compassion for others and for the love you share those around you no matter what their race, color, religion or political affiliation. We are all ONE! One with God and one with one another.