For those that do not know me personally, I am not a glass half-empty person but nor am I a glass half-full person. I am more of a “Hey, there is still something in there” person.
Honestly. I will eat the last spoonful of casserole, the last three green beans in the pot, and that half a biscuit left on the counter. I will drain the last sip of ice-diluted tea from the bottom of my glass before I wash it – no pouring it out there is still something in there! I fight the urge to say something when I see someone pour out a few sips of Dr. Pepper. There is still something in there!
This tendency also applies to my approach to life. I am an upbeat person and very little gets me down. When I do feel down, I do not stay that way for long, because there is always something positive left. Yes, Pollyanna is a favorite story and at one time I had a “rainbow maker” on my desk.
Lately, I am finding greater struggle in feeling positive about the world – specifically our current culture. When a few law enforcement officers abuse their power, when protests meant to be peaceful turn violent as a sniper shoots officers who are protecting the crowds, when an assumed terrorists with ties to Jihad drives a truck through the crowd killing 84 people in Nice, France during a Bastille Day fireworks display I begin to loose my positive attitude.
But then I see and hear other things around me.
I hear of a store manager that not only helped a young mother with her groceries, but held her baby and help get her in the car. I see a young white male helping an older black lady with a heavy package at the Post Office. I see a young black woman, holding a door for a older white gentleman who walked with a walker. I see an Hispanic teen help a stranger pick up the stuff they dropped.
I see people remembering to love their neighbor!
Jesus told those who asked for commentary on the what is the greatest commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).
- Love your Hispanic neighbor
- Love your Homeless neighbor
- Love your Muslim neighbor
- Love your Christian neighbor
- Love your Black neighbor
- Love your Straight neighbor
- Love your White neighbor
- Love your Jewish neighbor
- Love your Homosexual neighbor
- Love your Racist neighbor
- Love your Atheist neighbor
- Love your Asian neighbor
- Love your Addicted neighbor
- Love your Buddhist neighbor
- Love your Transgender neighbor
- Love your Hindu neighbor
Loving does not mean agreeing.
Love does mean respect. Love means being kind. Love means practicing good-will in thought and action toward them.
So today, as you go about your business take time to smile and say hello to those you see. Open the door for someone and hold it as they go in or out before you. Smile at a young family in the store and complement them on their children. Be friendly with the cashier at the grocer’s or the worker at the coffee counter or fast food restaurant. Thank the receptionist at work or the secretary you depend on. Be the bright spot in their day. Paul says that as children of God we are not of darkness but of the light (1 Thess 5:5). Be sure to bring a little of God’s light in Christ to the world around you today.