Will the Violence Ever End?

Senseless. Crazy. Sad. Why is there so much violence taking place in this country lately? Where is the compassion for your fellow man? Are we becoming so heartless that we are no longer capable of apathy? Where did it stem from and where is this all heading to?

As a professing Christian, it is quite difficult for me to understand why people need to hate so deeply. In my eyes, all people are of great worth, regardless what other people may think. God does not make junk and He put everyone on this earth for a reason. This is what I believe. Maybe we may not understand or see perfectly what that reason is, but He knows, and that is good enough for me.

I believe that it all starts with the family. Parents – love, and treat your children with respect. Children, as well, respect and honor your Mother and your Father. I understand that not all parents are good parents. This is sad. So, how does a child grow up with compassion in their heart if their own parents treat them poorly, or abusively? Okay, unfortunately I don’t have a cure-all for the world’s ills, only suggestions.

Get some counseling. Don’t keep the anger and the abuse continuing from generation to generation. It needs to end now. We need people to understand that they are loved, and we need to show others this love. No matter how difficult the person. Patience. Compassion. Understanding. Communication. Yes, communication is so important, especially in this computer-age. Face to face connection. Not just an e-mail. But something more personal. More compassionate.

I just believe that it all begins with the family. Be interested in your children’s education. Take interest in what they like. Let them explore the world, safely. Don’t mock them for who they are. Don’t try to make them little carbon-copies of who you are.

Even spend time with them. Don’t buy them off. It doesn’t take a lot to make a child feel appreciated. Tossing a ball around, or playing make-believe tea party; doesn’t cost anything at all. Think about it this way, the best things in life are free: just like the giant box that an expensive toy or an appliance comes in. What does the child want to play with more, usually? The free, empty box, of course! At least my children did.

Okay, I would love to solve our society’s ills. I’d like to pray it away. Love it away, one smile, one person at a time. Talk to people. Don’t just walk on by, like most people normally do. Just say ‘good morning’ or ‘hi’ to people you randomly meet out on the road when you’re running or biking, etc. Even a simple smile or wave is good. It frustrates me when I’m running and trying to be polite, and the person just kind of looks at you like you’re crazy. The smile won’t crack your face, I promise.

Care about others. Take an interest in what other people are doing. Get involved in just causes. It will make your life much more worthwhile. It will fill your life with meaning and with purpose and with hope. Let me know what you believe would make things better in this country. What are your opinions on society’s downhill slide into apathy?

Waiting

So here I am, waiting.  Waiting for all my background and driving checks to come back to my new job so they can make sure that I am safe.  Safe to enter into a stranger’s home and provide care for them.  I’m waiting.

I have been busy reading my training guides and learning online different ways to help seniors.  I’ve also been contemplating whether to go to college and get my nurse’s assistant certification.  My husband says I should wait and see if I actually like the job first before I commit to schooling.  I know that he’s right but I just want to jump right in and get it done. 

I’m looking forward to helping someone.  I’ve always felt called to help others and here is my chance.  A chance to make a difference in someone else’s life.  I hope and pray that I will do a good job for my clients and that they like me.  It’s important to me that we can bond.  But with that bond comes the heartache when that senior passes on. 

I’m ready, though, to begin this new chapter in my life.  Pray for me for wisdom and for strength and patience.  Just have to wait and see when I am called up to serve a client.  Waiting is hard.

Helping Hurting People

My family and I were discussing the other week how to go about helping those in need in our community.  With the downturn of the economy, we know many people out of work, and we see many, too many, For Sale signs in our neighborhood.  Sometimes right next door to each other.  It saddens me to think that there are people out there losing their dream:  be it their home, car, or job.  We discussed how to help those in need.  And we came up with some great ideas, I think.

Of greatest importance, I believe, is making sure that hungry people are being fed.  No child should go hungry.  It’s a shame that so many food pantry supplies are rapidly diminishing.  We’re living in a pretty well-to-do community and that should not be happening.  I know, there are a lot less people out there able to help.  But I believe that we all can do something.  Even if it is a bag of groceries for a hurting family. 

We also discussed how there are almost 180 churches around the area and there is still such a tremendous need.  Our motive as Christians should be to first provide for the needs of the poor, the widow, the orphans, according to God’s word. 

So let’s begin with loving others.  Even when we ourselves are hurting, we can still make a difference in someone else’s life.  A lift to the store or to a doctor’s appointment for a senior, school supplies for children of poor families, a bag of groceries for the food pantry, volunteering your time at a women’s shelter.  Anything is better than not doing anything at all.  We cannot remain sitting on our hands and believing that someone else will do it.  We need to take that stand and do for others.

As followers of Christ, we are to be the salt and light of this world.  No matter what your beliefs are, I think we can agree on the fact that we all need to help one another in tough times.  For you never know maybe tomorrow you may be the one who is struggling.  Wouldn’t you want someone to offer assistance to you?