God’s grace allows us to love.
In my business, I see some of the worst side of people; there is so much unrest, discontentment, greed, and deception, that it becomes overwhelming at times; not to mention the hopelessness and pain of those whose lives are caught up in their things. Often I stop what I am doing, and pray for the Holy Spirit to give me understanding in his plan for mankind.
What happened to the sympathy for one that is struggling, or just having a hard time in a season of their life. I call it a season because I know everything changes, and I know that with God it changes for the better. Problems and trials are only momentary bumps, and if I am faithful and trust in God they will in their own time fade away. The wonderfulness of God is that he will not allow me to go through any burden I am unable to bear, but will always make a way for me and you to escape it.
I spoke of a homeless man in one of my earlier blogs that I saw when leaving a popular food restaurant with my takeout. Ready to go home and fill my stomach, I anxiously awaited in the traffic, trying to get home to relax in my comfortable surroundings. The man stood on the street corner in the cold; a sign sitting in front of him read, “I will work for food.” He was obviously freezing; he huddled himself in an old worn green army jacket, as he stood there waiting for someone to give him hand out. The rest of his clothing old, dirty, and worn, looked as if they were falling off of his thin frame; his dark skin was pasty, and his lips chapped from the nipping of the cold weather. The man appeared miserable and forlorn.
Cars ahead of us passed the man, no one every looking or seeming to give notice to his plight. I could not help but stop and give the man money, and when I did, I was so glad I did. My day was not going well, but when the man smiled at me it was uplifting. Most of his front teeth were missing, and the few left showed signs of rot. This did not matter though, the attitude behind his smile was pleasing; it was like a child receiving a piece of candy, and the appreciation he showed for receiving the small amount of money that I gave him was moving. I felt more appreciation from this man than any other gift I had given; regardless of the price.
Friends of mine asked, “Why did you give the man money? He will only go and buy booze with it. These people make more money than you do with their scams.” My response to them is, “I had no work to offer him, and I wanted to help.” To these and others, I also want to say, one small act of kindness goes along way; it is not my business if he wants to get drunk off of it, or if he is a scammer. I gave from my heart, and God knows my desire was to help someone. Not everyone is a crook, and as Mother Teresa says, “Love anyway.”
Matthew 9: 17-19 “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
My nemesis at work, I have also spoken of him in prior blogs, asks, “If your God is so good, why are people like they are?” Him, I ignore because he will not understand; all I can do is tell him about the Jesus, God’s love, grace, and hope that one day he sees the truth. Such as he chooses to be an unbeliever, so do I choose to be a believer.
We all have our problems, and often the prison that keeps us in bondage is in our own mind; this is the sad fact. Most of us do not know, or care to understand that there is always hope, grace, protection, and help in God if you believe and trust in his goodness.
Is it his fault that people are who they are? I personally don’t think so. I have a free will, and I found over time that it was my own free will that defeated me. God in his awesomeness, will never violate my will; he gave me the freedom to choose my path.
If I follow his guidance, his word promises me abundance, health, and wisdom. My favorite scriptures say it all. John 10:10 “The thief co meth not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” I always hold this dear to my heart when struggles come, and things don’t go as I think they should.
My mission from the Holy Spirit is write words of encouragement for anyone that wants to read them; to show the love and goodness of God which I have experienced in my own life over my many years. I thank God for that, and glory in the fact that he has given me the opportunity to share his love.
My husband and I also make amateur videos. In a few of them, we have actually placed, and won dinners, dog food, and acknowledgements, yeah! Anyway, I would like to share a cute video he made, the song sung by Jackie Deshaannon.
I hope you enjoy it.