“Everyone agrees that America is not the same place that it once was. Our society is undergoing a fundamental transformation that is absolutely breathtaking, and some of the changes have been positive. But many would argue that most of the changes have been negative, and the truth is that we can see evidence of this all around us. Wikipedia defines social decay as “the tendency for society to decline or disintegrate over time, perhaps due to the lapse or breakdown of traditional social support systems.” As a society, we are more disconnected from one another than we have ever been before, and perhaps this is one of the big reasons why so much anger and hatred are growing all around us. At this point, a large portion of the population doesn’t even seem to possess a basic level of empathy and compassion for their fellow citizens, and that has frightening implications for the future of our nation….”
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“San Antonio police are investigating an assault on 16-year-old Richard Hunter who was grabbing some grub and minding his own business at a local Whataburger. Hunter’s big mistake? Wearing a Make America Great Again hat. There’s some nice irony here since this incident took place on the 4th of July, a day where most Americans put aside political differences to celebrate some bold actions taken by our Founders. As the bigot accused of assault was walking away, he said, “this is gonna go great in my fucking fireplace, bitch.”…. Read the rest here > https://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/unbelievable-must-watch-new-video-lets-make-america-hateful-again/
One man sat at a stop light. The woman in front of him was going through papers on the seat of her car, and when the light changed to green she didn’t go. A green light is not a suggestion, you know, it is more of a commandment. But she didn’t notice.
When the light turned red again, she still had not moved. The man in the car behind her now started screaming epithets and beating on his steering wheel.
A policeman tapped on his windshield. ‘You can’t arrest me for hollering in my car,’ the man said. The cop asked for his license and registration, returned to his car, talked on the radio for a while, and finally handed the papers back. The driver protested, ‘I knew you couldn’t cite me for yelling in my own car!’
The officer replied, ‘I didn’t want to cite you for shouting in your car. But I was directly behind you at the light. I saw you screaming and beating your steering wheel, and I said to myself, ‘That man is out of control. He’s going to hurt someone!’
‘Then I noticed the cross hanging from your rear view mirror, the bright yellow ‘Love Is a Choice’ license tag, the ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and ‘Prayer Changes Things’ bumper stickers, and I was sure you must have stolen the car.’
His behavior did not reflect his bumper stickers. But let’s not be too critical. Are we always the people we want to be?
We make changes by stretching. Personal transformation can happen when the person we presently are does not yet resemble the person we hope to be. Better to set high ideals and occasionally fall short than to settle for mediocrity and succeed.
The important question is not, ‘Who are you today?’ It is better to ask, ‘Who will you be tomorrow?’
Remember: if nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
Think of the time and energy a little forgiveness could buy you. Being frustrated, annoyed or angry uses up your precious time, energy, thoughts and actions.
Certainly there are situations worth getting angry about, but do you truly wish to give over even a little bit of yourself to the petty little things which really don’t matter?
When someone does something to annoy you, consider how much of your valuable time you could save by forgiving that person, in your mind and heart, right then. When you forgive before you’ve even shown any anger, the matter will die and you can quickly move on.
Expect the best from those around you, and you’ll very likely get it. Yet when someone falls short of your expectations, don’t aggravate the problem by letting it sap your time and energy. Look for a way to quickly forgive and forget.
The more little things you can forgive, the more big things you can accomplish.
Eph 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Mt 6:12 “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
Mt 6:14 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: …”
Mt 6:15 “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
“So many people are missing out on the abundance of life because they can’t give up the bitterness of some past misgiving. Oh, what a tragedy! Bitterness will eat one up inside to the place where they cannot function in the life given them.
The poem below is my own work, which I was inspired to write in about 1999, when a loved one literally came to a standstill in their life because of the bitterness in their heart.” -Ruth H. U.
***Thanks Ruth. 🙂
I grasped the cup of bitterness
And proudly held it high.
I thought I’d teach a lesson
To the one who made me cry.
So disappointing was my plight,
So weak, my hurting soul;
But I held tight to bitterness
I would not let it go!
I’ll hold on to this bitterness
And let it fill my mind.
My friend must know that I am hurt
So why should I be kind?
As long as I keep grasping
This bitter cup of gall,
My friend will feel so badly
And soon he’ll trip and fall.
And then, in all my pittiness
I turned to God alone.
And, lo, I found that only “I”
E’er knew about my bitter stone.
My friend, he didn’t feel the hurt
That left me in despair,
For he was going on in life
While I was left, just standing there.
God gently took my feeble hand
And whispered, “Just forgive…
Then pray for he who’s wronged you
So you can truly live!”
I fell on knees before my God.
He washed away the bitter tears.
I felt His arms around me.
Quieting all my angry fears.
I bowed my head, and called on God
To give me sweet release.
Then handed Him my bitter cup
He handed me HIS perfect peace!
Credit: Ruth H. U.
” …..God is good.” -Ruth H. U.
*Thanks again Ruth
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
Mark 11:25 “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. “
Crimes of the heart cause us great injury. Hurt feelings, harsh words, nasty misunderstandings leave deep imprints in our minds and hearts. We dwell on the cruel and unkind violations against us. Letting go of anger about things that have occurred in the past is difficult and sometimes feels insurmountable. We get stuck and hold on to our anger, and the wounds grow deeper and fester. The pain keeps us from finding peace within ourselves. When is it time to let go?
It is time to let go when holding on to the anger no longer serves us. When carrying the burden of our anger keeps us from moving in the direction of our ideals. When the anger keeps us from growing and becoming the person we seek to be. How do we begin?
We begin by letting go. Just letting go. We begin by no longer allowing ourselves to dwell on the negative and relive the injustices. We focus on recovering from the injury. We recover by surrounding ourselves with loved ones we can trust and by moving on. Forgiveness comes much later.
Finding peace within ourselves doesn’t mean we forget about the crimes. Rather, it means we choose to release them. To learn to live and love in a place where past grievances no longer touch us deeply brings wisdom. A life where harmony resides.
The story goes that some time ago a mother punished her 5 year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and she became even more upset when the child used the gold paper to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her mother the next morning and said, “This is for you, Momma.”
The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over reaction, but her anger flared again when she opened the box and found it was empty. She spoke to her daughter in a harsh manner. “Don’t you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there’s supposed to be something inside the package?”
The little daughter had tears in her eyes and said, “Oh, Momma, it’s not empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full.”
The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees and put her arms around her little girl, and she begged her forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.
An accident took the life of the child only a short time later, and it is told that the mother kept that gold box by her bed for all the years of her life. Whenever she was discouraged or faced difficult problems, she would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.
In a very real sense, each of us, as human beings, has been given a golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and most of all the unconditional love GOD has given us if we will just accept it.
There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.