It seems, while reading my blog list, that a lot of us are feeling stressed, depressed, anxious, behind in our to do lists...with loved ones near and far who are needing healing and help.
When I look around my world, it seems a little colder than it was. A little less friendlier. Less willing to look someone, a stranger, in the eyes and just smile. Saying "Hello" is almost a thing of the past as you pass someone, anyone, everyone on the street. News stories filled with how negligent the human race is becoming. How we have lost value in each other's eyes. Need is a shameful thing. Even needing a smile is a sign of weakness.
So, Sunday, I was reading the Master. How we are to treat our nieghbors. Who our neighbors are. What a neighbor truly is.
We are to act totally without selfishness. Our neighbor is whomever needs mercy. A neighbor is the one who shows mercy.
So, my assignment for the week (and one I hope you share with me) is to work at having a servant's heart, and not a heart consumed only by my desires and needs. To look people in the eye at the drive-thru or check-out line and see them as people who might need mercy. To stop my hamsterwheel driven, smallthings minded thinking...and reach out. With a smile. With encouragement. Leave a note on someone's blog that is uplifting and kind. Take a deep breath and give just that much more when I'm at the end of my rope and ready to jump. To put self last. To love above all.
Won't you join me? Couldn't we change our corner of the world for the better even for just one day, one week, a season...a lifetime? Wouldn't that be worth it!