If you are watching any television now and for the past few weeks you have been assaulted by the political commercials where each candidate, more than informing you of what they can do criticizes the fellow opponents in the race. One uses a yard full of babies to show you how bad or immature their opponents are and then one of those “babies” counters it by showing a baby dressed as that candidate sitting in the floor making a bigger mess than you can imagine! I have become cynical about all of them and have begun to believe that no matter what they say they will do when push comes to shove and they are under pressure from higher powers they cave in to the demands. SOS or same old uhhh stuff, yeah that fits, no matter which party it is. We are quickly becoming a socialist nation and a nation that does not recognize God and as I see it we are in trouble, big time.
Enough of that, I am not here to be political just pointing out that everyone has something to say about everyone else and it makes me look at them and try to find their faults! Did that just make sense to you? No? Well in all actuality what I am saying is only what Jesus said, recorded in Matthew 7:1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”
I have noticed posts saying that we should do “random acts of kindness” for this week, or “commit random acts of love”, I think it is an excellent idea but think about this, what if you actually lived that way? I have always loved doing things for people when they didn’t expect it and last week I received a harvest from that seed. I was in the grocery store and in a huge hurry, I always am, and with only one line open I was standing in line behind several people that had full baskets of items. I felt discouraged but leaned on the handle of the cart and decided to relax. In a few moments I heard a someone saying, “Lady, lady!” I looked to see why this person seemed to be calling me, when I did she motioned to me that a cashier had opened up the next line and motioned for me to go ahead of her. I was so stunned because with her own cart full I know she would have loved to go next, I said, “Why didn’t you just go on in?” She said, “You were here first.” I gratefully accepted her offer and thanked her profusely while I was putting my things up on the counter. I have a problem accepting when someone is nice to me and always feel like I need to pay it back, so I leaned over the counter and whispered to the cashier that I wanted to pay for that lady’s groceries. The look I got from that girl was priceless…maybe she learned a lesson in what cooperation and giving is really all about. I will leave you with the words Jesus said in verse 12 of that 7th chapter, it sums up the kind of life we should live, “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”