Have you ever heard the song “A Change is gonna come “? Stop for a minute and watch the world around you; you have to wonder sometimes, how it is that we as a people have made this far? There are so many people running in so many directions, and seemly at times almost unaware of the people to their right or left. So many ideas and traditions all mixed together, yet we still find a way to establish some kind of structure in society. I believe it is because we as a people, though we may not agree upon all things, we still find a way to do what is right. Deep inside each of us is the desire to see peace and harmony- amen?
How many of us have spent our lives running like the river in this song? Spending our lives in constant motion, going from place to place, and seemly never really finding our true spot in life. Always looking and wondering if the grass was greener on the other side, and most of the time finding out it wasn’t so green after all? Searching for acceptance and love in a world that is at times can be so very cold and selfish. Jesus Christ said in his word in Luke 6; 31 – “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. Truly such a small phrase, yet, my friends it is the answer to peace. It is the answer to all the divisions in our world and to the separations found within it. That though we are all different, we as a people can find in ourselves the willingness to simply treat our neighbors as we would expect to be treated ourselves.
I believe we are all children of one God, and each and every man and women in society is my brother and my sister. Do you feel this way? We may not agree on all things, I believe that is what helps keep a balance in life, but we can surely show love and respect towards each other-amen? That when it comes to doing the things that are simply “right” we will find a way to make the proper choices, and act when the time comes. Most of us seek success in our lives, but let us ask ourselves, have we helped others succeed? We seek love and happiness, yet as we walk the streets, do we offer even a simple smile to a Stranger, or even more, a hand up? To implement the scripture above we have to become aware of our surroundings. We have to break out of our little worlds and begin to see that we are such a small fragment in the large scale of things. That each of us has something to offer; sometimes it just has to be found.
Though it may be spoken differently, the idea behind the scripture above is held in practically every faith in the world. It is the simple idea that what we give out, we shall get in return. Meaning, if we give love, than love will return to us, and if we give only hate, then it to, will be given back to us. If we want peace, then we must be willing to first offer such peace. Someone has to lay down arms first and reach out to the other in love. I believe change is gonna come, like so before myself, I pray for such things as discrimination, poverty, and hunger to be a things of the past. I offer my hand to all those I may help today, will you do the same?
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