Painting with a Broad Brush


Painting with a Broad Brush

Have you noticed how our young people see themselves as different, yet when in a crowd nobody stands out? What happened to dressing for success? Neatly groomed men and women in the workforce have become a thing of the past. And then there is the “if you can see it, you can be it” mantra that equates to do what makes you feel good. That may be well and good, but when you look outside yourself what do you see? We are conditioned to group people into two camps – Us and Them. Reality does not really matter, only perceived reality becomes reality when it is repeated over and over again and again. We identify with what makes us feel good. Too many times someone sees you and wants to be you, to the point that when given the opportunity they destroy you. Instead of looking for things that bind us together we become distracted by our differences, to the point that our vision is skewed and totally out of kilter.

When immigrants come to this country they know that hard work, determination and perseverance will lead them to citizenship where they will become Americans. Starting out they take any job they can get regardless of education or socioeconomic class. They may begin cleaning toilets until one day their hard work ethics enable them to own the business. To the outsider looking in through jealous eyes they see immigrants owning certain types of businesses and make assumptions that all XXXX’s own convenience stores, or drive certain vehicles, or live in certain neighborhoods. Over time that thought process morphs into my people are victims and your people took advantage of us and now you owe us retributions and I want what is owed me. PAY UP!   

Where in biblical theology does it say you are your brother’s accuser?

Are we not our brother’s keeper? Is it not our responsibility, our obligation to look after our neighbors and to help out when needed or asked because it’s the right thing to do? Or do we simply turn our backs and look the other way? If you see a child playing in the middle of a busy street are you going to say or do nothing? What if it was your child would you want everyone else to say or do nothing as well?

Let me be clear just as surely as I’m writing these words we are all in a race – the human race. We are all competing for the prize that comes at the end of our race. Will we each get what we deserve or mercy? It behooves us to be like the runner and stay in our lane. Stop trying to live anybody else’s life, but live our own as God intended.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

If you’re going to be one – be kind, be generous and love your enemies for in doing so you will show the will of God which mankind so earnestly needs. Treat others with the respect that you deserve! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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