I want to share something that has been especially heavy on my heart this last week. It is... the way people treat one another. Now, I may see more of this than others due to where I work. For those who do not know me....I have worked for Wal-mart for the past 11 years. For 10 of those years, I held an office position with very little contact with the public. A little over a year ago they eliminated my job position and I was forced to work...with the public. We went through the Christmas season watching people act possessed. They transformed into selfish, pushy, hurried and nasty beings. They were on a mission to get the perfect gifts for Sally and Johnie...at whatever cost. And I don't mean $ cost, I refer to pushing, shoving, name calling, threats...you name it. So many times in the midst of this, I would look to the sky and pray for forgiveness for these people. What must He think as we are trying to prepare for the celebration of His son and His children are behaving in such a way?
Move forward to this past week. I have seen a fist fight over 2 people in a line....who was supposed to be first? I saw a physical fight over someone looking at someone the wrong way. I saw a screaming/name calling match because someone inadvertently thought the line began in a different place. I had a middle age woman come over to me and tell me her parking lot incident. How her and a gentleman fought over a parking space. And I mean FOUGHT. The man ended up keying the lady's car and do you know the lady would not budge even after this man continued to act crazy? A lady got mad at me because I asked if she would mind if I helped a man behind her first. Her transaction was very involved and his would have taken 2 seconds. She got mad at this suggestion and said "no way". I just returned from the Post Office where there was a very long line. The lady right in front of me had to step to the side to do something and told me she would be right back. When she came back to her spot in the line...the older lady behind us told her "no way...get in the back".
What is happening to people? What is the hurry which is so important that we treat one another the way we do? It makes me sad and it makes me wonder what our Father is thinking as He watches us behave in such a manner. It must hurt Him so!
"Everybody needs a little help sometimes"
It has made me really want to start doing more Random Acts of Kindness. I just did a google search and there are many sites that give great suggestions and ways to implement acts of kindness into our lives. It is easy to do special things for those we love, but takes some extra effort to help a stranger or someone we don't know well. But it makes me really think if we all try to practice this more...maybe our world would be a better place. A random act of kindness makes the receiver stop and think. Maybe that same person might stop and think when a situation like the ones above arises. Maybe their reaction would be different. Thoughts??
"Don't wait for others to be kind....show them how!"
Here is today's puppy picture. I should explain a little better. The puppies don't belong to us. We had found a breeder in NC and put a deposit down for one of the puppies from this litter. The breeder sends us updates and pictures of the puppies every Monday. They are about 3 weeks old now and we will be able to bring puppy home the end of March. Aren't they cute? Their eyes are just now starting to open.
Monday, February 25, 2008
posted at 9:05 AM