Scripture teaches us
To do all things “with thy might;”
This includes loving.
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Growth is not a guarantee.
Progress comes with you and me,
Daily pressing on to be
Above where we were formerly.
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Try to be a light
For those who are in need.
We can’t always do what’s right,
But we can always try, indeed.
Love comes with frustration,
It’s not always delightful.
Sometimes there’s elation,
Then others, we’re spiteful.
It’s a true fact of life.
Know it right from the start.
There’s peace, joy, and strife
When it comes to the heart.
Love is not simple.
At times, it’s gritty and tough.
That’s when it is real.
If today you’ve done your best,
Rest assured, you’ve passed the test.
All anyone can ask of you
Is that you do all you can do.
A perfect score is not required,
Just live each day with love, inspired
By whatever beauty makes you strong.
You’ll find it rarely steers you wrong.
Life is made of moments.
We all know it’s true.
But know that no one episode
Defines the whole of you.
Our choices range from good to bad,
And most are in between.
Don’t let yourself be labeled by
What little most have seen.
Life’s not about perfection,
But the moments we accrue.
In every place, at your own pace,
Do the best that you can do.
It’s been hard to find writing inspiration lately! I hate it, but I think I’ve figured out the source. Frankly, I’ve just been really bummed.
I try to keep abreast of what’s going on in the world. I read the news, check social media, and generally just pay attention. The downside to being informed is the content of that information.
My country is forgetting its roots and trying to base eligibility for citizenship on whether or not the person in question is rich enough to deserve it. Our president has a cult following that will follow him to hell and back because he validates their frustrations and gives them a common enemy to blame.
My fellow citizens seem content to harrass and malign each other based on their political leanings, not caring to acknowledge the fact that the party they’re fighting for couldn’t care less about them.
We are so worried about “rights” that we refuse to temper freedom with duty, endangering one another for the sake of guns, greed, or “god.”
It all makes me sick. I know I participate in these things in my own way, but I can still say I am tired of it all. So what do we do when all of this crap gets so overwhelming?
Yep. That’s it. No convoluted arguments or attempts to sound wise. Just try, dammit.
Disagree with someone politically? Not a fan of someone’s personal choices? Want a cleaner planet or fewer hungry people in the world? Hoping for more peace and less violence?
I was recently reminded that we are all responsible for our little corner of the world, and if everyone got on board with the notion of putting effort into what we want to see materialize, this life would look quite different. Call it idealistic, but you have to start somewhere, and having an ideal to strive for doesn’t hurt.
Now, will giving a homeless guy a buck change the nature of poverty in America? No.
Will inviting your liberal/conservative friend to safely vent their frustrations and reasoning behind their ideals lead to a sudden conversion? Nope.
Are you going to end world hunger by collecting canned goods once a month? Or will recycling save us from impending disaster? Nah.
That stuff matters. Kindness, love, and light, in any context, matter. You can positively affect your surroundings every day, as God has given you everything you could possibly need to do so. The trick is consciously making the choice to utilize your gifts as means of service. It won’t happen by accident.
So there it is. Overwhelmed by the bad? Wonder how things could possibly get better? Look in the mirror. There’s your answer. Recognize the Divine in you, that of God in others, and walk your path accordingly.
Peace be with you!