Monday, July 25, 2011

Black Sheep

For most of my life, I've walked the straight and narrow. Like any teenager or young adult, there were times when I strayed, but only briefly and not very far. I'm not saying that to boast but because its a fact. Speaking in fact, there are moments that I wish I had "lived" or rebelled a little more during those years but you can't redo the past so its not something I dwell on. Now that I'm out of my twenties and have really begun to figure out who it is I want to be for the rest of my life instead of what I want to be, I find myself surprised as my eyes are opened. My eyes have been opened to myself and my view is ever changing in reference to those around me. Most of all, I am surprised by what I notice to be other people's perception of me. That's sounds confusing but really it just means that I try to see myself through the eyes of others according to their reaction to me or their words about me. Seems narcissistic but its actually very revealing and useful in making the necessary changes in life to live more like a person aspires to be. After all, if others do not get the impression that you are trying to give or that is not a true representation of who you are, then you should be making changes. Or should you? Maybe if others do not see your true self or intentions, they are looking through lenses that have been stained by jealousy, anger, resentment or some other negative emotion.  You may find that you feel like the Black Sheep when it is the last thing you ever thought you'd be labeled. Generally, the Black Sheep is a term used to reference the one that strays from the normal, and is usually one who does wrong. Perhaps that is not always the situation. Sometimes, the Black Sheep is simply the one who is different and it shouldn't be assumed to be bad just because its not normal. Many great prophets were probably considered Black Sheep in their time because they stood out from the normal and not always in an accepted manner. They were living out God's purpose for their life but because it wasn't what everyone else was doing, it was viewed as being wrong. The purpose of this post is this. If you find yourself being judged as the Black Sheep among your friends or family, you should examine the reasons for that. However, if you find that its only because you do things differently and that you are following where the Holy Spirit is leading you, continue on your path. To be called a Black Sheep because you are open about who you are and your purpose in this life is one of the biggest compliments a person could ever receive!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Still Searching: Recycle bin...... now there's a great concept!

Still Searching: Recycle bin...... now there's a great concept!: "Why is it that we tend to retain so much useless information and be so proud of ourselves when we can pass it along to other people? Genera..."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Consideration

The definition of the word "considerate" according to Merriam-Webster is the following: Thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others". Wow, that's a lot of meaning in just a few little words! When I was a child, I was na├»ve enough to think that people genuinely cared about others and that everyone meant well with their actions. I am saddened to now see that I was so incredibly wrong.  Children do tend to believe that adults try to do the right thing which includes the fundamental principle of the consideration of other people. Taking a closer look at the word, here is my idea of what it means to be considerate. First and foremost, always put yourself in someone else's shoes. As literally as possible.  Try to imagine yourself in the same situation and think about how you may feel or react. This simple yet powerful concept will help you identify and sympathize with other people in almost every encounter you will have in your lifetime. If you are unsure what to say or do for someone, resort back to what you would like to receive yourself. This serves as a great guide in case you can't remember the Golden Rule. If you are interested in studying further, the Golden Rule is summed up in the Bible, Leviticus, chapter 19. Along with several of the commandments reiterated, God speaks through the writing of Moses to tell us to do to others as we want done to us. It seems simple yet remains one of the most difficult things for a human to do. That is of course, unless you are a Christian.  

There are many good people in this world who do care about the rights and feelings of others. Some of those people are Christians and some are not. You do not have to know Jesus to know what is right and wrong but it does help serve as a reliable compass to have the Holy Spirit guiding you. Its also very convenient to have an all knowing savior and a never failing book to reference when you have questions about how to treat others. Although there are lots of considerate people in the world, those numbers continue to decrease. Despite that, I find that I am still shocked when someone lets me down. That shock is magnified when it occurs with family or from someone I considered to be a close friend. Fortunately, we have Jesus on our side whom we can always trust and who will not disappoint us. He has already shown His consideration for His children in what He has done for us. Let us not forget to let Him be our example and to remember that His will is that we try to follow that example in everything that we do. Let us learn to be considerate of each other, knowing that the most important being in the universe is considerate with each of us.