Just Do It! (Thanks Nike.)
In my mind today I’m thinking of the Beatitudes. The first half is so consoling. Those who have been dealt the short straws in earthly life will be rewarded. If you’re hungry, you will be fed. If you’re poor and homeless, you will inherit the kingdom of God. If you’re crying, you will laugh. If you are persecuted, you will be rewarded. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Don’t stop reading there students. The last half is what makes us pause and think. We go from being blessed to woe unto you. The warm fuzzies dissipate and the stomachaches begin. If you are wealthy, comfortable, well-fed, and laughing all the way, you will get the script flipped on you. This makes you stop in your tracks. How do you avoid the fires of Gehenna if you are loving your life and have pleasure while you’re here? Looks pretty bleak, doesn’t it?
Thankfully there is a loophole. If all of these earthly treasures blind you from seeing the poor around you, get your flame retardant pajamas ready. If you’ve been blessed, then you have been entrusted with the care and welfare of your sisters and brethren. You are the ones who have wonderful work to do. If you can take off your blinders and really see those hurting around you and help them, you will be blessed. Remember this, “What you do to the least of these, then you do it to me.” It’s not easy when we live in a world of narcissistic behaviors, materialism combined with consumerism, and rampant addictions of all kinds. It’s easy to stand back and judge others. Our work is hard. It is to accept our weaknesses and those of others to bring light into the dark.
Today, look around you. Seek out those who need a kind gesture. There are an estimated 35,000 displaced from hurricane Harvey alone. If you have a dry home and food on the table, find a way to extend that to those displaced. It can be as easy as looking someone in the eyes and smiling or taking extra items to donate to a hurricane relief center. If you can, do more. I know Nike coined the phrase, but “Just Do It.” I promise you will be elated you did.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Dedicated to the survivors of natural disasters past and present and our locals who have family in the wake of it all.
Quotes of the Day:
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
H. Jackson Brown
“Service to humanity is service to God.”
Lailah Gifty Akita
Here’s a way to help Harvey victims.