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Thursday, May 19, 2005

"Why can't we all just get along"?

Larry Norman used to sing, "life is filled with guns and war and everyone gets trampled on the floor..."

No matter where you turn these days, people are fighting. Whether it be in an extreme case as in Iraq and other hot spots around the world, or disagreeing over a bill with your mechanic, turmoil is in the air.

With the senate in full uproar over territorial rights and control, (An NBC/WSJ poll reveals "angry electorate" - Voters dissatisfied with Bush, Congress) we are continually a climate of "what's mine is mine, and I am going to keep it." That filters down to every day life.

Jesus teaches us otherwise. He teaches us that it's not "what's mine is mine and I'm going to keep it," or "what's yours is mine, and I'm going to take it," but "what's mine is mine and I am willing to share it," in love.

Rights. Responsibilities. "I have my rights," we say. Yes, we do. But don't we also have a responsibility to leave this world a better place? More loving. More caring. More sincere.

It's a question that bears repeating, "why can't we all just get along?"

I sense the words of Jesus coming into play here, "come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn form me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

I encourage you today, spend some time with Jesus.

6 comments:

Youth Extreme said...

Why is it we can't get along? What with in the human spirit creats such a competitive drive that we constantly compare ourselves to others? Think about our daily lives, when we participate in a social event, we look for and seek out "important" people. We try and shake hands with those in the know, we want to see and be seen. I challenge you the next time you are invited to a big community event to seek out and talk with those who are the least among the crowd. By doing this we can creeate a sense of belonging by everyone. Only by treating everyone as equal will we be able to overcome our selfish nature. We are born into sin, we live in a world that surronds us with sin, is there any wonder why we react sinfully when things do not go as planned? So next time, seek out the humble, the quite one, and learn from them why they are there and what they hope to take from the event. Maybe we will all become a bit more giving and a lot less taking in our nature....

dflattery said...

I agree "we should all get along".

I find myself not getting along with others when I'm not in right relationship with Jesus. When I'm acting out of selfish desires.

I asked some students from my school recently who has helped you get to your point of graduation? Many of them said, "no one, I did it all by myself." No one gets anywhere all by themselves. That's why we need one another. That's why we need to get along. But it's so hard. But life is hard.

dflattery said...

I agree "we should all get along".

I find myself not getting along with others when I'm not in right relationship with Jesus. When I'm acting out of selfish desires.

I asked some students from my school recently who has helped you get to your point of graduation? Many of them said, "no one, I did it all by myself." No one gets anywhere all by themselves. That's why we need one another. That's why we need to get along. But it's so hard. But life is hard.

Firstag Music said...

It's our pride and ego that lead to not getting along. Life is not like Burger King, you can't always have it your way. When all is said and done, our reaction is our choice alone. The only attitude you can control is yours. Choose to get along!

Words are deadly said...

I wish that there was some way that we COULD all get along. There is usually always going to be something going wrong somewhere and someone not getting along. But I ask WHY? WHY do we feel better about ourselves just because we make fun of things and dont get along? Why cant we just get along and live a happy life for jesus?

I wish there was some steller way we could just like- I dont know- Zap the world and everyone would get along and be happy. That would be soo cool.

Joe Cool said...

Why can't we all just get along? Maybe it is because many people are just thinking about themselves instead of others. Maybe if we were to not take offense at every little thing and take things with a grain of salt, we could get along. Maybe if we were to think about what Jesus would do in a situation we would all get along fine.