Will B. Loving Thy Neighbor
I won’t go into all that has unfolded over the past couple of weeks. It would take too much room. Being a white male has somehow gotten to be a dirty word over the past 20 years gets me going all on its own.
In my earliest years I was born in St. Louis, Mo. and spent a portion of my youth living in the ghetto being one of only a few white families in the area and later in my early teens living in the projects in Houston, I swear I felt like my brother and me where the only white people in the whole area. I lived in these places because I have always come from a dirt-poor upbringing. I bring my background up because I keep seeing this phrase white privilege being thrown around a lot lately. I felt this at times but in reverse being the only white in some area’s I have lived.
I bring this up not to start a debate or get sympathy but to say you never know someone’s upbringing or background. The one thing I do know is these bible verses are what we should be always striving for: Matthew 22:37-40 “Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great com mandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.
If we all strive to follow this one commandment so many issues, we face a human would be solved. We are born into sin and must always battle against human nature. When tempers flare or we are trying to make a point that is the time to choose words very carefully. I am guilty as well of not choosing my words carefully wanting or caring only to inflict pain on someone who has hurt me in some way.
I continue to strive every day to care for those around me regardless if I know the person. During my morning pray I always pray that God will open my heart to care for those I come in contact with and to be able to let his love through me be a beacon so others may ask why is he so happy or shining from withing just so I might have the chance to tell someone the good news. If you don’t know the good news please message me or come talk with me so I can share this good news with you. This is another reason I really try hard every day to have great manners and common curtesy. It’s my way of saying I care about those I come in contact with.
I may have a bad day just like anyone else and I am by far not a perfect Christian, but effort counts even if I fall short from time to time. The important thing to keep in your mind every time you have dealings with those around you is that one simple commandment. Love thy Neighbor as you would love yourself and everything else will work itself out.
This is Will B. saying do you love your neighbor?