Picture a parent following a little child around picking up after her. When we’re struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups, God is coming right alongside us, helping to pick up our messes and telling us that his unfailing love is always there.
I’ve discovered that my first thought or feeling about an intense situation often is wrong. Wait for more thoughts. Also, slow down and gather more information.
The good acquire a taste for helpful conversation; bullies push and shove their way through life.
In the same way we aren’t shining our lights so people see us, but to illuminate the darkness in their lives with God’s light. Our good deeds need to shine out for all to see SO that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
A good work ethic is always a plus, but I never equated laziness with destruction. When you get down to it, laziness robs others because you deprive them of the best you can give. A lazy person disregards the lives of others. Instead they demand others serve them and cater to their whims.
Which do we want? It’s pretty simple. If we follow God’s path there are blessings for us. If not there are curses. In history, the people who follow God’s commands lived a more blessed life than the ones who didn’t. The ones who didn’t seemed to always end in some kind of disaster.
This verse extends well beyond poor people. Mocking anyone not as fortunate as myself, whether they are poor, in bad relationships, unhappy at the workplace—you get the picture—if you mock anyone you should be punished. We all were created as equals, God loves us all.
Sometimes we just want to give up and settle for something less than desirable. It seems like too much effort to break through, but patient persistence pierces through this barrier of indifference and gives us that needed push to take another step. Then another. And another.
Listening in a hurry has led me to failure more than once. Sometimes it is very easy to jump to a conclusion or assume I know what someone is saying before they are even finished with the thought. And, sometimes, all it takes to fix a situation is to hear someone out.