If We All Understood

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7

COULD we draw aside the curtainsImage result for helping others
That surround each other’s lives,
See the naked heart and spirit,
Know what spur the action gives—
Often we would find it better,
Purer than we judge we would;
We would love each other better
If we only understood.

Could we judge all deeds by motives,
See the good and bad within,
Often we would love the sinner
All the while we loathe the sin.
Could we know the powers working
To o’erthrow integrity,
We would judge each other’s errors
With more patient charity.

If we knew the cares and trials,
Knew the efforts all in vain,
And the bitter disappointments—
Understood the loss and gain— ​
Would the grim external roughness
Seem, I wonder, just the same?
Would we help where now we hinder?
Would we pity where we blame?

Ah, we judge each other harshly,
Knowing not life’s hidden force;
Knowing not the fount of action
Is less turbid at its source.
Seeing not amid the evil
All the golden grains of good,
Oh, we’d love each other better
If we only understood.

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Reverential Fear

“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.” Psalm 112:1

As I meditated on this particular psalm, it challenges us to reflect an inner reverence for Father God, and to make consistent decisions in following His commands.

This psalm also tells us that blessings will fall on the child of God, who has a “reverential fear of God” and who delights in growing in integrity and faith.

When we delight in doing the will of God, and look back on our lives, we can be confident that He will have helped us to live a life of honor.

Stand Up

In today’s world taking a stand for what we believe is right can be a lonely road to travel.  There are many openings, but very few apply.  Many of us sit quietly, oftentimes in ear shot or eye view and witness so many mean and cruel things that are done on a daily basis.  We listen to and participate in gossip, we record with our cell phones acts of violence toward others, and turn a blind eye to the needy all around us.  Just to name a few.  Concluding that it could get messy after all,  if we become involved.  Yet deep inside, our consciences are pricked, and we hear that still small voice of God whispering His desires for us to stand up, say something, do something. 

The choice is always ours.  Will we spew idle talk about doing the right thing, without any support of our actions?  Or will we take a stand, proving the depth of our convictions?  Assisting those who may be just as alone and lonely, as you taking a stand on their behalf.

Yes, though taking a stand is often unpopular, it is the mark of true integrity.