In a world that sometimes feels like there is no hope, it's important to know, kindness is more prevalent now
My husband Keith and I love music. We especially love hearing great songwriters. Because we have a connection with the songwriter community, we've been welcomed into a circle of great songwriter friends. The other day I heard a new song from one them. The song was about our country and all of its problems. A repeated line in the song is "I don't know my country anymore". It is a great song that shares the views of many, many people, but it left me sad….not because I identified with it, but more so, because I didn't. It made me feel defeated. The truth is, I've heard a lot of people comment on all the things wrong with the world, and yes, we are going through tough times. We seem to have more division in our country now than we've had in many years. We have increased crime, drug addictions, mental health issues, mass shootings, and the list goes on. But, the difference between me and the sentiment of my friend's song is, I also see more and more people rolling up their sleeves, making a difference in our world - now, more than ever before. I see more people feeding the homeless and serving their communities, churches doing random acts of kindness, teenagers and young adults spending school breaks on mission trips, and this list goes on and on as well. My point is - yes, it is heartbreaking and scary to see the sadness in our world right now, but it's also truly exciting . . . and inspiring to see how many people want to help. To say the world is falling apart, is dismissing all of these efforts.
I was having this discussion with a friend of mine and she mentioned a sermon she'd recently heard at her church. It was about being a Christian during a time when so many problems exist in our world. Many people feel it's a bad time to be a Christian. But the sermon expressed the opposite. The pastor said it was a great time to be a Christian because there is so much opportunity to make a difference, to do what we're called to do; love our neighbor. The point of that sermon was not limited to Christian values. It applies to human values. No matter what the situation is, whenever times are tough, opportunities for improvement always become greater. So let's face it, now is the perfect time to make a difference, and I promise you, you won't be alone because if you look around, you'll see, there's great love among us.
My name is Tracey, and I've created this site to make you aware of and inspire you to be a part of All the Love Among Us.
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