Friday, December 2, 2016

What comes first?

He wasn't talking about someone's sheep and goats, of course. Just an illustration
to make a point, like that other one about the camel and needle's eye.
Why would he say things like that?

"I will be a swift witness againstthose who cheat the worker of his wages, who oppress widows and the fatherless, againstthose who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not honor me, says the Lord of hosts." Malachi 3:5.

You have to feed and care for the horse that pulls the plow, of course, but apparently you don't have to pay employees a living wage. One in five of our own children live in poverty, though we are the wealthiest country in the world. The unfortunate among us are held back, and refugees are turned away at the door though they flee for their lives.

As individuals, how do we face the real world and the issues of conscience brought on by honestly doing so?

The priority in our culture is to live like the world's wealthiest 10%, as that seems to be the common choice.  Many, perhaps surprisingly, will see a better way and will choose to bring a few others along as they make their way forward.

It's always a joy to see how many discover the good path, the good news.

So how about a magnificent life and purpose --

What does it take?  First comes a change of heart (of ethic) perhaps, and shaking off our culture-based priorities.  Then, lend a hand for however long it takes to make a difference; for years, if needed.  Through school and perhaps college, through troublesome times, through the last years.  Such a heart includes family and friends and others in the effort, does it not?

In the larger context of community and country, how might we make a better place for others?
I was surprised to find that much
of what I thought I might do
was unneeded. Most folks
I met on the far side of the
world asked for nothing. They
enjoyed just being friends, a little
encouragement, and perhaps a connection
 to the larger world.  I had to ask how I might
be a helpful friend.

It's a long journey, and more fun than just sitting at the top of the food chain.  And there's always more to learn.