Being of the World but Not a Part of It

 In light of all the tragedies in the world it is hard to stay positive.  There is an abundance of senseless crimes and a complete disregard for human life.  It is difficult to believe the world can become a better place or that anyone cares about anything anymore.  However, it is in these times we need to remember there are more good people than bad people; we need to stay hopeful of making the world a better place.

We have to remember only love can conquer hate.  So we must start to love one another; this is the first step to making the world a better place.  Remember, this is not love in the traditional sense of dating, but this is love in the sense of having compassion and understanding for your neighbor.  Love is the greatest gift we can give one another.

The second step is having a positive attitude.  Do not let the negativity; the evil and the violence overshadow the kindness, the mercy and generosity of those, like us, who have empathy in our hearts.  We must lead by example and come together as a community.  A community where the houses are full of encouragement and support.  A community where the people are free of prejudice and spite, yet full of humility.

The third step is forgiving.  This means letting go of all the heartache and pain, which stops us from loving one another and more importantly, being the best we can be.   Do not dwell on the incident that made you angry; instead acknowledge and feel your emotions.  We must forgive those who wronged us to be set free.

It is only through love, having a positive attitude and forgiveness that we can successfully resolve the conflict in the world and most importantly make the world a safe and gracious place.  A place were we want to bear children; a place where you do not fear sending your children to school; a place where women are not afraid of being raped; a place where every man can afford to feed their family; a place where you are not afraid to go out at night; a place where a stranger’s face can also be considered a friend; a place where you can finally say I am not only of this world but I am also a part of it.  Let’s be the change we want to see.