Love your neighbor…

Before the month of Love comes to an end…I would like to share a little bit of my heart with you…

I am mostly non confrontational…and a peace keeper…

I am soft hearted and sometimes get my feelings hurt over a passing comment.   

It doesn’t take much to tug on my heart-strings and all of the evil, hatred and fighting in the world weighs heavy on my spirit. 

I typically do not watch the news because it fills me with sadness…

I wonder how different the World would be if the news media focused more on the positive things that people do instead of all of the murder and mayhem.  Just today the first 10 minutes of the evening news was dedicated to the following stories;

  • Man shoots wife, two daughters, then himself
  • Fight over singing ends in fatal shooting
  • Off-duty HPD officers shoot teen in SE Houston
  • Man shot to death in his apartment
  • Pawn shops targeted in smash and grab thefts
  • One killed, 4 wounded in school shooting in Ohio

The list continues with more murders and then as if to lighten the mood the News Anchor switches over to the recap of the Oscars…It’s not enough to highlight the winners,great effort is made to point out who failed to meet the expectations of the fashion gurus…Then they move on to the political in fighting and wrap up with the daunting news of the ever-increasing gasoline prices. 

Not a single minute of a single “feel good” story.  I know that every day good people all over the world are doing good things for people in need.  I think there should be more time devoted to covering the “feel good” stuff….

what the world needs now is love sweet love,
it’s the only thing that there’s just to little of,
What the world needs now is love sweet love,
no, not just for some but for everyone…

Try this on for size…Love your neighbor as yourself…

 

The people in this video gave up their Saturday to go out and help a complete stranger.  Not only did they donate their time, they paid a minimal fee to cover the cost of a T-Shirt, transportation and snacks.   They didn’t do it for the recognition…they didn’t do it for money… they didn’t do it for any other reason than the fact that there was a need.   

New Hope Church, where I worship and work, organizes community outreach projects throughout the year.  The outreach projects fill up in a couple of weeks time and usually have a waiting list.  More times than not the teams come back physically exhausted but mentally exhilarated.  They come back with dirty clothes but with a renewed spirit.  They leave out thinking they are going to change someones life but come back changed themselves.   They have experienced what it is to…Love your Neighbor

Romans 13:9
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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9 responses to “Love your neighbor…

  1. You may be a NOLA girl at heart, but you are also my sister at heart! We feel so much the same way. And Ashley and I are also privileged to be part of an extraordinary congregation that truly lives out Christ’s commandments on a “glocal” level. What a blessing to be a part of an active, loving, caring, and worshiping congregation. I am so glad that you have such a fellowship too!

    Early last summer I quit watching the news on TV. I would get physically ill and it is not worth that for me. I listen to NPR radio, and get the most important new stories that are actually helpful to know, and I read some magazines as well, and occasionally read on-line news stories. But the glut of sensationalist so-called news and the mudslinging and awful dirty exposés of things that are not my business (or anybody else’s for that matter, except those involved personally), has become overwhelming and not worth watching, because i believe that such news reports really do give us a skewed vision of what is happening around the world. i know there are wonderful people, who are giving of themselves each and every day in the name of Jesus Christ and in the name of love and common decency and respect for our fellow human beings.

    Thanks for the great post and the reminder that our Number 1 priority is to love.

    I wish you enough. . .
    Paula

  2. My husband was just saying the other day that they should have feel good news at 6:00 and then the bad news with murder and mahem at 10:00.
    What has happened to Love?

  3. That mindset in the media is unfortunately true everywhere in the world. (I live in the Philippines and those headlines you listed are daily fare in our media, too.) Who was it who said that when he reads a newspaper, he reads the sports section first because it is about man’s achievements and the front page last because it is about man’s failures. Good advice, huh?

    Meanwhile, we can do our small part in making the world a more positive place.

    So glad to read this and to meet you, Jeanne. You’re one more blogger of hope and we can never have enough. 🙂

  4. I prefer NBC news because of the “Making a Difference” segment. They give us something to cheer about.

  5. barb19

    Beautiful and thoughtful post Jeanne; I feel the way you do and sometimes I just turn off the TV when the news is on because of all the terrible things that are going on around us. We know it goes on, but when it’s blasted in our faces, sometimes I just can’t take it. I cry for my fellowman.
    Why can’t we live in peace with one another – surely the feeling we get from doing this should overcome everything else. This one commandment of “Love Your Neighbour as Yourself” embraces all the others.
    It would be uplifting for everyone to see more of the good news on TV – like the video above.
    Thank you for a brilliant post.

    • Barb, thank you for your kind words. All of the negative news has been weighing on me for sometime. I really drains me. I have noticed that the news media save the “feel good” stories for the last 5-10 minutes, maybe this is when I should tune in, or not! I think not!!!

  6. I agree, Jeanne. My husband watches the news more than I do, so he can tell me if something truly important happens. I also like the feel-good stories and linger on them when I find them – most often on the internet.

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