Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Battle Within...

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. ~Jesse Jackson

We all know the "golden rule", it's the first thing we are taught as we start school at a young age. It's mentioned in various forms in almost every religion in throughout the world . "Treat Others, as YOU wish to be treated".

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. - Matthew 7:12

Easy one to remember off the top of your head, but do we always practice it? I am human and will admit that I fall victim to not always practicing the "golden rule". But over the last year and a half I have come to start really living "Life" and practicing daily everything I talk about on The Gatsby; such as slow down, enjoy little things, have faith, watching how I talk, reach out to others, treat others with more respect and importance, enjoy my life and get back in touch with God and Nature.

I feel for once in 23 yrs I have opened up new doors not only spiritually, but holistically, naturalistic, new ideas and ways of thinking, which has giving me such a more peaceful life to live. In the last year I've had the experience of working at a job 70+ hr weeks for 4-5 straight months, and the complete opposite scenario of having time to reflect and slow down for once. I've had time to think, study, plan, also time to reflect on everything I needed to. I have daily stresses just like anyone else, but I learned not to let the get to me, don't let them build up. There are far greater things ahead. Yes, I have daily problems work or home, but I face them, overcome them, and never let them get the best of my day, because this is my life and I'm going to enjoy everyday God gives me to the fullest.

The best way to find good in thyself is to begin to look for good in others. ~Unknown

So we are all fighting daily battles, we are all different, unique in our own way. We don't all agree on the same things, values, or beliefs. But hey, that's okay. That's what makes this life on Earth such a great place to live, we have so much diversity and difference in cultures, customs, etc. that we should embrace every opportunity that we come in contact with. Not only with different cultures, but within our own culture, nation, city, community & even families & friends, You must remember we are all different people, destined here for a different purpose/mission. Don't disrupt someone else's dreams or goals, let them live his or her own life to their own beliefs and values, differences they believe in.

I love how I'm completely different than most people I meet, and I'm not any better with my differences, I'm equal as a human being. Because different qualities such as looks, values, beliefs, ideas, skills that each of us posess are not any greater than the other. Each different quality possessed is equal in importance and beneficial in it's own way. God made us each unique and different for our own life purpose and mission, use your traits and qualities for the good in your life and help others realize this.

Now this is where "Treat others as you wish to be treated", the "golden rule" comes into play. But as I've dived deeper in the "Christian Faith" and as I get older, wiser and living my more "Gatsby Lifestyle," I've become aware that it is kind of ironic that some Christians aren't always the best to practice what they preach. When it comes to treating and judging others as they should treat themselves. (Golden Rule). I find frustrating at times when I see some Christians being cynical and judgmental towards not only other Christians, but non-Christians.  
For example; When I see someone who possibly isn't living a "Christian lifestyle" or hasn't found faith yet, it can be little disappointing/sad to me.  So I will mention something to them (BUT! only throwing out the idea, not forcing or judgemental). I find it wrong to be upfront and rude, pushing your own faith and beliefs on someone else, which make them feel inferior just because they are not living the lifestyle that you think they should be. *Remember it's his or her own choice and lifestyle, so be happy if they are happy in their own life. 

Now, I believe in going out of your way and helping others and there is nothing wrong with expressing your beliefs, faith, and values to others. This is the only way we can spread LOVE & God's Good Word! :) But! don't "be-little" people for being different than you, by judging and criticizing his or her lifestyle you are not being a Christian at all.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ~The Apostle Paul (Col 3:12)

Remember judgments are opinions that we form only after we have made a serious effort to know the facts, and, for those of us who are Christians, only after we have consulted the moral teachings of Scripture.
In Matthew 7:3-5, Jesus states:
 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?  How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

So since we all have this distorted perspective, we need either to be very humble (not prideful) or else leave judging to God alone. We have a moral responsibility to judge the moral behavior of others—but only if we are humbly aware that we will sometimes be dead wrong and never totally right. We must remember that our ability to judge is limited and especially that we are sinful people who will ourselves, one day, come under judgment.

I choose kindness...I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me. ~Max Lucado

Go out and live YOUR life to your values, beliefs and faith, don't be afraid to show your differences and unique qualities to others. It's what makes you different and unique in your own God given way. Embrace other people's differences and values with respect!

Open your mind, to Open your heart.

"Treat others, As YOU wish to be treated"
- Ross

     Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are           truly endless. ~Mother Teresa

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