The World Needs Compassion.

May 28th 2009
by Laurie
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This blog is honest and to the point. If you do not find this appealing, then please don’t feel the need to read any further. On the other hand, I dare you to read this with an open mind and an open heart, and to know that I do not write this out of anger, but rather out of a hunger to make a difference in this world.

For those of you who may not know, I work at a Motel, so naturally I come in contact with people of all different personalities, backgrounds, ethnicities, view points, lifestyles, etc. It is quite interesting to observe people and how they tick, noting little quirks and subtleties. As a front desk clerk, part of my job is to see to the needs of guests & also engage in genuine, and sometimes helpful, conversations when appropriate.

Just this morning I had a guest visiting from Los Angeles, California. Now, the L.A. area is no joke. There is some serious poverty that is unfortunate, yet all we ever seem to hear about in the News is the wealth, power, and fame. It opened my eyes a little bit when he started telling me about a few issues going on over there right now.

For example, much of the world sees Hollywood and thinks, “that must be what ALL of America is like… extremely wealthy, spoiled people who don’t give a rip about others and could care less about less fortunate people in need.” Trust me folks, an Australian friend of mine told me this when I lived in Sydney in 2007. Some people’s perception of us is that we all have the money, looks, and attitude of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. We all know that this is not the case, but sadly, the power in the influence of Hollywood has taken a huge toll on both our reputation as a country and more close to home, the reputation of us individual Americans living out our lives however we choose to do so.

There are thousands of people struggling every day to make ends meet, and I am not blaming that solely on the economy which so many people seem to be focusing on. I do feel for those who have been laid off and are currently searching desperately for a job. That is not an easy thing to experience and it is very challenging, both financially and emotionally. My family experienced that a few years ago and it is not an easy thing to go through. Thank God He is good and provides. But people everywhere are in need and if you think about how much wealth and power this country really has, there should not be one person who is overlooked, not one person who can’t have a place to call home. Thank God for shelters, thank God for people with huge compassionate hearts, and of course, thank God for His grace that is openly extended to us. There is always hope, there is always a way. However, I am still stumped by the crazy media-pushed focus on the apparent need for excessive material things in this society in order to be able to “live the good life.” Am I the only one who finds it ridiculous that professional sports players or movie actors make more in 6 months than most average people would ever see in a lifetime? How absurd and greedy of us! It seems to me that some people who possess extreme wealth and fame are far too concerned about what fancy cars are in their driveways, how “pimped out” their houses are, and how many materialistic “toys” they can accumulate. Come on America, lets face the facts!!! Besides the big cities and towns spread out here and there where there is much financial blessing & provision, there are also an equal (if not more) amount of people who are homeless, in absolute need of help, who could use a few extra dollars just to buy a gallon of milk for their family. Paying $10 million for a home that is incredibly too large VS. paying $4 for a gallon of milk to help someone in need… how are we missing that need? People should not be going hungry when others are living lives which could easily feed a thousand hungry stomachs. I am pretty angered (not in a violent way mind you, but rather a disgusted, desperate-to-help way) that we have become a society focused on fame, fortune, and fast cars instead of focusing on what really matters: living good and realistic lives, helping others in need, and learning to be content with what an average paycheck looks like. Please America, somebody respond and agree with me that we need to start changing gears and start focusing on what really matters!

Before I finish, I would like to say that there is certainly nothing wrong with being financially successful and comfortable! After all, it is even in the Bible that God wants us to prosper and how awesome is that! But I am writing about the wealth and power that has become far too controlling in our society, to the point where people literally make far more than is needed to be financially supported for the rest of one’s life. I’m talking about wealth that is so incredibly overboard and excessive. Let’s take that excess money and put it towards helping people, over and above “donating to charity.” That is everywhere and of course that’s very generous to give back to foundations to help a cause, that is a perfect place to start. But I wonder, how many of those people really could relate to the average American who lives paycheck to paycheck. Would they be able to live on a 5-digit salary?

I like to shed light on reality, on what’s really real. That is my reasoning behind this blog. I had a slight dose of reality this morning during that conversation with that older gentleman visiting from across the country. It made for a good conversation and he seemed to have a way about him that made my “Christian radar” go off inside, hinting to me that he may also in fact believe in the greater cause for humanity as we all hopefully do and should.

This blog is to both inspire you and to present you with a tidbit of truth; a tidbit of what is going on right now, and please know its not just in America…it’s everywhere. I do love my country & we are extremely fortunate to live here and blessed to have the freedom that we do have, but there is always always always room for improvement and for reality.

Let’s be the kind of people who have compassion when we see others in need. Let’s be the kind of people who reach out to help our communities. Let’s be the kind of people who share the love of God and are not afraid to start something. Let’s ignite a revolutionary fire, because WE ARE CATALYST.


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7 Responses

  1. Serenna says:

    hey thats really kool!! great job that is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) <3 PS cant wait till the camp-in!!!! yeahhh!

  2. Natalilly says:

    Wow Laurie!

    That really was an incredible blog! So inspiring! I’m so happy that you wrote this blog! :) You are a wonderful writing, keep it up :)

    PH

    P.S. I know this is my mom’s account LOL :)

  3. Natalilly says:

    Oops meant

    *writer! :)

    LOL

  4. angel says:

    Yes, I couldn’t agree with you more! It’s about putting on Jesus glasses every day, seeing life through the lens of eternity. Doing something about the material needs without neglecting the spiritual. Seeing every lost person as a dying person who desperately needs a Savior. We have the remedy to rescue them; we have the good news! The Holy Spirit is igniting hearts once again to burn with the Father, to burn with compassion, to burn with selfless love,to lay aside our fears, our insecurities, our agendas, our excuses and to live for Him alone and to seek out the lost, to bring the prodigals home. We are His rescuers, His ambassadors, the Ones He is desiring to make His appeal through. Let’s take our place. Let’s ask Him for His heart. Let’s ask Him for His eyes and let’s Arise and Go! The harvest is ready; it is now! Go find it and bring them home!

  5. win says:

    that was wonderful and all i have to say is that its always a blessing to be assured that someone cares. words like this with such passion help me to resteel my own efforts to do my best at being kind to myself and others.

  6. Serenna says:

    i love u all soooooooooooooo much and miss u all
    peace out c u all when i get back!

  7. Heather says:

    This is so true Laurie and I am with you 100%. (I actually think we need to send this in to the LA Times and NYC’s paper. ha. And heck, while were at it, Littleton & Berlins too!) You are an incredible writer Laurie and I believe that through your writing people listen. Well, lets go get em’ and bring others with us and show people Gods love and compassion. :)
    Come on America!!!!

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