I have watched this Walmart fight video too many times today. I have read about it, and I’ve seen it posted all over twitter and Facebook. I wasn’t going to write on this at all, but as I lay here in bed, I just keep thinking about it…
Why film when you can help? Why are so many people seen standing around watching this go on? Why wouldn’t anyone step in?
As I lay here trying to go to sleep, those thoughts just won’t let me.
If I would have been there, I know without a doubt I would have jumped in and tried to stop that horrible mess from continuing on. Especially since a child was present.
But it makes me so sad to think that the way we treat others now is to stand back and watch. Try and get it on film and get a million views on YouTube. Try and catch the show! I’m not saying if it were men fighting it would be ok, but this was women fighting and men were just standing there watching! What kind of man is that to let that go on!
The more I thought about this, the madder I was getting at our society…. But then it hit me. All this is, is the devil, satan, the enemy, whatever you want to call it, trying to sift us away from what we were taught and make us so numb to what’s going on around us, that he can dismantle us piece by piece as we sit by and silently watch him do it without ever batting an eye! You don’t need war, and terrorists, to destroy our country if you can have the regular everyday citizens destroy each other with hate and apathy!
All I see and hear about on a daily basis just scrolling through Facebook is post after post of someone who has filmed some horrible act that one person has done to another. Why!? Why are we filming these things and posting them on the Internet?! Did you really feel you were helping more by just documenting the incident rather than trying to help?
Now it seems, we are so numb to violence and hate, that as soon as we see it, we break out our phones. If someone is pulled over on the highway for speeding it’s normal now to see a guy on the other side of the road stopped with his phone hanging out the window, just hopeing this cop is gonna screw up in any way possible so he can catch it on film!
This all blows my mind day after day!
Now, I wouldn’t say all this without a point. It’s not just a rant, I promise. The title, and name of my blog site is, ” Love like your life depends on it”. That is from one of my favorite scriptures of all time and I truly try and make that my goal every day. We have all heard love others, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you…. But why don’t we?
If we would spend even a fraction of the time loving people, that we spend on hating and trashing people, this entire world would be a different place. No this is not some hippy, peace, philosophy thing I’m trying to preach… I’m just saying, if we could even just focus enough energy on only loving people enough to protect them from horrible things happening to them instead of just watching, we could shift this entire country back into the right direction. It may not be much, but it would be a start!
Something has to happen. It has to. Or our country will tear it self apart from the inside out. We are turning into our own worst enemy. But the only way to prevent it, is to see what’s going on, be aware of it, and make a conscious effort to do what it takes for ourselves to make it better.
And maybe you think, no, not me… I’m not numb to all this…. I’m not blind to what’s going on… I love people…. I help… I’m doing what needs to be done…. Well, Let’s do a quick. “love” check up…..
We have all read or heard 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 before…. Love is patient love is kind etc. But now let’s read it with the word LOVE taken out, and YOUR NAME in its place….
______ is patient, _____ is kind. ______ does not envy, ______ does not boast, ______ is not proud. _____ does not dishonor others, ______ is not self-seeking, _______ is not easily angered, ______ keeps no record of wrongs. ______ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. ________ always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. ______ never fails.
So….. Does that sound like you? Me either… I’m a long ways off from making that a true statement with my name in the blanks.
But can you see now? Can you see how if we would each try and make our name fit into those blanks, how we could change our entire city, country, and even possibly, the world!? And all we really did was help ourselves!
It’s so easy that it’s incredibly difficult.
I’ll end with this… I cant change everyone’s mentality, or their perspective on how to treat others or how to behave. But maybe I can help you change yours… And maybe you can help someone else… And maybe they can help another…. And so on and so on and so on….
We could sit here and ask, why did no one help break up the ladies fighting?? Or perhaps we could take a minute and just show someone why, maybe, next time they should….
Love as if your life depends on it. Because it does.