What’s this have to do with vinegar? You’ll see at the end of this post. But, I have to say; I feel like a man living in the wrong era.
I look around at the world I live in and I don’t understand it and I’m not sure I want to. I definitely don’t want to participate in what the world is offering today. I mean where’s the honor in a lack of any moral code?
It seems that the world is shaped by greed and administered by liars, cheaters and those who lust for power. But, it appears that they don’t want to use that power to do good, they want it for self-gain. I’d bet if you looked back into their lives they were lorded over by some bully on the playground and this is their revenge. Or maybe they had a parent who called them a loser or abused them in some way. And in that respect I feel for them but I could never respect them if they use those experiences for revenge.
I know that this post is way outside the norm for my usual destiny posts but if you hang in there, I’ll get there I promise.
Honor by definition means “honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions” and Integrity by definition is “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty”. In other words don’t lie, cheat, steal or kill but in everything be honest and true.
Or we could just say love one another. You’d never cheat someone you love out of something or steal from them. You’d want to things that enhance their lives and enrich your relationship. I believe this is a shared destiny that we’ve all been called to.
God would never give you a destiny that by design hurt others. His word is very clear on the subject that each of us is called to love one another and to love Him. As a matter of fact the Bible says in Matthew 22 that all of the Law given to the Jews was dependent upon these two commandments.
So if we operate our lives from a position of love then doing the right things is easy and fulfilling one of your most important destinies is too!
You may be wondering why I wrote this post. I wrote about it on Facebook yesterday but you can read it here:
What a sad state of affairs we’re in!
I was shopping at Sam’s Cub today and I did the self check out; as always I showed my receipt to the door checker and off I went. When I got to my car and loaded my items I realized that I had forgotten to pay for the vinegar. I promptly went back to the store and walked in. Along the way an sheriff’s officer was going to his second job there and was taken back by me going all the way back to the store in the freezing rain to pay for an item that I had made a clean get away with.
When I entered the store and told the greeter that I wasn’t there to return the item but in fact pay for it I was again greeted with shocked looks.
What have we become if what’s shocking is someone doing the right thing? At one time honor and integrity were commonplace. Where has it gone?
I have a thought on the subject. Think about it; look at who so many American’s admire today? Hollywood bad boys and girls. What video games are our kids playing today? Games that promote theft, greed and violence. What has happened to us that we’ve become so callused toward each other that most of us are willing to get one over on our neighbor. I call it social erosion which is simply a society that allows the wearing away of the unspoken moral code.
I’m by no means a perfect person and have done the wrong things so I’m by no means an authority or an expert. But when the wrong things become the normal things in a society, I think we’re in trouble, BIG TROUBLE!
What do we do about it?
Those who are willing and see it the same way I do; we need to start being the example of what to do by being honorable enough to do the right things even in the little things. We need to demonstrate to the world that integrity matters and teach our kids those same values. For God sakes take their games away from them, turn off the TV (or get rid of cable like we did) and read a book or play a family game. Or even better have a conversation with each other! Good grief!
Well that’s my two cents and that’s about all it’s worth! Have a great weekend everyone!