Today’s Gem of Insight #154

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that compassion is where it’s at. It’s very easy, as a matter of fact it’s often too easy, to become overly focused on meeting our own needs, obtaining what we want, progressing to where we want to be, and living the dream. If we are not careful, though, we can quickly find ourselves losing sight of others and the important role that we are to play in each other’s life.

Sure, the everyday goings on are important and require our attention. However, our focus on our various happenings and occurrences should never prevent us from looking on others with compassion, which the dictionary so keenly defines as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”

I can almost guarantee that just about everywhere that we go we have the opportunity to take note of someone on whom we can have compassion, be it someone who is homeless, hungry, unemployed, grieving, lonely, or searching for a clearer understanding of who they are and for what reason they are here. Do we have to have all of the answers or possess the ability to drastically change their situation? No, we do not. What we can do, however, is use whatever we do possess – a smile, a few dollars, time, a vehicle – and be there for that person. Sometimes it really is that easy, that simple, that straightforward.

So, I encourage us all to take the time to become more aware of the opportunities to extend compassion to others that present themselves to us, because we never know the true reach of even the smallest gesture. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #153

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that God is not an accessory. I realize that there exist many different beliefs in this world and I respect everyone’s choice to belief what they choose to believe. The differences that exist between the many belief systems that are held, observed, and practiced in this world, however, will not be the focus of this blog entry. This blog entry will focus on the importance of God and how that factors into the Christian walk as represented in my life. And no, this is not a blog entry that is intended to admonish or judge, but rather to provide some much needed encouragement to each and every one of us.

More and more, as the days go by, I notice that many people in this world profess to be Christians, and as is likely the case for many Christians out there, when I hear people state that they are Christians it certainly piques my interest. However, my interest is quickly lost when I learn that the profession does not accompany the demonstration of a life that is truly dedicated to Christ. And as a Christian, I must admit that when this happens a brief moment of sadness tends to come over me before I shake it off and then move on.

Why does the sadness arrive? The sadness arrives because I realize that it is often easiest to recognize in others the very things that we ourselves are plagued with, but in many instances are not acknowledging, addressing, or fixing. And when I encounter people who profess to be Christians but live lives that scream the opposite I find myself dealing with that momentary sadness. That sadness is present because I want more for them than they are experiencing, and because I realize that there are times when I, too, am not living exactly as I should.

If there is one thing that I know to be true, it’s that God should be fully integrated into our lives. Not an afterthought. Not a convenience. Not a temporary associate. And the more that we integrate God into our lives the more that our lives will demonstrate the decision that we have made to follow Christ. 

This world is oftentimes salty, bitter, vile, and dangerous, with occasional moments of sweetness, kindness, and love peppered throughout. And only a life that is completely and genuinely committed to Christ and living the life that it was created to live will ever reach a world that is as wounded and hurt as the one in which we find ourselves.

May we all live in such a way as to allow the love of Christ to reach where we cannot reach, change what we cannot change, and mend what we cannot mend. Be blessed 🙂 #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #152


Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that living vicariously through others will only do so much for us.

In the past I often made it a point to remain reserved, frequently hesitating to venture out and do new things. My friends and family members would start new businesses, enter into new relationships, and develop new hobbies. Yet, despite my interest in venturing into new territory myself, I oftentimes allowed fear of this or that to prevent me from going forward with something that would carry me into unknown territory. Instead, I opted to live vicariously through others while I remained on the “safe” path.

However, living vicariously through others only provided me with a glimpse into others’ experiences, without ever satisfying my desire to experience those things for myself. And as the desire to experience those things continued to linger, I would promise myself that the next time that I had the opportunity to take part in those experiences I would do so. Yet, the next time only brought with it more of the same.

In addition to leaving me with an unfulfilled desire to experience those things, choosing to live vicariously through others left me with a mounting list of regrets – If only I had done this…If only I had said that…And so on, and so on.

Like many of us, however, I eventually reached a point when I decided that living vicariously through others was not enough for me, and I started making some changes in my life, one of the most notable of which was making it a point to say “yes” to good opportunities to which, in the past, I would have said “no” because of fear or some other negative element in life. And that one little change yielded amazing results in my life, broadening my horizons, and, in many ways, extending the reach of my sphere of influence in this world.

This particular change was wonderful, and I wish that I could tell you that I have steadily continued to move forward in this regard without ever experiencing any hangups, but I cannot. As many of us likely have experienced at some point, I encountered moments when I, because of this or that, began to slide back into the old habit of living vicariously through others, and I found myself having to jumpstart the very same movement of change in my life that I had previously experienced. Was I disappointed in myself? Certainly. But I refused to allow myself to wallow in that pool of disappointment. Instead, I picked myself up and began moving forward, again.

I say all of this to encourage all of us to live our lives, truly and fully, and to not allow ourselves to give up on doing something that is right for us just because we encounter challenges or slip-ups. The harm is not in falling, but rather in failing to get up after the fall. Be blessed. #lovebythedrop