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MARCH ONLINE IMPRESSIONS EDITION
One manís sorrow should
not be anotherís joy !
Even if I were
to find out that children exploited overseas had made my clothes, I would likely
still wear them. Even though we
know that many die each day from simply not getting food, we still waste so much
food here in America. Indeed, it seems as if we operate by the principle that
one manís sorrow is anotherís joy.
Life can be rough.
Thus seeing others being blessed while we wallow in the mud can be
disturbing. Why does he get the
good job instead of an industrious person like me?
How come she gets all the attention when I am the good one?
We seem to not only want our cake and eat it too, but also have problems
with either sharing that cake with others or even seeing someone else with a
I know it can be hard to see
the new guy on the job merit more of a raise in three months than you did in
three years. I know it is hard to
see that obnoxious girl get the boy you wanted.
I know it may be hard to see some idiot with less intellect and worse
grades than you not paying for college. However,
must you take glory in and rejoice when such persons stumble and fall flat on
Hard as it is we must ascribe
to a different philosophy. As much
as we do not usually want to do so, we must begin to rejoice with those who
rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. Be
happy for the woman who conceives on her first shot when you have been barren
four years. Instead of flaunting
your promotion in his face, be able to mourn with him who is laid off even
though you just got a highly coveted promotion.
We will not be stellar
examples overnight. We may never
care much about the person from who knows where suffering from who knows what.
However, we can and ought strive to love our neighbor.
Care and minister in love to those you do know and see in Pittsburgh.
You will in no way excel at all times.
Nevertheless, now is the time for us to make a change.
We must desire to want to be capable of lovingly ministering to others.
I am sure you can recall a
time when you were down in the pits. When
you were lying there helpless and destitute perhaps someone did take the time to
help you. Even if another has never
uplifted you, do not be the one to step on a person when he or she is down.
Do not! A person should
instead empathize with others. Perhaps
you will never be able to enter someoneís pain in any real or physical sense,
but you can offer such a person the love you yourself so crave and desire.
As much as we may dislike
admitting such, we were created to operate in community.
With rare exception, interactions and relationships are a reality of life
that cannot be escaped. The health
of the community is given a boost when we can support each other.
If we abandon our self-centeredness and allow ourselves to be saddened,
though not thoroughly encumbered, for one another we are indeed strong.
We must seek to uplift those in the dumps instead of ensuring that they
stay there. As opposed to
belittling those who are joyful, we should seek to share their joy.
Simply put, we need to be
able to share in both the defeats and victories of others. We need to serve one another lovingly. Think twice about continuing to ascribe to the philosophy
that the only way you can thrive is if someone else suffers and remains
Everybody needs a hand now
and then. That hand, however,
should be an uplifting one as opposed to a suppressing one.
Seek to invest in lives, minister to others in love, and truly empathize
Randolph Romero, Jr. is
learning in Christ how to be more loving. Fortunately
he has a lifetime of transformation ahead.