If, like myself, you try your best to live according to the word of God; and you believe what it says, then you understand what I am about to say: we are truly living in the last days. And yes, many will argue that we have been living in the last days for quite some time. However, I believe things have gotten progressively worse, only to get far worse than what they are. This by the way is a terrifying thought.
As I was riding the train home from work yesterday the Holy Spirit dropped this in my spirit: My heart grieves for humanity. I can only imagine how God feels. The lack of respect, compassion, and love among us today is heartbreaking. We, in our self-centeredness, do not give people the room to just be who they are. We ridicule and speak negatively about anything someone does that makes no sense to us. And the question I ask….even to myself….is how is it affecting you? If it’s not, let it go. We’ve adopted the term petty and somehow use it to justify some of our actions and quite frankly it’s disheartening. And then we wonder why the generation behind us lacks respect, discipline, and compassion among other things.
Many would say I just need to continue to pray for humanity. But quite frankly, I don’t know what else to pray. So I no longer pray for humanity. I pray for myself. I pray and ask God to help me be the change I want to see. I pray and ask God to quickly check me when I began to show lack of respect or compassion or love for my fellow humans. Sometimes this can be hard as humanity will test every bit of my patience. But I stop and reflect that every day God shows me compassion. Every day God shows me grace. Every day God shows me mercy. And every day God shows me his love. Even in my mess none of this ever changes. God is the same towards me each and every day. So I pray and ask God to give me a heart like his. A heart that is full of compassion. A hear that is full of love. A heart that is full of mercy. A heart that is full of grace. A heart that is full of forgiveness. I often say that I am so glad God is not like us. If he were, none of us would be here. But blessed be the name of the Lord for his mercy!
While my heart grieves for humanity I can only be concerned about me. I can only continue to strive every day to be better than the day before. Because at my day of judgment, there will be no one else standing there with me. God will make me give an account for my life and my actions. Until then I will continue to pray, “Lord, give me a heart like yours.”