Looking back I have realised that some of my last blog posts have perhaps seemed a bit dark and depressing. Why do I write this way? Perhaps it is because I believe that it is only by looking at reality and truth that we may see what does not work and we may then decide to instead put counter measures in place which are different from the norm. By understanding the dynamics that have lead to the status quo in lack of hope, we may decide instead to do the opposite of what is normally done, and this may lead to an unexpected renewal.
How can we positively impact the future if we constantly repeat patterns which lead to despair? Learn from these patterns of failure and ensure these are never repeated! Instead of hate, spread love. If someone who is used to emotional pain receives love instead, might this not catapult such a person into seeing that different possibilities exist? Instead of pain and anguish there may be hope. Instead of despair, there may be renewal. Instead of stagnation, there may be restoration. Change is possible in this lifetime.
There may be many people out there who hurt other people, but see them as individuals only. How often we judge groups on the actions of a few individuals! Yet, this does not mean that all people are like this. The media loves to jump on a story and highlight conflict, and sometimes the actions of a few individuals then paints an entire group into the same picture. Some of the people who hurt others may too have been on the receiving end of pain and fear to react as they do. There is normally an underlying reason for any unexpected action and for every action there is normally an expected reaction, yet by changing the automatic reaction and choosing to respond differently we may produce an unexpected counter action. If someone runs up to me and hits me, and I hit back, what will happen? A fight may quickly escalate out of control. But if I turn the other cheek as Jesus taught, or if I smile instead and am immovable, the fight cannot even begin. If someone snaps at me seemingly from nowhere and I ignore the raw hatred and don't take this personally, and if I try to see instead that the person's onslaught may be due to a hidden emotional wound and I display love instead, might that person perhaps change future reactions towards me? Oh, there is evil out there, I am not saying don't be on guard, but on the whole people react with hate towards others due to a variety of complex reasons, often in no way personal at all. Try to see beyond the surface behaviour to what lies beneath and treat people gently as you don't know the journey each person has walked.
If we react differently maybe we may see that a different paradigm is possible? As I wrote previously, hatred begets hatred. Might love and understanding beget love? Let each of us suspend judgement of others and spread love as Jesus taught.
This song has been playing over and over in my head for some reason today, and it's a song of praise to God: Forever Reign, by Hillsong