Friday, July 3, 2020

Five Minute Friday - People

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.

people are people

Yeah I couldn't help it - I immediately thought of the old Depeche Mode song:
people are people
so why should it be
you and i should get along so awfully
It raises a valid question. What's wrong with people that we can't get along better? We should be able to be respectful and kind and get along with others. We should be able to extend a helping hand to those who need it, sympathize with another's pain or sorrow, and celebrate along with another's achievement or happiness. 

Those of us who are people of faith should be leading the way in kindness and generosity and grace, and in many ways we are. Of course we mess up in this like in so many other things. We mess up because we're people - human - and we are far from perfect. We believe that God's grace is for all people, and we believe that all people are created equal, and those truths need to shape our attitudes and behavior. I believe this with all my heart, and yet I forget sometimes. I need the reminder, as I think everyone does at times, that the people who look or act or believe differently are still people. The authorities and the celebrities are just people. Our co-workers, our customers, everyone we come in contact with - all people. All imperfect, but all loved by God and all worthy of respect.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. ~I Timothy 2:1-4

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "People".

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Cathy Rueter said...

Great post! I especially like, "All imperfect, but all loved by God and all worthy of respect."
Funny how so many of these FMF posts have the same theme through them...besides the word prompt itself.

Lesley said...

It makes a big difference to remember that every person is made in God's image, even those who seem very different from us! I enjoyed your post - visiting from FMF #9.

Amie Wills said...

I truly believe if we believers acted more like Christ (I don't like the word "act" there, but you know), so many of the issues we face today would be eradicated. Lord, help us.

Andrew said...

Great thoughts and writing, Kym. Ordinarily I would have posted (ahem!) a sonnet on the subject, but that's not possible here.

May I hand over to an old friend, instead?

For Whom the Bell Tolls
John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

More Fruit Less Nuts said...

God's grace is sufficient 😍 a fellow fmfer x

Annette said...

well spoken. stopping in from #23.

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