Uncomplicating My Life

The world is hungry for love.
And it seems the easiest thing to give.
Yet there are many who’d rather deal in hatred.
Can I make their numbers less
And choose to deal in love rather than hatred?

There are too many tears shed in the world.
It seems the simplest thing to do to wipe the tears from another’s eyes.
Yet, there are many who see reasons to make others cry.
Can I just go out of my way to wipe away the tears
And ease the pain of one crying person I will encounter today?

There are too many problems besetting people and communities today.
It makes perfect sense to go out and try to solve some of them.
Yet, they just seem to grow more and bigger each day.
Can I just do my small part by being a solution or an answer
to someone’s problems today?

There are too many regrets, druthers, and should have beens floating all around.
It is always someone else’s fault when things are looking down.
Yet, a simple change in perspective can make all the difference.
Can I face all the negativism around me with “I choose to . . . .” “I will . . . .” “We shall . . . .”
and just get things moving along?

I will stop casting stones and instead gather them together
and start building something new or better or just even different.
I will stop raining on other people’s parade
and instead cheer them on bringing the sunshine to encourage others.
I will choose to see what is good and true and beautiful around me
instead of seeing the dark clouds or the coming storm or the dreadful end.

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
~ Psalm 86
Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house,
and a large crowd of tax collectors
and others were at table with them.
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying,
“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”
Luke 5:27-32
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