Thursday, January 5, 2012

Living Together

By:  Dale Brown

The world will only function properly when we show true love and respect to one
another and eliminate all forms of prejudice.

Mankind has never advanced a centimeter by hating or showing prejudice towards
each other.  The only notable advancement we have ever made in the history of
the world is when we have been brothers and sisters at labor towards a common

Prejudice is a great time saver; it enables one to form opinions without
bothering to get the facts.

To live by relying on one another implies a risk, but without some trust in
humanity, life would be unlivable.  One of our greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln
said, “If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust,
you will be miserable all of the time.”

Naturally, we all have traits that aggravate one another, but we should work
hard on liking each other and overcoming our own bad traits.  The more you grow
as a person, the less shocked you become about people who are different from
yourself.  When a person is wrapped up in himself, the package is usually pretty

It is a law of life, as certain as gravity, that to live fully, we must learn to
use things and love people–not love things and use people.

Nineteen of twenty-one notable civilizations did not recognize that and died
from within and not by conquest from without.  The world must learn to work
together or finally, it will not work at all.

Martin Luther King, Jr., told us, “All people in this world are tied into a
single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all
indirectly.  We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure
of reality.  It was a tragedy of history that the children of darkness were
often more determined and forceful than the children of light.”

If we build the kind of relationships with each other where we enter into a
covenant to belong to each other and be involved with each other in pursing our
goals together–then we are unstoppable.  Communities and nations will be
transformed when mankind returns to God and his purposes for them.

So the question in our journey of life is not whether God can bring peace into
the world.  The question is: Can we?

Remember the best potential of me is we.

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