I’ve probably mentioned this before, but one of my favorite blogs is by John Pavlovitz titled Stuff That Needs To Be Said. Please visit it if you’re so inclined. You will find so much food for thought.
His latest blog, titled Life Is Short. People Are Hurting. Don’t Be A Jerk, struck me as especially poignant and profound, as well as inspirational. He gave me permission to quote it.
He begins by trying to see beyond people’s beliefs to their personal struggles. Every one of us is fighting a hard battle in one way or another, and to see a person in that light helps us to value that person not for their politics or race or religion but for their humanity.
Our options on how to treat other human beings is somewhat limited, but John tells us that the least we can do — and it’s not insignificant by any means — is to not be a jerk.
It may seem like not being a jerk wouldn’t be that difficult, but we see far too many examples of this kind of behavior all around us. And people don’t deserve it. There is plenty of pain in our lives as it is. We don’t need the pain of condemnation, of bullying, of blatant prejudice to add to it.
Reverend Pavlovitz ends his blog with these powerful and inspiring words:
All I can say is Amen!