“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be [tenderhearted], be courteous:”I Peter 3:8
It is said that tough times bring out the worst in people, but it can also be said it just shows what’s already inside of people. Jim Berg uses the reference of a tea bag, and describes when a tea bag is put into hot water, it simply reveals what is inside. The hot water only draws out what is already in the tea bag, and we are the exact same way. What’s inside will always come out, and sometimes our true self comes out in the most unwelcome of times.
We experienced a time in our history that was unprecedented for as long as I have been alive. We were faced with a pandemic that affected everyone in the whole world. We were told to not assemble in groups and some lost their jobs and others were relegated to work at home, which has remained permanent. We saw empty shelves at the grocery store and empty lanes on the roadways and freeways. We saw basic goods such as beans, rice, and water become scarce, and we also saw the emptying of toiletries in the stores, which is something I still do not quite understand.
It was reported that someone was hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer and selling it for exuberant prices. They were arrested, but I am sure they were not the only one. We saw others fighting over toilet paper in the aisles of the store, and people fist-fighting with store employees. The world went mad over basic things that then seemed to be of grave importance. There was and still is a lack of compassion by some and a loss of love for others. Care for others had taken a back seat and the love of self propelled itself to the front of the crowd. Although, there are still some who sought to make a positive difference and have compassion on others. There were some who checked on others’ well-being, and some who met others’ needs due to their love of others over their love of self.
As Christians, our mindset should always be to have compassion on others, and love as we have been loved. We should not be fighting in the stores, and we should never selfishly hoard supplies. We are to be courteous, loving and compassionate, so where are you today Christian? Do you seek your own abundance over the need for others? Are you using time of mass difficulty to help others or do you focus only on meeting your own needs while ignoring the needs of others? May we be the light to a dark world, and may we follow the lead of our Savior who sought to seek and to save those who were lost. He went out of His way to seek the sick, and He did not shun those who sought Him. Will you make an eternal impact in a hot water situation, or will you selfishly spoil your opportunity? May the light of our God shine brightly through us, and may we honor Him especially in times of great need.