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Love In Action

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” God

I would trade ten thousand thoughts and prayers for one simple phone call to encourage me. 

Helping hand photoWhen I entered the world of bipolar if found abandonment. So many that I thought that loved me and cared about me were gone. Not a single card from the members of my fraternity. Other friends never came to visit. The church sent a lot of cards, the first time in. However with the second visit I was pretty much forgotten. So much for their love.

I should be grateful that my family stood by me. My mother was a rock and my father provided finances for the hospital. The road to recovery is a long one and I  have walked miles, still I know that bitter taste of betrayal. I didn’t want the world but a card, a phone call or at most a visit. I understand that people wouldn’t and couldn’t surrender their own lives for my sake but they can take ten minutes out of their day.

Circumstances are repeating themselves with my wife’s illness. Fortunately we have people that care and are helping in real tangible ways. I am both very grateful and thankful. But allow me know to digress from personal and turn to the big picture.

The world is at times a very terrible place. Wars raged unchecked and people suffer greatly. Others are relegated to the domain of abject poverty. Meanwhile others lavish in luxury. Here is the blatant truth, the rich don’t care about the poor. They only regard the poor when they organize and threaten their lofty luxuries. They have no love in their hearts, if they did there would be concrete actions that they could show.

When I became a Christian I dedicate myself to follow the teachings of Jesus  Christ. I have found that even within my own group the Church of Christ that we cannot agree on fundamentals. One man was justifying the use of atomic weapons on Nagasaki and Hiroshima as fine in the sight of God. Others show lack of compassion to the poor or support the death penalty for criminals.

You see just keeping the status quo is not acceptable. If it was than this would be a wonderful world for all of its inhabitants and I assure you it is not. We need people to transcend this carnal existence to living a spiritual one in this world. We need people who’s priority isn’t making money but showing love and treating others with kindness instead of making money. We need people who will make sacrifices and surrender their life if need be. That is the message of the cross, that Jesus had such a great love that he would suffer and do anything to express his love for mankind.

Example is the most powerful teacher that exists. For better or worse our youngsters are watching us. What do you think the youth are learning when so called ‘holy people’ lavish praises on Donald Trump who is an adulterer, liar, braggart, materialistic, fornicating, arrogant example. The ‘ministers’ were bending over backwards to lay hands on the man to pray for him but where are the condemnations for his sexual affairs while married? Turning a blind eye is not the answer as the children are watching.

People wonder why there is so much violence in our society. We only need to witness the cruelty of society and the propensity to violence. America’s number one profession is making war, is it any wonder that people follow that example?

But you can make a difference in the world.  You can be friendly, you can be kind, you can be respectful,  you can be gentle and polite, you can treat your fellow human beings with the love and respect they deserve. That is the first step and it is one that you can implement this very second. Simply ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. You see in a world that is so dark even a faint ray of light goes a long way.

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Love In Action

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Love In Action. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/04/love-in-action/

 

Last updated: 23 Apr 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 23 Apr 2018
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