shame on us.


First impressions mean the world to some people, right?  Why do we judge so heavily on appearances?  As a society, we are primarily concerned with fitting in and we don’t allow those that may look, sound or act a little “different from the mainstream person to fit in with us.  Shame on us for that mindset.  Susan Boyle is beautiful in her audition as she sings “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables for the hit TV Show “Britain’s Got Talent.”  Check it out and remember this as you start judging a book by its cover next time.

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people are good.


I found this posted on Buzzfeed and thought it was just perfect to share on my blog to remind you that people are ultimately good.  Take a look.

1. This picture of Chicago Christians who showed up at a gay pride parade to apologize for homophobia in the Church.

This picture of Chicago Christians who showed up at a gay pride parade to apologize for homophobia in the Church.

(Michelle Gantner / Maladjusted Media)

 

… and the reaction from the parade.

... and the reaction from the parade.

(Michelle Gantner / Maladjusted Media)

 

2. This picture of two Norwegian guys rescuing a sheep from the ocean.

This picture of two Norwegian guys rescuing a sheep from the ocean.
 

3. This sign at an awesome bookshop.

This sign at an awesome bookshop.
 

4. This exchange between a 3-year-old girl and a shopping center.

This exchange between a 3-year-old girl and a shopping center.  
 

5. This note that was handed to a waiter along with a $20 bill by an elderly lady in his restaurant.

This note that was handed to a waiter along with a $20 bill by an elderly lady in his restaurant.
 

6. This sign at an awesome Subway restaurant.

This sign at an awesome Subway restaurant.
 

7. This picture of a villager carrying stranded kittens to dry land during floods in Cuttack City, India.

This picture of a villager carrying stranded kittens to dry land during floods in Cuttack City, India.

Images by Biswaranjan Rout / AP

 

8. This sign at an awesome drycleaner’s.

This sign at an awesome drycleaner's.

Plaza Cleaners in Portland, OR, helped over 2,000 unemployed workers who couldn’t afford dry cleaning. The store’s owner estimated that it cost his company $32,000 dollars.

 

9. This photograph of a man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro.

This photograph of a man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro.
 

10. This picture of a firefighter administering oxygen to a cat rescued from a house fire.

This picture of a firefighter administering oxygen to a cat rescued from a house fire.

(TOM BAUER/Missoulian)

 

11. This interaction between a Guatemalan girl and a tourist she just met.

This interaction between a Guatemalan girl and a tourist she just met.
 

12. This gesture from a neighbor.

This gesture from a neighbor.
 

13. These photos of two children collaborating to rescue a dog who had fallen into a ravine.

These photos of two children collaborating to rescue a dog who had fallen into a ravine.
 

14. This note on a young family’s check.

This note on a young family's check.
 

15. This exchange between a protester and a soldier during a protest in Brazil.

This exchange between a protester and a soldier during a protest in Brazil.

(Imagens/ TVBA)

 

15. These pictures of a man jumping into rough waters to rescue a stranger’s Shih Tzu in Melbourne.

These pictures of a man jumping into rough waters to rescue a stranger's Shih Tzu in Melbourne.

Sue Drummond was walking her beloved Shih Tzu, Bibi, on a pier in Melbourne, when a fierce gust of wind picked him up and hurled him into the rough waters of the bay. A passerby, Raden Soemawinata, who happened to be on the pier that day to scatter his grandmother’s ashes, wasted no time in stripping down and diving into the bay to rescue the animal.  (Photos: Chris Scott) Via: news.com.au

16. And this photograph of two best friends on a swing.

And this photograph of two best friends on a swing.

try this.


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I challenge you to try this for three days. Just give it three days, but really treat every person you meet like they are going to die by midnight. This means every single person you come in contact with- a waitress, salesperson, that annoying family member or neighbor…the list goes on.

I came across this a while ago, while in college, and I tried it.  Not only did it change how I treated people immediately, but it changed my perspective about a lot of things.  When there’s a sense of urgency in your life, you think differently.  Little things that used to upset you suddenly don’t matter anymore.  You realize what is important.  I hope that this somewhat silly challenge is taken seriously by someone, and that it changes your life for a little more than just three days.  Just try it.

people are awesome.


I think that it is so incredibly cool that people are so talented in so many different ways. How many people can do the things you see in this video? I mean, can you honestly watch this video and not think people are awesome?

I challenge you to take a minute to look around the next time you go shopping or are out in public and just observe people.  Watch and see how good people are at what they do.  Instead of getting annoyed with the numerous things you could, find a little good in people every once in a while, you’ll surprise yourself with how nice it feels.

a sunset blessing.


As I was driving down the road today, I couldn’t help but notice how captivating the sunset was this evening. I was also stuck in traffic, so I didn’t have much else to do besides notice things and think. So I snapped this picture (below), unedited.

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My mind immediately pictured a rainbow. This sunset is very similar to a rainbow. The colors blending into each other like they are, each somehow becoming the next, evolving into the next color, leaving behind a light trace of itself. It is just absolutely beautiful. And some people are too busy with the monotony of life to even notice it. Did you know the average sunset takes only two minutes to be completed. Don’t be too busy. Take two minutes to notice little things.

Also, the simple presence of this sunset reminded me of God’s power. God is so powerful that He created the Sun, Earth, Moon and stars. He gave us the gift of seeing sunsets like these every day. How incredible is that? Who are we that we deserve to experience this day after day? Yet, the Bible deems us very valuable:

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” -Matthew 6:26

In light of the tragedy that occurred last week, I find myself not only grieving, but worrying about my safety and security of my family. This verse calms me and makes me remember that God takes care of even the birds, who do nothing for Him. How much more will He take care of us, His children, whom He loves? This comforts me in the same way the sunset does.

In the Old Testament, God made a covenant with himself after the Great Flood promising to never wipe out the entire human race ever again. The symbol for this covenant was the rainbow. Often times people think Noah and God made some type of promise to each other and the rainbow symbolizes their deal, when in fact, the rainbow serves as a reminder to God of his covenant to himself. This sunset looks so much like a rainbow that it comforts me in a way such that I feel like God is looking out for his people at this very hour.

I just wanted to take a moment to remind myself of the many blessings God has given me daily, like a sunset- so simple and serene yet so complex in its beauty that it amazes me.