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GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Remember the line John Stamos made famous in his portrayal of Uncle Jesse on the sitcom "Full House" back in the 1980s? Whenever he was impressed by something or someone (usually a beautiful woman) he'd declare, in his best Elvis voice, "Have mercy!"
The two-word phrase wasn't exactly an original thought for Uncle Jesse, though it's likely that throngs of people the world over (mostly female) would attribute it to him if asked. It amuses me...but not as much as the people who don't have mercy. What I mean to say is, you know that guy.
He's the martyr whose situation is tougher than anyone else's, right? No one works harder in the office or contributes more to the church book sale or has had more bad luck with women or endured worse Tennis Elbow or had it rougher than he, generally speaking, and just not been rewarded properly for all he's given -- which is a ton; just ask him. Sigh.
He wants, no he NEEDS sympathy by the dump truck load full. He requires almost constant reassurance, coddling, hand-holding. He is exhausting. And yet, when someone looks to him for the same type of support or empathy or encouragement that you continuously offer him; he's unwilling to give one iota. He has a whole "Sucks to be her!" attitude. What the?
Truth be told, we are all a bit whiny sometimes. There are moments when everyone needs a little attagirl. That's okay; we're only human. But when the shoe's on the other foot, peeps, let's show a little compassion to those other earth-dwellers...because maybe today it's THEIR turn to get a little lovin', Capisce? In other words, when you see someone struggling or sad or down in the dumps and you can bring a little cheer to their world for a brief moment, please do. It might just make you feel a whole lot better about them...and you.
Jer 7:23-28 - "...This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech.
Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him. Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. Jl 2:12-13 Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, for I am gracious and merciful.
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