John Steinbeck wrote a novel in 1961 titled, The Winter of our Discontent. The basis of the book is the “moral decline” within the U.S. This was in the 60s. I imagine today, this book would be even more relevant. Has anyone read it?
Amazon included the top three sentences that Kindle users highlighted in the book:
- No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
- He said the threshold of insult is in direct relation to intelligence and security.
- There’s an awful lot of inactive kindness which is nothing but laziness, not wanting any trouble, confusion, or effort.
Of these three quotes, I was particularly hit by the words of the third one: “inactive kindness.” Without reading the book, I can’t completely understand that phrase, but I can envision it in the world today. People who appear to be kind and caring but don’t do anything about anything. They don’t want to get involved. They don’t want to get drawn into other people’s business or drama. Homeland Security came up with the catchphrase, “See something, say something.” You would think we wouldn’t need that reminder, but we do.
Honestly, I believe things are going to get worse before they get better, and that the “better” is when Jesus returns. As Christians, we know this. We know that all of this needs to take place leading up to the tribulation period, but that doesn’t mean we have to live out our lives as if everything is “bad” and we’re helpless to do anything about anything.
We’re each here for a purpose. No matter what your circumstances are, you are able to make a difference in the lives of others. When we know that there are people who care about us, it makes a difference in our attitude and outlook. It lightens our hearts. Reach out to someone today. Send a text, make a phone call, mail a card. You have the ability to be Christ in the lives of others.
Bible Verse of the Day
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:10-13 ESV
Father God, we ask that You hold tight to our family, friends, and neighbors who are drowning in negativity. Please show them the light. Father, please use us to be faithful image-bearers of Your lovingkindness. Show us how to make a difference and what Your will is for our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
I haven’t been keeping up here, mostly due to illness and day job work stress. We started this series which would have been the week of May 16, praying for those who are discontent. See the previous 3 posts in this series: