Sometimes a person just needs a reminder. People are good. Even the bad ones were good once, or at least aren’t all bad. People are good. They really are. When you give someone a chance to excel, when you believe in them when they don’t, when you are in a time of need, people are good.
Last night one of my friends, a previous coworker, lost his house. While he was away with work, his wife and two young kids had to flee their burning home. Everyone is okay, no lives taken. Thank God. But I decided to say something, to step in where I wasn’t sure I belonged, and to help. I can’t make the fire go away, but I can at least help another human being in a time of need. Alone, I can only do so much. However, I learned a long time ago that people like to be able to help. People are good. I put out a plea for help for my friend. Others, many I do not even know, have stepped forward with anything and everything. My friend’s house was a complete loss, but maybe this is God’s time of giving them something better.
People are good. Sometimes I begin to doubt but then something happens and a human arises to help. I know how easy it is to lose focus. It’s easy to get frustrated. It’s easy to forget that people are good. When you’ve had a long and tiring day, and then accidentally (or even on purpose) snap at someone, then that person gets frustrated and on and on it goes. It’s good to stop, take a deep breath and pass on a blessing instead of a curse. A blessing passed forward may then pass forward again causing a much better spiral of events. Remembering that someone’s mood might be for a good reason helps me. When someone is upset or driving recklessly or impatient or whatever, I remind myself that people are good. I do not know what horrors they have faced, I do not know the challenges that have come forward, I do not know them well enough to judge them and so I will continue to assume that people are good.
Even those who do terrible things. They have good in them as well. I do not know their story and I will not judge. People are good. God made them and he does not, nor has he ever, made junk. If we only stop and look for that good we will find it. A person’s actions do not always match ‘good’ and they may not be. But think. Is there anyone who has not done something they regret? Is there one who has done something wrong that they don’t regret? Yes. Life is hard. Some things are not easy to do. Some times you’re just too tired to do the right thing. Separate this from the person, though. No matter what you have done, you are good. Maybe not what you did, but that is not you. You, you are God’s design. No matter your past, no matter your now nor your future. You are good because you are human.
People are good, including you, I believe this and I will not be swayed.
thank you for reading,