Attitude is a Heart Thing

Today, I went to Big Lots and found some school supplies and some cute things for my home. While I was looking at the home decor area, I noticed some $3 signs that are for sale:

"I used to care, but now I take a pill for that."

"Time heals all wounds, but revenge is faster."

"Patience isn't a virtue, it's a waste of time."

(I did not buy any of these...)

Then, I went to Food Lion to pick up some eggs. When we walked in the door, one of the cashiers was passed out on the floor by her register. The following dialogue was exchanged:

A couple of customers said to the other cashiers, "She's passed out on the floor."

To which another employee rather casually said, "Yeah, we know. She's taking medicine and said that might happen."

One customer then said, "Uh, don't you think you should call 911?"

"No," said the cashier, "She said she didn't want us to."

I'm thinking--What? You're just going to let her lie there?

"Did she hit her head when she fell?" I ask.

Puzzled look precedes response of: "I don't know."

Someone then calls 911.

Both the Big Lots signs and this experience at Food Lion didn't shock me as much as they reinforced in me the belief that we are truly approaching the end. Jesus told us that as the end nears, most people's love will grow cold.

What should our response be? To act like Jesus.

"Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus," (Philippians 2:4-6).
It's so easy to become cynical, or critical, or selfish these days. I find that I need to examine my heart regularly, so I don't allow myself to act in a way that I don't want my children to act. It is hard, with the way the world is going. And, again, that is one reason that I got off of facebook (which I do not miss in the slightest).

I've been sobbing through a reading of "The Hiding Place" to my children. They've asked me why I was crying, and it was because Corrie's sister was SO compassionate to the guards at the concentration camp they were in, and I felt ashamed of my own cynicism and impatience.

I pray for God to fill me with the attitude of Jesus, so I put the interests of others above my own, starting with my own family.

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  1. wow! what you say is so true. Our culture has grown cold. It's important to continue to show people that unselfish love and, as they see that kind of love, it can bring them to know God. I know God used an unbeliever's generousity to teach me to be more giving with my money.

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