Friday, May 30, 2014

DO GOOD TO BE GOOD

What makes someone a good person?  
I used to be convinced that I was a good person because I abstained from doing things that were "bad".  I never said a swear word, never saw a rated R movie.... you get the point. Then one day I realized, simply staying away from things that could be considered bad, doesn't necessarily make someone good. And, on the flip side, just because someone might do something wrong, that doesn't necessarily make them bad. If that was the case then every single one of us would be bad people, and I am convinced that is not true. 
So that brings me back to my original question; What makes someone a good person? 
In order to be good, you must actually do good.  
It's not enough to simply abstain from bad. I might not have been doing "bad" things, but I wasn't exactly going out of my way to do good. I recently had an experience that illustrates my point perfectly. My family often helps do yard work for a sweet elderly widow in my neighborhood. It was a Saturday morning and I had a bunch of things I wanted to get done. At the top of my list was finishing up some final touches for the Summer issue of BE WISE Magazine. When my dad asked if I would go help my initial response was that I was too busy. Then I thought about it.. Had I really just told my dad I was too busy to go serve and be kind to someone else because I had to work on my magazine that teaches the importance of being kind to others? Was I really too busy telling others about the importance of "Being Wise" that I couldn't get up and do it myself? 

That's when it hit me. It's not enough to sit and "preach"to others about being good and living wise if I am not willing to do it myself. So I got up and went out to serve. I would be lying if I said I was excited at first, however, it ended up truly being a great experience. I was far happier knowing I had done something good for someone else than I would have been if I had simply sat at my computer writing a blog post about the importance of being kind.  

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