the line between cowardice and heroism is small yet so clear. One cares ultimately about SELF.. the other cares ultimately about OTHERS. A lot of people walk around pretending to be "team players, champions of the team, leaders" when in reality, they are all show and no substance. Their personality disorders keep them from actually helping anyone but themselves. When the chips are down...Actions will tell the tale. Look at what people did/do, not what they say...

If their intentions are heroic.. then they will use their skills, often putting themselves at risk, but in the end.. they are helping others.. If on the other hand, they are cowards, they will use their skills and talents to appear to lead, to put up a good show, and to hide from the conflicts that arise in every day life.

Conflict is best seen as an opportunity. True, it is a result of the failure of "diplomacy" but it is also a unique opportunity to start fresh. A binary view on a multiple variable equation... One wins the other loses... In Star Wars.. the Jedi intended to "win" so that they could give up power to the people.. that intention is the key... The new beginning can only occur if and only if.. both parties can move.. The winner must ultimately give way, and the loser must put aside a willingness to win or exact retribution.

Important verses to think on this..
Matt. 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Matt. 6:12-15 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

NOW.. what do I do with all that... ??????
I am trying to move on these in the grey area between heroism and cowardice like everyone around me... hopefully I spend most of my time on the hero side... I think we all need to move on.. whatever happened yesterday, last week, last month, even last year. is irrelevant. How we use those experiences linked with our faith is the key to our future. .

We can and must choose our path. Seeking heroism, acting to help others.. and rejecting cowardice in our selves and others.

Micah. 6:8-16 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Listen! The LORD is calling to the city — and to fear your name is wisdom — “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it. Am I still to forget, O wicked house, your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed? Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights? Her rich men are violent; her people are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully. Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins. You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. You will store up but save nothing, because what you save I will give to the sword. You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine. You have observed the statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab’s house, and you have followed their traditions. Therefore I will give you over to ruin and your people to derision; you will bear the scorn of the nations.”


Anonymous said…
....For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins....
I agree with you.
If you do not forgive men their sins - it is YOU that holds the sin and keeps it alive, and it is YOU that bears the pain of the sin. Through your judgement and thought of their sin you keep it with you and you are the one that is preoccupied, botherd and keeps stress based on someone else's actions. Somehow I don't think they are going through all of this. I say... embrace them. Forgive them and let it go. Do not fill your heart and your head with their sins - rather concentrate on understanding - so that you can help them - and so that you will not do unto others so that they may feel as you do now.
Remember it is the hero that serves others... or is that servant leadership?

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