In every facet of life within organizations therein lies a cell, a circle, or click that heavily associates itself with one another more so than the whole of the organization be it because of the commonality of people or their status quo, whatever that entails.

However, we should be mindful of the reasons or excuses as to why we choose to complete the circle. The age old lurking peer pressure and a need to be accepted, as well as a lack of self-esteem, causes some to stand with those whose cause isn’t cause-worthy. Unfortunately, they stand just to be amongst their peers, which consists of adult circles as well.

And there are those whose mindsets have been catered to and cultivated to believe the thoughts of their elders in a generation when understanding wasn’t fully come. Some inhabit a spirit of elitism that caters to a continuum of prejudices that have not allowed them to experience eternal riches. Neither does their visage allow them to see the eternal riches in others because of a status quo. They’ve not allowed themselves to experience what causes one to have these eternal riches that come by receiving Jesus Christ into their hearts. Neither do they try the fruit of the spirit to see if it is good but rather according to the flesh they judge.

There’s nothing new under the sun. Ezekiel was shown by God the abominations of man and their offspring. God revealed those things that were done in the dark, they defiled the sanctuary of the Lord to the point that He turned away from it, they prophesied out of their own hearts lies to the people of God and took advantage of the poor and those in need. Their behavioral actions would become the upbringing their offspring were privy to. The way we behave is a responsibility to those to whom we are an example. And to ourselves, our behavior should be indicative to whom we are in Christ. May we be humbled and desire that He continually create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us.

In regard, there’s a similar degradation that exists as we pass one another attending to our daily lives, as per norm. We sometimes have little compassion concerning others who seem to have lost their way. No one can give an account of their journey and what the life that they live entails. As we learn from our own valley experiences, we understand our plight and see our fight and all that we encounter. Because we make it to the other side is a reason to have compassion for others who’ve not found their way. We should always remember we’re grace away from what we see and despise. I used to hear when I was a child, “This is a doggy dog world.” Yes it is, because this world isn’t designed to take care of your heart. Only God can mold man and He is close to the broken-hearted. Although we’re in this world as Christians, we’re not of this world and we should be sure to behave ourselves as such.

“My brethren have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Harken beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him. — James 2: 1-5

May the world see a difference in you and I as Christians and what separates us from the rest. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the world of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. Share your thoughts with Pamela at breathofapoet@yahoo.com.