The key to survival in a cruel world

A business woman had some time between flights at an airport.  She bought a small package of cookies and sat down in the busy snack shop to check the messages on her iPhone before her next flight.

While reading she became aware of a rustling noise.  Looking up she was shocked to see a gentleman sitting across from her, helping himself to her cookies.  Half-angry and half-embarrassed she reached over and gently slid the package closer to her as she took one out and began to munch on it.  

A minute or so passed before she heard more rustling.  The man had gotten another cookie!  By now there was only one left in the package.  Though flabbergasted, she didn’t want to make a scene so she said nothing.  Finally, as if to add insult to injury, the man broke the remaining cookie into two pieces, pushed one piece across the table toward her with a frown, gulped down his half, and left without even saying thank you.  She sat there dumbfounded.

Sometime later when her flight was announced, the woman opened her handbag to get her ticket.  To her shock, there in her purse was her package of unopened cookies. And somewhere in that same airport was another traveler still trying to figure out how that strange woman could have been so forward and insensitive.  Assumptions are shaky things to rely on; situations are not always as they appear.

We often assume a nation as advanced and civilized as ours would be full of nothing but kind and courteous people.  A casual reading about our forefathers show they were God-fearing and freedom-loving people.  Surely those attitudes continue to prevail in every generation.

Although we wish for it to be true, it’s an inaccurate assumption.  The collapse of a high moral standard and a complete breakdown of integrity is all too evident.  Those who refuse to believe this downward spiral are like the proverbial ostrich—hiding their heads in the sand.

Here are some slogans we have become accustomed to hearing that reveals most people’s attitudes: “I’m looking out for number one…Do unto others before they do unto you…It’s none of your business…I don’t get mad, I get even.”

How can we survive in this ruthless world?  The answer is to have God like love instead of hate.  Jesus said, “I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:44-45).

Here is strength for living in this cruel world!

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