Posts Tagged ‘hate’

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

Isn’t that a great thought? It suggests Martin Luther King Jr has tried to hate, but found it too difficult a burden to bear, so decided, almost as a last resort that love is the best option.

In 1 John 4:20 (NIV) it says

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

So while at times it may seem easier to hate than to love, hate can not only be an awful burden or millstone around your neck, but also suggests we cannot truly love God. If we can hate someone we know and have actually seen, how on earth can it be true that we love God who we have only read about and been told about?

Let’s not spread hate in this world, as there’s already far to much of that around, let’s try our hardest with God’s help to love each and every person we come into contact with.

I’ve said it a number of times already in my blog posts, but I want to remind you again that we must love everyone. God doesn’t want us to pick and choose who we love.

In the following verse from St Luke’s gospel, we get some instructions on how we should react or respond in some rather unpleasant situations:

Luke 6:27 (The Message)

Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

This list above is not the ultimate list of situations, however it does tell us that whatever the situation we find ourselves in, no matter how pleasant, we must respond with kindness and with love.

Love is stronger than hate, and therefore will touch even the hardest of hearts.

Love isn’t an opportunity to pick and mix who we love, we must love everyone, always!

Nicknames

Posted: March 5, 2011 in family, friendship, life, work
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Do you have any nicknames?

Most of my family still call me Dorothy, although I do have a few nicknames, some of which are used quite regularly…

The first and most obvious one is Dot – That’s the nickname that is most commonly used for me, as most of my friends tend to call me by this name and I also tend to use this name most.

Two more nicknames are Doffery and Dotiffy, both of which are variants of Dorothy which were said by kids when they were learning to say my name! They obviously had difficultly saying Dorothy so my name came out as Doffery or Dotiffy!

I’ve had a few other nicknames over the years, but these are the only ones which have stuck and are still used quite frequently.

Do you have any nicknames that you dislike?

There is however one other name which people who don’t know me, try to use when speaking to me, and that is Dotty/Dottie! I hate the name Dotty/Dottie! If anyone calls me by that name, I tell them I do not like it and ask them not to call me by that name again. If however they attempt to call me by that name again, I remind them I don’t like it and if they do it again I will ignore them. So if they still try to call me Dotty/Dottie I ignore their attempts to get my attention until they call me by either my real name or one of the nicknames I don’t mind being called.

Life’s Rules

Posted: July 31, 2010 in life
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I came across the following rules for life. I hope you enjoy them – I especially could relate to number 10! Enjoy

10 Rules For Being Human by Cherie Carter-Scott

  1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period
  2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life”
  3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments area as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
  4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go onto the next lesson.
  5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
  6. “There” is no better place than “here”. When you “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”
  7. Other people are simply mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflect to you something you love or hate about yourself.
  8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
  9. Yours answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
  10. You will forget this.

You can now understand why I liked rule number 10! LOL

Here’s a lovely inspirational video that goes with the above rules: