Taking Sides

The guy in a designer suit strolled right past the man sitting on the frayed, and very dirty, piece of blanket on a street corner. It wasn’t as if he didn’t visually see him, it was just that he believed that man wasn’t worth truly seeing. After all, he must be a loser or a drunk or one of those people who are “just too lazy to work”.

The little girl ran into the toy store shouting, “I need that Barbie doll, and I want that pink bike, Dad!” “Did you HEAR me??? I WANT that pink bike, my bike is stupid!!”

The middle-aged woman walked into the grocery store and barked at an older man carefully restocking broccoli in the produce section, “don’t tell me you’re out of asparagus again! How incompetent are YOU?”

The exhausted man, at his second job, picking up litter outside a convenience store so that he could feed his family, looked up to see three teenagers throwing their trash right in front of him as they yelled, “there you go loser; here’s some more garbage for you to pick up!”


The guy in a designer suit noticed a man sitting on the frayed, and very dirty, piece of blanket on a street corner. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a twenty-dollar bill and said, “I can’t stay and talk right now because I have to go to a meeting, but please buy yourself a good meal.”

The little girl ran into the toy store and said to her father, “Daddy, my friend at school just moved here and doesn’t have any toys. Can we please buy her that doll? I already have three dolls.

The middle-aged woman walked into the grocery store and stopped the older man carefully restocking broccoli in the produce section and said, “thank you so much for making your part of this store so beautiful.”

The exhausted man, at his second job, picking up litter outside a convenience store saw three teenagers approaching him. They stopped and helped him pick up the trash. The man, with tears in his eyes, said, “thank you, boys”. The young men turned to him and smiled. “Not a problem”, one of them said.


Life….with choices every minute—indifference that hurts a soul or empathy that changes a life.
Life….with choices every minute—selfishness that never has enough or generosity that offers hope.
Life….with choices every minute—anger that breaks a spirit or appreciation that lifts a heart.
Life….with choices every minute—power that takes one man down or generosity that changes one man’s life.

Who are we? What are we doing? Which side are we on?


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4 thoughts on “Taking Sides

  1. I’m coming down on the “Light Side.” Matthew 5:14-15 (Msg) “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.”

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