What’s the quote? “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”
It’s the notion that people without enough to do will find something to do, and it’s often unsavory, negative and unproductive. A negative and unproductive mind can lead to negative and unproductive behavior.
In a crisis, people stop, take notice, and mobilize to help. The help comes from a heartfelt desire to serve those in need, its positive and productive.
Such was the case with Harvey and Irma. People responded by
- donating money
- opening their homes to strangers
- sending work crews and being on a work crew
- doing whatever they could
The Golden Silence
Have you noticed how the noise went silent after the storms? Gone were the clanging cymbals of political fighting, social unrest, and divisive bickering. There was golden silence across the land.
Why Was That?
Was it because the nation found something better to do, something better to focus on? We got busy helping our neighbor and our neighbor’s neighbor. We helped strangers and were helped by strangers. Gone were the rancor of politics and the screaming voices of division. They came to a screeching halt.
“Love one another as I have loved you.”
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
“The greatest among you will be your servant.”
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
This blog isn’t political, or social, its spiritual, and I’m not suggesting our national concerns are unimportant. But peace isn’t obtained by violence. Unity isn’t achieved by fighting. Harmony isn’t the result of gamesmanship.
Its good to help when there’s a crisis. But frankly, there are people needing compassionate service every day of the year.
I know, its cool to care when it’s most needed and I’m glad we do. But what our nation needs is for us to keep offering heartfelt assistance all year long. It’s a righteous thing.
“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”