Yesterday I posted about the recent crime in our neighborhood. It was just last night that the neighbors put the pieces together and realized that our community was somebody's target this Christmas season.
I felt very uneasy going to bed last night and I was worried about being home alone during the day. When I woke and opened the shutters on my windows it was very clear that others were helping to look out for me and the other neighbors who work during the day. There was law enforcement doing their rounds and a neighbor man who works from home making regular drives throughout the neighborhood.
I also went to bed sick and tired of what the world is becoming. How do bad guys grow up not learning the difference between right and wrong and become heartless takers rather than contributing members of society.
When I went into the kitchen to make my breakfast this morning I was reminded of how much good we have in the world and to not allow the few bad guys to get to me. As I cut two slices of homemade bread I thought of the goodness of the friend who gave it to me. As I spread it with jelly I thought of the goodness of those who home canned the delicious jelly and shared it with me. As I sat and ate my breakfast I was looking at our Christmas tree. It was filled with the goodness of others over many years through handmade ornament gifts and special memories of family and friends.
While looking at the nativity (another gift from a friend this week) sitting on my buffet I thought of He who's birth we celebrate this CHRISTmas season and the gift of His perfect example that I can live by daily.
I am very thankful for the goodness of MOST people and I do have compassion on those who never learned right from wrong or for whatever their reason may be to have chosen to take such a miserable and selfish path in life as bad guys!
The moral to this post I guess is...... without the adversity of bad guys we can forget to be as thankful as we should be for the good guys who are our neighbors, our co-workers, our family, our friends, and our Savior.