Sunday, March 28, 2010

Power of People

Today has been quite a laid back Sunday. I had church this morning, bringing in the most holy week of my faith. The sermon was good, the words struck home as usual. The church was so packed that by the time everyone commenced inside, there was standing room only. Just beautiful.

This evening I watched a feature on Dateline. It was about a family where the mother was a cancer survivor and had three children, two who had cerebral palsy. She was a single mother, trying to make ends meet. People in the small town where they lived started realizing how hard the family had it, and they got together to begin a program called "Hometown Heroes." They brought together volunteers to help remodel this family's home and make it where it was easier for the two children to get around in t heir wheelchairs. While all of the other families were suffering money wise, they still held functions and fundraisers to raise over 150,000 dollars to get the proper materials needed to have this work. They even remodeled in one month's time, just in time for the family to have Thanksgiving dinner in their new home.

It was a tear jerker. I found myself getting teary eyed over just how amazing people can be when others are in need. Despite everyone else's money problems, they put it aside to help out a much needier family. This also made me strike up a question.

Why is it that some people can be so amazing and generous while others are the complete opposite?

We've got people in that town who worked hard for four weeks to get the remodeling done, not even looking for recognition. They just wanted to help out. Then we have people who are capable of murder, rape, child molestation, etc. It just shocks me how night and day the human race is. I guess that's how it is though. We're not all built the same way. Our mechanics are different. We're all raised up to be different people, all with our own personalities and habits. It's just something crazy I was thinking about.

We need more people like who were featured on Dateline tonight. It was an inspiration to see such generosity and kindness.


Jackee said...

I agree--I'm overwhelmed by the dichotomy of people. I suppose it's just what side of people's character they embrace or not.

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Jemi Fraser said...

I agree - I've found most people end up on the positive side of the scale, but the ones who aren't make me hope they never have kids.

Tracy said...

Probably explains why in all our books, movies and songs there is always an on-going battle between good and evil. Human nature encompasses both.

I still believe there are more good people than bad people ... the bad people just get more press.

Mary McDonald said...

I know. People can be in similar situations, and react in complete opposite ways.

ModernDayDrifter said...

I agree that there are more people out there who are nice than's true..the bad one's just get more press. It also just made me think of a quote from an old TV show I used to watch.

"If there's one thing the Incredible Hulk taught me, is that it's a hell of a lot easier to be bad than it is to be good."

So true.