Limiting Charity For Safety’s Sake…

I heard some disappointing news recently about a guy who was just trying to do the right thing in life by continuing to reach out and help others solely because he cared, only to see it backfire on him.

This person was a volunteer at a local soup kitchen who by all means had a completely tarnish-free life. He simply was a beautiful soul who was regularly moved by God to help others and had been for some time. During the course of his volunteer work, he befriended an impoverished individual and got to know them pretty well over many months of seeing them at the soup kitchen. On one particular day, that individual asked him if they and one of their friends could get a ride to the store. He of course immediately said yes, given his good nature. Yet, during that very ride, he was pulled over by the police because his new acquaintance’s friend was actually a well-known criminal with a drug history. And unfortunately, for the man who was humbly providing the two of them a ride because of his big heart, drugs were discovered stashed in his car that were definitely not his. Now, this very same giving gentleman has been put on suspension from his job, has a misdemeanor looming over his head, and is having to spend time in court fighting all this. The result? He says that when this is all over, he will never provide charitable rides for anyone again. The sad thing about this is that I definitely can relate to his decision and I’m sure many others can as well.

With the drug craze and people either on them or dealing them, reaching epic proportions in recent years, this isn’t the first occasion of me hearing about something like this happening. And the more I do, the more I too find myself withdrawing from doing charitable acts I once might have done without blinking an eye.

The truth is, I personally don’t offer rides anymore to people I don’t know nor do I allow any strangers into my home. I have seen far too many examples lately of police arresting and even shooting people that were innocent just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The downside of all this, of me making decisions that are not as charitable and open-hearted like this wrongly-arrested man has now made with himself, is of course limiting the ability of God to work through me. It’s depressing really and something I struggle with every day, as I truly do want to be nothing more in this world then an extension of God’s love. But, given the suffering I’m already going through in life with my health, I honestly can’t take any more and can only imagine how much worse it’d be having to face criminal charges for something I didn’t do.

So, I currently am choosing to keep my volunteer work to speaking at various detox centers, being a sponsor to others in the 12 Steps, and occasionally donating money to those in need. Beyond that, like offering strangers rides or providing shelter for them in my home is something I’m choosing to not do at this time. I only pray that God understands and forgives me for this self-imposed limitation and does as well with others who impose them on themselves like this charitable individual now has.

Hopefully one day, I won’t feel the need to limit my charity for safety’s sake anymore. I know it comes down to fear and worry, which I’m sure I can and will overcome the more I allow God to transform my life. And the more I do, the more I will most likely find all of those self-imposed charitable limitations removed from my life, because it’s then I will be nothing more than that extension of God’s love where fear and worry don’t exist, no matter what happens to me…

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Silly Joke Friday

A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?” The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.” Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.” The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?” The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple: I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his…”

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Is Our Own Actions Causing All These Major Climatic Events On Our Planet?

Some might say that all the hurricanes and earthquakes and other tragic weather we’ve been experiencing lately on our planet is all relatively normal in the grand scheme of things. While plenty of others fall on the polar opposite side of the spectrum in saying each are signs of end times coming. I, on the other hand, am in line with something that feels a lot more grounded in reality, that being they’re a result of global warming.

I must admit that I never cared much to learn more about the effects of global warming until I watched Al Gore talk about it in his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary titled “An Inconvenient Truth”. During it he spoke of all the harm we’re doing to our planet because of the greenhouse gases still being created by various corporations. Ironically, a mere 100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of the world’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, such as from BP, Chevron, Exxon/Mobile, and Shell. And he theorized that if those companies didn’t reduce their emissions soon that major superstorms and other serious climatic events would be the future result.

Oddly enough, at the time of this movie being released, many just scoffed it all off and said Gore had no proof to back his broad claims. Yet, since then, Hurricane Katrina came and went, causing incredible devastation, along with Hurricane Harvey and Irma this year as well. Add in severe earthquakes, major coral reef depletion, serious glacial melting, terrible droughts, and much more, and personally, I’m not doubting Gore anymore. The sad thing though is that there’s still many who do and they continue to claim there’s not enough hardcore proof to believe these huge climatic events are of our own doing.

So, as the devastation continues to rack up around the planet due to these overwhelming climatic occurrences, instead of looking at how we might be able to reverse this trend, I see to many simply shaking their heads and claiming it was just a bad year for the weather, while others keep looking to God as the cause and saying it’s out of their control.

But what if it isn’t? And what if even beyond those greenhouse gas emissions, that the rising negativity and anger on our planet is also a cause of these severe weather patterns? I know that might sound preposterous to some, but it’s something I’ve thought about quite a bit in recent times and my truth is this.

I actually believe that the more we spread anger and negativity on our planet, the more it affects our planet in adverse ways. And while that may never be proven in my lifetime either, I ask you to consider, what if things like earthquakes are actually releases of all the anger we keep expelling? And what if all our wars and violence are only creating energetic rifts in our planet that eventually lead to things like these superstorms?

Regardless of whether any of that may be true, and regardless of whether global warming is actually a cause to any of these major weather events or not, the fact remains that superstorms and major climatic events are happening everywhere around the globe now on a regular basis. And, while I may not be able to personally reduce gaseous emissions coming from companies that are potentially contributing to these climatic issues, I can at least do my part to protect the Earth by loving it a lot more through all of my actions.

The bottom line though that I’m trying to say here is that maybe if we all just stop blaming these major climatic events on things like God or a bad year for weather, and instead begin loving both the planet we walk on every day and each other a lot more, we might actually start seeing a reverse in this downward trend and far less nature-based destruction and devastation…

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson