“What the World Needs Now Is Love,” a song written by Hal David and recorded by Jackie DeShannon, struck an emotional chord with the world in 1965. It was a time when violence was increasing, long-established values were disappearing, and a sense of morality taken lightly. Children were questioning the wisdom of their parents in new ways, and a sub-culture was emerging in America. This caused people to cling to what they knew and understood, and fight changing attitudes and practices. One can conceiveably say that the same thing is happening in the world today. Change causes uncertainty, fear, anger, and a sense of lost identity. These emotions cause one to act in uncontrollable ways. It is seen on the highways, on the internet, in our government and how people treat each other. Traveling 30 miles one way to my business location, I have an opportunity to either inflame these emotions or instill calmness. I choose the latter.
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One day as I was leaving my workplace at a speed of 70 miles per hour on an expressway, another opportunity to instill world peace presented itself. I was driving in the third left lane of a four-lane highway. The fourth lane was clear of traffic for about a half mile or more ahead. The right two lanes had traffic traveling about the same speed as I. Suddenly, a black van passed me in the open left fourth lane and cut directly in front of me–the back of his car barely clearing my left fender. Having my mental armor on, I spoke quietly and said, “And God loves you too!” This prevented anger, or any sense of “getting even” from entering my thought. I continued on my way calmly. Not allowing other people to take away my sense of goodness has become a way of life for me. Each morning, I read two books that aid this process–the Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. I pray to have peace, joy, humility and love established in thought. These determine my actions.
The world needs love. Love is not a human emotion. It is a divine quality. Each person has the capacity to love, a quality given to us by God. However, it is not evident unless we work at keeping it uppermost in thought. Evil thoughts yield evil actions. Pure thoughts generate good deeds. There is no other way! I ask you! What did you do today to contribute to world peace? What did you do to take away world peace? Let today start you in a new direction–not just for the world, but for yourself. Let go of dis-ease. Holding on to anger, hate, resentment, jealousy, and revenge, cause stress, and stress plants the seeds to all the ills of the world.
What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. That’s the only thing that I am sure of!