It's No Lie That When You Do A Good Deed, You Get Something In Return

It's No Lie That When You Do A Good Deed, You Get Something In Return

"Usually, I just ignore all of the homeless people and go on with my day just like everyone else."
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In Lubbock, there are so many homeless people around. Outside of grocery stores, malls, thrift shops, you name it. They’re almost everywhere and you cannot miss them.

While walking into the nearest Walmart from campus, I saw an older man sitting next to the entrance with his head in his lap. He looked exhausted and I ignored him just like everyone around me was. I could not stop thinking about him sitting out there all alone, for some reason the fact that he was alone was irking my mind.

It was hard to shop without the thought of him running through my head. Something told me that he needed something to make him laugh. Keep in mind, I did not know this man at all, and these thoughts just kept coming to me. I ditched my grocery list and decided to buy this man some items that will make his day better.

I went to the snack aisle and went to town. I grabbed my favorite snacks that unfortunately I cannot eat anymore because of my chronic illness. I picked up Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Pringles, Cheetos, Ritz crackers with cheese, and Goldfish. I also got him a couple of water bottles and a funny card.

Then I made my way to the other side of the store to find a box for all of the goodies. After I paid for everything, I went outside, tapped him on the shoulder, and gave him this box.

Before I explain what he said to me and what happened after that, let me just say that I am not one to do something like this. Usually, I just ignore all of the homeless people and go on with my day just like everyone else. But that day, seeing this man resting all by himself bothered me. I felt very bad for him all of a sudden and it was God Himself who was telling me to help him.

The man looked up at me and when I looked into his eyes, I wanted to cry. I saw nothing but sadness and loneliness in them and it was almost as if I was looking into a piece of glass. As weird as it sounds, I could see right through his soul.

I gathered myself and told him that I got this for him and that I hope he has a great day. That is when I saw the life in him. His face lit up and his eyes came to life, he was truly happy! He got on his knees, thanked me and gave the usual “God Bless You!”

I walked away from him with a smile on my face and instantly felt relieved. I have done a good deed and I got something in return, the instant feeling of accomplishment and happiness.

I hope this encourages you to go out and do something nice for someone else. A random act of kindness is something that is so easy to do and is so worth it!

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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Feminism Has Nothing To Do With Religion; So Stop Making The Correlation

Think about the women around the world who don't have it like we do.

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I will start by I respect all sorts of different opinions, so long as they are supported by fact. I think the ability to cultivate what makes sense to each of us is a really strong part of what it means to be human. If we were all meant to share the same level of intelligence or the same thought process, we wouldn't progress in the way that we should.

That being said, I read an article recently that discussed religion and how it ties into gender equality (or lack thereof) and what it means to be a feminist.

If we're going by the logic that arguments should be supported by fact, using the Bible (or any religious text, for that matter) as a reference or 'factual' resource to support an argumentative claim doesn't quite make sense, since it isn't relevant to everyone and doesn't have any credible authors.

Not everyone lives their lives based off of the morals presented in any given religious text, therefore it isn't necessarily right to base an argument solely based off of your faith.

I've been a self-proclaimed feminist for as long as I remember. Growing up, I was taught that I could do anything I set my mind to. I was taught that I can accomplish any goal I set out to accomplish, and my gender had nothing to do with my capabilities.

Intersectional feminism is the advocacy for equal rights for men and women, regardless of class, race or other traditionally discriminatory factors. It is inclusive and it is not matriarchal.

Today, we live in a progressive world where things are constantly changing and improving. From technology to medical advances to the way we are able to communicate, we are becoming a better world with each and every passing day.

I have a problem with the idea that I am meant to submit to a man. Sure, women and men are different biologically. But are we really that different?

I mean, if you really think about it, is there any job in the workforce that a woman is incapable of doing? Is there any language or idea or concept that a woman is incapable of understanding? Is there any single sport that is physically impossible for a woman to complete?

What is so wrong with wanting to be perceived as equal to a man?

The issue I have is not with the label; You don't have to call yourself a feminist. Personally, I believe intersectional feminism is something to be proud of, something (in an ideal world) more people would be proud to claim, but I realize that with the negative connotation feminism has adopted in recent years, some people may be afraid of adopting the label, and some may just not want to.

However, there are over 130 million girls in the world who don't have access to an education just because they're girls. That is a problem.

Like I mentioned earlier, I am respectful of opinions that differ from mine, but I have a problem with close-mindedness. I have an issue with disregarding the fact that women outside of the United States and other first-world countries suffer inequality in a way 21st-century women like myself cannot understand.

As a white woman living in the United States, I most likely have it better than a majority of women in the world. My privilege does not go unnoticed. I'm a feminist for the women who aren't given a voice, an opportunity or an education.

You don't have to be a feminist. You don't have to take advantage of gender equality if you don't want to. I just ask that you don't let your personal beliefs and the way that you want to live your life get in the way of the fight for gender equality for women across the world.

If it weren't for the women who came before us, we wouldn't have many of the rights we have today. We wouldn't be given an equal opportunity for education. We wouldn't even be able to express our opinions as we do.

All women deserve to live a life where they aren't afraid. They deserve equal access to education and equal opportunity to pursue any path of life they want.



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