One of the more popular series on television is the Discovery Channel's series on the Bering Sea's Fisheries off the coast of Alaska.
A recent show centered around the addition of two 'greenhorn' crew members. As is usual in such situations these two young men were given a very hard time solely because of their being new. Rather than being taken under the wings of the more seasoned members of the crew they were ridiculed, spoken to harshly, and generally given a very hard time for no other reason than they were new.
One of the young men suffered a serious medical emergency on-board the ship, which was named the Wizard. He suffered an episode of severe shock out of the blue. The Coast Guard helicoptered the young man off the boat and transferred him to medical facilities on the mainland.
While the events leading up to the helicopter rescue were riveting enough. The true drama comes out after the patient is removed from the boat. To a man, at least the older hands on board, shame came to the forefront. The crew realized they had treated this young man as anything less than human. To each came the realization it was now to late for the "I am sorry." One crew member even stated he would give anything to be able to roll back time, start over, do things differently - now, in that moment in time, it was to late.
We, all of us, need to take a lesson from this. We must live in the now. And, in the now everyone with whom we come in contact, without regard to the who, what, when, or where are to be treated with the respect. We are, all of us, the creation of the God. His desire for us is that we treat all others with the same love, care and concern that He has for us. As we are created 'in His image, or likeness' we have the capacity to love unconditionally as He loves unconditionally. The difficult lesson in this is once the person we have treated less than God would have is is gone the moment has been lost.
As we go through the day God would have us to love others unconditionally, period. Anything less does not reach the mark.