Writing is therapy for me. [Some of you just said, “Maybe you should consider writing on a daily basis because you seriously need therapy.”] I enjoy the art of writing, though I am not often the most articulate, because it helps me see feelings. Words simply fascinate me. #nerdieststatementever
Words can soothe and calm.
Words can encourage and lift up others.
Words can convey empathy and compassion and kindness.
Words can rip and tear and annihilate self-confidence.
Words can assassinate character.
In the day and age of the almighty and powerful digital footprint our words can live forever [at times, in infamy].
How many times have you seen a person literally be haunted, years later, for words that were tweeted or posted or recorded? The examples are endless and unfortunately, life altering for many.
These words are from my heart.
Who are you?
I asked myself this question [yes, I do talk to myself] after reading a post by my own son, Cooper, on his blog Caffeinated Christianity.
Considering I am married, a mom to 4 children, a mother in law to one fantastically awesome son, an almost mother in law to a saint of a daughter, a sister, a daughter, a sister in law, a daughter in law to an awesome mother in Heaven, a teacher, a co-worker, etc. then I could answer that question any number of ways, depending on the context.
But that is not what I mean at all.
Who are you?
Am I a person who is doing EVERY SINGLE THING that I can to lead others to Christ?
Am I using all of my God-given talents to the Glory of the Kingdom?
Am I a person who shows compassion in all situations?
Am I a person who spends more time in the Word and less time in the world?
Am I a person who is bold in her witness?
Am I a person who worries more about what is Biblical and less about what Facebook says?
Am I a person who consistently praises God, even when life isn’t just handing you lemons but squaring up and punching you in the gut with them?
Who are you?
This question hit me like a ton of bricks this morning.
I am not one to share a lot of politics on the Facecrack. I will give a #retweet every now and then and I have shared a few things on Instagram story that are politically leaning.
There is a person that I am friends with, on Facebook, and their daily pontificating about politics absolutely infuriates me. We have very different political points of view. Very different. I have thought about one of two things: Unfriend her or comment. Neither sounds very mature. [I do have total control over how I react to her. I have chosen to exercise that control.]
Most importantly, why am I allowing this to ruffle my feathers so much? Why am I allowing her words to have so much power over how I feel?
Who are you?
The only words I have to worry about are the ones I have control over – my own.
Are my words affirming?
Do my words reflect Christian values based on Biblical principles?
I worry about these things and I hope you worry about them for yourself. In today’s political climate [where everyone has and shares their opinion] it is imperative for me to remember who I am. I cannot control, neither can you, control what other people say, post, retweet, share, etc. With that being said, WE are in complete control of choosing to respond, especially in a way that might disparage another person or people group.
Just as an aside [this is free information – won’t even charge you for this one] we don’t have to respond or have a comment for everything we see or read.
Maybe, if believers begin to act like believers should and learn to respond and treat others like we are supposed to then the tides of kindness will sweep over the entire world. Perhaps, we can change the world by living in a way that reflects Christ, especially when we disagree.
What if we stopped trying to outdo each other by sharing the most politically charged statements that we know will elicit the most support and create the biggest issues so we can fight with our words?
What if we start to remember who we are, as believers, instead of trying to be of the world?
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 3:9
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Old and New they both testify [my family will immediately begin to sing a song when they read these words…]. We are called to be vigilant to control our words.
The next time you want to respond to something that infuriates you, either in words or tongue [and even in your mind] think about….
Who are you?