Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On my heart.

I don't have a source other than Facebook...

32 of my friends shared this photo on Facebook this morning (oh yes, I counted. I was bored while Raine ate breakfast) and its occurred to me that my son and future children will grow up seeing stuff like this every. single. day. Way more than I was subjected to growing up because let's face it, hateful meme's simply didn't have a place up in the awesome tree I was climbing.

Hateful you ask? Yes, this is hateful. While I may agree with the point of the meme itself the actual meaning of the whole thing is lost upon me when it involves judging and putting another person down.

You want to know what I think? No? Too bad, it's my blog ;)

I think that suggesting one person is better than another based on life choices and actions is exactly why our world is the way it is. We put every person we meet on a scale where we proceed to weigh and judge them and if they fall short of our supposed idea of perfection then they are trash.....useless.....human waste.

I thank God every day that he doesn't see us the way that we see each other.

He loves us. All of us. Whether we believe in him or not. Whether we are the worlds most perfect, kind, loving person or a heroin addicted junkie thief.

Not everyone is lovable. We all know that but it doesn't matter to God. I may lose some people over this but stick with me if you can..... He loves all of us. He loves Casey Anthony..... Whether you like it or not, he does. God loves my rapist.... That's heavy to accept even for me. Regardless of my forgiveness of that man (more on that another time) it's still pretty intense to rationalize. He loves Adam Lanza.... This one fact is probably the hardest to digest with the events at Sandy Hook still so fresh in our minds.

and he loves Whitney Houston.

It doesn't matter if you believe in Him or not.... In fact, lets for a second say he doesn't exist, there can be no harm in love. Everything that is wrong with this world can be traced back to one basic emotion...

Hate.

Call me a hippie or a crazy Christian..... I don't care. It doesn't matter. What matters to me is that my kids be given a chance at a better world and at the rate we are going, that's not going to happen.

And I'm terrified.

I am terrified that my son will be exposed to passive hate like this so often that it will become second nature for him to judge and step on people. Just like it's second nature to us. Yes, even me too.... I'm just more aware of it.

If we keep exposing our children to things like this, what's stopping any one of our kids from becoming the next Adam Lanza? Has it ever occurred to you that your sweet and innocent child/niece or nephew/grandchild/sibling could grow up to think it's perfectly acceptable to perform these unspeakable acts? To hurt people?

But we are so quick to hate some more. To place full blame on an individual and not take at least some responsibility for the way the world has turned out.

Hate has a strong hold on us. Hate and madness hold the guns. It was hate that brought the towers down. It was hate that made me the awful person I used to be.

It was love that restored me....

Well, plus Jimmy's just funny. Laughs help too :)

I've seen love lift people out of an awful drug addiction. I've seen a kind hand help people out of the throes of mental illness. If we all chose to try love and kindness rather than judge, humiliate, bad mouth, and offend each other than I'd put money on the fact that we would see some awesome changes in the world around us.

I probably sound like a fanatic the last two days but these things are weighing heavily on me. I can't fathom why it's not as obvious to me and not everyone else. Maybe God has put it on my heart.

I know my friends saw something totally different when they were sharing this meme on their Facebook walls. I see the point. I do. But putting someone else down (who probably could have benefitted greatly from some love as well) isn't the best way to make that point.

We can do better. I know we can. Because what we are doing and have been doing isn't working anyway, right?

If not for us, then maybe for our sweet little ones.

"Because UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better.
It's not."

~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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3 comments:

  1. Love this! I agree with what you are saying but part of me also agrees that we place to much attention on people who are not heroes, we make our media and athletes into heroes and they aren't. But like I said I agree the way people go about voicing their feelings is not ok!

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  2. Hi! I found your blog via the Wiegands and I just wanted to say that I love this post! Thanks for reminding me of Gods perfect, unbiased love!

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