Thursday, May 22, 2014

Social Media Where is Your Purity?

Sadness turned into frustration and finally into anger tonight. I had to sit at the feet of Jesus and weep with him for awhile before I knew where to begin.  

Girls and boys where is your purity?

I watch my generation and those beneath me act out in brokenness, in lust, in shame, they try to shock, please and entice.  They intend exactly what they say and they say it all over social media.  It's aimed at their target of choice and they don't care about the consequences.  Can you imagine walking into your work place, say it's the local Starbucks and from the minute you step through the door you are fielding comments of how /desirable/sexual/wanted/ you are?  I mean that's why companies have HR departments and why sexual lawsuits are filed.  Where are the big bosses for Instagram accounts and Twitter feeds that say "I'm sorry but I think you've crossed a line?"  There aren't any!  It's a free country, we have a right to say what we like and to whom.  But at what cost of another's heart and emotions?

"It's all meant in fun," I'm sure that's what you tell your self.  "I didn't really mean anything by it"  "I'll never meet that person in real life, so it doesn't matter."  But what one might not realize is that picture you are commenting on or that tweet you are responding too is attached to a person at the other end.  And they also has a heart and desires and dreams and hang ups like the rest of us.  Your words act like arrows straight to their heart/mind/flesh.  If one receives enough arrows their armor will start to deteriorate.  

And that's when my heart starts hurting the most. 

It hurts for the recipients of these words.  I live in a world of celebrity.  I have friends who are famous and some who are not.  I work with some of the top celebrities out there and i have watched first hand the devastation that this world can bring.  I have watched a person close to me with the most beautiful  heart receive the daggers of those words and innuendos. (Sure they may come to you dripping in honey but don't be fooled they are pierced to kill).  I've watched adoring fans run up and demand something from them, I have seen them start to wilt under this pressure until they completely fold under the weight of it all.  I mean wouldn't you?  Wouldn't I?  The constant barrage of impure comments is exhausting, it's easier to say yes than to say no at times.  Trying to keep your guard up, fielding every comment, joke, come on with a laugh.  Only to have it start again from a set of new admirers in a new town, new location, new job...that is the life of fame... isn't that what we tell ourselves to make us feel better.  But here's the thing...

I want more from you, because I believe you are capable of it.

I ask you to rise up, to be better, to make smarter choices with your words and your thoughts.  To desire the pure of heart in yourself and in others.  What would the world look like if we constantly sought to build each other up rather than tear down, to honor rather than to take?  To seek healthy boundaries (this BOOK is awesome for helping with that) and to THINK before posting!  If you would never tell a stranger to their face that you love their butt, boobs, skin, wanted to marry them or take them to bed then PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not write it on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc...  

Some of you may never read this far, you won't care about me or these words.  You will think I don't get it or that what I'm saying is completely stupid. You have that right to think those things, but where your treasure is your heart will follow (Matthew 6:21).  So if your treasure is for someone famous to notice you, then you will likely accomplish that, but at what price to another?

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13 NIV

Or as the Amplified version says:

For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for [a]selfishness], but through love you should serve one another. Galatians 5:13

I love you, I believe in you, you can do this.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Living in the Radical

I did something crazy last week.  I took one of the most tender and vulnerable parts of my heart and chose to believe that God would do the most RADICAL thing in it.  I gave him complete permission to do the most remarkable, life changing, huge, almost impossible task and guess what happened?  

Every day I started believing that it could actually happen!

 I've started believing in the RADICAL for my life. I've started believing that nothing is too small or insignificant for this sweet God of mine!!!! And each day that passes I live in this expectation of seeing this RADICAL thing come to pass and I'm excited, because I'm choosing to live out of a place of hope.  

Now don't get me wrong the struggle has been all too real, I hear the whispers and the doubts that start to creep in.  I see the facts that stare me in the face that look all but impossible, and I think of the opinions of others who if heard what I was believing God for would look at me and laugh.  But it's in these moments that I sit in that secret place with Jesus and I hand over my mustard seed and I say "move that mountain," because with you I'm choosing to believe the RADICAL!!!!

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

What RADICAL thing will you believe God for today?