This is for the mom who is tired of seeing bad news all over social media. It’s for the mom who wants their kids to know that hatred and violence is unacceptable. This blog, that probably won’t reach very many people, is for the mom who just doesn’t get why we can’t all just LOVE.
And if you’re not a mom… Well, it’s for you too!
It’s been a MINUTE since I’ve posted a blog. Truthfully, it became more of a job for me than a passion and I never wanted it to be like that. I started this blog to speak truth, encouragement, and hope for moms and wives out there who may come across it. I don’t wish to fill this space with meaningless letters, it’s worth so much more than that.
So that’s why I’ve decided to sit down for a few minutes today and share my heart with you.
Last week, my family had the opportunity to participate in #LOVEweek2016 – and now more than any other time in my four years of LOVE Week-ing, do I realize the weight of my participation during LOVE Week. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen horrible shootings that sincerely shook me. I’m very much a “hide it so I can pretend it’s not there” kinda girl, but how can I pretend that evil isn’t there. Evil has been present since the beginning of time. Even in the perfect Garden God created for us to spend eternity walking and talking with him, evil was there.
Fear keeps me from clicking on certain news stories, sharing certain posts, and going certain places.
But as a mom, do I want to teach my children that it’s okay to live in fear?
1 John 4:18 tells me that Perfect Love drives out fear. Jesus is that perfect love, and He lives within me. My heart isn’t big enough for Jesus to have a condo next to fear… it’s just not. So I’m working really hard to ignore the evil that plants the seed of fear in my life. However, sadly, I can’t ignore that my brothers and my sisters of every color are being attacked so that I feel a little more at ease when I’m taking a trip to Target.
I know I’m probably jumping all over the place, but my main point is…
The evil has to stop somewhere, why not with me?
Loving someone isn’t hard. It’s what we’re called to do! A small, tiny act of love (buying someone’s lunch, for example) can be the spark that sets off a rolling fire of compassion that our nation, and this world, so desperately needs.
A couple of Sunday’s ago, my pastor said, “God’s people don’t run from trouble; we run toward it.”
At the end of the day, I want to be able to look back and say that I didn’t run and hide in fear. I want to say that I not only stood strong against evil, but that I ran towards it and embraced it with LOVE – the ONLY thing strong enough to defeat it.
As I am serving with my family this week, I’m choosing not to take it for granted. I’m choosing to serve people who are white, black, hurting, angry, old, young, because God has called me to LOVE.
This is what I can pass down to my children, LOVE.
This is what I can give freely, LOVE.
This is what I can offer a world that is desperate for help, LOVE.
If you want to participate in LOVE Week, you don’t have to go to church, pray, or even have a relationship with God, you just have to have a tiny pull in your heart that tells you to choose to stand out and make a difference by loving someone. LOVE Week happens collectively every summer, but we have the opportunity to make it LOVE Month and even LOVE Year, simply by choosing to LOVE someone unconditionally.
Take the first step and serve at your local homeless shelter or food bank. TAKE YOUR KIDS and show them that they are part of something bigger than them. And if you are one of the people reading this who doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus, well… there’s no better time than the present. Jesus left a pretty perfect place to come to a pretty evil world and die just. for. you.
It began with LOVE and it will end with LOVE… don’t wait to start serving him.
The best is only yet to come!