I love you, I hate you. Go away, please stay. You are amazing, you are ugly. You are a failure, you are brilliant. Hello, Goodbye. Will you marry me? She’s gone. You failed, you passed. Go to Hell, God is Love. It’s a boy, I am sorry for your loss.
These are words I have heard said to me at some point in my life, and I am sure so have you. In the past week, we have read and said words to each other that are false and true. They are both hurtful and exposing. Our world is in a crisis, unlike anything I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. We are yelling at each other through a keyboard. We are repeating hateful words behind a screen.
We disguise our concern with criticism first!
What we say matters. How we say it matters and who we say it to matters. Before we continue to go on with rhetoric that may not bring unity let’s stop for a minute. Check our hearts, pause long enough to re-think our tone, our execution and more importantly our words.
Every new day we are given the gift to speak a kind word to someone that you may not know may be hurting. Every day we get a chance to start again and share a moment with someone that may need it more than you ever imagine. We need to stop thinking of ourselves first and think of what others may be suffering. As the famous quote says “Always be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”.
What would happen if every day we shared a word of encouragement with someone? If everyone you came across you paid a compliment? Let’s stop judging each other, tearing each other down. I want to be happy, not necessarily always right.
“Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-31) – Message Translation