Your Gift Will Make Room For You

I’ve heard many times your gift will make room for you. But what does that really mean?

God gives us all a gift — a natural or special ability, capacity, endowment, aptitude or talent. It’s natural and is distinct from being taught a skill. Someone with a gift is typically above average in that area.

Perhaps you can draw, paint or play an instrument very well. Someone else may write, sing, sew or cook. Maybe you’re good with numbers or words. Can you do wonders with gardens or work well with animals? Are you a master builder or sensational speaker?

Whatever you are naturally good at, sharpen it, use it and share it. Your gift will make room for you. Opportunities develop because someone has seen or heard about you using your gift. Isn’t that what happened with King David? His gift made room for him.

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David — Skillful on the Harp

Saul was the first king of Israel, but he did not follow God with his whole heart. God rejected Saul because he was rebellious, stubborn and disobedient. As a result, Saul was tormented by an evil spirit because the Spirit of the Lord left him.  When the Spirit of the Lord leaves a person, an evil spirit takes up residence.

1 Samuel 16:14-15

14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

David was a young shepherd who played the harp. People heard him and recognized how skillful he was.

When Saul was afflicted by the evil spirit, one of his servants referred David because he saw him demonstrate great skill on the harp. Yet, the skill alone was not highlighted. Saul’s servant praised David’s character, as well. David was valiant, prudent and comely. The cunning playing of the harp was icing on the cake.

1 Samuel 16:16-19

16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.
19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

David was summoned to stand before the king. When the evil spirit tormented Saul, David played music on the harp. Saul was refreshed and the evil spirit left him. Look at the beginning of music therapy!

1 Samuel 16:22-23

22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

Did David walk through pastures thinking he was going to be famous and perform music for the king? Probably not. He played because he could. God had given him a gift of music. David was a psalmist, songwriter and musician.

Your Gift

The most important thing about your gift is who you use it for. Do you use it for vain glory, selfish ambition or to the glory of God? I want you to look at Proverbs 18:16 again.

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

See that it does not say you will be rich and famous because of your gift. It does not say that your gift will be better than another person’s gift. It says it will make room for you and bring you before great men. It will open doors and give you access to people God wants to put you before.

Great Men & Women

King David is the perfect example of what Proverbs 18:16 says. His gift made room for him and he was brought before great men, including Saul’s son, Jonathan. Although Saul was rejected by God and the Spirit of the Lord was upon David, Saul still held his seat on the throne for a time.

Saul was a great man by definition because he was still sitting as king, although the kingdom was being wrest from his rule by God. David’s gift ushered him into an environment where he could learn firsthand the workings of governing a nation from beyond the flock to the king’s domain. Although Saul was rejected, God gave him mercy through David’s gift. Saul was refreshed.

We should stretch our definition of greatness. Great men and women aren’t just in the realm of government and corporate board rooms. Great men and women may be behind the walls of your city’s senior care homes. Great men and women may be on the sidelines in the church building.

Who are you sharing your gift with? Who have you refreshed with your gift?

Natural Vs. Spiritual

Keep in mind, natural gifts are not the same as spiritual gifts or gifts of the Spirit. Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and 1 Corinthians 12:28 outline the gifts of the Spirit. Be aware you must be born again and have the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:38, to have a spiritual gift. It is the Spirit of God who distributes spiritual gifts as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

What a blessing to have both natural and spiritual gifts to share with and encourage others to the glory of God.

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Water – Quenching the Thirst

We cannot live without water. Earth is made up of 71% water. All life on earth depends on water to survive.  Our bodies contain 55-78% water.

Clean, safe drinking water is critical. Water suitable for drinking is called potable water. We lose water throughout the day during normal functions, such as respiration, sweating and waste excretion. Our bodies cannot store water. We must replenish the water we lose daily.

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If we do not replace lost water, we become dehydrated. Dehydration is dangerous and deadly because it lowers the blood pressure and decreases blood volume. Alcoholic beverages cannot replace water because of the ethanol used to produce it causes dehydration. But other types of fluids work, along with plain water.

Survival

School Review – How long can the average human survive without water?

On average, humans can survive three to five days without water. Some can survive one week, but that’s usually the limit. Factors such as climate, age, gender, overall health, level of activity and body fat play a role.

 Quenching the Thirst

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Sometimes you have a song that’s on constant replay. This past week, I’ve been listening to Water by Anthony Brown & Group Therapy.

One part of the song says, “Your presence is water. Come fill me, then fill me again.”

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

God likens His Spirit to water. This water is represented as a river, the rain, and a well or fountain of living water. It’s alive and gives life.

John 7:37-38

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The Lord has promised to quench the thirst of the faithful.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Jesus is the Lord, and when He walked this earth, He testified of the life-giving and thirst quenching power of His spirit.

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

When a River Runs Dry

Just as we cannot survive naturally without water, we cannot survive spiritually without the refreshing Water from heaven.

Being naturally dehydrated causes both blood pressure and blood volume to plummet. What about spiritual dehydration? Surely this, too, has fatal consequences if not remedied.

A natural river can run dry from overuse, reduced flow, the effects of climate and land changes, or low rainfall.

If we are not careful to stay focused on Christ, trials, tribulations, afflictions and persecution can weary and drain us to the point of “reducing and limiting the flow” of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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What About You?

Have joy, faith and love flown out the window? Are you more carnal minded than ever before? Have you backslidden and gone AWOL on God?

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Are you sampling beggarly methods and false doctrines, thinking they can solve your problems and bring you joy? Or is humanism your faith and climbing the achievement ladder your glory? Has your pining away for another person, money or things evicted the Word of God, praise and worship from your heart? The things of the world are broken cisterns. The world cannot receive, understand or replace the things of God.

How long can you trudge along dry and on empty before you perish? When a person forsakes the True and Living God, s/he becomes spiritually dead. There is no hope of survival without water. The rain will never come without possessing a repentant heart.

A river cannot flow if it has not been replenished by the rain. Jesus Christ is the Rainmaker – both naturally and spiritually. A river can run dry if the rain clouds do not gather and pour out its blessed and abundant gift. What’s left behind is dry, hardened and empty. No good fruit can spring forth from land destroyed by drought.

A Watered Garden

Have you beheld the beauty of a watered garden? What loveliness! Just thinking about it incites a remembrance of the wonderful colors and fragrances.

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Song of Solomon 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

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God wants us to delight in Him and draw water out of the wells of salvation with joy. He wants us to guard our hearts against corruption and pollution that can defile the fountain. If your river has run dry or if you’ve built broken wells, it’s not too late to be refreshed and revived with the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 

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Surviving the Arctic Blast

An arctic blast has taken hold of the United States. Warnings have been issued. Extremely cold weather can be damaging and deadly, and we should take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Amid its brutal freezing effects, daily duties still have to be attended to. One such duty for me is taking out my shih tzu. He’s an old fellow who enjoys an expansive backyard, shared only with unwelcome cats known as neighborhood squatters.

I typically take my dog out the patio door to the back yard. On this day, it was so cold the patio door was frozen shut. I could have taken him out the front, back or side, but I was intent on taking him out the patio. Apart from wanting to get the door unstuck, that’s his “exit to go potty” portal. My brilliant ah-ha moment was grabbing a hot pink hair dryer and defrosting the patio door so we could exit out that way and confront the chill. It worked.

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Arctic Blast

I began to think about the cold weather, particularly this current arctic blast. Brr… A particular verse came to mind.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

What on earth does this have to do with the current arctic blast? Nothing, in and of itself. But one thought leads to another, and I began to consider the cold on a spiritual note. Signs and seasons point to where we are according to God’s prophecies contained in the Bible. We are in the time of witnessing the love of many waxing cold.

Just look around. While you’re looking, be sure to look in the mirror, too. The love of many waxing cold could be you.

Are you in the part of the country where you feel the sting of ice? The lashings of bitter-cold wind beating you down? In other words, are you on the receiving end of an arctic blast? If you’re like most of us, you want out of the freezing weather and into somewhere safe, toasty and inviting. Respite.

Or are you the giver of all things arctic? The one blowing chilly comments, giving icy looks and assuming a frozen presence with below freezing esteem for God and others?

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Arctic Love

What manner of love is this?

Cold love. Callous love. Selfish love. Is that a such thing? Prideful love. Indifferent love. It’s not real love. It’s dead. It seeks its own. A puffed up, proud little thing. Hollow showmanship, making merchandise of God’s people. Despising the poor. Unkind. No hospitality. Rude and discourteous. Unforgiving. Greedy. Hateful. Boastful. Disobedient. Blasphemous. Indignant. Lovers of self. Wanton. Without natural affection. Cold.

Anything that is cold is dead. Anything that is warm gets spewed out, according to the Word of the Lord. God wants our love to be fervent, kindled by the power and fire of His Spirit – the Holy Ghost.

Iniquity

Iniquity is perverse immorality, wickedness and lawlessness. It is sin that you willingly commit, knowing it is wrong and knowing the consequences. There’s more and more iniquity in the world. And because many are willfully transgressing God’s law out of knowledge and not of ignorance, their love is growing cold.

The knowledge of the glory of the LORD is abundant. We, literally, are without excuse, no matter where or who we are.

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

We are witnessing many falling away; losing faith, fervent love and hope in Christ to attain status, fame, acceptance and adoration from the world.

No love. No life.

We need protection from the cold in order to keep our bodies and temperature regulated. Protection from extreme cold and its effects preserves life. Did you hear the warning to bring in pets and vulnerable plants?

Maybe you’ve been in sitting in bitterness and damaging others with cold love for so long, you’re sort of stuck — like my patio door was. I remember the Sims® when a frozen Sim could be thawed with a hair dryer.

Do you need a hair dryer moment? Some thawing of the heart and limbs so you can love the way God wants you to? If your love waxes cold and is never set on fire again, you lose eternal life. No love; no life.

If you are repentant and believe, there’s some faith-driven kindling on the way just for you. What are you waiting for? Let’s turn up the heat.

 

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The End of a Thing

When I’m reading a good book, I’m excited to get to the end. Of course I could just flip to the back and read it, but that won’t do anything to help me understand the conclusion of the book. I’d never know how both the beginning and middle fit with the end. I won’t get the rewarding satisfaction of knowing the whole book, and not just parts.

Don’t Spoil the Ending

I’ve been in discussions about a movie when someone said, “Don’t spoil the ending,” for the person who hadn’t seen it yet. Sure the individual was hanging on to every description and character briefing, but don’t spoil the ending.

It’s funny how we like to be surprised about the ending, yet want to have clues about it at the same time.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

This makes me think of the Word of God. The bible gives us enough information about New Jerusalem (Heaven) to motivate us to want to be saved and live right to make it there, yet does not tell us everything we will behold and experience. If you want to see all Jesus Christ has prepared for us, you have to endure until the end and make it there for yourself.

We also have beautiful descriptions of New Jerusalem to know it will be glorious and beautiful, adorned like a bride to the praises of God.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Bible also tells us we will be changed, but we don’t know what we will be with a few exceptions; we’ll be like Jesus and see Him as He is, which encompasses being immortal, incorruptible, glorious, and the like.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

The End of a Thing

The end of a thing is better than the beginning. It gives you the conclusion of the matter. In life, we’re overjoyed and anxious to start kindergarten. When we’re enduring the trials of our formative school years, we anticipate the end — looking to graduation day. The end. Goodbye public school, private school, home school, charter school. On to college, trade school or work, where we endure, yet again, to confront an expected end. Certificate, degree, retirement. You get the picture.

When our test, trials and tribulations start, we know we’re being perfected or refined. We endure, and let patience have her perfect work. We know we’ll be better for it in the end, and God is working it out for our good.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Endure Until the End

Enduring until the end involves patience, self-control and faith. As we step into this New Year, I encourage you to number your days with joy, looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith to bring about an expected end — the salvation of our souls.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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Faithful Highlights

Highlights are details or events we pick out and emphasize as being important, the best part, exciting or interesting (Merriam-Webster). God blesses us each day we are alive; with every breath we take. This is a result of His grace and mercy.

Faithful Highlights

Quite often we talk about how faithful we are to God (or should be). Let’s take time each day to dwell on how faithful He is to us. When we do this, we remember faithful highlights — those events in our lives where we say,“God showed up and showed out!” What are we really saying? God manifested His power and presence in a spectacular way — to us. Without a doubt salvation is one of the most spectacular and life changing events. Maybe another faithful highlight was healing, deliverance, breaking an addiction, provision, sparing our lives, mending a broken heart, etc.

The children of Israel definitely had some faithful highlights, most notably their deliverance out of Egypt by the hand of the One Almighty and Living God. We tend to rehearse our faithful highlights. They are our testimonies. Keeping them in the forefront helps us to stay in a place of gratitude. God is great, and He is worthy of all the praise.

What about you? How has God proven His faithfulness in your life?

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Natural Affection

What does it mean to have natural affection? Many times, to understand the meaning of a word or phrase, we look at its opposite. The opposite of natural affection is without natural affection — unnatural.

Affection is a fondness, warmth, gentle feeling or physical expression of love.

Perilous Times

The Bible tells us that in the last days, perilous times will come. There are things we notice in the unraveling of our families, communities and society that prove we are in the last days. One such thing is that people will be without natural affection. In these days, people have an unnatural way of showing love. Words and deeds don’t match. What should be gentle is brutal. What should be hot is cold.

God-given

Something that is natural exists in nature without being made or caused by humans. It is what it is — on its own. Some regard it as being innate. Natural affection is something that is God-given. Something that is unnatural goes against nature, thus it goes against the order of God.

  • It’s natural for a mother to desire to nurture her child.
  • It’s natural for a man to be protective of his family.
  • It’s natural for friends to want to help another friend in need.
  • It’s natural for a family member to want to see other family members do their best.
  • It’s natural to have empathy for others — friends, families, neighbors and strangers.

In the Jungle

Many mothers in the animal kingdom will fight to the death to protect their young. They’ll stand against predators, whom they have a small to no chance of defeating, just to give their young the chance to live. Sadly, some of us do not give as much natural love as a beast in the field.

But when unnatural affection is addressed in 2 Timothy, it is not about beasts, but about man.

Piety, or kindness, should first be demonstrated and learned in the home. This foundation is being destroyed. If we cannot be kind in the home, how can we have natural affection towards anyone?

2 Timothy 3:1-5

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Causes

Many things lead to unnatural affection. Lust is at the root — unruly passions that direct hearts to appease the senses and flesh. Selfishness is connected to lust. Many people aim to satisfy self and place one’s needs and desires (lusts) over the well-being and development of others.

Other factors are lack of wisdom and pride. A prideful and selfish heart does not give natural love because it has not submitted to God and the order He established in nature. A heart that is not wise does foolish things, especially when it comes to pursuing means to fulfill lustful desires.

Quite simply, those without natural affection hurt others. Sometimes they do it blindly. Other times their eyes are wide open and they just don’t care.

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children

What to Do?

  • The Word of God says it best: “from such turn away.” In other words, stay away from these types of people. This is for our good and protection.
  • Do a heart check and guard your heart. Be sure that you are one who lives a life of love filled with natural affection.
  • If you are a young lady, submit yourself to be taught by aged or older women on the subject of love. It is the job and calling of aged women to teach young women to love their husbands and children. To have natural affection.

 

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How to Deal with an Angry Person

Anger is always looking for a place to rest—a place to call home. But you don’t have to allow it to claim your heart as its own.

We cannot control how other people talk and act. But we can control our own actions and reactions. The bible is a manual for righteous living; whether it’s about how to dress (modest apparel), or how to turn anger on its head. We can use God’s Word to direct our lives.

Words to Live By

I’m going to share three bible-based tips on how to deal with an angry person. These are not in-depth, but they are a starting point for conflict management—God’s way.

  1. Reply with a soft or gentle answer.
  2. Agree quickly with the person. The bible refers to the person you’re in disagreement with as your adversary.
  3. Don’t be friends with an angry person; don’t associate with people who are easily-angered.

A Soft Answer

A soft or gentle answer disarms the angry person. On a carnal level, it’s pretty hard to be soft and gentle towards someone who is yelling at you, name-calling or pushing buttons for a brawl. We want to yell back, sling out insults, and hurt the hurter. But this formula isn’t God’s method, but that of the flesh.  It’s a formula for mess. Grievous or harsh words is the spoon in the pot. Keep stirring and you’ll get more anger out of the person.

Go to higher ground, instead. Walk in the Spirit and remember Jesus. Recall how He didn’t say a mumbling word as He was spat upon, hit and beaten. This means you’ll practice some self-control by being silent at first, giving yourself time to consider your reaction and its consequences.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

The other person may think your meek demeanor is a sign of weakness, but you should know it is a mark of power. Why? Well, this formula for success came from God, so how can it be anything but powerful?! Also, it demonstrates you choose to not be controlled by your emotions by taking the time to think before you speak, craft a gentle word, and ultimately please God.

A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath

Agree Quickly

God wants us to settle matters before we show up before a judge, mediator or third-party with the other person. He doesn’t want things to go that far. More importantly, God is the righteous Judge. Don’t show up before God with a matter unresolved between you and your brother or sister. God doesn’t even want our gift at the altar until we go to the person we believe has something against us.

Matthew 5:25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.

Agreeing with your adversary quickly or settling a matter doesn’t mean you’re admitting the other person is right. It means you’re not wanting to allow anger to get a hold of you or them, and cause either one of you to sin. Many times we allow anger to cause us to sin. We don’t think rationally when we are angry. The sooner you deal with and fix the problem, the better. We shouldn’t give a root of bitterness the chance to spring up. People all over are hating one another, walking around as spiritual murderers because of a disagreement, misunderstanding, hurt or neglect that bubbled into anger.

Don’t Associate

You’ve given a soft answer and agreed with your adversary quickly. They’re still angry, and seem to wrap their identity in being the mad one. What next? Prayerfully think and take proper action.

Why put or keep yourself in a potentially dangerous position by staying in the presence of someone who is always angry? You don’t have to take abuse and be the verbal, emotional or physical punching bag for someone who chooses to remain unhappy. You do not know if or when that anger may become rage.

Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man you shall not go:

Furthermore, God doesn’t want us to learn the ways of angry people. He knows the power of mirroring, and how easily we may mirror another person’s bad behavior. If someone is angry all the time, the anger is a symptom of a deeper problem.  Pray for them, and continue to show kindness and love. Understand the anger is probably masking hurt. Yet, do not make this person your familiar or intimate friend. The spirit of anger that envelops him/her may try to consume you too.

Remember, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

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Reaching Out to Persecuted Sisters in Christ

The Trouble with Suicide

Rebecca Ann Sedwick // Media File // Orlando Sentinel

Rebecca Ann Sedwick // Media File // Orlando Sentinel

Today I read a news story about 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick. Young Rebecca was reportedly bullied online for months and ganged up on by 15 girls. This ordeal pushed Rebecca to commit suicide.

Before the suicide came depression. Before the depression came the shredding of Rebecca’s sense of identity, self-worth, and self-esteem. Before the shredding came the let-down: disapproval by her peers.

In “girl world” approval from peers means so much. This is an unfortunate reality. How can we fix this?

My heart goes out to Rebecca’s family. I pray for their healing. I also pray for the other young people involved and their families.

The Question Is…

Why are girls (middle and high school girls, especially) so cruel to one another? Our society rewards bad girl behavior until it leaps off our television screens and into our schools and communities.

In sociology, we discuss the Thomas theorem: “Situations that are defined as real are real in their consequences.” We can discuss this in so many ways. But let’s look at what many of us miss.

Don’t simply be a mentor. Be a light.

Situations that seem trivial to you as an adult can be real crises to young girls. However they are defined to that particular girl, that’s what it is, even if we don’t see it the same way. She has built up faith in her perspective, no matter how skewed, and her resulting feels are real and valid. And these crises carry consequences that are just as real, with damaging and life-changing effects.

Many of us adults lack the mental fortitude and social support to challenge situations and redefine them as something that cannot prosper against us. Yet we expect young people who don’t have the age or experience we have to magically “pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” when we cannot and will not do the same.

There is an educational gap, and I believe it is something the schools cannot fix. Are the people of God awake? Our children are dying and their wills, hearts and minds are being broken. Don’t simply be a mentor. Be a light.

The Trouble with Suicide

Do not be deceived. Suicide is not just a personal choice that affects one person. It’s not solely about what’s going on in someone’s mind. Social factors, including the environment and the positive/negative influence of other people play a huge part.

There is a spirit of suicide enveloping our young people.

Suicide is a societal and spiritual problem. There is a spirit of suicide enveloping our young people. There are so many lies and distortions that have been fed to the person who thinks about, attempts, or commits suicide. Remember, s/he has defined these situations—even the lies—as being real and attached value to them. How do we help someone to tear those down when many times we are oblivious to the fact s/he feels that way…until it’s too late?

If I can borrow from the public health arena, prevention in the form of awareness is good. The message gets out there. We call it suicide prevention. Now for the application. How do we encourage girls (and boys) to speak up when bullied? Even online?

There is a level of shame involved. Just like in many other instances of abuse, the abuser has a way of making the one being abused feel as though s/he is being petty about the acts, are “crazy” or will not be believed. Also, it takes guts to admit to someone you hate yourself, you’re unhappy, or that you have thought about or attempted to harm yourself. On a spiritual note, we understand the enemy loves to kill us softly with silence, especially when there is hurt and abuse involved.

Reach Just One

I may not can heal the world, save the planet, or be a super hero, but perhaps with the love of Christ, I can reach just one girl.

Sometimes we realize a little too late that bullies typically have low self-esteem, and are driven to make others feel as bad as they do, even to the point of death. Hurting people hurt people.

Model Me Girl Intro Via Flowboard

So far, I’m liking Flowboard. It’s a fresh platform for publishing stories, portfolios and anything else you can think of.

Enjoy my interactive Model Me Girl Intro!

 


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