Tag: wordless wednesday

On flags and opinions

facebook opinionsEvery once in a while, in this social media age when we’ve all become “published writers,” I have to sit back and ask myself whether the “world” really needs to know my public statement on any one particular issue.

When it comes to some issues in particular, I do steer clear of the SYNDROME of posting my opinion. The fact is, many of the issues that incite people are much more nuanced than they are given credit for in statuses or 140-character posts that have become the bumper-sticker theology of our time.
Mostly, I can only take a platform based on who I am:
I believe in Jesus.
I believe in love.
I believe in the Bible as God’s holy word.
I believe most people have mostly pure intentions and don’t set out to hurt others.
I believe humans make mistakes – in interpreting God’s word, in their own behavior, and in how we treat others with whom we disagree.
So when it comes to the confederate flag or gay marriage or gun laws, I do have very strong opinions. I am pigeonholed to some expectations because of the labels assigned to me. I don’t post about my opinions. I do, however, enjoy conversations about them.
I will say this today:
The law of the land and the law of God are two different things. I find it an exercise in futility to expect one to mirror the other.
– The law of God was FULFILLED by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. No man or woman could live up to the law as it was handed down. That is why we need Jesus.
– God is God, and He doesn’t need me or anyone else to “defend” Him. Through His son Jesus, He instructed me to love Him and love my neighbors.
Behind the flags – with blue crisscrosses or rainbows on them – are peopleEach of those flags represents different life experiences. We cannot assume to know the hearts behind a cause or a symbol. To most southern people I know, the confederate flag does not equal hate. And to every gay person I know, the right to be married is not a rebellion or a conspiracy.
I wish before people MADE THEIR OPINIONS KNOWN, they would consider the value and affect of said opinion. Does it show love? Does it help anyone? Indeed, does it matter?
The best way we can affect change in our world, regardless of our opinions, is by our behavior and our treatment of others. Words are words. They can tear down or build up, but at the end of the day, it is our actions that speak.
Let me speak love.

day 13: what food does

Breakfast like my grandparents liked it… hot tea with milk and sugar, a toasted English muffin with butter in the nooks and crannies…
breakfast
Lunch with work friends… a rare day out all together to celebrate a birthday, Carolina seafood style: (there was sushi too, just so it wasn’t all fried…)
lunch

Dinner was fun too: Rod brought the girls to church/my office and we all stayed and ate pizza with more friends before church started.

I know in many places food is an important necessity turned luxury that is hard to come by. The importance placed on all its connotations is very ‘first world.’ In this world where I live, I am grateful for food that can be shared, the memories it can invoke, and the memories it helps to make.

what childhood looks like

My girls are lunch-bringers, and for the last few months, I’ve been searching for a perfect array of containers for all their stuff. The unexpected hurdle was finding good, old-fashioned, metal lunchboxes of the right size to fit a thermos and not mildew, rot, or fall apart.

Enter lunchboxes.com, and the bonus: they have new lunchboxes that reflect something they like and don’t look just like everybody else’s. They were pretty excited.

lunchboxes
(They don’t wear their bathing suits to school, but the delivery happened to have come while we were on way to the beach…)
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The fact that they hurriedly marked them is proof positive of their 5-and6-year-old excitement.

May you have a simply happy day!

plenty to love

Yesterday, my Facebook was filled with all kinds of red squares to express opinions on love. I have a lot I could say about it, but I try to sum it up simply. Does it address all the political questions and intellectual details? Nope. But it speaks my heart.

GodI Is Love

Yesterday, my heart swelled with love as the life of my friend’s 13 year old son hung in the balance, and the tide gradually shifted from terrifying to hopeful… and as another friend said goodbye to her sweet mama.

Yesterday, I started taking the time that I always try to during this holy week to reflect on the true greatest love of all. If we model our love after His – laying down our lives for our friends – we can’t go wrong (John 15:13).

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Here are some other things I’m loving right now:

love-ulta

love-trees

love-shoes

love-fort

love-baking

love_faces

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happy Wednesday! What are you loving today?