Today, my desire is just to talk to you guys. I’ve mentioned several times how I feel about love. I am absolutely in love with love. I feel like those who have the hardest times finding it honor it the most. Yesterday, I heard an interview KeKe Palmer did with the Breakfast Club. She mentioned (this is paraphrased) that love isn’t kindness or compassion, they are the elements that come from love but are not themselves love. Love is the all encompassing acceptance of who someone is.
I agree. Saturday I did nothing and while doing so God spoke to my heart. At the time I was on social media trying to figure out who XXXTentacion was. Due to his brutal killing earlier in the week and very mixed views from the public, I just wanted to learn more about him, not to make a judgment but to just see who he was for myself. Once I had checked things out, I sat in silence and then I felt an overwhelming desire to tell the internet “I Love You” for the whole month of July. There’s just too much hate. I’m not sure a march or any kind of a protest will end the violence. It’s bad! We are becoming desensitized and it hurts. I don’t want this to be the norm but maybe that’s life. The internal you fighting against your environment…offense and defense.
In the midst of all of this, I know I’m not from here cause it’s way too easy to let the offense to take over and so many are. It’s easy to allow our good nature to be taken over by our environment and become a product of it. That’s not me. It hurts me so deeply to see how we mistreat each other. I mean I still cry and I’m still shocked because I still know that we are all connected. Maybe that makes me stronger than what I know. Maybe my defense can withstand the pressures of the offense; at least it has so far but I’m concerned. I’ve noticed that my mouth is a little more reckless than it was. I’ve noticed that I desire to be snatched a little more frequently, not that there’s anything wrong with it but so many people are giving into those beauty standards that we’re starting to look like robots (all the same). It’s so weird because I’ve heard more self love and body love advocacy now more than any other time and yet I feel like we say this but when we get our money right the first thing we do is throw the acceptance and love out the window for our phat asses and slim waists…and despite me knowing that, I’ve still wanted it. I’ve noticed that I’m not as shocked to hear about the overnight murders. I don’t want that. I want to still care and it hurts that I can tell little by little it chips away at you.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Instead,“If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. This world has no regard for life. This world gorges us and then calls us fat. They feed us images of death, destruction and now, apparently suicide is now on the menu as well. They throw these things down our throats and then act surprised when our neighborhoods are bursting at the seams. Nothing is censored anymore, nothing is sacred and they only thing I can think that can remedy it is love. -Romans 12
You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. -Matthew 5:43-48
I have to be the change I want to see in the world. So I’ll do it! 31 days of loving the internet. I’m not sure yet how it’s going down. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I’m not sure if I should post it on all my social media, the main ones or just one platform. Should it be in video or a post? I’ll be thinking about it in the next couple of days or maybe I’ll just do it organically as long as it’s one a site, I’m not sure.