“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2
There was a nice Facebook post that my friend shared about flooding the Internet with Art instead of political posts. People are getting so sick of over-shared opinions. As it is always dangerous to go on social media and talk about politics (or anything controversial), right now Social Media seems like a war zone. It seems however, no one can be civil. No one can share an opinion without it being shoved down one’s throats or being told they are wrong. I think my husband was right in never getting a Facebook or any Social Media profile.
The same goes for me being a (wanna-be) Minimalist. When I began this journey to live a more simple life and without a lot of unneeded stuff, I was on a rampage to clear out the clutter. Yet, my husband and daughter have no problem with having stuff. My parents are the same way. They love new gadgets. They also love buying things for my daughter. Of course Grandparents are known for buying too much for their grandkids. However, my daughter was starting to expect this from them.
I was telling (more like complaining to) a friend about all the stuff grandparents give their grandkids and how I wish there was a better way. I have suggested experiences and lessons for sports/art instead of toys. But those requests seem to fall on deaf ears. Then my dear friend said something that was heart-wrenching. She went on to tell me, how she was feeling the same way. Her mom would send her kids random things-knicknacks, stuff that was cute but not of any real use. But then her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and those gifts stopped. She said how she would rather deal with the clutter, than know her mother can’t remember her own grandkids.
In that moment, I realized while I can passionate about something, but I can’t expect everyone to share the same opinion as me. Sometimes displayed passion can make the subject more intriguing and change someone’s mind about it. I believe in being a living testimony. People need to see how one has changed for the better and to share it with others. But if someone doesn’t agree, I can’t tell them they are wrong. I have to keep living by example.
Lesson Learned: Love and pray for people always even if they don’t believe what you believe. Love changes, not shame.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for pointing out the spec in one’s eye when I have a log in my own. Give me patience and compassion for people. While this world will always have disagreements with one another, let God’s justice prevail and goodness and love seep through.