Hi! It’s Tuesday so that means I’m back! First off, I want to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, for the response on last week’s post! That was amazing! To see that so many people care enough to read what I write, baffles me. Thank you! Funny thing that I started out by thanking you guys because that’s what I’m talking about this week. Thankfulness. Thankfulness is the most appropriate topic for this week because Thanksgiving is on THURSDAY! I
My family is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received, and I feel like sometimes we all tend to take them for granted. As I’ve gone into this journey of missions, I’ve realized that so many people don’t have a family like mine. A lot of kids don’t have two parents living in their house. If they do, a lot of times, one isn’t taking part in the role that they should play as a mother or father because they’re caught up in some kind of sin they know is wrong, but they enjoy it too much to give it up for their own children. There are also parents that have been divorced and that can be so tough on a child.
There are also people that don’t have siblings. I speak from experience, siblings can be SUPER annoying, and sometimes, if you’re like me, you wish you could be an only child for just one day. Just one. To get away from your annoying sibling. But the thing that a lot of us with siblings don’t take into consideration is, what if you didn’t have your brother(s) or sister(s)? I know at first I think, “Well, that would be great! The house would be so much quieter, and I wouldn’t have to worry about my stuff being messed with!”, but as you start to think about it, without them, you wouldn’t be the same. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t have developed quite so much patience, or you may have never learned to speak up for yourself, or you may have never learned to share. Who knows? We all have learned things from our siblings, younger or older, whether we realize it or not.
Also talking about kids without siblings, we also tend to hold the stereotype of an only child being a “brat”, or “stuck-up”, or whatever you and your friends may/may have called those children without siblings. But have we ever thought how many of those kids have just been brought up that way? They’ve never had to share, so when they get to places like school, day care, whatever it may be, they can’t always keep things for themselves and that’s new to them, so they don’t know what to do except act out, because they’ve never really been taught to share. We can’t just stereotype everyone, though. This stereotype may be true in some cases, but it doesn’t make it right, even if it is “true”. Jesus wouldn’t call these kids brats, and walk away from them leaving them no one to talk to. He would stay by their side, and give them a friend to talk to, and He would teach them what’s right out of love.
Talking to myself, as well as all of you, we as the church, representing the Christian faith, need to show love and acceptance to the people who aren’t like us. The church tends to have a stereotype that we fail to withhold. This stereotype shows that Christians show a Christlike example of love, compassion, acceptance, the list goes on and on, and A LOT of times we all fail at doing these things. Yes, we’re humans and we make mistakes, but we sometimes fail to even try to set this Christlike example. It’s so easy to do what everyone else is doing, and to just fall into the sin, and forget what we’re supposed to do as Christians, but we can’t do that. All we’re doing when we fail to even try to set Christ’s example is confusing people. As soon as someone sees you acting the complete opposite of what the Bible says, people get super confused because they look at the stereotype of people that go to church, and then they look at you, and then they tend to believe that all of this “God stuff” is a big joke, and they turn away from it. When we act like that we’re turning people away from God. That’s not okay. We as Christians shouldn’t be “okay” with that. We should all try our absolute best to do what Jesus would do.
Okay, let’s get back on the topic of thankfulness :’D. Like I’ve said, I’m thankful for my family. I’m also thankful for music. More specifically, worship music. Worship music is something I’ve grown up in. Starting from when I grew up following my dad and his band Disowning Kaleb (DK) around, to when I started playing guitar, to when I joined the youth praise band, worship music is something I’ve never lost my passion for. When I’m worshiping is when I feel the most connected to God. It means so much to me, and I hope to never let it go. I’m also thankful for all of my great, and wonderful friends. They’ve been through alot with me, and I love them dearly.
I know this was supposed to be about thankfulness, and it turned into me talking about stereotypes, but that’s something that’s been on my mind lately. Thank you once again for reading what I have to say! I appreciate it! I hope you come back on Thursday for Bryanna’s post!