There is a lot of chaos, negativity, and anger that has consumed the world lately. The only way we can start fixing this is by starting with ourselves. We must begin to start looking at people differently than we have been before it is too late. You have the ability to start this because change starts with just ONE person. I want to share with you 3 people that I think we should start looking at each other as. If we start looking at others like they do, positive change will begin and be seen.
Children are truly amazing people when us adults let them be who they are….children. They love playing with other children. They don’t care who the other children are, what their race is, their religion, social status, etc… Children want to be with other children so they have someone to join in on their adventures, share the joys of life, and more. Imagine for a moment how your life would be better if you looked at everyone like how a child does. Less stress, drama, worry and more joy, happiness, excitement.
There is a stigma that the world tends to place on everyone that deals with ,at any time, an illness or disability. This stigma is 100% wrong and we need to work together to teach others what they don’t understand. I am fortunate that I have no disabilities but I do deal with depression and anxiety (mental illness) everyday. I am not able to speak about the other kinds of illness and disabilities because I do not know what others deal with on a daily basis but I will explain about mine.
Dealing with depression/anxiety on a daily basis (for me) is a lot of negative thoughts about myself and my importance in life. Add the anxiety on top of it, which involves over thinking everything from decisions to predicting the future. At times, I feel invisible to the world and even with my own family. Everyone that I either have or have had some sort of a relationship with (friendship, co-worker, family, etc…) I have accepted all their flaws. Why? I know how it feels to be reminded everyday of my own flaws because of the depression.
How does this all pertain to this blog? If you were to look through my eyes, you would see that I accept you for who you are (good and bad) and all I want is to be accepted. Accept me for me and not judge me for my flaws or illness. Imagine for a moment how your life would be better if everyone accepted you for who you are and not your flaws/illness/disability. Think of everything you will gain if you accept them as they accept you. The possibilities are endless!
I have always known about him since I was a child. Growing up I knew about him but I never really knew him. That all changed, a few years ago, when I started to read the Bible and listen to sermons by some of the greats. I have had bad days/weeks were I would not do any of these but I always remembered what I learned. I have learned some powerful things that have helped me with my depression. My favorite verse so far is “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV. Here is what I have learned about Jesus.
Jesus loves everyone! Yes he does, even you. No matter what you have done in the past, he has loved you and will always love you. Jesus loves you with all your faults, imperfections, flaws, and failures. It is not about who you were or who you will be. It is all about who you are right now and that is what he loves the most. He knows the greatness that lies within you and believes in you.
Imagine for a moment, how your life would improve if the ones closest to you believed in you 100% all the time, no matter what. That these same people encourage you all the time, the greatness you possess. I honestly don’t know how to describe how our world will change for the better if we started looking at everyone like Jesus did. Only he can tell us that but I know that it would be 1000% better than it is now.
Chaos and negativity is running rampant in our world today. If we don’t start doing something about it now, it might be too late down the road to try starting because the negativity and chaos will be too overpowering. Don’t lose hope because we have been empowered to change this. All it takes is ONE person. This is because kindness is contagious and it begins with YOU. Think about the last time someone showed kindness to you. Did you return the favor to someone else? I bet you did. Until my next post…..SHARE. INSPIRE. CONQUER.