Don’t settle for less.
Don’t sell yourself short.
Don’t be rushed into a feeling, a decision, an opinion.
Don’t let anyone talk you down.
Drop the mic often.
Prioritize, for our time on earth is short.
Think for yourself.
Find your vision. Listen.
Do not hide tears; they’re yours.
Trust God. Take heart. Keep passion.
Fight the good fight, fellow traveler.
Christians often talk about actively changing the world, but too often, we just sit still and passively watch the struggles of others without participating, leading, or caring—we don’t love.
Why? Because many Christians have an inability to use their imagination.
People who can’t use their imagination are susceptible to bigotry, racism, hatred, and violence towards others. Why? Because they can’t imagine any other scenario other than their own. They have an inability to see themselves in someone elses shoes. They can’t see beyond their own narrow reality.
They can’t imagine themselves being poor.
They can’t imagine themselves being abused.
They can’t imagine themselves being unlawfully arrested.
They can’t imagine themselves having a different skin color.
They can’t imagine themselves living in a different country.
They can’t imagine themselves being immersed in a different culture.
They can’t imagine themselves being raised in a different family structure.
They can’t imagine themselves believing in a different religion.
They can’t imagine themselves being ruled by a different political party.
They can’t imagine themselves having different values, priorities, and beliefs.
Imagine being pulled over just because of your skin color.
Imagine a child being the victim of racism.
Imagine if that child was your son, relative, and neighbor.
Imagine having ebola.
Imagine living in a war-torn country.
Imagine losing your home and possessions to bombs and shelling.
Imagine starving for food and thirsting for water.
Imagine having your family executed right in front of you.
Because when you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others—you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive.”
— (via sjmattson)
Theology doesn’t save us from spiritual burnout— people do. And the people that save us are empowered by God.No matter how convincing our doctrines and beliefs may be, they’re ultimately empty and and unsatisfying if there’s no human relationship that personifies them.
Anonymous said: What are the signs of emotional abuse?
Abusive Expectations - Makes impossible demands, requires constant attention, and constantly criticizes.
Aggressing - Name calling, accusing, blames, threatens or gives orders, and often disguised as a judgmental “I know best” or “helping” attitude.
Constant Chaos - Deliberately starts arguments with you or others. May treat you well in front of others, but changes when you’re alone.
Rejecting - Refusing to acknowledge a person’s value, worth or presence. Communicating that he or she is useless or inferior or devaluing his or her thoughts and feelings.
Denying - Denies personal needs (especially when need is greatest) with the intent of causing hurt or as punishment. Uses silent treatment as punishment. Denies certain events happened or things that were said. Denies your perceptions, memory and sanity by disallowing any viewpoints other than their own which causes self-doubt, confusion, and loss of self-esteem.
Degrading - Any behavior that diminishes the identity, worth or dignity of the person such as: name-calling, mocking, teasing, insulting, ridiculing,
Emotional Blackmail - Uses guilt, compassion, or fear to get what he or she wants.
Terrorizing - Inducing intense fear or terror in a person, by threats or coercion.
Invalidation - Attempts to distort your perception of the world by refusing to acknowledge your personal reality. Says that your emotions and perceptions aren’t real and shouldn’t be trusted.
Isolating - Reducing or restricting freedom and normal contact with others.
Corrupting - Convincing a person to accept and engage in illegal activities.
Exploiting - Using a person for advantage or profit.
Minimizing - A less extreme form of denial that trivializes something you’ve expressed as unimportant or inconsequential.
Unpredictable Responses - Gets angry and upset in a situation that would normally not warrant a response. You walk around on eggshells to avoid any unnecessary drama over innocent comments you make. Drastic mood swings and outbursts.
Gaslighting -A form of psychological abuse involving the manipulation of situations or events that cause a person to be confused or to doubt his perceptions and memories. Gaslighting causes victims to constantly second-guess themselves and wonder if they’re losing their minds.