"Everyday is a once in a lifetime opportunity"
Going through the notes on my phone, I found that I jotted down that idea who knows how long ago. That's one of those thoughts that I don't remember if I came up with it, or I heard it someplace. So naturally I googled it, and those exact words didn't pop up, so I'm just gonna claim that quote for myself.
To be honest, this whole summer has been filled with many mixed emotions. Ranging from excitement about new ideas that I am pursuing, to near depression about the future of our country, our world, and the church as a whole when I scroll through my feeds & timelines.
I’ve always been told, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. But that’s not a quote from scripture… that’s just one of those sayings that people say. As a Christian, I follow the teachings of scripture, not the catchphrases of man.
Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to “Love”. To love God, and to love people. But doesn’t loving people entail that we should tell them the truth...even when the truth isn’t “nice”. If I had cancer, I wouldn’t want my doctor to not say anything because the truth wasn’t “nice”. No! It’s loving to tell people the truth… even if it hurts.
But therein lies the problem… we live in a culture where we don’t define terms like “love” and “truth” using the bible, we define those words by using websters dictionary. (And I’m not talking about the secular culture, I’m talking about the 21st century American “Christian” culture.) If we use websters dictionary to define the words of scripture, then we grossly misunderstand and misapply how we are to actually live out the greatest commandment.
My heart has been heavy on this issue ever since I recorded my song “Set It Off” ft. Steven Malcolm. The song and posts that I made during that time didn’t seem to resonate, or “tickle many ears”, nor was it a “nice” theme, but it was the truth. It’s amazing how many people who sent me messages that were “concerned about me” when I started posting about more challenging passages of scripture. It was almost as if the more I wanted to speak the truth as outlined in scripture… the more people thought I was falling away from God.
I’m kinda rambling on, but my whole point is this… every day we have the opportunity to speak the truth in love, or be silent because the truth isn’t “nice”. I know that I’ve wasted a lot of opportunities because the consequences of speaking the truth are hard. It’s hard to get angry emails and see friends “unfollow” me. But when I really look at it, that’s such a superficial excuse. There are believers around the world who are literally losing their lives because they choose to speak the truth, and here I am having a pity party because I lose a few followers on social media.
So if you’re still reading this… I’m sorry. I confess that I’ve allowed the opinions of people (including myself) to get in the way of what I know that God has called me to do. He’s given me this platform...and I’ve been afraid to use it. I can’t say I’ll never do it again because I’m human… but my heart is to not waste another opportunity I have to Love God and love you… even if it’s not “nice”.