I have loosely followed the drama of the news for about 10 years now. I use to let the news consume me. I would either let it spin in my head or there would be things I just didn’t understand and I hated not understanding so that would spin as well.
I made a deal with God 10 years ago…..I would stop obsessing over the news and I would trust He would ensure I would be informed on news that I really needed to be aware of. Now you might ask if I am intentionally not reading or watching the news how am I going to know something? Well, He would have specific friends or family members that know me well share things with me. Things that I would resonate with. News I would understand and not obsess over.
The last 6 months though….ugh. I have still intentionally not watched or read anything BUT the downloads of information that have been thrown my way by God through friends and family has been well… let’s say more than I could possibly want to consume but I know I need to continue to be in the loop in order to truly discern and pray for all that is going on.
This has had me reflecting on censorship. Part of why I walked away from the news years ago was not just because it wasn’t serving my mental health or my soul, it was also because I KNEW I wasn’t really getting the whole story. We may be a country that is supposed to be about not censoring yet it happens…..and it is happening by the ocean full right now.
We have organizations and groups of people pulling down statues and re-writing history books. They don’t like that the people being honored to have lived a full picture story ie-meaning they were human they did some really good things but they also lived in times when not so great things took place.
Now I know you’re going to say, Kelly, you’re oversimplifying it….and I challenge you to think….no we as a people are overcomplicating it. I think when we as a people start overthinking things, start trying to get into the weeds of things then that’s when we forget to be childlike in our love and compassion.
Yes, there are historical figures who were this or that…..but they did good things too…..heck lets take a look at some of the key biblical characters (outside of Jesus) they weren’t perfect…..they did good and bad things! Hello: Abraham…Moses….David….Peter!!!
St. Francis is one I love to look at as a great example of this conundrum….he knew he wasn’t perfect….he knew there were issues in the church…..yet he didn’t stick his head in the sand nor did he try to banish the Church and erase it’s history or even run from it….. He stuck around to make a difference.
And that is what we should each strive to do. Whether it is in our everyday life as a citizen or even the life of our health.
I think about how even though I may have had moments in my life where I really didn’t like the skin I was in I never gave up on it or tried to permanently alter it. I dug in deep to address my mental health, my emotional health, my spiritual health so I could truly address my physical health.
I think we could all take a page from Saint Francis’s life right now….maybe if we were all willing to dig in and address the true internal issues….not complicate things….and not run away or ignore the issues….and keep things simple and pure then maybe just maybe we can heal the hate in this world….and HEAL THE HATE WE DIRECT TO OUR OWN SELF.
Because this is the BIGGEST AHA I hope you will grasp…..when we are able to finally TRULY LOVE OURSELF that is when we will change the world….because you can’t give love, true love… if you don’t already love yourself!
Many hugs, prayers, and blessings as always,