First and foremost, my prayers go out to the lives lost in Orlando. I pray that my love will reach the families of these victims. My heart is cringing with pain. Unlike that of a broken leg, or a bad break up, but like the pain you feel when your world is crashing down because everything you loved has been taken from you…and there is not one thing you can do about it. The pain you feel when you tell your child, “Be safe tonight, I’ll see you when you get home” but they never arrive. It’s that feeling of agony, powerlessness… There are cords wrapped around my heart squeezing it to the point of eruption. It’s had enough with the evil, it’s had enough with corruption, it’s had enough with HATE.
You see, everyone looks at the world with a pair of lens. Your set of lens aid you in your perception of the world. Sadly, some of us are wearing a set of misguided lens. People hate one another by false assumptions, prejudices, grudges, and the list goes on for eternity. Some think that a whole race, religion, or group of people should be condemned for merely existing. And others believe that a whole race, religion, or group of people is to blame for this. The stereotypes, the assumptions, the grouping, it’s all rooted in ignorance. Hate genuinely has corrupted this world, and it will only continue to be corrupted unless we decide to start replacing it with love. None of it will cease until the day when we all stop to pause and think about things bigger than ourselves. Try to trade lenses every now and then to see the world a little bit differently. It’s incredible when you think about it. Perspective is everything. Your perspective on life shapes how you view others differently than you, it shapes how you feel about certain things, but it ultimately shapes the person you become.
Matthew 5:44,46 KJV
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?
The depth here is absolutely remarkable. We need to love those who hurt us, use us, and persecute us. Why? Why does someone deserve that? Where’s the justice? Why can’t we just love those who love us? Why did Christ ask so much of us? Because without it, we will be twisting and turning in an unending cycle of hate. It’s EASY to love those who love us, but the true challenge comes when we’re willing to release the load of hate off of our hearts and pray for love to replace it. If everyone would heed to this advice and allow God to handle the revenge, we’d be living in a pretty cool world. But the reality is, we only have control over ourselves. We can’t force someone else to trade lenses with us for a day. We all have the agency to choose whether we will live this day in hate, or turn the other cheek and try to share a little piece of love with someone who may not have done the same to us.
My prayers and my love are with you all. It all starts with you. I hope you will choose this day to love with all your heart, and love in a way to change this corrupted world.