I wrote it to give hope, confidence, and strength to those going through rough times and trying to figure out ways to add more fulfillment/peace into their lives.
Jesus said, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”
He didn’t say, Love one another… unless they’re gay, bisexual, transgender, or lesbian.”
He didn’t say, “Love one another… unless their religion is different from yours.”
He didn’t say, “Love one another, unless their skin color is different from yours.”
He didn’t say, “Love one another, unless they support a different political party than you.”
Christ loved the sinners.
Christ loved the homeless.
Christ loved the outcasts.
Christ loved the lepers.
Christ loved those who were deemed “unlovable.”
He set the example for us. He is The Way.
I hope we (myself included) can do little better today than we did yesterday in loving.
Side note — Jesus DID NOT say we needed to stay in abusive relationships, or situations where our health or safety was being jeopardized. That’s not love. If you’re stuck in that situation, please reach out to a trusted individual.
Artist = Howard Lyon
Today is 9/11.
Especially for Americans, but for many around the world, it’s a day of solemn remembrance when over 3,000 innocent lives were taken by the hands of terrorists.
I was 5 years old.
I had just gotten off the school bus and walked into my house in New Canaan, Connecticut, as I saw my dad’s eyes glued to the TV. As he looked on a second plane crashed into the World Trade Center.
Tears welled up in his eyes as he thought of the friends and colleagues he knew in those towers — trapped, burning, and hopeless.
He looked at me and said, “I was supposed to be in that tower on the 107th floor. My breakfast appointment got moved to next week.”
I’m forever grateful my dad’s appointment got changed that day, but forever saddened by the loss of so many other moms, dads, friends, and family.
Regardless of what nationality you are, what religion you practice, who you pray to, or what you believe — we are all brothers and sisters.
We are all united as members of the Human Family.
Hug those closest to you. Express gratitude and appreciation. Say, “I Love You.”
My hope is that we can love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who despitefully use us… with the wishes that one day all will be made right.
Mental illness is no respecter of persons.
Simply put, anyone can find themselves struggling with it at any point in their lives — regardless of how they’ve behaved in the past.
An event, experience, circumstance, or relationship can cause such trauma to the brain that it changes the individual’s future forever.
My wife never experienced serious mental health challenges until she gave birth to our daughter.
I never experienced serious mental health challenges until I served a mission for the LDS Church.
My friend never experienced serious mental health challenges until they got in a severe car accident.
My work colleague never experienced serious mental health challenges until they got laid off.
It can happen to any of us at any time.
So please: let’s be kind. Let’s lend a listening ear. Let’s treat everyone with respect, and love.
Let’s get rid of the biases and stigmas surrounding mental illness, medication, therapy and emotional trauma.
Mental illness is NOT mental weakness.
Medication DOES NOT make you someone you’re not. It helps you become more of who you ARE.
Therapy isn’t reserved for “crazy” people. People who go to therapy are STRONG.
We all have struggles, so let’s accept them, be humble, and help others along the way.
It’s not what happens to us that determines the quality of our future, it’s what we do about what happens.
All of us are in a little sailboat, and it’s not the blowing of the wind that determines our destination, it’s the set of the sail.
The same wind blows on us all: disaster, opportunity, change, adventure, etc.
The difference in arrival is not the wind, it’s the sail.
In becoming a better version of ourselves we just need to set a better sail.
I love Jesus, and I’m not afraid to stand by Him as He stands by me… ESPECIALLY when I feel like I don’t deserve it. #perfectlyimperfect
Regardless of what religion you practice or what you believe, this is my testimony.
I know there are so many of us right now going through an addiction, experiencing same sex attraction and being judged for it, fighting an illness or watching someone fight an illness (mental or physical), struggling spiritually, trying to forgive the unforgivable, or overcome a personal trial.
I don’t know the answer that will bring you peace.
But He does.
Jesus is our Brother.
Jesus is our Friend.
Jesus is our Redeemer.
Jesus is our Advocate.
No matter what we have done or what has been done to us, we can reach up and reach out.
We can be forgiven. We can be cleansed. We can be strengthened to move forward with confidence, peace, and love.
Remember: If you were the only human to ever live on this earth, Jesus would’ve still suffered, bled, and died for you.
You matter to Him.