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Head Above the Water

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There are going to be differences in opinion. We’re not going to agree all the time. I’m not going to get into politics here. Mostly because I’m tired of reading, watching, thinking and arguing about it but mostly because my husband begged me not too. LOL. (And I thought that I hated confrontation…) Anyway, what I am going to talk about is how crazy it is that politics can rip friendships and even families apart.

I’m stubborn. I’m also passionate. There are many things I can let go of but some things that I have a harder time ignoring. I push your buttons. If I’m annoyed with you, I’ll say things just to piss you off. I’m quick to lose my temper. No one is perfect. Everyone has been there. I’m also a Christian… as well as a sinner. With that being said, a lot of my political views do follow my faith based morals. Claiming to be a Christian is not claiming to be better than you. I just need to make sure that I’ve gotten that point across, first.

I saw a quote recently that spoke volumes to me. I think a lot of you are in the same boat right now, no matter what side of the political fence you’re on. “Boats don’t sink because of the water around them; Boats sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.” 

There’s SO much negativity right now. It almost permeable. Logging on to Facebook used to be fun… now every time I get on it my blood pressure skyrockets. When dealing with certain people, I literally turn into a monster. I’ll read something I find absolutely ridiculous or abhorrent, get pissed off and then end up pissing off someone else. The vicious cycle continues. Sharing a meme isn’t going to change anyone’s mind, and while it may be funny, it just adds to the turmoil. As a believer, what does that say about me to others who may not be? How does that make Christians look? That’s right, nottttt great. A Christian’s main responsibility is to be Christlike in everything that we do. Show love when others show hate. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I’m not here to judge you but I mess up. It’s not that it’s even always out of spite, a lot of the times it’s just because I care. It may seem like a cop out, but if I didn’t care I wouldn’t get so frustrated. I hate seeing people going down a dark road. There are some things that don’t matter as much, they’ll be left in this life when we’re long gone. There are other things, however, that can really pull us away from God. I think that a lot of the issues that we have in today’s society are because we’ve separated ourselves so much from Him. I have certain people in mind as I write this that I feel for, SO very much. I pray for them, because I know how hardened their hearts are towards God. Sin is responsible for that. It’s a hurdle that we all have to make it over. I get it. ‘You know better and I sound like a lunatic’… See, some of these issues aren’t just political though. They’re so much bigger than that. I lose my cool when I can’t get through to someone but then I step back and realize it’s not my duty to convince them. I know what’s at stake.

There was a time where I didn’t believe. Mind you, I grew up in a Christian school. I realized there was something missing. I was bitter all the time. My life was spiraling out of control. There had to be something more, I thought. I started to ask questions. I got into a bad situation and begged for help. I made it through. This overwhelming feeling of calm washed over me. It took some time, trials and tribulations, but my heart had finally changed. Now, it’s my duty to share what I know about my gracious, loving God. It’s His job to work on their hearts. So when I’m acting really ugly and spiteful (because I’m a sinner, just like you), I remind myself of the saying, “You’re the only Bible that some unbeliever’s will EVER read.” That’s a wake up call. 

Life is so precious. I believe we are all put on this earth for a special reason. As long as you’re here, you have something to offer. God doesn’t make mistakes. Every single person is important, no matter what walk of life, race, age, religion you are or follow. There’s a reason for everything. No one knows God’s plan except for Him. Whether you’re a believer or not, His plan will be done. You can fight for what you believe in, that’s the beauty of this incredible country that we live in, but make sure whatever you do is productive. Smashing windows, setting cars on fire and screaming at each other is anything but productive. Don’t let the negativity of this life weigh you down. Don’t let all of the bad things get inside your head. Staying as positive as you can will also make you as productive as possible to make an actual change. Learning how to ‘agree to disagree’ will allow you to keep your friends and family in your life. No political issue is worth sacrificing a relationship. Accept the things that you’re unable to change and work on the things that you can. It’s not about being right or wrong. It’s about staying positive, being kind and keeping your head above the water.

P.S. This post morphed into something that I definitely hadn’t anticipated. Thanks for reading. I haven’t forgotten that this is a health and fitness blog. LOL. I’m getting back to that next week!

Until next time…

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