Today feels dreadful. No matter what takes place in our country and around the world, I have no doubt that every possible avenue of communication will be full of hateful and immature behavior. Even if we turn off our notifications, choose not to scroll down our social media feeds, and keep the TV off, it will likely still find us. When it does, I believe we all have choices.
Today, we can choose to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit and refuse to stir up anger or immaturity.
Today, we can choose to give credence only to that which is constructive, and refuse to reward hateful or childish behavior by participating in it or sharing it.
Today, we can choose to not make everything about “them” vs. “us.”
Today, we can choose to not demonize anyone, believing that every person is made in the image of God and dearly loved by God.
Today, we can choose to not pretend we know all the answers about situations with which we are not personally involved, or during which we were not present.
Today, we can choose to take a listening posture and open our hearts and minds to real stories from real people, rather than settling for the half-truths of headlines, Facebook, and Twitter.
Today, we can take a hard look at our motivations and ask ourselves whether or not we would believe or act the same ways if the tables were turned.
Today, we can choose to do nothing out of selfish ambition or pride. Instead, in humility, we can value others above ourselves, not looking to our own interests but instead to the interests of the others.
Today, we can choose to strap on our old metaphorical WWJD bracelets.
Today, we can choose to speak and live the Good News.
Today, we can choose love over hate, light over darkness, life over death, Spirit over flesh, and others before self.