Extract from novel: The saddest thing I experienced during 2016 was an encounter with an individual who did something that hurt an innocent party without having any remorse or sorrow for anyone but himself. What a waste of a human soul. The things people do to others are inconceivable really. Here's the funny part. He works in the "caring" profession, and is supposedly trained in maintaining boundaries. I believe people can come good after doing wrong, but I do worry about his future. And about him. People who go down this route can become addicted to this type of behaviour. Then to other things to support themselves through the pain it causes. I'd like to imagine he could see the error of his ways, and in so doing nip things in the bud, and find real happiness. The good that I know exists in him deserves this. As for the third party......Someone should tell the individual I'm speaking of that that is now him. Always was. Karma. I'd have done it with kindness, and offered a supportive shoulder for him to lean on once the penny dropped; that people who do this should not be encouraged, they should not be shown love, only sympathy, but got kicked in the teeth for trying to warn him. So I'm gone now. Making it easier for him. I wish him well. #liferevelations#noremorse#theplightofhumannature#wasteofhumanity#wasteofhumansouls#turntheothercheek#outdoorphotography#observation#saddenedbywhativeseen#seethewoodforthetrees#catharsis#boundaries#crimescene#sayithowitis#truthseer#novel
My 11 yr old daughter came home from school yesterday and asked, -
"Mom, have you ever had to deal with people who are just really mean, all the time, no matter what you do?"
Sigh...I could tell her some stories!
We all have them, don't we?
Encounters with bitter, angry, hurtful people. People whose demeanors are less than pleasant.
Coworkers, neighbors, family members, classmates...
I listened as my daughter, clearly frustrated, told me about a girl in her class who always grimaces and rolls her eyes at her, even when she goes out of her way to be nice.
She told me how she REALLY wanted to give her a little attitude back, and actually DID consider it for half a second, but then thought of Jesus, and decided better of it.
Instead, she shot the girl a sweet smile, and then turned and walked away. -
I commended my daughter for taking the high road. It would be easy to return a grimace for a grimace, or an unkind word for another unkind word. -
But Jesus tells us, "bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. (Luke 6:28)
Sometimes, it's all we can do to smile at someone who refuses to smile back.
In moments like this, I like to remind my children that hurtful people are usually acting out of the hurt in their own heart. And not to take it personally. -
It's a good reminder for myself too.
Who can you be praying for today, that may need an extra dose of sweet in exchange for their bitter?
How can you love like Jesus today?
Guess who was included in our evening prayers?? 😌🙏🏻
Reflections of the traveling Ai Bua, Wednesday 18 October.
Dignity and respect for each other is vital for human relationships (of any sort). We must learn that ALL needs understanding, respect and differences must be addressed in a non-violent manner. Re-examining #TurntheotherCheek .
We must understand power dynamics in society/community - relationship between power & control and social relations are also power relations to provide an insight into designing influencing strategies on #GenderEquality . #JesusThirdWheel (pages 98 - 111) of 'The Powers that be: Theology for a New Millennium' (1998) by Reverend Dr. Walter Wink tastefully unpacks possible restorative justice mechanisms of active non-violent responses to violence.
Choose your battles wisely. Life isn't measured by how many times you stood up to fight. It's not winning battles that makes you happy, but it's how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction...
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Daily Devotion: Imperfect Heroes (Part 8)⠀
God said to Moses, 'Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.' '⠀
Exodus 3:15 (NKJV)⠀
While surface readings of the Bible may show Isaac as unadventurous, as passive and non-confrontational, as partial to his lesser son, Esau, as nothing like a grand hero should be... His Creator saw him differently.⠀
God saw Isaac's greatness as a brave child who accepted death without a whimper, totally trusting God and Abraham; as a son who never failed his parents, totally honoring them all his life; as a husband who loved only one wife, totally devoting himself to her...⠀
As a neighbor who preferred to seek peace, totally yielding to their hard moves; as a worshipper who stayed close to God, totally depending on Him alone... And as a father who blessed the wrong son, totally knowing God would make it right.⠀
Because Isaac's virtues resembled Christ, the One Who showed His strength in submission... Isaac is deservedly exalted.⠀
Noble heroes don't have to be dashing around with swords in glorious stances. Sometimes, God's best heroes are kneeling down with hearts and heads in prayerful postures.⠀
To Be Continued...⠀
Had to really reflect on my butt cheek tattoo. (Turn the other cheek Luke 6:29) while am skating the boardwalk this doofus passed people while texting on his bike forcing me into the wall and dodging his handle bars. I yelled Dude!? He yelled back angrily "it doesn't matter" I was like what?! I really wanted to turn around and smack his phone out of his hands. I contained myself. But man. Very irritating. #turntheothercheek#skating#boardwalk#cheeks#bekind anyways, skated 6 miles just over 30 minutes. 😁
#TurnTheOtherCheek | I've been mistreated,I've been lied on,I've been judged,I've been persecuted, I've been betrayed,I've been hated on,I've been treated unkind,people have spit on me with disrespect & unloyalty, I've been through people low balling me & saying hurtful things (etc ) but I remain blessed & favored by God ! Because as a person who loves the Lord,I have the ability to not Fight fire with fire or return evil with evil.I know that my enemies are in the Lords head & reality is people reap what they sow ,so people treating you bad is just going to come back on them ten fold & might just take them up outta here .So yes it's hard not to react to a unjustifiable Act of mistreatment by someone | but your blessing will come if you love,forgive & turn the other cheek.I rather be humble & let God deal with my adversary, & let me stay in a lane of blessings for being a child of God ! So turn the other cheek & let God deal with what needs to be dealt with ! It ain't even worth your time & energy ,the blessed don't beef with the miserable !( Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.) #100morelikeAh1000
Let's talk fat shaming
I'm Preety sure you all have had "friends", "family" , relative, client, co-workers, boss etc.... who would often make funny jabs or comments about your weight.
Granted I understood those comments sometime would mean well but most often than not they really stung🤔😌 . More often than not those helpful comments were actually forms of fat shaming. Personally, everytime (even till now) I was fat shamed I would shut down, go through a form of depression and overcompensate with more food or I would do some funny diets just to please them and not myself.
If you didn't know you fat shamed someone here are a few examples
1) you are really pretty for a big girl
2)Do you really want to eat that much
3)Did you lose weight you look so much better
4) I doubt that outfit will look good for your body type
5) You have grown too fat
6) Your to big you can't fit in a particular space
Well you get the vibe.. So my question is..... how do you deal with fat shamers?
#foodforthought#optimist#turntheothercheek ? #walkaway ? #bodypositivity#instadiary#continousselfimprovement#instablog#stillgettingoutofmycomfortzone#babysteps#myformofrelease#newtothissharingthing#fatshaming
No matter what people say are do to you in life you still have to remember God have your back you can’t do mean and dirty things to people because what they say are do don’t be no dam fool just keep smiling and watch what happen #godisgood#bethebiggerperson#giveittogod#turntheothercheek 👓💄😘💍