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Beyond the white picket fence

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

Proverbs 16:28 A dishonest man spreads strife and whisperer separates close friends.

*This is a tough subject and I felt compelled to write about it, because on a small scale our family fell prey to "IT" just last week.*

Nothing cuts like a knife more then someone you trust spreading rumors or telling the most intimate details of a painful situation to others. You pour your heart out only to see it all over social media. Now instead of feeling safe, you become a target for ridicule and bullying. No one wins in these situations there's only hurt and pain. The saying sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me doesn't apply anymore. In a world where anyone can post anything, truth or lie we must be much more guarded. We are now a society who knows nothing other then saying whatever we want all the while thinking we can hide behind a device. I can say this because I'm guilty of texting my strong feelings to someone knowing I didn't have to stand in front of them. If I had I'm sure our conversation would have been very different. I'm sure the discussion would have ended in a hug instead of hurt. Thank goodness we are mature enough to forgive and move forward but this isn't the case in a lot of situations. Our children are cyberbullying, terrorizing, committing suicide and shooting each other as a way of coping. When did this become the norm?...Now feeling, "I'm sad, I can't deal, you dont like me, I didnt win", or whatever "IT" is, I have the right to hurt everyone else and myself!

What has happened? When did kindness, compassion, grace, love and respect become something we don't stand on. Why does a conversation on deep moral issues or a disagreement end in intolerance and hate.

We should be saddened to the point of change. We should be moved to show this generation there's a better way. Why are these terrible acts being brushed under the rug and allowed to go on. It's not a computer, gun or any other object...its actual humans!! None of these have any power without picking them up and using as a weapon. We should be able to come out from behind our walls of glass and actually talk face to face, be real, expose failures without fear of repercussions. None is perfect, all have fallen short and failed. Let's start with love and grace and begin to live beyond the white picket fence.

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