I’ve been doing a lot of praying, thinking, researching, and listening this week as I’m sure you have as well… I mean, how could you not, right?! The attack on the Capitol on Wednesday was enough to make anyone rub their eyes and check twice if they were watching Netflix or the news. The blatant hate, violence, and disunity was scary to see acted out on a real-life stage in front of whole world. It just didn’t seem real in so many ways.
Since Wednesday I haven’t been able to shake the words from 2 Tim. 1:7, “God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled”. I keep thinking about how beautiful and reassuring this verse is, but most of all I keep thinking of the freedom that is in those words. The Message version of this verse reads, “God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible”. That really just drives it home doesn’t it?! I mean, wow. I need “Bold. Loving. Sensible.” tattooed on my forehead as a reminder that, as a follower of Christ, that is my call.
There is so much peace in knowing that I can be bold without being polarizing. That I can be loving without enabling, and that I can be sensible without being complacent.
This gives me so much comfort when events like Wednesday happen and I feel like I am not doing enough or saying enough. The world needs people who are loud and always have the right thing to say right off the bat, but the world also needs people who are quiet and need time with their thoughts.
Just because I’m not the girl who shares meme after meme, it doesn’t mean I’m timid about injustice.
Just because I’m not the loudest one on the internet doesn’t mean I’m not bold in my convictions and sensible in my conversations.
Just because I’m not reporting live-streams of everything that happens in our world doesn’t mean I’m not informed/concerned.
But, because of my platform I do have a responsibility to show up in love daily, to always be my most authentic self, and to be most of all, a light.
So you probably don’t need me to say that the events and violence on Wednesday where horrific, wrong, and unpatriotic, they were. You probably don’t need me to say that our country is in desperate need of healing and change, it is. You don’t need me to say that hate of any kind (racial or otherwise) isn’t welcome here, it’s not.
But maybe you do need to hear me say that we, you and me, have the power to shift the conversations inside our four walls and within our circles. We have the power to lead without being timid with words that are filled with truth AND love. We can say no to a cancel culture that inflicts shame and guilt on those with whom we disagree, or perhaps who just haven’t found the words yet. We can be listeners who are both gracious and kind.
If you are a loud voice, you’ll find grace here. If you are quiet voice, you’ll find grace here. And if you are still trying to find your voice, you’ll find grace here too.
*Editors note: I wanted to address a line in this post: “Just because I’m a blogger/influencer with a “platform” doesn’t mean that my voice counts any more than yours.” Because I think it came across unclear. What I meant was that on a human level my voice counts just as much as yours does. Even though I followed it up with the line about having influence entails a responsibility, I’m not sure it came across as clear as I hoped it would. I do have influence which is a responsibility, and my voice does reach further, which is a privilege, and is why I wrote this post in the first place. I hope that is clear.