Fake It Til You Make It Faith Edition

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Everyone has some burnout in their lives. No matter what one is into there can come a time when you have reached over-saturation. For me, it’s my faith. I am tired of seeing Jesus Christ brought to the level of a Genie In A Bottle. He’s no Alladin. I am still observant and I haven’t missed church in a very long time. Even when traveling I don’t miss. However, in some religious circles, Jesus’ name is dropped like he was a viral celebrity of today.

I guess part of it is that I am still mad at God for my father’s passing in August of last year. I see Jesus’ good name used in vain by those who seek to do great harm in their dogma and doctrine through fundamentalism. Yes, some parts of Christianity are troubled by many issues that have caused great damage to its reputation. I personally don’t use the word “Christian” to describe myself. I prefer Episcopalian or Anglican.

At this point in history, faith is being perverted by some in political circles to justify stripping rights from people based upon “religious freedom”. That doesn’t help matters. I suppose Jesus should come back and turn over some tables and stand in the gap so people who are just trying to live their lives in peace and who make great contributions to the world won’t be stoned or worse.

Yeah, I am burned out. And it’s OK to admit this. God is big enough to handle this sort of thing.

Willing To Serve

The military of the United States is a voluntary force. People willingly enlist to serve and defend. Our service people come from all walks of life which in my view makes it better. Some of these folks are from the LGBTQ community and when they join they willingly give their service and their lives to the protection of people who seek to make their lives very difficult and will discriminate against them for living their truth.

Transgender service people should have the right to serve. They just want the same right to life, liberty and happiness guaranteed to all citizens of the United States. It matters not to me a persons orientation or gender because they are willing to do what I didn’t and what some in leadership in this country didn’t and that is to put on a uniform of their country and to offer all they have so that others might be free.

Thanks to all who served from every walk of life. Past, present, future.

The Cost Of Saying “No” Too Many Times

You can only say “no” too many times before people stop asking you to be a part of something. I understand too well that saying “yes” too many times can deplete your mind, body and soul. Saying “no” frequently means giving up possible opportunities that can change your life and the lives of others.

The solution could be prioritizing ones life so that there can be some balance but even then its easy to decline instead of accept. Professionally you have to say yes every now and then to indicate you still have interest in growth and advancement in your chosen field. Personally it means giving value to relationships of family and friends that you want to be a part of their lives.  Just saying “no” just to say “no” out of habit can be a problem for you down the road.

It takes courage either way to say yes and to say no. You just have to figure out what means more to you.

Rambling About Opinions And Friendships

Everyone has opinions on things they feel passionately about. It’s also a popular thing to post that opinion on your social feed. Some folks will support and agree with you while others won’t. Certainly there are situations when debate and disagreement has been so strong that it causes friendships to be strained and some to end.

I think everyone should have the freedom to express themselves without being punished for it when it goes contrary to the opinion of others. There are some good people I have had to unfriend/un-follow on Facebook because they consistently and constantly post things that are born from ignorance and intolerance. Yes you might say I am being intolerant too but when someone is so radical and outspoken you just need to free yourself of it.

There are times when losing friendships happens because of your views and what you stand for. Yes it’s sad when you go through that but perhaps it might be for the best. I have to think there will be other people who will step in the gap and become your friend because they value what you have to say and what you believe. A solid friendship will remain despite the differences however if you find that a friend cannot see your point of view then perhaps is that friendship worth preserving ?

Tolerance is a hard thing, understanding is even harder, love is the hardest thing you have to do. Remember you have to be yourself and your opinions matter too.

Rambling About Sharing One’s Views

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me who visits my blog or my social media platforms. However I do hope for respect, dialogue and understanding. Many of us have the freedoms our countries provide to express how we feel and we must be mindful there are those who do not. As a person with those freedoms I will never take them for granted nor will I use them in such a way that is demeaning. Everyone is worthy of grace and love while some in the public eye deserve some constructive criticism. It is my hope that despite our differences we can remain friends and friendly.

Just so you know my beliefs, blogging and politics are left-leaning but a good deal of the time I tend to be a moderate. Just so you know what to expect here.

If you find what I have to say as being something you cannot accept, I do understand. For those who chose to hang around I want to say thank you for your time when you visit here. I do appreciate it.