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I was thinking about some raised eyebrows I received the other day about something I posted on Facebook. It was honestly nothing controversial in my eyes, but others felt something different. It was content of a personal nature, and up until this point, I have been extremely limited in my sharing of personal information. So because of previous conversations with some people (wherein I felt the need to protect some elements of my private life), I believe a few people were offended by my disclosure. Close friends to be honest…However, this morning when pondering about what I should write, this is the only thing that comes to mind.
Every person deserves to have some level of privacy in his or her life…even if they are in the public’s eye. Some things are going to be disclosed whether the individual wants them to be or not. Some things are going to be disclosed by the individual themselves. In relationships, regardless of whether they are on a romantic, platonic, familial or professional level, every bit of information is not and has not been disclosed to others. It is up to the individual to determine whether or not to disclose the information or even how to disclose the information. What the other parties do not know or even understand is the person’s story or reasoning behind their actions. Also, the person is not obligated to disclose anything further if he or she chooses not to do so.
Having said all of this, I now say, please have a measure of respect for the choices others make concerning their lives. If the choices being made are presenting a concern for self-harm or harm to others, then external intervention becomes necessary. However, if the person’s decision affects no one in a life-threatening manner, regardless of your feelings concerning the matter, the person has the right to make decisions for themselves and will be the ones living with the consequences for their actions. Respect other people’s right to privacy…#thinkonthesethings
It is good to give thanks unto the Lord. Why? Because He is good and His mercy endures forever. As we come to the close of this year, we can reflect and see the many obstacles and adversities that God has caused us to triumph over…and we are still here! So I would definitely say that He IS good and His mercy endures FOREVER!…We have much for which we should be grateful…#thinkonthesethings
Giving is an important part of our lifestyle as Christians. We give not only to support the work of the Kingdom, but we also give because we need to give. Our need to give is a reminder of the fact that there is nothing in which we possess that has come to us of our own ability. Everything that we have comes from God. It all belongs to Him as the Sole Owner of it all. We render our first fruits back to Him as an act of acknowledging that everything we have is because of His goodness toward us.
So in this season of giving, remember that we can only give because God has first given to us…it is not so much about the size or the amount of the gift as it is the motivation behind the giving. We give because it is necessary…#thinkonthesethings