Is anyone a wee bit discouraged by what we are seeing in our culture? Maybe it’s just me, I’m not sure, but there is some crazy stuff going on. Things such as:
*Language that would curl your toes (as my mom would say)
*Clothing on young ladies and their mamas that leaves nothing to the imagination, if you know what I mean.
*Clothing on young men and their dad’s that make you wander if there is any hope for our future.
*Movies that portray anything but good.
*Television programs that you wouldn’t dare leave on while children are in the house or mixed company.
*Music that have lyrics talking about things that are anything but good in language and topic.
*Dance moves that leave nothing to the imagination. (yes, I got caught up in Dancing With The Stars and would have to fast forward through most of it due to the suggestive portrayals of….you can only imagine)
*Politics has become out of control in language, actions, etc. etc.
*Social Media has become a place for people to use as a sounding board for hatred in their comments. (I learned not to ever read comments in the comment section of articles)
*When at some churches, you have to wonder if you are at a night club or church? (Not that I’ve been in a nightclub; well, when I was a young teen, my cousin snuck me in one. That was the first and only time. Oh wait, when on a cruise one time, I went into one of those lounges to listen to a band, does that count? See, I know what I’m talking about.)
*Alcohol abuse is on the rise. I don’t know if it’s just me, but, I have never seen so much alcohol in every form and fashion to reach those that normally probably wouldn’t drink. I’ve noticed at events it is to be looked on as very “Chic.” I was recently at a ladies event and they actually had a cash bar. Seeing young moms sipping on a can of beer while listening to the speaker was a bit strange to me. That may mean nothing to you, but, for me and where I have come from, it’s a bit bothersome.
*Drug use is out of control; over the counter and illegal. The death toll of drug and alcohol deaths per year is insane! I might mention even the destruction of people and their families due to drugs and alcohol. The legalization of marijuana leaves me speechless.
*Obesity is rampant. Ouch, my toe just got stepped on by my own self! It is amazing to see how many people are out of shape and simply don’t care. (Okay, okay…..I’m working on it!)
*Human Trafficking! I’m speechless that this even goes on in our own country. In our own back yard!
*Family Violence. We have no idea what anyone is going through… maybe even next door to us.
*Suicide. It’s heartbreaking.
*Just pure mean and rude people. In and out of the church. They are everywhere. They will find you, trust me.
Okay, we will stop right there….I can’t take much more. I’m a bit concerned about our world, our country, our state, our county, our city, our church, our homes. It’s not pretty, is it?
Ummm….Beverly, why did you title this article, A Breath of Fresh Air?
I’m so glad you asked!
Don’t you think it’s about time that we as Women of God, should be a breath of fresh air? I write mostly for women but, I know there are some guys out there reading this, so it’s a question for you, too.
How can I be a breath of fresh air?
Be different than the world! Don’t accept what the world is handing you. Yes, we live in this world, but, be better than what you see as the normal.
A couple of ways could be…..
*Clean up your language. No, it’s not cute, cool or funny to use foul language. Of any kind. Carry on a conversation without using bad language. Yes, even the little slang words that are popular now. I have to share this. A couple of years ago, I was at a conference. The speaker was doing her thing and her point was, “Be a BadA** for Jesus.” Yep. Lot’s of giggles and oh, she felt mighty hip I’m sure. But, there were plenty of ladies that were offended. She didn’t quiet look the same to me after that message and I wasn’t that interested in hearing how to be a godly woman after her description of how to do that. “Oh, Beverly, you are such a prude.” “Nah, I’m just a girl who was saved out of a life that heard much worse than that on a regular basis. Jesus cleaned my mouth up and he cleaned out my mind. I don’t want anymore of that. Thanks, anyway.”
*Dress like you are somebody special to the King of Kings, because you are! When I was a young teen, I wore short shorts and I wore short dresses. I didn’t think anything of it. I remember my shorts were so short, my “cheeks” showed on most of my shorts. But, that was normal for the world I was in. When I put my faith in Christ, my world changed. Especially, the way I dressed. No one ever said to me, “Beverly! Get you some pants on girl, and lower those hems!” Nope, it was something inside of me that was different. I wanted to dress modestly. I was a new Beverly; in my dress, my words, my thoughts, my everything. Even my dreams for my life.
I think you get my point and I hope you see my heart. I could go on and on and I probably will be writing on a few of the other points soon, as I have a heavy burden for what our kiddos are facing on a daily basis.
Let’s be a breath of fresh air!