Posted by: Michelle Knoll | June 15, 2017

When We All Want to React

There’s been a post going around on Facebook about something supposedly from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, in which Uncle Screwtape tells Wormwood that he should make sure “the patient remains completely fixated on politics.” It’s getting shared because so many people are so frustrated with the insane amount of fixation on politics that’s swallowing up everyone’s time.

Well, the problem is, this post isn’t accurate. It’s close, but it’s not accurate at all. After doing a little research, I found that this “fixation on politics” post really needs to stop traveling through social media.

There’s a great article on a blog called “The Wardrobe Door” that explains what C.S. Lewis really did say in his writings concerning politics. You can read it here. Make sure you take the time to read it all. I found it extremely enlightening.

Now, let’s talk for just a minute about the reacting that’s going on. I’m addressing my Christian readers/friends for the moment, but the rest of you can follow along.

I understand. The world drives you crazy. Sometimes you just want to SCREAM because of all the insanity going on. Sometimes you feel as if the world went to sleep and then suddenly woke up in another galaxy, where things are backward from what they are supposed to be, and green is red and yellow is black and no one means what they say and night and day have been swapped. I get it. I understand. The world is acting stupid, and you’re getting tired of it. Totally get that. It’s frustrated you to the point of anger, and you just can’t hold it in.

Or, can you?

Ask yourself one question: do you really have to react?

What if you didn’t say anything? What if you didn’t make a comment on someone’s Facebook political post? What if you didn’t like someone’s emotionally charged partisan post? Or like someone’s tweet? What if you didn’t share?

What would happen if you just… walked away?

If you just walked away from the computer, or figuratively walked away by closing Facebook and doing something else with your computer, what would happen then? Would the world stop turning? Would the room suddenly explode? I mean, seriously! Would your life come to a screeching halt if you just didn’t react to something you read or heard or saw?

Or — oh my gosh, hold on to your seats — what if you PRAYED when you saw something politically charged!? What if you turned to the Lord of Hosts and talked to HIM about what you just read/heard/saw instead of joining in the ranting/posting/opinion sharing?

And I’m not talking about praying with a “Oh God, get ’em! Give ’em what for!” attitude. But heartfelt prayer, prayer that comes from a humble heart, a heart that knows it’s not better than anyone else, a heart that realizes God is bigger than all these insane problems in the world, a heart that realizes that IT’S NOT GOD, and it doesn’t have ALL the answers.

What if we all prayed instead of reacting?

Okay, Christian readers/friends, I’m opening up this post for conversation. I really want to know what you think. Does prayer help? Can we affect change in this world with prayer? Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear what you think.

 

Posted by: Michelle Knoll | June 14, 2017

I AM WOMAN

I am WOMAN.

1358804I am uniquely created with certain physical characteristics that set me apart from man. I have wider hips, usually, and a softer voice, usually. I have shoulders that aren’t as broad as a man’s shoulders, usually. Plus, as I mature my voice box doesn’t usually show as much in my neck as a man’s does. I have genitals that are different from those of a man. So, physically, I’m considered totally different from a man.

I am able to nurse offspring, and a man is not.

When I was created in my mother’s womb, a lot of things about me were bred into my DNA: what color hair I would have, what color eyes, the shape of my nose, the length of my torso, how long my fingers would be, and so forth. But also, mental capability and disposition were created as well. My personality came from my genetic makeup, even though it is proven and tempered through the interactions I have with the world around me.

Since I am alive, I am constantly changing. I will not be the same person ten years from now that I am today, nor am I the same person today that I was ten years ago. But that really has more to do with the natural order of things than it does with my being a woman. People change. They mature. Life affects them, and they grow and adapt.

A lot of people will try to say men are better than women, as much as others will say women are better than men. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that, better or not, I AM WOMAN.

People will shout that I have rights. Do I have rights? Yes, I do. But the first and foremost right I have is to be a woman. Not because laws were passed. Not because attitude in culture has changed. Neither of those things made me a woman, and neither of those things can take away my womanhood.  I was born a woman, I will always be a woman, and nothing that anyone can say or do will change that.

Am I equal with man?

Does that matter?

1253709Some may be astounded that I would even ask if that matters, but, in reality, does it matter? If I know who I am, and what my abilities are, does it really matter if anyone else is aware of those things? Would it somehow change me, make me less of a woman, if those abilities were not recognized by anyone else but me? I am still who I am, no matter who notices and who doesn’t.

I am still woman even if I am not recognized. I am still woman even if I am told I am not. I am still woman.

Am I less of a woman if I am not hired for a particular job? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am not paid as much as a man? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am not allowed to major in a certain major in college? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am not allowed to go to college? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am beaten? No.

Am I less of a woman if I am a slave? No.

I am still woman. Horrible things may be done to me, opportunities may be robbed from me, life may even be taken from me, but EVEN SO, I AM STILL WOMAN.

I may become offended at attitudes shown toward me, or deeds done to me, but in the end, none of those things change me unless I allow them to change me. I am still woman, whether I am praised or insulted, encouraged or discouraged, lauded or laughed at.

Now, am I valuable? YES.

However, my value does not come from man. It is not an end result of man’s doings. No law in the land, no attitude in the work place, no consideration from anyone is what makes me valuable. My value comes from the One who made me. I have value whether or not it is recognized by anyone else.

I can choose to believe that I have value, without the accolades of others, and have peace within myself.

Or I can choose to believe that the decisions of others is what gives 1822427me value, and consequently believe that the decisions of others will also take away my value. If I choose this path, then I am in disagreement with who I am, who I was created to be, and who I will always be. This is not a path of peace, for if my beliefs about myself depend on the actions of others, even though I know others are fickle, then my beliefs will be in turmoil.

I am woman. And I will not change. And my value will not decrease. No matter who recognizes it, or does not recognize it. Greeted or ignored, applauded or slandered, promoted or passed over, nurtured or neglected, given opportunity or shut off from opportunity, I will always be who I am, and what I am.

I am WOMAN.

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