I have a frenemy named Facebook. You probably know him. Often up to no good and yet somehow you can’t look away.
I get sucked into reading those trending articles sometimes. Lots of them actually- the good, the bad, and the ugly. And y’all, I read some of the mean, ugly “troll” comments on so many articles out there and just want to reach through the screen and hug that person…or at least offer them a cupcake. That’s probably not the normal reaction to treat a bully that way.
But the longer I stay in this blogging thing, the more often I get the occassional “troll”. It’s rare. But it hurts no matter how thick-skinned I try to be. I’ve been called a “disgrace” for painting a piece of wood furniture. Or “tacky” because someone doesn’t like what I do.
And it’s made me realize there is absolutely no way to please everyone. None. Be who you are and don’t be ashamed of it.
And as for addressing the “troll” situation, I think we should start a revolution. And maybe not in the kick-butt-and-take-names kind of way you might be thinking.
We should make it an #Anti-troll revolution. I might be the only one in this revolution, but I’m doing it!
And that #Anti-troll revolution would be this. Pray for the person dishing out the expletives, the name calling, the bashing. Chances are they’re having a bad day. Or a bad year. Or a bad lifetime!
I pray for people. Total strangers- the mom about to lose her cool at her screaming toddlers in the grocery store while shoppers stare. The old man driving too slowly on the road with a line of cars honking behind him. The person dishing out choice names to someone who doesn’t agree with their political stance.
And it will be the absolute shortest prayer that lasts all of 30 seconds, but I do it. Because if there’s one thing it seems like this world needs is praying for your “enemy”, not so much reacting to them and stooping to the same low.
I realize this whole internet talk has absolutely nothing to do with this little fall chalkboard and shelf vignette that I’ve put together, but fall is all about change. Change the way we treat others; change the way we perceive the world around us; change how we see beauty that is sometimes buried deep within us on our not-so-great days.
Because we might be a little like those fall leaves sometimes. The world around us might seem to be dying and drying up in a cold season, but if you look. I mean really look, it’s those trying times, when the sun doesn’t shine brightest, when the flowers no longer bloom that you can come to life all over again.
God didn’t promise us a happy life. God promises a light for every shadow. A key for every problem. A plan for every tomorrow, even if it’s not the plan we had ourselves.
So hug the haters, even if you can only send them a hug mentally. Rise above and shine a light.
Be that person that can make their day better even when it seems they don’t deserve it. Those are the people who need it most.
And when you’re at a low point, when sometimes you’re not at your best, maybe someone will come along to do the same for you. Because every fall and winter eventually is followed by a spring. And there will always be a new, brighter tomorrow.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
(You can see all of the steps for making this chalkboard window, rope shelf, and easy chalkboard hand lettering from previous posts.)