Enough of the Negativity

Every time I log onto Facebook, or really access the internet in general, I’m always in awe of the amount of negativity we are exposed to on a daily basis. It’s almost difficult to imagine how we are able to function and feel happy when we are faced with nothing but stories of disappointment, anger, frustration, tragedy, and sadness.

This post is going to take a little bit of a turn but bear with me.

I’ve had enough. Enough of the negativity.

I get it, we live in a world where technology has allowed us to be connected and share in more ways than one. The birth of social media has brought on exciting and new ways for us to communicate, share, and support one another, but yet I begin to question the purpose in which some of us use it.

Memorial Day Shaming
To those who felt the need to ‘remind’ your followers on Facebook what Memorial Day means by sharing this…

It’s just rude and you’re acting under the assumption that those who BBQ or enjoy a day off of work take for granted the efforts of our military. Don’t be so shortsighted.

The Oversharer
Or to those who constantly feel the need to overshare their relationship or emotional issues. If you’re having a tough time, as we all do every now and again, refrain from sharing your business on Facebook where everyone can see it. If it’s an issue that really matters, call or talk in person to those who can actually help you. Otherwise it’s just passive aggressive and you may want to look at yourself and how you’re choosing to handle it.

The Duggar Story
This one in particular gives me mixed emotions. On one hand I am in no way supportive of abuse of ANY sort, especially when it is in regards to children. However, this story has blown into something massive and at the end of the day it doesn’t deserve our commentary or judgement by me. It only fuels the fire of scandalous reporting and not actual news. As a follower of Christ I believe that everyone will have to answer for their actions before God and only He has the power to decide what is just. I am not related to the Duggers nor do I have a first hand account of what actually happened so for me to have an opinion is redundant.

What hurts me about this story is it is yet again another scandal that will turn minds off from God and His church. 
I surely hope His grace is more powerful than that.

What about these stories? Don’t they deserve to be our focus and reminder that through difficult circumstances we have the ability to show compassion…

These students who donated $8,000 to their principal who was battling cancer.

or the man who went against his religious practices and took off his turban to save a child’s life.

Or Google donating $150,000 for Central Texas flood relief
These are the stories of compassion I hope friends on Facebook and across the web will share more often. I know it’s easy to hit that ‘share’ button but sometimes it’s important to stop and think about what exactly you’re sharing with others. Our broken world is filled with despair and suffering, however, I challenge you to see the good that others do for one another despite their circumstances. My hope in humanity is always restored when I come across such stories that continue to communicate, share, and support others for that is what we are called to do.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4  

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