I saw this post the other day on Facebook and I just had to share it with you all. It’s from a beautiful sixteen year old friend named Emily…
“So..As I go through my news feed, I noticed soo many posts about hair. Whether you’re having a bad hair day, your hair is ugly, you’re ‘ugly’ because of your hair, whatever it is that you’re posting, be thankful that you actually have hair….I hate to burst your bubble, but hair isn’t what makes you beautiful… Just because you’re having a bad hair day doesn’t mean your life is over. Ugh sometimes I really hate Alopecia.”
Wow, right? Nothing like a little perspective to make you think. I don’t often complain about my hair…but that doesn’t let me off the hook. How often do I toss out complaints about other things without really considering how blessed I am? I’m quite sure I complain about my children, but I know there are women out there who can’t have children. How would my complaints look to them?
Think about it. This list came to mind:
- Complaining about your house? Think of those who don’t have a home of their own.
- Complaining about your job? Think of friends who are unemployed.
- Complaining about your school? I’ve met children in Africa who would love to have a chance to attend school, but they can’t afford it (no public education there).
- Complaining about your spouse? I know people who are so lonely waiting to meet that right person.
- Complaining about your car? I’ve met people who walk to and from work, miles every day.
- Complaining about your bad hair day? Think of precious Emily who lost all her hair by 5th grade due to Alopecia.
The list could go on and on, but you get the idea. I know we all have issues we are dealing with and I’m not belittling those but I have to admit, I’m so guilty of grumbling and complaining! Now I’m not saying that we should all walk around like Pollyanna playing “The Glad Game.” I realize that’s unrealistic. But I, for one, have been challenged by Emily. I want to pay more attention to what I think and say. There is a Bible verse in Philippians 2:14 that says to do everything without complaining or arguing. (This is a verse I had memorized so I could quote it to my children. haha…you know what I’m saying ;)) When I looked up the same verse in “The Message” paraphrase I really loved the way the following verse was worded:
(14) Do everything readily and cheerfully – no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! (15) Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night. (Phil. 2: 14-15 The Message)
A breath of fresh air. That’s what I want to be. How ’bout you?
P.S. Thank you to the brave and beautiful Emily for letting me share her thoughts and her picture with you all. You are an inspiration to so many, Emily!! 🙂