Throwing Shade Series

What we say reveals what is in our heart. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So we can use our words as a kind of thermometer to gauge the health of our soul. When we trash talk others, it reveals that there is anger in our hearts. When we gossip about others it reveals jealousy in our hearts. When we sass others it reveals pride in our hearts, and when we "whatever" others with our attitude it reveals apathy. But if we can face our lurking anger, jealousy, pride, and apathy in our hearts we will find that our words will change as the source of them is healed.

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THROWING SHADE - Part 1: Trash Talk
Jason Raitz, February 3rd, 2019

Trash talk is what we revert to when we are angry and want to get even. We naturally think that getting even will settle the scores and bring the world back into right standing. But when we dish out hurt for hurt, anger for anger, insult for insult, hate for hate, we are only perpetuating the wrong we wish to correct. To stop anger in its footsteps we need to extend forgiveness, for that is the only thing that can defeat and remove hate from the economy of the world.

THROWING SHADE - Part 2: Gossip
Jason Raitz, February 10th, 2019

Gossip is what we revert to when we see another person getting ahead in a way envy. We wish to slow them down, cut them down, and possibly get ahead of them in the rat race. But what if your standing, value, and identity had nothing to do with another's? What if cutting another down with gossip trips you up as much as the one you attack so no one gets ahead? But humbly when the truth wins out and giving others the benefit of the doubt is a compassion that gets everyone ahead.

Jon Striftler, February 17th, 2019

To sass another is what we revert to when we feel insufficient and insignificant. We attempt to highlight the faults and stupidity of others hoping it makes us look better, smarter, and more worthy. But sass is degrading not only to the person receiving but the person dishing it out, just as flinging mud upon another does not make you cleaner, but muddy yourself. To embrace humility by speaking life into others is a contagious act that heals.

THROWING SHADE - Part 4: Apathy
Dr. Tom Rundel, February 24th, 2019

It is easy to become apathetic when our attempts to make the world better are not as successful as we hoped. The truth is, hearts are hard in our world and it often takes much patient love to soften them with a compassionate persistence. We are tempted to give up, throw up our hands and walk away with an apathetic attitude, but this only numbs our own hearts to the love that longs to break into our hearts of stone. Don't grow weary of doing good, but keep at it, and a small spark of compassion can spread into a wildfire.