When “Gentle” Reminders Aren’t So Gentle


Hey Fam! It’s Thursday evening (night really) and I’ve missed you all! I know I say that whenever it’s been a while but seriously, I mean it! I pray that you all have been well…

I have a question for you?
When’s the last time someone reminded you of what you said, what you’ve heard, or what you know to be true?
That person, is probably one of your biggest allies, supporters, and friends. See the thing about true friends is that they don’t care about hurting your feelings, as long as what is said, is said in love. They know who you are, they know what you can handle, and they know that you don’t always have to hear that you’re right. And if you do want to hear that you’re always right, you should reevaluate your life and the people you have around you, because those people *spoiler alert* are NOT YOUR FRIENDS!

Recently, there’s been a lot going on. Things coming up here, things coming up there, and nothing more shocking than my integrity being questioned by someone I didn’t (and still don’t) know. Initially I was annoyed, simply because I felt disrespected. Then I was annoyed because of the thought of people believing the lie. Which in turn made me annoyed that I cared enough to give something so ludicrous my attention. I was just annoyed, okay!?! (insert shaking head and mild grin)

In the midst of these moments there’s nothing like someone snapping you out of your feelings by reiterating to you something you already KNOW to be true! I was “gently” reminded that to be mocked, and persecuted, and lied about shouldn’t warrant annoyance, but joy. Reminded that I should pray for those who persecute me. Reminded that I have been called to love, even when it doesn’t look like it. It forced me to look at myself and ask myself questions that I didn’t necessarily want to answer… and that’s what a true friend does, they force you to look in the mirror and reexamine your thinking.

Another example of not so gentle reminders happened a few hours ago when I told Adrianna that it was time for me to write another piece, as in poetry… And her response to me was, “well have you blogged?” My response to that was a bruised face emoji and simply no (lol). I had mentioned my intentions of blogging before and although it was just her keeping me accountable for what I said it kind of hurt my feelings LOL! I don’t know if that’s me being sensitive or me feeling guilty for knowing that I didn’t do what I know I set out to do… Or me being disappointed with my lack of discipline… but regardless, I find myself back at the mirror.

So here’s my (gentle) reminder for you… Life will not ALWAYS yeild to your schedule! In fact, our concept of perfect timing doesn’t exist. We find ourselves waiting for the right, perfect, ideal time to do something and if we hold on to this then we’ll find ourselves waiting for a LONG time. So be great! Offer the world something uniquely you, do it in love, and do it on purpose…

I love you all and I pray that you all have an incredible weekend. I leave you with this…

Matthew 5:43‭-‬47 NLT
You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (komplex simplicity)


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