Tuesday, 22 May 2018

I was roaming around the internet on my day off yesterday, as you do and I managed to stumble upon these Barbie Vlogs. They are EPIC. I know that I'm 20 and I should have moved on from my Barbie stage by now. But watching these Barbie vlogs rekindled my childhood excitement. She does challenges, tags and an array of sit down chatty videos. It didn't take long for me to hit the subscribe button.

There was one video in particular though that really challenged my thinking.

It's titled "I'm only "Joking...?" "

How often do we do that?

How often do we make comments and crack jokes about people without thinking about the way that they could be affected by it?

How often do we accidentally (on purpose) take things just that little bit too far all for a couple of laughs from our friends?

The more I thought about it, the more moments I counted when I had done the same and also had it done to me... the more I came to agree with Barbie.

The whole, "I'm only joking...?" thing - I really don't like that either.

Those three words hold SO MUCH power. They almost make those moments, those jokes, those comments okay. It makes the person on the other end of jokes feelings invalid. It makes the person on the other end of the joke feel like they have no right to be upset because you were "only joking".

When you make fun of someone, when you pick at them, those jokes steam from some kind of truth. They steam from something that you've taken note of about them. So whether you intend for it to be mean or not or if the person you are making fun of acts like they are taking it as a joke or not, it's always going to leave them feeling a little insecure.

None of us like being on the receiving end of a roast. If we don't like it then why do we do it to other people?

The bible calls us to love one another as Jesus loved us. Jesus wouldn't have poked fun at people, he would have uplifted them. Jesus wouldn't have disregarded the way his words made someone feel just to make his disciples laugh. Jesus wouldn't have said "I'm only joking" to make something that he had said about you okay.

If Jesus wouldn't have done it then why do we do that same thing everyday?

I'm going to make an effort to put thought into my words and actions. People don't always remember what you've said to them, but they do remember how you make them feel. Let's try and remember this as we go into the rest of our week. Let's choose to build people up instead of tearing them down just for a laugh or two.

XO, Danielle


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