Explicit Love

You are loved.
You are worthy.
You are enough.
You are valuable.
Your dignity is unchanging.

There is nothing that you can ever do that will change any of these facts.

Unfortunately, the above statements are things that we do not hear enough, or maybe we don’t hear them at all.

As I participated in the annual pro-life week on my college campus, and gave my testimony to a church youth group I saw far too many people starving.

They starving for love, to be heard, to be valued, and to matter. This issue is so much deeper than a matter of conception and human DNA.

It comes down to whether or not people understand their own dignity, and if they can grant that same dignity to someone else as well.

I think this is the crux of the pro-life movement and of life all-together.

People are broken and hurting, and they need the reassurance that they are loved.

The more conversations I have with people about controversial topics, the more I realize that people are not being told that THEY are valuable and loved.

We can rant and rave all we want about how other populations of people (the unborn, minorities, the poor, etc) have dignity and unchanging worth (which they do), but if we don’t understand that about OURSELVES, it is going to be really hard to apply that to other people, especially the really vulnerable populations, or the people we disagree with.

We live in a very explicit world.

Our culture is very explicit about sex, drugs, fame, money, appearance, waist size, muscle mass, clothing, and basically everything makes us question our value and dignity.

And for some reason we allow this explicit culture to permeate every area of our lives.

It’s amazing that we can survive with this type of pressure literally forced on us everywhere we go.

That is why I suggest we combat it with the same strategy: being explicit.

Explicit about how much people are loved, valued, and worth.

We need to be explicit about this….we can no longer assume that our kids, friends, and family just already know we love them. We have to be explicit about tell them and telling them as often as they are bombarded with all these other explicitly harmful messages (which is constant).

Maybe I’m influenced by my own love language, but when I gave my testimony last night to a group of high schoolers, I saw in their eyes that they don’t hear how much they are loved nearly as much as they need.

So I’m challenging myself to be more explicit about love and respect than the world is explicit about making you feel unworthy.

So again…
You are loved.
You are worthy.
You are enough.
You are valuable.
Your dignity is unchanging.

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