November 01, 2022
I’m not sure who this is for, perhaps all of us, but it kept popping up on me the past couple weeks. More than usual, so I believe I have to share it…
Be A Force For Good In Every Room and Opportunity You Walk Into.
If you have been a part of this community for more than a few weeks, you know I’m a pretty passionate, purpose-driven person.
I know growth and comfort can not coexist. Change means discomfort. Progress means disruption.
In today’s world, we will live in a constant state of NEW, Change, Progress.
That’s true and I get it. But, not everything needs to be changed. Not all things cleverly titled as ‘progress’ are really progress, but progressive with the intent to cause harm.
Like the ole saying goes, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
There are many foundational truths that need and should remain unchanged.
(Hint) That’s why they’re referred to as “foundational truths”.
At this moment I’m specifically talking about the behaviors and actions we apply towards one another. The manner in which we should speak to one another and how we treat one another - with dignity and respect.
And we should NOT be tolerant and accepting of anything less than.
For if we ignore or excuse them, choosing to ‘look the other way’ – people will continue to do it and our ‘quietness’ will allow it to continue.
Sadly, I recently witnessed an onslaught of some of the most disgusting and disrespectful behavior of kids ages 10 - 13 in different sport settings. From how they spoke and acted to opponents, kids on their own team, yelling at referees, screaming at parents, absolutely losing their minds when things didn’t go their way.
I can hear and see you now, “Brock, we’ve all seen it. Nothing new. It’s where we are today with many kids.”
But, NO! It’s not okay.
As one item connects to another, like a line of dominos, a great cause to the above mentioned effect, is the outright attack on Marriage and Family.
I remember reading this statement, “If I could put the man and the woman back together, I could put the world back together.’
Marriage and family life are hugely important. They are part of God’s natural order, and are a vital part of the fabric of society.
A strong society depends on strong families and strong families depend on strong marriages.
Pope John Paul II once wrote that family is the ‘foundation’ of society and ‘nourishes’ society continually.
The point I’m trying to share is that there is…
Right and wrong.
Good and bad.
Light and darkness.
There always has been and there always will be.
However, moral standards, ethical principles, codes of conduct do matter and they are necessary in society to direct appropriate behaviors, support positive change, and guide healthy progress.
Treating people with dignity and respect, and honoring marriage and family will never be outdated. It never, ever should be.
To compromise and modify our beliefs and change our morals is NOT something we need to do.
Regardless of what the world around us is doing, we must decide to stand firm in the truth, even if it means we must put up with being called too traditional and stuck in the past.
And we need to stand strong to defend them appropriately with great fervor.
Let us wake up. Do not go quietly in the night. Keep our head on straight. Strengthen what remains.
Be a force for good,
P.S. Let us be good examples, doing our best to be our best.
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