I’ve been prickly lately.
Some would say b*%chy.
I noticed it when I got a text last week. I can only assume it was meant to “bless” me but instead it pissed me off.
The text message in question read like this…
Fwd: Fwd: FWD:
Fwd: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for YOU, declares the LORD. Dear Woman of God, Be still for a while and praise God for His favor, His grace and His awesomeness. God is able to do the impossible and is always near. He loves us unconditionally. Together, let’s get 1000 ladies to praise Him with one voice in this next hour. Please forward this to every woman you want God to bless. Let’s all say this prayer during this hour: “Dear God, This is my friend whom I love and this is my prayer for her. Help her live her life to the fullest. Please promote her and cause her to excel above her expectations. Help her to shine in the darkest places where it is hard to love. Protect her at all times, lift her up when she needs You the most, and let her know when she walks with You, she will always be safe. Amen!” Now you’re on the clock… Tell nine sisters you love them, including me
Get going girl!! Love you. Happy 2014!
Here were my initial thoughts…
- “Sisters” – I now know this is not for me personally but to a group, which means whatever blessing is to follow, I am being blessed en masse.
- “Fwd: Fwd: FWD; Fwd” – this is not an original email, instead of taking to the time to come up with something from their heart or personal the sender of this text decided to use someone else’s words or were just too lazy to remove the “FWD” to at least give the appearance that this was genuine.
- “Dear Woman of God, be still for a while and praise God for His favor.” – I like this part; someone was writing to remind me to be still. This is something always needed for a 40 something mother of two, wife, writer/blogger, house manager, and part-time cookware salesperson.
But wait, there’s more…
- “Together, let’s get 1000 ladies to praise HIM with one voice in this next hour.” But… I was just about to sit down and be still.
- “Please forward this to every woman you want God to bless.” – the implication here is the woman can and will only be blessed IF they receive this text and the power of this blessing is in my hands, literally because I have to FWD this text from my phone. What if I don’t have everyone’s phone number that needs this blessing!?
- “Let’s all say this prayer during this hour…” It is a very nice prayer and one I really hope is being prayed for stressed out women everywhere. Not just forwarded.
- “Now you’re on the clock…Tell nine sisters you love them including me, Get Going Girl!” – And I’m back to being frenzied! Quickly I have to go through my phone contacts, find 9 “sisters in Christ,” FWD them this text and tell them I love them. Whew! It’s a good thing I wasn’t at work or on a date with my husband or at one of my kid’s school plays. That could have been awkward!
- “Love you, Happy 2014” – It’s September. We are nine months into 2014 and three months away from 2015. That’s an odd thing to say at the end of a text unless it’s sent in January 2014. And there it is, more evidence of this being a very recycled blessing.
Here’s how the rest of the conversation went…
Seriously folks, if you are one of the many who forward these types of texts, emails or FB posts, why do you do this? Do you see yourself as more spiritual when you do this? Do you feel closer to God? Do you feel this is His work? What about talking to someone individually about an honest Holy Spirit moment you had while ACTUALLY praying for them? Truthfully, do you really sit down and recite this prayer or any other blessing sent through social media for all the people you sent it to? Because if you didn’t, you’re lying. Finally, why do you choose to bless someone AND then make them work? Can’t we just bless someone without having any strings attached?
Let’s not give people in other religions any more reasons to mock us. Let’s take our blessings and our prayer lives seriously. Can we please stop posting things that end with, “post if you love Jesus”? If you love Jesus, show Him. Send care packages to struggling students, pack an extra lunch and give it to a homeless person, write a note to someone that has a special blessing JUST FOR THEM. Take your time; love quietly, excessively, and honestly.