Mar 30, 2016

Love is a Choice, Not an Emotion

You're so sweet. You're so kind.

I can really tell that you care.

You're the nicest person I know.

Whenever people tell me that I'm kind or loving, I feel terrible, like I'm tricking them. I know all of my inner demons; I know the daily fight to curb the sharp tongue and let my temper rest. The "sweet, kind, loving" young woman known to my social circle is a carefully constructed figure, and for the longest time, I wondered who was real: the pessimistic girl who sought refuge in books and spurned the real world or the optimistic young woman who believed in a better humanity.

Mar 27, 2016

Coming Out: Talking About Faith in a "Tolerant" Society

Growing up, I felt ashamed to talk about God, much less my faith.

We live in a culture that preaches tolerance and not just any tolerance. We live in a culture that argues that tolerance means accepting the other's belief as true. In short, it is a culture of relativity. Whatever makes one happiest is truth for that person, and we should leave them be. It's a culture built perfectly to challenge the Christian faith, which has been denounced as irrelevant, judgmental, and bigoted.

Here's the big question: If we live in such a tolerant society, why are Christians shamed for their beliefs?

Mar 17, 2016

How Do We Define Beauty in a Culture That Tells Us We Will Never Be Enough?

Better than bare. (Bare Minerals)

More defined. More conditioned. More beautiful lashes. (Estée Lauder)

Because younger looking eyes never go out of fashion. (Olay)

You are in a beauty contest every day of your life. (Camay)

These are only some slogans used in advertising campaigns to encourage women to buy beauty products. What they all tell us is that beauty matters, and we need to buy certain beauty products to be beautiful.