How to Choose Connection: A Challenge

challenge connectionThe debates are over, the ballots are stuffed, the chads are hanging, and the conspiracies are flying.

Sounds like a bad Christmas story, doesn’t it?

Over the next few months, there will be talk of right, wrong, won, lost, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. (Not a lot of love, honor, and cherish talk, though.)

Facebook will fill back up with cute cat videos, babies laughing, and Hallmark holiday commercials that make you want to cry your face off and call your best friend from the 4th grade.

And then what?

I don’t have any answers to what the next 4 years will bring.

My Crystal Ball cracked years ago.

What I’m sure of is this.

Your neighbor will be the same.

Your co-workers will be the same.

Great Aunt Matilda’s Thanksgiving offering will be the same.

The election results won’t change that.

We are a country that’s wounded, hurting and divided.

The election results won’t change that, either.

We change that.

When we recognize:

1. God is bigger than all of it

2. We do our part in the process.

We vote but recognize we’re not in charge.

3. All people are made in the image of God.

On purpose, for a purpose, no matter what their politics.

4. We all get it wrong.

That’s why God gives grace, mercy, and redemption through Christ.

Challenge connection

I need it, you need it, the country needs it.

What has been on my heart, mind, and in countless conversations with The Kid who is taking Government class in school (pray for me) is the Me vs You mentality ONLY causes further divisiveness.

We aren’t seeing each other through the lens of Christ.

We’re disconnected.

I should know. Disconnection is my Spirit animal, remember?

We are so stuck on our “side” of the issues, that we no longer recognize that people we come in contact with have real struggles, have real families, and are doing the best THEY can with the knowledge they have.

Disconnection is easy.

Get up, get dressed, go to work, come home, rinse and repeat.

Blinders on, get it done, wake me when it’s over.

The more we disconnect, the more disconnected we become.

So, this week I am issuing a challenge.

I challenge you to connect.

I have a game I play in my head when I’m out.  (Don’t call the men in the white coats. They already know about me!)

How can I issue kindness (I call it speaking life) to someone who would “normally” get overlooked?

The checkout person, the drive thru taker of the money-er (?), the gas station attendant, the elderly gentleman in the line at the pharmacy.

Just the act of  putting away your phone when you’re spending time with loved ones, making eye contact, issuing a genuine compliment, letting someone go in front at the checkout line, paying for someone’s lunch in the drive thru or slipping a note in the neighbors mailbox can chip away at the disconnection.

I know it’s small.

It’s not going to change the world.

But it will change a moment.

I did my first Facebook Live broadcast about this topic.

I chose to connect and share my heart even though it was uncomfortable.

(You should have seen my shirt after the broadcast. I “glistened” excessively from nerves.)

How will you choose connection over the results of the election?






12 thoughts on “How to Choose Connection: A Challenge

  • Sarah November 8, 2016 at 6:13 am

    This a thousand times, this!! I’m joining you in spreading the Kindness. I’m going to try to be more conscious, more aware of how I can go out of my way to be kind to more people this week. Thank you for the challenge, sweet friend!

    • Rebecca Williamson November 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Woo Hoo! Spread the Kindness, Sarah! That isn’t much of a challenge for you though, since kindness is one of your best features!!

  • Natalie @ Milk & Honey Faith November 8, 2016 at 7:13 am

    You are easily shooting to the top of my list of favorite writers!

    I make a deliberate choice not to get involved in any heated debates in this election (even though it’s hard not to) and tell myself that no matter what the outcome, God is still on His throne. Nothing will change that. I’m choosing to love people past our difference of opinion. Thank you for your wisdom 🙂

    • Rebecca Williamson November 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Gosh Natalie, that is a huge compliment. Your blog and writing is beautiful (and so is your heart!) “Love people past our differences” is the perfect description!

  • candy November 8, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I voted and will be glad when it is all over.

    • Rebecca Williamson November 8, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Candy, I hear you. I am choosing to turn off the noise and do something I love. Thank you so much for reading my post. I greatly appreciate it!

  • Christine Leahy November 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Love this! Thank you. 🙂

    • Rebecca Williamson November 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      You’re so welcome Christine!! Thank you for reading it!!

  • Jennie November 10, 2016 at 10:55 am

    You have a sweet, gentle style of writing that is a breath of fresh air. I’m going to try to spread kindness after this election, but it’s certainly going to be a challenge for me. While I felt we had a poor selection in the first place…no…I won’t go there. Lol. All I will say is, God is in control and we need him now more than ever.

    • Rebecca Williamson November 12, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      That is so kind of you to say, Jennie. I agree with you. We need to look to God because He is in Control. Thank you for coming by and reading! I appreciate it!!

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  • Carlen January 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Oh Rebecca, the internet needs you oozing out kindness like this, because you can and because you do, wanting nothing in return. And in my not-always-humble opinion, that is God’s purpose for your voice. <3

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