For as long as I can remember, my dad has been telling us "We need to build each other up, not tear each other down". We've all heard those words come out of his mouth so often that we kind of tease him about it now. But, in thinking about it a little bit more, he is so right. That simple phrase holds a whole lot of truth, and is probably the best advice you can give someone.
I am so sick of hearing stories about people being mean to each other- for no reason. I am tired of reading comments on social media or news stories where people just easily spew out hate. I am angry that hate crimes still exist, and I am deeply saddened that young girls (and boys!) are continuously told they are not pretty enough.
How long is it going to take for us to realize that we are ALL human beings? We were created to be placed on this earth for a reason, and to tear each other down is to stomp on a a beautiful creation. Imagine if you were an artist, and you created something you were the MOST proud of. It may not be perfect, but your loved it and treasured it. Now imagine someone else comes along, takes your work of art, and totally destroys it, leaving it broken and ruined? How hurt would you be? Well, we are hurting God when we rip apart someone else, because each human is one of God's precious, unique creations.
We should cherish each interaction we have with another human, instead of ignoring feelings or pretending like just because we do not know someone we don't have to care about them. And we CERTAINLY should begin to treat the people we DO know with a little more respect, love, and gratitude.
Just in case no one has told you lately, let me remind you that you are a beautiful, strong person whom is meant to be on this earth. Find your passion and let that fuel you. If people choose to tear you down or throw out nasty words to you, just remember that they cannot define you. Only you define you. Do not become what they tell you. Become who you want to be.