The Offensive Reality

{September 18, 2009}   Welcome to the Big Top

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls! Children of all ages! If you would kindly direct your eyes center ring, we proudly bring you are grandest act: REAL LIFE!

I mean, because, isn’t that what life has become? A circus. Everyone thinks they are owed something. Everyone thinks the world owes them. But you only see a handful of people thinking about what you can do for others. Take a look at the world around you. Some pretty important people are making other people their business. So why can’t we, the little people, do the same.

I’ve got to admit, I do not get a chance to get outside of my town much. But I’ve been learning this whole “internet” thing (Maybe you’ve heard of it?), and although I’m not so good with it yet, I’m getting there. Wow. Can you believe there is a whole world outside of my little hicktown. (I say this because we didn’t even have a Walmart until 3 years ago, and the closet Mall is over an hour away. And don’t forget the horse and buggies. Yeah. Lots of horses and buggies.)

And now that I’m back from that tangent, back to the internet thing. Lets start with Twitter. I was only on a few weeks when the Iranian Election took place. I had no clue, since I have no cable, and our crappy little newspaper doesn’t like to print anything other than why the school board shouldn’t fix the shifting floors, and who shot what animal in whatever season it is. (Yes, again I stress : Hicktown.) Suddenly I was getting #iranelection in all my friends tweets. Can you imagine my shock when I clicked on it?! I was watching a whole world open up before me. I was fearful and terrorfied for those people. And I was in amazement of how everyone was reacting, pulling together. (Wish we would do that for our own country!) I started getting URL’s for videos of Obama’s speeches, and links to articles on what people were saying. And well, if you read some of my other blogs, you’ll know exactly how appalled I am at the nation.

And then I saw a post about getting involved. I was curious. I clicked. I went here: And I wanted to be involved. I watched something called Ustream, and was overly excited to feel I was seeing something amazing.

Granted, I can’t really donate anything. I’m struggling as it is. Like the rest of the world. And because I’m a single parent, I don’t have a lot of time. (Okay, well, that is a major understatement.) But I would love more than anything to be out there, helping out. Doing my piece. Thankfully I’ve joined in an amazing Dojo, that does infact like to participate in helping out wherever it can. And they let me take my kids, so I’m not a hermit anymore.

But I came to a simple conclusion. I made a step. I looked. I see. Now I want to be a part of it. How about you? It sort of goes back to my other blog. I have a cause for you: SAVE AMERICA. Start here. Become AWARE.

(I know, this isn’t as harsh as my other blogs. I can’t really find a way to be pissy with this. OffensiveJ?)


I love being involved in things that make a difference and since OffensiveChris spoke about one of those great causes, I want to give you another one to think about.  To Write Love on Her Arms! And there is no better way to tell you about it then to include their Mission Statement and their Visions.


To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.


The vision is that we actually believe these things…

You were created to love and be loved.  You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story.  You need to know that your life matters.

We live in a difficult world, a broken world.  My friend Byron is very smart – he says that life is hard for most people most of the time.  We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments.  You need to know that you’re not alone in the places you feel stuck.

We all wake to the human condition.  We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss.  Millions of people live with problems of pain.  Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay.  We know that pain is very real.  It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.

You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption.  We’re seeing it happen.  We’re seeing lives change as people get the help they need.  People sitting across from a counselor for the first time.  People stepping into treatment.  In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline.  We know that the first step to recovery is the hardest to take.  We want to say here that it’s worth it, that your life is worth fighting for, that it’s possible to change.

Beyond treatment, we believe that community is essential, that people need other people, that we were never meant to do life alone.

The vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence.

The vision is people putting down guns and blades and bottles.

The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.

The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.

The vision is better endings.  The vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships.  The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love.  The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise.  The vision is people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles, making change.

The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.

The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know.

The vision is hope, and hope is real.

You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.

I hope you enjoy the two causes we included in this blog.  Of course there are many out there and if you think there are some we would like to get behind, then feel free to contact us at


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Ladies, another awesome post, featuring two incredible causes. I was aware of the first, but the second is new to me, so I thank you for featuring it! You just rock in a million ways. 🙂

offensivechris says:

🙂 Thank you!

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