Fiery: used to describe a flame (a potentially destructive force if not controlled for constructive purpose such as purifying precious metals, light, warmth, etc.), intensity, zeal, or fervor.
Halo: a bright circle, ring, or aura surrounding a pure being or person of religious note. Also a psychological impression cast on similar others through association or visual likeness (e.g. the “Halo Effect”).
Do you ever feel like you’re always fighting for more innocence and less trash in your school, media, home, or job? Perhaps “fiery” would be too strong a descriptor for you but you’re passionate about good values. Maybe you’re just one of those people who, though non-confrontational by nature, increasingly finds that you’re forced to make tough choices to defend yourself and others from scum-pushers flipping their middle-finger agenda at you, your family, and your children today. This blog was designed to encourage YOU.
I’m a redhead. Contrary to stereotypes, I really don’t like to fight (I don’t have that hot temper) but I’m not afraid to stand up and call it out when I see mistreatment and misinformation being force-fed down people’s throats. I’ve been told that my hair glows red like fire when I’m taking on a wrong or advocating a right. In an age where progressive jading is the norm, innocence is a value that matters the most to me. This is how the idea for Fieryhalo (the blog) came to be.
Like it says in I Peter 4 (in the Bible), “don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you…” It’s no secret innocence is being beaten out of us at earlier and earlier ages. Although the concept has been warped, questioned, believed to be a feeling, or forgotten altogether, what’s right is a concrete set of values worth fighting for. We all need a place to logically look at the questions we’re served and try to find the right solution through all the cultural pressures and noise vying for air-time in our heads. It’s not easy. We know there are problems; it’s time we had a chance to fix them one choice at a time. It’s time we heard the truth about how they impact us and the people who mean the most to us.
As a young person today, it’s my goal to be simple and clear about the social messages my generation is struggling with. Innocence has been stripped from us by the media, peers, and experiences but we still have a choice; we can either accept and live according to “the facts of life” (as they’ve been fed to us) or learn to discipline ourselves into a new perspective and lifestyle.
We can have a good life and great relationships, not just through escapism or alternate, cyber-realities but personally, professionally, and as families if we can make the choice to wake up our thoughts, hearts, and daily expressions to the lasting value of putting what’s right ahead of what’s comfortable. It takes more grit and edginess to defend innocence and sweet relationships today than it takes to be apathetic and jaded. 1 Thessalonians puts it this way:
You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We DO NOT belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.. encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (I Thess 5)
I like to quote the Bible and make no apologies. Please think deeply as you read… and thank you; your time is precious to me. I hope you get as much inspiration from reading as I get from writing and receiving your remarks.