To The Boy Who Said 'Goodbye,' Thanks A Million
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To The Boy Who Said 'Goodbye,' Thanks A Million

They say everything happens for a reason. I believe it even though it can be hard to see at first.

To The Boy Who Said 'Goodbye,' Thanks A Million
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Dear You,

Thank you for making me realize what I never deserved. All the times I put in the extra effort and received little back. I would have never learned that a relationship is 50/50. Something that I so badly wanted from you. The simple things like compromise, apologies, understanding, and listening were never even there half the time and I was struggling to overcompensate to find the balance. It was exhausting. I lost a part of myself.

Sometimes I feel like you never even knew who I was. Thank you for letting me go and moving on so quickly. It only clarified what I never deserved from the beginning. Life has its ups and downs, I felt I could only be on the up for you. No complaining, no bad days. Only a perfect attitude and mindset could I show. I could not be myself and dare if I complained about a rough day, as I was only blamed for being upset. I learned it is okay to have bad days. Everyone has bad days and it is okay to not be okay.

I rather dance in my car to my 80's playlist you hated by myself than sit silently while you rapped a crude rap song that only you cared about. Thank you for allowing me to have myself back. I can be goofy, loving, caring and happy without you. I can dance when no one was watching including you. I can finally march to my own beat and place myself first. I do not have to stick around for your dreams when I do not even know if you knew mine. Thank you.

My life is on my terms now. I plan when and what I want to do without the negative commentary. I do not have to wait up late at night for your calls that last two seconds and succumb to short texts where you really did not care at all. When I tried to make you a better person, you backed away. All those problems that never got solved, you can carry that over to the next relationship. I will not be around for that. Thank you for taking all that with you.

Thank you for allowing me to focus on myself and love only me. I had myself from the beginning and I will never forget what makes me happy. Thank you for acting like you did at the end of the relationship, your true colors finally showed. It was a wake-up call to myself and a sign from God. They say God is the foundation of a relationship. I firmly believe that because God wants us to love each other how he loves us and I realized that what you had was a selfish love. A love where you cared more about your feelings, your life and that only made you happy up until the end.

Thank you for making me realize that if you were the one, you would not have given up because you would have loved me how God wanted me to be loved in the relationship. The one out there for me will not give up and will not make me feel like a leftover.

Finally, thank you for saying goodbye. I would have never found it in myself to say goodbye because I only saw love and compromise. I was a fighter and you were not. Thank you for breaking a promise even though you always said to me you never broke promises. Thank you for breaking up with me when you promised you never would and that you promised you would never hurt me. Even though life is hard and a goodbye is never easy, especially when you were my best-friend, it is for the best. Who knew that a broken promise would be for the best.

Thank you for making me stronger. I can finally find the parts of me I lost and not focus on giving all my love to someone else. I can give all that wasted love to me.

Thank you.

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Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

Is God Reckless?

First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.

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