Yesterday I wrote about how I stopped letting the fear of getting a “bad reputation” run my life. Like Joan Jett, I stopped giving a damn. But when I learned to stop giving a damn, I also learned to start giving a damn.
I learned to start giving a damn about the people that society/church told me to avoid, even when it hurts my social status.
I learned to start giving a damn about injustice and inequality, even when it caused controversy.
I learned to start giving a damn about the difficult questions that most of us have, even when that caused people to doubt my faith.
I learned to start giving a damn about sharing my stories to help others, even when people judged me for that.
Here’s the thing–when we stop living in fear of how we will be perceived, we can take the focus off ourselves and we become free to love others. We become free to give a damn about them.
We need to stop giving a damn so that we can start giving a damn.