When I worked for Justin Bieber as his hairstylist a few summers ago, I got the JB that most of you loathe. In my own experience, and choosing my own words very carefully right here, the experience was exhilarating, but exactly like most of you would expect. I don't have to say a thing about him, because his own trials have been so publicly displayed. I watched the police videos. I saw the interviews. Hell, I was with him in person. When I left that experience, I was truly ready to be done doing hair, if that says anything at all. The vanity just made me sick. I went into that tour liking him, I went out feeling much different.
Two years have gone by since then and for the past year, he's stepped largely out of the spotlight. Recently, he's been wearing a hat and it's a brand new one. If you've read any of his interviews, the talk is certainly different. Biebs is speaking some serious truth right now and I'm into it.
Here's the thing. Being a Christian doesn't mean that I'm crazy. It doesn't mean that you're going to hell because you're gay (you're not and Jesus loves you and so should any Christian). It doesn't mean that I thumb my nose at science. It means that I am a completely imperfect person who desires a change in my own sinful nature. It means that I will likely always struggle with certain things that I've talked openly about, but that I CAN and WILL overcome these demons because I've got help. It means that I have to give grace and foreignness when people wrong me. What it also means, is that I can't stay silent about something that has radically helped to change my life and continues to do so.
I've thought a lot recently about people and their ability to change. It's super easy to say something and put it out there, addressing a "change" in your life, but without action, the words fall flat. Our minds are hard wired to be the way we are, to think the way we think, and act the way that we act.
So here he is, talking openly in interviews and there is a very obvious change in the guy. It would be really easy to just blow him off. It's all talk. And right now, it is. But as a fellow HUMAN, I can also believe in the guy and his ability to change, because if I can't give it to him, how could I give it to myself?
If I desire to change things within my life, I have to want it. I can lie to myself all day until I believe that I've changed. Action has to be taken. I'm great with words. Do I want to make a difference in my life? In this world? Do I want to actually put words into actions? Emphatically, yes. I write this, with the thought that nearly 3k of you have the potential to read it. That's 3k accountability partners, but more importantly, it's a reminder to myself that I can do it. In answer to my own thoughts, yes, I do believe people can change. I don't believe we do it on our own. So ask for help. Call out, where are you now?? I bet you'll find your answer. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 26.
Special thanks to Brooklyn for posing behind a window frame that was sprayed down with water and oil. Thanks to Hanna for standing on a step stool and holding the window frame while I shot through it. Nikon D700, Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4, outside of Saint Paul's Cathedral in Yakima, WA.
If you're looking for the same change that I've talked about, you don't have to go anywhere. The Bible is online. There are tons of messages available to watch. If you're in Yakima, I go to Together Church (WV Campus) every week, along with a whole slew of other broken and restored people. Join me. With all of the horrors of this world, it's pretty obvious that as an entire society, we need a change. Prayers and thoughts go out to the families in Oregon who lost their loved ones today in the senseless shooting.