Posts Tagged ‘Black Lives Matter’

There’s a lot of things that make me sad.
Some get more time and attention.
Some happen so often it’s hard to keep them all straight.
Some happen once in a lifetime.

Death makes me sad.
Unnecessary death makes me sadder.
Targeted unnecessary death makes me even sadder still.

Names are powerful.
I won’t pretend to know all the names of people shot this year.
Or even all the people shot this week.
To be honest, I probably can’t even list all the names of unarmed people shot by cops this year.
But there are two names that stand out to me tonight.

One is mine.
I share a name with an officer who is being charged with manslaughter.
I share a name with the person who shot Terence Crutcher.
That makes me sad.
It reminds me I am not far removed from this pain.
I cannot pretend this problem is not mine.
I cannot pretend it is out of reach.

Another name is my baby brothers.
He has a beautiful name. And with it are beautiful dreams for his future.
But sometimes my dreams turn into nightmares and his name becomes a hashtag.
Sometimes I’m afraid he won’t get the future he is supposed to.

Sometimes I get angry that I don’t have to be afraid for myself.
What makes my brother and I different?
We have the same upbringing. The same parents. Even similar dreams.
The only difference is our skin color.
I was born white. He was born black.
But we were both born human.

I don’t know how to fix this.
But I do know that silence is not an option.
I don’t know my part is in the healing that must come.
But I will do whatever I can to not contribute to the breaking.

Will you join me?
Will you be the change?
Will you acknowledge your privilege?
Will you celebrate diversity?
Will you value our differences?
Will you ask questions?
Will you try not to be offended?
Will you open your heart?

Three men. Three races. Similar wisdom. Fighting for peace. Silence is not peace.

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Ever since I attended Journey Church during college I’ve been doing “Word of the Year”. It is just a thing some of us do to kind of help us keep our focus. It’s picking a word to focus on between just you and God. Last year, my word was greater. Before that (and before I was blogging so no stories with those) I had intentional – 2013, pursue – 2012, and delight – 2011.

For 2015 my word is overcome.

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This guy might not be able to imagine where the water is, but it’s there. With just a few steps he could overcome the grass, but he has to be brave enough to face the challenge and simply try.

I feel like there are multiple meanings to attach to this word, or reasons for picking it. What’s crazy is that I have a whole year to figure out why God put this word on my heart, but so far here’s what I’ve been thinking about… I want to overcome the daily issues in my life instead of being overwhelmed by them. I know that God’s got it, so I want to focus on overcoming. Another thing is that I think it’s easy to look at the problems of the world and be overwhelmed by them and say that they are too big to solve. Things like racism and knowing that #BlackLivesMatter, but not knowing how to make the world see that. Things like the human sex trade and trafficking. I cannot stop them by myself, but I can do things to raise awareness. I can stand against them and do things like #Dressember. It doesn’t solve the issue, but it is a start. It is doing my part to overcome. I cannot resist the temptation of drugs for my many friends who are addicts, but I can pray for them.

Just yesterday I had asked a friend if she had time to meet and pray for me about some difficult stuff going on. She read some verses that she felt God had put on her heart to share with me. The were the perfect verses to go along with the word overcome…

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3

Feel free to remind me to overcome this year. I can always use friends checking in, pushing, stretching, supporting. Life’s a journey. It isn’t easy, but it’s exciting. It’s always an adventure. It’s not too late for you to pick a word! Think about it…there’s so many good ones out there. And if you do pick a word, let me know! I’d love to share the journey with you!