Those of you who know me best know just how hard this use to be for me . . . you know what I’m talking about, the being quiet part. The listening part. But I am happy to say that I have been practicing. And it’s getting easier. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God”.
Today social media is far from quiet. In fact, it is SCREAMING! Screaming with fear, hatred, rage, protest, panic, joy, excitement, love, it’s about time’s, and absolute stupidity on both sides of the issue. I had to stop myself . . . truth be told, a few different times, from weighing in on the political arena. God told me to stop and “Listen to my Life”. What is MY life saying?
I hope it is saying this: I love you, no matter your color, your size, your income level, or your religion. I have been called by my Creator to love you. Sometimes, that is downright difficult–almost impossible. Some of you spew hatred. Without Jesus in my life, it would be beyond impossible. But with Him, all things are possible.
I hope my life says this: We all make mistakes. We all say things we wish we hadn’t. We all do things we wish we hadn’t. We all need forgiveness, mercy, grace, and second chances. If you’re like me, you may need 3rd, 4th, or 5th chances. But eventually, you get it right! You become brave enough to use your mistakes to help others climb their mountains, skip over some of the hazards, and make it to glory quicker–with less bleeding and more joy!
I hope my life says this: I am willing to listen before jumping to judgment. We all have a story. What is yours? Where do you come from? What is your perspective? I may not agree with you. In fact, I may completely disagree with you. But I will not hate you. We can agree to disagree.
I hope my life says this: I know that white privilege still exists in some places and I am not proud of that. But I will stand beside my brothers and sisters of different ethnicities and fight for freedom and fairness for you. It belongs to you. It should be yours. It’s that simple. You can count on me.
I hope my life says this: Although I didn’t vote for the President who took office today, I pray he does well . . .VERY well. Because I am intelligent enough to know that if he does well, our country does well. We are all in this TOGETHER. I want people to succeed. I want our country to be strong. I want men, women, and children to be healthy, strong, happy, and whole.
I hope my life says this: Although I may completely disagree with you politically, I can still respect you as a human being. Although I wasn’t excited about either of the top two Presidential candidates for office, I am not out looting or causing anyone harm. I am not bashing my “friends” on Facebook. I am not purposely trying to hurt others’ feelings.
I hope my life says this: In the grand scheme of things, I have no control over this. I voted. I did my job. I DO have control over myself and MY actions. I can do random acts of kindness every single day . . . and this does make a difference.
Listen to YOUR life. What does it say?