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Saturday, July 23, 2016

#BlackLivesMatter



A lot of adjectives describe me:

Christian, silly, fun, laid back, thick, go-getter.

Oh yeah.

And black.

Every day that I look into the mirror, I'm reminded that I'm black. 

I love being black. 

Now, when I turn on the news, look at social media, or walk past a newsstand, I am reminded that I'm black.

Long live the memories of the black people who lost their lives at the hands of police and the white officers who have lost their lives at the hands of hurting black people.

#BlackLivesMatter

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wanting to give up



My current job is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. 

There are so many people who are hurting and need our help. Many times, "those people" are ourselves. When you are fighting for things to change so that people are no longer treated as "throwaways" the dominant culture doesn't usually change and do the right thing overnight. 

I have wanted to give up so many times. Part of me doesn’t understand why I just haven’t quit. Another part of me knows that I have stubborn, dogged, determination. I don’t want my stubbornness to drag my organization down though. 

I’m so stressed and tired and want to just give up and let "Pharaoh" win. I can better understand why the Israelites groaned and complained and figured it would have been easier to stay slaves in Egypt – at least they knew what to expect being a slave. They knew the ups and downs and what it would take to get by. Going through the wilderness to get to a land that’s promised to you is hard when you can’t see past the day-to-day. 

Oh, but when I look beyond my current circumstances, I can see the land that flows with milk and honey! When I can believe without a shadow of a doubt that the same God who brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand will bring us into the promised land no matter what the naysayers are saying, have said, keep saying…when I can look to the hills from where my help comes from, when I can hold to God’s unchanging hand and His promises and when I know that I know that I KNOW that He’s gonna work it out no matter what it looks like, no matter what it feels like...then and only then will I be able to lead the people there!!!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

People matter to God


I read part of a book entitled, A Life that Matters by Ron Hutchcraft. It's a great book on evangelism. With all the thoughts running through my head on the lives of Black men murdered by police and the lives of police officers lost due to retaliation on this thing...my heart hurts. I'm definitely on the side of #BlackLivesMatter. We have to pray, and we have to act. God has given us all that we need to do both. We have to hold our leaders accountable to changing the systemic injustice within the police culture. We have to pray for God to change attitudes, hearts, and minds. We also must communicate and work towards bringing people together. 

This brings me to a point that Ron Hutchcraft made in his book...and one that I keep in mind as I tell people of God's glorious Gospel and share how God wants us to fight against injustice...One thing that I've found to be true...
Scooped from gracelife.com

Monday, May 30, 2016

Why I love to talk about race

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As a Black Southern person (yes I do consider myself to be "Black" first then "Southern"), I love talking about race because so many people try to avoid it like there is no such thing as "race" or that people are "color blind". I know for a fact that people who were not born "color blind" can indeed see the color of my skin whether they claim to care about the color or not.

It's funny to me when people believe that racism is dead. Ever since I was a kid my father taught me that people may mistreat us, or treat us differently, because of our skin color. I've seen this to be true from the classroom to the board room. Not just towards African Americans but to other people of color.

When thinking about the ugliness of racism I have to remember God's grace, mercy, and ministry of reconciliation. It is because of Jesus that any of us can experience these treasures from the Lord and overcome the sin around us.

For discussions of race from a Christian perspective, check out The Crocker Chronicles, a great blog that explores the topic at length.

Later days! And Happy Memorial Day!
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