Watching the Heart?…

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With everything going on in our country right now… Well it’s causing me to question…

Now I don’t feel confused… But I do have my moments where I stand and think “ok, how should I think and feel about this situation?”….

And I know what religion, the church, my family, my friends, my mentors, etc. say about what’s happening… But I still find myself really wanting… Well… Truth…

And if you know me… Well you know it’s been important in the past that I have truth in my life… That I can truly get to the core of what is real versus what is a lie…

But right now I feel like there are so many issues… So many opinions… So many “well the Bible says this…” coming out of the mouths of others… So much so that I just really want to know “what does God think?…”

Really… What does he think? What does he say? What would he do?… And I don’t mean this in the way that directs itself back to “what does the Bible says he did?” or “what does the Bible say he will do or what we should do”…. I flat out mean what does he think?…

And in a way… What is this all about?… What is he watching?…

I believe he’s watching the heart…

I believe he’s watching to see how much we choose to love and accept others… Regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, etc…

I believe he wants to see that we look at each other with kindness and actually practice acceptance… And that we can say “you know what?… I’ve never been in that situation… I don’t know this persons story at all… But I am going to accept them and be kind”….

And sometimes it’s hard for me to do that… Because the religion I was raised in taught me to judge very harshly… It taught me to look down on people… Believing that I was God in a way because I had biblical answers… And of course judging because “I could judge the sin not the person”…

But in reality… When I look back… Well the way I used to live my life didn’t get me very far… My quality of life was low… And I was boxed off from meeting so many amazing people… People who are just real and true…

And I guess… In this moment… With the speedy moment to moment change in our world… Well my solution to how I think and feel should constantly lead me back to questions…. Am I accepting of the person? Am I being kind to that person? Am I reminding myself that they have a story, a past, a background to build their current place in life off of?…. And if I am doing those things… Well does it end in some type of goodness? The type of goodness that leaves the environment feeling lifted and elevated around me…

And if all of those things are true… Well then I value what religion, the church, my family, my friends, my mentors, etc. say about what’s happening… I respect what they say because I believe everyone is entitled to their own belief system… But I also just want my final outcome to lead to love, acceptance and kindness… Things that are good and that make others feel good…

And I don’t know if I am right… I could be way off… But in this moment… Well what I have seems to be good enough…

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