Our Purpose… Love…

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In the midst of our reality… As a nation, I believe one of the most important things we can do is simply embrace the simplicity of our purpose as humans… Which is to love and be loved by God…

To move closer to Him as He moves closer to us…

To love and be love…

Because we don’t just need Him in these moments… We need Him all the time… And more than that… He needs us all the time…

I feel like… As a society, and I am equally guilty… We’ve become so caught up and distracted by our ever evolving world… We are so connected yet so unconnected… And if we are that unconnected to each other… Imagine how unconnected we are to God… To His presence…

I don’t believe God makes things like this happen… But I do believe He allows them and uses them…

That the opposite end of what is dark, is light… That the power of the negativity we feel can easily be turned to positivity and light… To love…

And I believe more than anything… That God…. In all of His complexity and majesty is truly just simply trying to love us deeply in these moments of chaos…

And… We don’t have to search for it… Seek it… Or pine for it on our knees… We just have to say, “I accept your love God”…

Because I feel like within that… Within just becoming acceptors of His love, we can quickly become part of the solution… Less of the problem…

We can actually allow God to change our hearts and break down barriers that have been built up between races, ethnicities and religions for hundreds of thousands of years…

We can become filled with love and less about the hate that, in some way, breeds inside all of us…

And more than anything… We can stop reenforcing fear… Because fearing fear is disrespectful within itself…

And as our nation continues to shake… To move… To wrestle with it’s reality… I believe peace can be found… That stillness in our hearts… In our souls… In our minds… Is an option we can easily choose…

But we have to start by growing, by cultivating more light, love and life towards one another in every single hand shake, facial gesture and with every word we speak…

Racey Reality…

IMG_1762I live in a country where I’m allowed to express my mind… My thoughts… My reality….

My reality… My perspective on life has changed with time…

The journey God has taken me on in life has evolved as He’s changed my heart…

Part of the truth about who I am is being from the South… From Louisiana… From a place rooted in culture…

But within that culture is so much…

And part of the truth about who I am…. Who my ancestors were… Well it’s shameful…

I am an 8th generation descendant from a plantation…

Yeah, the ones we learn about in American history classes… A place where people owned people…

And I don’t know that much about the actual act of slavery on my family’s plantation… I’ve been told my ancestors treated their slaves “well”… And whatever the case is…. Well it doesn’t matter… Because my family used to own people… And that in itself isn’t just at all…

And I don’t hold it against them… There’s enough hate in this world as it is… And I don’t need to contribute by holding onto some couple of hundred year old hate…

And as much as I’d like to admit I’ve always been loving and accepting of different races and people groups… Well I haven’t…

I’ve had to learn to love others… To see the person sitting next to me as my equal… That we all bleed the same color and have air coming in and out of our lungs the way God intended…. That we all deserve love, respect and a chance to live a life of potential…

And I’ve asked God to forgive my ancestors… To free me and the life that comes after me of this hate, complete disrespect and crime against mankind…

But that’s the thing… Asking Him to forgive is good… It’s true… It happens… He’ll set the record straight and completely remove all of the curses on my generational line… But… Then living it out is different… Because that means I have to live a lifestyle of love…. To treat every single person I come into contact with with respect…

And I truly thank God for placing me in an environment over the past two years where I worked for an Asian-African American… Where I had to learn how to love them as myself…

And now…. Now when I walk down the street… Well color is color… I see less of what’s on the outside and more of what’s on the inside… I try and engage in conversation and look at the heart… Because the heart never lies…

And, of course, I’m not “there” yet… I have my moments where racism still tries to become a way in me… But then I quickly remind myself… Or have a friend remind me of reality…

And I just truly hope… One day… That I can just live with a peaceful mind… One that doesn’t segregate, discriminate, hate and completely disrespect a people group….