I have a lot on my mind lately…I’ve cringed as I’ve had conversations or read posts online shared by people, including myself.
I sit in my bubble, consuming God’s word and am in my daily routine while people around me are hurting. I believe I must look outside my little bubble to see how I can pray for and truly love others.
Learning about political, racial, and cultural issues is important. I also believe it’s important to God. How can I effectively apply God’s word to my life and “be the church” to those around me if I have no clue what people are even going through?
Jesus related to those around him. He didn’t change God’s word, but loved, cared for and listened to what people experienced. It’s how I should lead by example daily. I’ve been torn while seeing how “the church” (𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣, 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙮𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛) has gone without extending grace, love and compassion to others.
So many are walking away from their faith because of the toxicity and exclusion I see, I’ve played my part in, and have also experienced in and from “the church”. It’s so important for me to unlearn the bad habits of self-righteousness as a Christ follower.
My prayer is that I’ll do better. It’s why I share in my stories (on Instagram and Facebook) or blog posts from my perspective as a woman of color, a black woman, or a multi-racial woman (𝙨𝙤 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙪𝙨 “𝙢𝙞𝙭𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙚“, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩, 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙚𝙭𝙝𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙄’𝙢 “𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙“ 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙖, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙧.) I truly believe we can learn from each other.
This is my day to day; my reality. Most likely it’s a reality for you and some of your friends of color too. Learning, unlearning, and talking with people, (𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜) I can do my part in being the church…
𝘼𝙨 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙬𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙝, 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙙𝙤 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧?