Where do I begin?
As I sit here at my kitchen table, I am not sure where to begin. What words do I say that haven't already been said? 2020 sure has come in roaring like a lion, angry and tired of us living our life status quo. Causing us to slow down, isolate, and begin to take stock of the life we were living.
I've seen families walking and riding bikes at night in my neighborhood. I hear children playing outside. And just when we thought things would get back to some sense of normalcy, the world collides for yet more unrest and upheaval as black lives are senselessly being taken.
Black lives matter! There is no but or wait, what about all lives. No! Black lives matter! I know you are probably tired of hearing about this, but I don't care. I am staying it and will continue to say it until my black brothers and sisters are treated the same way that I am; until they are given equal rights and have access to the same privilege that I experience as a white person.
The system isn't broken and needs fixing. No! Instead, it is a system designed to create opportunities for white people while preventing our black brothers and sisters from having those same opportunities—a system with walls that need tearing down so opportunities can be available to all.
Listen, I know this is a hard conversation that makes us all feel uncomfortable. We feel vulnerable and afraid we might say the wrong thing. I get it. I can't tell you how many times I've written something and erased it or reworded it. But here's the deal. We have to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and uncomfortable. We have to be willing to have those hard conversations. We have to use our voice to evoke change. Never has there been a higher call than the one you are getting today, to stand up and say enough is enough.
I have a voice, and I will not stand silent to the injustices, intimidation, and violence my black brothers and sisters have endured. I am willing to be vulnerable and participate in hard conversations. I am willing to educate myself about the things I don't know and share what I learn with others. I am willing to be a part of a movement that builds a fair and equitable community for all ages, all races, all kinds.
I am part of the solution, not the problem. Are you willing to stand with me?
John 15:13 Great love has no one than this than to lay down one's life for his friends.
If you're not sure what to do, there are plenty of resources out there to help. Here are a few books that have been recommended to me that I will pass along to you.
Here a resource for children:
Make today amazing because you are amazing!