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Open your eyes, your mind and your heart. You will be the richer for it. 

Righting wrongs is never easy.  You have to change the old ways.  You have to establish new ways.  And you have to keep at it until the new ways become common place.

But social justice is so worth the effort.

Start with a small goal.  Take the love of God into the situation.  Rinse and repeat at needed.




Love your neighbor as yourself works best when your neighbor is defined rather broadly.  That’s the whole point in the tale of the Good Samaritan.  The Samaritan wasn’t of the same culture.  He didn’t live next door or, most likely, in the same neighborhood.  In fact, he could actually get in trouble for helping the man who was in distress.

Remember “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”?  If the Samaritan tried to help and the man died, his family would probably take revenge on the Samaritan.  After all, wasn’t he the last person seen with the victim?  The Samaritan could take shelter in a city of refuge, but his family would still be at risk, because the victim’s family could seek revenge against a son, brother or nephew.

Still, the Samaritan helped.  And he wasn’t just an anonymous helper on the side of the road.  He took the victim to an inn, spoke to the innkeeper and sacrificed his anonymity.

The Samaritan didn’t say, “He looks different.  He worships different.  I don’t even know him.”  He looked at a man in need and saw his neighbor.  Just a little something to think about.


I’d love to say that I embrace change.  In truth, sometimes I do okay with it.  Other times, it overwhelms me.  

Part of dealing with it is recognizing that reality.

How to avoid being overwhelmed?  I have to be a part of it.  I have to step up and make it mine.  

But I also have to realize that the past was not perfect or sacred.  It is just the way it was.

Fortunately, I have faith that God loves me.  Change happens but it is part of His plan.  I just have to find my place in it.


Get out and do something today!

Maybe make a decision to be kind more often than right?

Don’t think I’m a Polly Anna. There are situations where you just can’t expect someone to be grateful.  When my friend recently lost her husband and son in a hiking accident, another friend told her she could be grateful that their deaths increased the knowledge of those around them and will thus save lives.

I’m 98% certain that the choking noise I made was audible.  No, no, no!  That is not what I mean when I recommend having an attitude of gratitude. Don’t be silly.

But there are other things that have happened for which she is truly grateful.  There’s the AT&T rep who spent time helping her figure out how to reduce her monthly bill by a significant amount.  Last night a neighbor moved her husband’s pick up.  It’s a beast and my friend needs to be taught to drive something that massive.  But until then she’s found someone who is more than willing to shift it for her.  Another friend drove the truck home from New Mexico.  More gratitude.

And it is helping to bring her peace.  She knows that if she gives a shout out on Facebook, someone will step up with the knowledge she needs to face the next problem.  And through this peace, no matter how small in these days of sorrow, she has hope for tomorrow.

A vision?  A plan.  No, that hasn’t come yet.  But it will.  And when it does, we’ll celebrate.

Gratitude.  It really is a tricky thing when times are tough.  But look for the helpers.  Look for those acting as the hands and feet of Christ.  When and where you can, give thanks.  It will lighten your load and lift your heart.


Sometimes walls have unintended consequences.

I wish I had something pithy to say about my path to success on this one but . . . not so much.  Try, try again?


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