This isn’t for everyone

just those who said they love Jesus. I had an ah ha worship moment. God created worship to give His people insight into who He is. We repeat phrases over and over again because each repetition etches something deeper in our souls which opens our minds to what God is teaching us.

As we were singing tonight about a firm foundation, I heard it say a firm foundation is not shaken. I asked myself “how firm is this foundation I have built this life on?” Do I believe Jesus is who He says He is? If this is true, then I have to stop letting my foundation be shaken. I have to stop doubting His love because of what I see in this world.

God’s people are surrounded by darkness. We have to stop allowing the darkness determine our actions. We have to stop allowing circumstances to dictate our reactions. We can’t allow the negative to impact our love.

He has called us to love. In a place where everyone is hurting, He has called us to love. This message isn’t for everyone because everyone can’t handle it. He is calling us to love when they shoot us down in the streets. He is calling us to love when they shoot us down in our own homes. He is calling us to love when we can’t. He is calling us to love because He did.

So as you try to process all that the world offers you this week, love someone. Lots of people need it. None deserve it, but do it anyway.

This is for Atatiana. There is love and light in the midst of the darkness.


You Might All Be Looking In The Same Direction

but your heart determines what you see. Whatever you are looking for, you will find.

This past week I had the opportunity to go to an art gallery with some fellow students. It was part of an assignment from class where we visited several local galleries to get an idea of what type of art was where.

After three or four galleries, I stumbled into a place that had crisp white walls and framed images on the wall. A few photos were set up in light boxes.

I was mesmerized.

Her headdress was created with feathers and sat on her head like a crown. There was white paint around the outside of her face, but wide eyes, round nose and full perfect lips reflected her natural beauty. Dignified. Fearful. Elegant. Mistica Wonuk of the Sasap Wigum Tribe is the image of a woman in tribal dress on fabric over a lightbox frame by Chicago photographer Sandro Miller in the exhibition I am Papua New Guinea at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Illinois from September 6 to November 9.

The gallery was filled with images indigenous people from Papua New Guinuea in tribal wardrobe. I saw proud people of color in portraits, while many of my fellow students saw people being taken advantage of. They wanted to see these people in their natural surrounding, not in a photo studio. One young woman went on a tirade for 30 minutes about how unfair this was.

They could only see what they perceived as injustice.

I saw something I had not seen before in those images. I was introduced to a group of people and their customs.

Here’s the rub. Even though many of the students were indignant because a white man used his skills to document the life of indigenous people in the way he knew best, he still did more to tell the story of a dying people than the offended students.

Don’t tell me what you think. Show me what you believe. Moving your hands and feet preaches a better sermon than alligator tears.