Hey, family! I am really excited about this new blog series. Have you downloaded your copy of A Legacy of Love and Sacrifice? If not, please subscribe, so you can use the 20% off discount code to purchase the eBook version today! It will cost $3.99 plus tax. Go ahead… sometimes the notification will go to SPAM, so check that too… I’ll wait!
In ACT ONE, Sarah Christian Love overheard a group of teachers, sharing their opinions about Black History Month. Depending on your perspective will determine how you feel about their private conversation. Are you focused on the fact that Sarah was technically eavesdropping or are you concerned with the fact that the educators referred to Cultural Awareness Training as “Mumbo Jumbo” and considered a Black History Play as nothing more than an activity on a district checklist? (Well, I am definitely concerned with their attitude toward Black History Month and I will discuss this further with those of you who subscribed to read the A Legacy of Love and Sacrifice blog on the website.) Click here
For now, let’s discuss private conversations for a moment. When we share our inner most thoughts and feelings, we are extremely vulnerable. We do not expect anyone to betray our confidence or eavesdrop on our conversations. Can you imagine, bearing your soul to close friends and family, only to be exposed to the world as a racist or an individual with biases and prejudices? Yikes!
Well, as I soul searched with our Father, I was led to read Psalm 139: 1-6 NIV. It reads, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” Wow! Before we ever say a word or before our thoughts are fully formed, our Father knows exactly what is on our mind and what we are going to actually say. Yet, we act as if we have the ability to have a “private” conversation.
In other words, we may close the door behind us but our Father is still there. We may lean in close and whisper but our Father still hears us. We may call our closest friends on the way home from work but it’s still a three way phone call because our Father is on the line. We may wait until we get home to express how we really feel about our colleagues but our Father is still a part of the conversation. Before a word is on our tongue, he knows it, remember?
The fact is: when we share our inner most thoughts and feelings, we expose who we truly are to the people closest to us because our Father already knows who we are. We can’t hide from him! “He ponders our thoughts from a far,” remember? Perhaps, it’s time for us to pray like David did in Psalm 139:23-24 NIV. He prayed, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Comparing one race to the next will cause us to have anxious thoughts. Peterson “Peter” Sinclair compared the struggles of black and white people in America, so he couldn’t bring himself to support his black and brown brothers and sisters in Christ. Pitting one race against another and harboring prejudices and biases are offensive ways in us and we need the Father to lead us in the right direction. You see, when we truly follow Christ, our private conversations will begin to mirror our public conversations. We won’t “tolerate” our brothers and sisters in public, only to mock them in private. We won’t shun our brothers and sisters in public to hold on to social status, votes, or congregants, only to ask for forgiveness when no one is watching. What’s done in the dark will come to light, so we need to let our light shine in public and private because the Father is always with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
#Just think about it. Then, Go to the Father and pray about it#
#A Legacy of Love and Sacrifice#
#Soul Searching Saturdays#