I dropped Jolee off, a little while ago, at her friend's volleyball game. As I was driving, I realized that the radio had not been on. I've mentioned before that my thoughts can be loud; loud enough to drown out any and all things around me. The image in my head is of me sitting in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge, quietly and unaffected by what's going on. Some may feel I am at peace, but the wars raging in my head on some days are more chaotic than the Baltimore riots. In some moments, I feel that breathing a single word of my mental mayhem will incinerate the entire being of the individual cursed to hear it. Words are so powerful! This, we know. Once we spend them, there is no change. There are no refunds, no replacement plans, no warranties. If America practiced the control of the tongue, we may be better off in some areas.
Anyway, these are the beats of my thoughts, today:
Same love. A relationship cannot be lasting or happy if the involved parties do not share the same love for one another. I've been through enough to be able to speak on this. I've known Jesus Christ long enough to be confident in what I say. Think about it. If the husband loves the idea of the marriage more than anything, while the wife truly loves the heart and soul of the man, then it won't last. For his love does not urge or command that he reciprocates the love of his wife. For his love is more material and material love knows nothing deeper than self. Her love will lead her to not even care about the things he feels are important, for the simple fact that they are material. She is not a material person. So, the love is mismatched and they can't even see it. They could have feelings for one another, love one another tremendously, but only in their type or preference of love.
When the soul of a person is TRULY loved for its essence, the package is made absolutely beautiful to the lover of that soul. It is something that he/she only understands. We like cute couples, right? Well, snatch the covers of cuteness off of these "world-accepted because they look good" couples, and you might find something like oil and water trying to blend or the north end of a magnet trying to make out with another north end. You find more work being done to "appear" than there is work being done to simply "be".
BEAT, THOUGHT, BEAT!!
We all have lived in America long enough, to factually know that fairness has never been first step to any process of establishment. I hate, with a passion, ALL that has gone down since way before Travon Martin. How about when Cain slew Abel, or when Pharoah killed all the babies, or when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified, and ALL He EVER did was Love like only God can! YES, the issue of black and white is MAJOR, but all that has gone down on BOTH sides at this point is an issue of EVIL!
In this evil, you find lack of education, prejudice, racism, poor parenting, poor instruction, lack of accountability, ignorance (chosen and natural), tolerance, and a government that ultimately allows it all!! How does the government allow it? By failing to deliver fair and equal justice! When we begin to see such, then we will see better days.
You know, just the other week, my daughter was hanging out around the bus stop after school with other kids in the neighborhood. They've been doing this for years now, hanging out after school, killing time, minding their own business. Anyway, on this particular day, two of the boys get into a heated argument. Some random white man walks up and questions if there is a problem. This random citizen just happens to be wearing a gun. Words are exchanged, and a few of the teenagers are not arguing with the man, questioning why he is even involving himself in their business. Is this the new tactic, random white citizens?? You approach black youth, start some mess, hoping that at some point you get to feeling threatened, so that you can shoot someone's black child?? MY CHILD??? MY CHILDREN??? KIDS I'VE SEEN GROWING UP RIGHT NEXT TO MINE??
True, I feel that once this man was spotted coming in their direction, the youngsters should have walked on into the neighborhood toward their homes. I've advised my child that there is to be NO MORE hanging at the bus stop after school. It's sad that our children are not as safe as they should be, just outside their own homes.......
We've got to teach our children, especially our boys, how to respond and how not to respond in certain situations. The system is looking for any means to destroy our youth. If it can't kill them, it will at least try to scar their records which will ill effect their futures and their becoming the greatness that they have the potential to be.
MOSEY ON DOWN THE BEATING PATH.......
Truth, as the world sees it, is a bit different from how God sees it. Imagine a man, in trouble for stealing. The world says, "thou shalt not steal!" They leave it at that. Yes, that is God's Word, but surface Christians really teach us nothing. Now, God's approach to this man may be something like this, "Yes, you stole, but MY issue is that you doubted my ability to provide your needs, your daily bread." It's similar to my dealings with my kids, who only here the words I speak. Then, I have to give reason why I say what I say, as well as provide examples of consequences. Think about it this way. We can build walls all around us, protecting us from what we feel are all the world's threats. We tend to do this with the simple literal application of God's Word. Building such walls blinds us to any growing army, outside our walls. Understanding the context, the social climate of those living when the Word was written, the issues, people and cultures being addressed by the Word, is like building watchtowers, so that we may see the true threats outside of us. Is that plain enough? I know God is often frustrated by our perversion and misuse of His Word which is key to ALL life. It's like our Savior is stripped down, and sold out on the streets, by the service hour, to the highest bidder.......only for His beauty though.
HAPPY TODAY Y'ALL!!! I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU AND PRAY THAT TODAY IS ALL IT NEEDS TO BE AND MORE, FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILIES, YOUR DREAMS, AND YOUR FUTURES.
Bryan Hollomon Williams