We Are More Than This

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If it isn’t evident by now, so many communities have been fragmented, family units have been all about destroyed, and frankly, no one cares outside of their own back yard anymore. This goes beyond color, economic class, beyond nationalism. It’s only Tuesday, and this week has erupted with events that have been simmering a long time, both literally in Nepal, and figuratively now in Baltimore. It’s heart breaking that the bigger issues are being ignored in favor of TV ratings and sparking division especially in the US. There are systems at work deceiving you, encouraging this in an effort to control you, and we all lap it up willingly and say, “Oh, they deserved,” almost in vain. Even if you aren’t religious, the message of treating each other as you would yourself, or simply taking a step back to try and understand where the other person is coming from should be understood – if not a universal truth. You don’t have to step foot into a Holy building to understand that. I encourage everyone to not only continue to pray for peace, but work together more to take back our freedom, and take back our futures from what they want to consider a “reality.”

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The Newness of it All

The air is always too thick around here during the rush of activity during back to school week.  It’s too humid, too warm still and so many leftover memories from Summer makes you wish we had another few weeks to lie on the beach.  All good things should be cherished, remembered and eventually have to come to an end.  Today marks the first day of school for some.  That first day is always filled with anxiety especially if they are taking the bus for the first time.  New friends, new teachers, and new challenges that will shape them through the year and teach them growth.

With the ease that popular culture has in reaching our youth today (and some adults), I think it is important to remember that during our time of growth, we remember to keep our feet firmly on the ground and remember what is important.

Put God first and pray each day.

I don’t believe in shoving God or religion down anyone’s throat because it defeats the entire purpose.  Just know that in times of trouble and especially since this is a new start for so many of you, prayer can move mountains and calm seas (literally and figuratively actually).  If you struggle with accepting that, I completely understand.  There are so many things in life that make us question everything.  What is real?  Why is my life the way it is?   Why can’t I find that answer on Google?  Start slow, study often and let the word come to you.  Take that with you this year and as you grow older.  Empower yourself through faith not fear.

I encourage you to do well in all aspects and remember that roadblocks are keys to finding success.  I’m sure this year will fly by and what will you have to show for it?

 

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