Friday, January 6, 2012

State of the Union...

Here is my address. My heart is breaking because our great union is anything but a union. As I watch the news or read articles or see pictures there is disunity of every kind and I'm ashamed of what we have become. Americans are fighting Americans. Where is the sense in that? We are on the same team! We are civilized human beings with a conscience. Act like it! Instead of celebrating success we scorn those who are successful and demand a portion instead of working for it. People are crying out for help and a grubby check is thrown at them every month to silence the cries. Neither of these does anyone any good. There are mouths in this country that go unfed. There is no reason for hunger to exist here! There is greed on every corner from top to bottom, no class is excluded here. Our greed will continue to drive us to the grave. If you don't have money don't buy. You have an extra dollar? Help someone out. We have created a culture of class wars and takers. Our culture is greedy and needy and as long as those two exist there is disorder sure to follow. Where are we Americans? Where is our pride in hard work? Where is our generosity and compassion? Where is our true charity? Where is our will to fight for each other for the good? Where is our sense of UNITY in this united states? Stop fighting! Put away your signs and fight for a job, fight for an education. You can do it I believe in you. The other percentage. Open your eyes. See what you are doing and what you are NOT doing. See who is around you. If you have resources you don't need give someone a hand, I'm sure you've had a hand a time or two. Give someone a job. You CAN afford it, I'm sure. If you can't I bet you know someone that can. Look out for your fellows! America, do not be too high and mighty that you wont take a job that is "below" you. If you need a job TAKE IT until you figure something else out. Pull it together America! We can be strong. We can be powerful and a mighty nation. But as long as we fight each other we will fall. Stop taking what you do not deserve. Work hard. Pay fair. Treat each other with respect. HAVE respect for yourselves. Lets fight for each other not against. We have brains, use them. America, I believe in you. I believe that we have what it takes to bring us back again. You are strong, be strong! Make sacrifices. Take pride in who you are and what you can do! Whatever it is! This country needs all types, we have all types. Pick up your head and see what you can do for someone, for yourself, your neighbor, for your country, for your fellow Americans. Come on America! Wake up! Pay attention! We are bigger than this. We can do better! We are better than this! I BELIEVE IN US!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Here and there...

So here I am. Its January 4th, 2012. And I am on a brand new journey. So far a new year is bringing me a new job, a new home, a new roommate, a new zip code and a new state even! And all this new is making me shake in my boots a little. I'll have never been so far away from things that make me feel at home. My family. My friends. The people that know me and still choose to love me. I have the very best of friends that allow me to be who I am. Extend me grace when I don't deserve it. Compassion when I need it most and Love when I am every bit of a fool. They see my sin and say Yes to me anyway. That is Christ working in the hearts of the people around me and it blesses me tenderly and abundantly. Out of all the "news," a new community is what scares me the most...terrified might be a better adjective. Really thats the only thing that scares about moving to NEW YORK CITY (yeah, thats where I'm going). Building a new community. Man, thats hards work. It took me six years to build what I have now. Six years of conflicts and resolutions. Molding and Shaping. Bending and at times even breaking but always being redeemed. And now, I'm starting from scratch. All over again. I'd be lying if I told you that insecurities of it possibly taking a really long time didn't exist in my heart every now and again. What if I don't find that again at all? Its a possibility. I love my friends. I love my family. Just as they each are. Here is what I have to remember. I have to remember that if God is going to call me somewhere, which is what I feel like he has done, then I have to trust that He will meet me there. I know He desires community with us and will allow me to find it. Yeah, it probably will take quite a bit of time and lots more work but its so worth it. My community now is every bit of proof I ever need. Even if I do not find a community for quite some time I need to rely on the community that exists between me and the trinity. And that alone is the most glorious of communities. And more sustaining than anything else on this splendid, green earth. I need that truth burned into my heart!! So here's to my new journey God has sent me on! Cheers! Pray for me?