“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is what it also takes to sit down and listen.“- Winston Churchill
Over this past year and a half, this world has become far too hostile; people have lost the ability to listen to the other side’s position. People have forgotten, it seems, that we all belong to one human family.
Most importantly, this is God’s world.
We are being divided into groups, rather than being united by our humanity. We are all God’s children and worthy of speaking our minds and worthy of being listened to. We do not always have to agree, but we can all agree to respect each other’s humanity.
Unity rather than division is what can salvage this mess that has transpired in the past year and half. Let’s find common ground and agree that in order to move forward we need to listen respectfully, and that when we do speak that our words build up rather than tear down.
Let’s be courageous and build each other up rather than tear each other down.
Let’s be courageous and reach across the aisle, across the table, across the fences, and find solutions that will make this world better than when we first entered it.
One inescapable truth is that tomorrow is not promised to any of us; another inescapable truth is that our lives are brief when we consider the centuries behind us and when we consider the centuries that are yet to come.
God is in control, not us.
He has put each of us on this earth for a purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Joshua 1:11 says: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This past year and a half has been absolutely dreadful with all the fear-mongering.
Truth is, God has commanded us to be courageous.
He has given us promises to prosper us.
God always keeps His promises.
Let’s be courageous.
Let’s have the courage to listen and to speak up for what is right with a spirit filled with respect for every human being we encounter.
We all, after all, are God’s children. We are all equal before God.
God is eternal; this life is temporary.
Let’s unite in a spirit of love and respect.
Let’s pray to God for the courage to make this world a better place, a place of peace for everyone.
Let’s be courageous.
Jenny W. Andrews copyright 2021