I wanted to write something today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but I admit, I …

I wanted to write something today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but I admit, I feel completely inadequate. All day I’ve been asking myself “who are you to speak up?” “Why would your voice matter?” “Others are way more qualified.” Maybe that’s true, but I do have a voice, and if I tell others their voice matters, then I have to believe it for myself. This is the scripture that has been on my heart today.

“Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”
Matthew 6:29-30 NIV

Think about a field of wildflowers. There are so many colors. No two flowers look exactly the same, even if they’re the same kind. Their uniqueness is what makes them beautiful. They’re even more beautiful when they’re together.

If God created each flower unique, and finds beauty in it, why wouldn’t He see us the same way? I believe He sees every tiny nuance about us, inside and out, and finds us beautiful. Why can’t we do the same?

This certainly includes the color of our skin, but what about more than that? What about someone from a different part of town or who is a different age. What about someone who has different religion? We can’t change anything unless we’re willing to come together, not just at big events, but every day.

About 2 years ago I realized how much “sameness” was in my friendships. It wasn’t intentional, but it was time to get intentional. I asked God to bring people into my life who were different from me. That did include different skin tones and so much more. He answered that, and my life is so much better for it.

@mandisaofficial created another challenge with me. (I’m not sure how we do that, but it keeps happening, and it’s fun.) for the #BleedTheSame challenge make friends with someone who is different than you are. Learn about each other, and ask questions. It will be beautiful when we all come together, and it starts one relationship at a time.

-Emily 💜

#bleedthesame #lovedrivesouthate #martinlutherkingjr #martinlutherkingjrday #racism


Updated: February 28, 2018 — 8:21 am

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