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What Direction is Your Moral Compass Headed? Is it Pointed in the Wrong or the Right Direction?

wpid-img_20150309_143751.jpgEach of us have a moral compass. Some are pointed in the wrong direction. Each of us have a responsibility to do the right thing even when it feels uncomfortable.

Racial division is tearing this country apart. It has the world up in arms and is tearing families across the nation apart. To say mean things and hurt people based on their gender or the color of their skin says a lot about the direction your moral compass is headed.

I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even want to look at the news anymore because of so many disturbing events that tell a negative story of how we as a nation continue to see race and gender discrimination against those who clearly don’t deserve it. Who ever says racism doesn’t exist is looking at the wrong picture.

Racism is alive and well and seems to be getting worse. People are openly expressing the wrong ideas or actions towards others who truly don’t deserve it. How can we as a nation fix the problem if we refuse to look at and change ourselves?

To talk bad about or treat someone indifferently just because they are different from you is a sin and a shame. It is not the right thing to do. Where is your moral compass? Who is leading and guiding you?

We may all have different color skin but in God’s eyes we are all the same. He loves each and every one of us just the same. When God created man he didn’t create a black man or a white man. He created us in His image. Not some, all humanity was created in His image.

Do any of us know for sure what Jesus actually looked like? No. “No one ever has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18) “In Christ, God became a man who lived on earth” (Jn 1:18).

Some say Jesus’ skin was black, some say he was white.  Some even say he was the same color that match their skin but the Bible does not make any indication to the color of His skin. It doesn’t matter who is wrong or right. None of us in this life have a perfect picture of Jesus’ physical appearance. Therefore, we should not make any assumptions or draw any conclusions about his physical appearance.

As such, we shouldn’t draw conclusions about others just because of the way they look or who they are. Nor should we discriminate against them based on gender or the color of their skin. What we do know is Jesus loved us. He was hung on the cross and died for us. It didn’t matter what color our skin was. Shouldn’t that be enough for us to at least learn to love one another?

The Bible tells us in Revelation 1:14-16 “The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing water…. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”

Based on what the word tells us, we can only image Jesus’ physical appearance. God made us in his image. Be glad about it. I pray we stop the hate, discrimination, and violence against one another. I pray we learn to love one another, just as Jesus loves us, regardless of our skin color.

God doesn’t discriminate based on the color of our skin. He already knows who we are. He is no respecter of persons. We must love one another just as He loves us. Have the mind of Christ. Love all your sisters and brothers. Let God guide your moral compass. When you do, you can be sure it will be headed in the right direction.

Be blessed! -JD

Genesis 1:26-27 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (NIV)

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We All Bleed the Same Blood. The Color Doesn’t Change. God is No Respecter of Persons – He Loves Us All the Same

I had the pleasure of watching and listening to what I thought was a powerful, thought-provoking video by Kaleo, one of my dearest friend’s son that spoke volumes to my heart. I had to share this beautiful message so that others may hear and be moved as I was, which ultimately will compel us to act and make a difference in this world. I also ask that you please feel free to share. http://youtu.be/o14eshpdTfY

When you listen to the words of this song, you will see that it clearly sends a powerful message to the things we are seeing in the world today; racial injustice, violence, inequality. The nation is divided, the stigma of racism still resonates. It is still prevalent. Domestic abuse and violence is ever-increasing. Please stop the violence. Be the change you want to see. Don’t let the color of skin infuse hatred and inequality. We should all be treated as equals.

We may look different, but the same blood runs through our veins. We all bleed the same blood. The color doesn’t change. God is no respecter of persons  (Acts 10:34). In His eyes we are all equal. Jesus Christ doesn’t change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God loves each and every one of us the same. Love your brothers and sisters just as he does.

I’m not the color of my skin. I may look different but I’m a human being. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, “Color has no barrier, no body, or no face. We mustn’t let the color of our skin be the cause of division or hate. We should love one another as God loves us.

The color of our skin shouldn’t matter because it doesn’t matter to God. We are all God’s children. He doesn’t discriminate. Nor should we. I pray we stop the violence and eliminate hate because of the color of our skin.”

“Every moment I think about it, I can’t help but to pray. Please stand in agreement with me and pray for peace amongst our nation. I know there are families hurting everywhere. I ask that we please put an end to racism, stop spewing hate, and end gun violence, any and everywhere. Hate or violence will not solve anything. Violence upon violence, racial divide, will only exacerbate the condition. It will only make matters worse. Peace is what we need that others may hear our voice.”

“It may seem like we have come a long ways in the fight for justice, peace, equality, and in our efforts to end racism. But sadly, we still have a long ways to go. It is far from over but I’m hopeful.

Take these words with you from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I am sharing again today. Pray with me and pray with KaLeo. Pray for the nation. Pray for peace, justice, strength, and comfort in the wake of what we see happening not just today, but pray without ceasing every day.

Please feel free to share. Thank you.

Be blessed! -JD

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Don’t Defeat My Progress Because of My Pain. Let Your Words Help Me to Heal and Feel Whole Again

wpid-textgram_1399515461.pngGod knows all about us and still blesses us. In spite of our flaws, he still loves us. Yet there are those who have seen us at our worse and know all about our past. But sometimes fail to understand the impact of their words when trying to console us when in pain.

And will use our past as a crutch and at the same time speak words of encouragement. For some, it is not always intentional even when it seems inappropriate. It can mean that they really do not understand how negative mixed with positive may affect us. Not realizing how much their words hurt us.

When a person who is in pain reaches out to another, their hope is to be healed, feel whole again, and find comfort. Yet we must know the difference and not confuse comfort with negative criticism. Or confuse pain with defeating progress. Because what it will do is crush that person’s spirit and may cause them to stagnate their own progress. Some will comfort and criticize at the same time. Because it’s the person they choose to be at that time. Not realizing at that point it defeats the purpose, especially when someone needs to get past their hurt when hurting.

When someone is hurting, words of encouragement are meant to heal with good intentions. Not to be replaced with words that will hurt them and remind them of their past afflictions. Opinions matter but they do not count. When secure in whom you are you will erase all doubt. Criticism at first will look like defeat and may cause you to go on the defense. Quickly reminding yourself you mustn’t take offense. It is then and only then after much careful thought, you realize you could have handled it differently and in the future will work to not give it much thought.

Don’t get me wrong, criticism when constructive can sometimes make you stronger. But you must be careful of the appropriate time to use it and not at a time when consoling others. Or at a time when you know mentally and emotionally, there is something wrong. Discern the difference between right and wrong.

Unkind, thoughtless words hurt once they leave the mouth. Be careful with the words that come out of your mouth. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Your words are a reflection of your thoughts and who you are and have become. Make sure your words in a split moment of conversation inspire and not tear down. Let your opinions be wise and spiritually sound. Be kind, loving, empathetic, and sincere. Don’t use the past at any time to remind someone of the place they find themselves now  is why they are there.

The greater level of comfort you have with yourself will make it that much easier to deflect criticism, and not let it hinder your progress. Only to use it as a positive force to remind you of the person you have matured into. While celebrating the past you left behind you.

Don’t defeat my progress because of my pain. Let your words of comfort be positive to help me heal and feel whole again. Don’t confuse comfort with negative criticism when supporting someone in their time of need. Build them up. Let your words be positive words of wisdom. Indeed!

Be blessed! -JD

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. (NASB)

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

A father’s love is different from a mother.
No matter the stigma surrounding fathers, we can never compare them to our mother.
They deserve love and appreciation too.
Fathers are the part of the foundation that contributed to our development in life too.

Fathers can be superheroes to some.
Some may have been strict disciplinarians that taught you how to overcome.
Be thankful for what they may have taught you.
To protect you and not let others take advantage of you.
You will learn to appreciate it when you have children of your own.
It will teach you how to discipline them that they may grow up to be strong.

You may have grown up in the household of a single mother.
Still we must acknowledge the contribution of a father.
We cannot hold resentment or regret.
Of fathers who have been absent in our lives or who have not been present.

We must forgive and reconcile our hearts to God.
And love them as God loves us. God is love.
Fathers are God’s gift to the earth. Value a father’s worth.
Choose not to hold on to bitterness or strife.
Cherish your being here because of your parent’s sacrifice.
One made by your father and mother, with God’s help, who gave you life.

If you have been raised by a single mother, today give recognition where it is deserved in honor to all fathers. No matter where they are or haven’t been as of today. Acknowledge your father or children’s father even if they have been absent in the role they play. Be it near or far, celebrate their life today. Honor the presence and memory of ones who are no longer here. Celebrate them in spirit and keep them close to your heart, near and dear.

To Fathers all across the world today, I say

Happy Father’s Day!

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 103:13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;” (NIV)

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Today Is Happy Valentine’s Day

Here’s wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day. No matter your status whether you are single, married, engaged. Know that God loves each and every one of you today and every day.

For God so loved the world. He loves us unconditionally. He gave his only begotten Son for you and for me. He did this so that we may have eternal life. He made an ultimate sacrifice. John 3:16

We are not here by chance or circumstance. We are here because God gave us another chance. While for many today, Valentine’s Day is a day to show love. The greatest love we can show is to God, because it is his love that has kept and brought us this far.

His gift to us is the angels he has released in the atmosphere. As a shield to cover and protect us while we are here. Celebrate. Rejoice in God’s love. Do as the Word tells us in love. Be patient. Be kind. Don’t envy. Don’t boast. Don’t be proud. No matter the storm cloud.

God is love. And He gives his love freely. Receive it joyfully. It never fades. It’s always here. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always persevere. For this is the reason we are still here. 1 Corinthians 13:7 God loves us so. He protects and gives us hope. If nothing else, remember Job.

And remember, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

It is with this I say, “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Love and be loved. For God is Love.

Be Blessed! -JD

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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Good Morning!

Live on purpose. Live in the moment of the day. Cherish every minute. Let God have his way. Share love and kind words today. Have a great day!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten  Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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