As much as this blog is NOT completely about me, I have experienced many of the moments described below!!! I chose to write this piece because of how God has healed me from my brokenness and He can do the same for you. We need to learn to live WITH each other and not AGAINST each other.
These statements, although birthed as a response to the racial tension in this country, can be applied in many other situations as well.
You look at me and smile so now I think I am accepted.
You look at me with fear and judgement and I realize I was only tolerated.
You look at me and you wonder where I am from and wonder how did I get here.
You look at me and reach out with your heart but then don’t understand when I share.
You look at me and question my motives and the fear I see keeps me trapped in mine.
You look at me and size me up so as to question my presence.
You look at me and ask me my story and I reluctantly invite you in.
You look at me and shake your head because I don’t look like you.
You look at me and turn your nose up because you need me to think you are better than me.
You look at me and shudder at the thought that your world is different because of me.
You look at me and wonder what your friends and family might think if they saw us together.
You look at me and wonder that maybe, just maybe, it’s not my fault I look this way.
You look at me and begin to realize that the same Jesus who died for you, died for me.
You look at me and realize that forgiveness is for both of us.
You look at me and accept that there is enough Grace and Mercy to go around.
You look at me and ask if we can really be friends.
You look at me and share your heart, your fears, your shortcomings.
You look at me and ask if we can walk and maybe even dance in reconciliation.
You look at me and no longer tolerate me, but you accept me with all your heart.
And now, because of the healing power of Jesus Christ and what He did at the Cross for us….
…..You don’t just look at me anymore….You see me.
How about you?
In your life, are you feeling tolerated or truly accepted?
Do you look at people you don’t know with intrigue or suspicion?
There is a difference.
Where do your blurred lines lie?
What will you do to become a difference maker?
For those who know my story…..thank you for seeing me.