Thursday, November 27, 2014
I want to make a difference
Being down in Los Angeles this week and being so close to the protests because of the decision about the Michael Brown shooting case has me thinking. No matter what you are feeling on the ruling, I think it is important to make a difference in this world on a daily basis.
From what people are upset about, they are feeling like people of colors' lives aren't as important as people whose skin is pale. I teach high school and hear racial comments all the time. I'm a very white person. I didn't choose to be born with less melanin in my skin and don't feel like I judge people based on how light or dark they are, but I do need to make a conscious effort to make every student in my class feel like they are important. I am sure to make eye contact with as many students as I can daily and to ask questions about things going on in their lives because I truly do care. But, caring takes time and often hurts. It is inconvenient. It costs. It isn't easy. I can't do it alone.
As a Christian, I rely on God to give me the strength daily to make the choice to put others first. The greatest command in the Bible is this: