Current Affairs – Radical Groups March 2016

belong radical pic03 2016-03-25 at 6.22.10 AMIf we look at the differences between us and use those to exclude someone from our association, to judge another as less than ourself in some way, to put another in an ID-stamped unexplored box, then we have lost sight of the Truth of Life . . .
no battle is as important as the one I have with myself,
the battle to view my thoughts objectively with as many filters turned off as possible,
to do unto others as I would have them do to me.

Can we start with what we have in common?
Just for a moment,
can we consider the “simple” pieces of the puzzle?

we are all human beings
differences: how we came into existence has multiple stories

we all have basic physical requirements for water and food
differences: culture/ethnicity may define what we choose
as acceptable

we are all governed by internal beliefs that
set our standards

differences: God/gods, philosophy, morals develop from
many factors

we all view life filtered through our biases
differences: family history, experiences, stories of others
set our biases that we rarely question or examine closely

we all need a “safe place” where
-we think others are “like” us so we “fit in”
-we are accepted for who we are
-we can express our thoughts without fear
-we can find mentors willing to guide us
without condemnation
-we can find those who can help us sort through
the growth processes of living on this earth
differences: clothing/uniform; hairstyle; language/passwords;
member status

With all the terrorism in our world, with all the hatred spewed for no important reason, with the predominant view that anyone different than me is my enemy . . . cannot we not see that the ONLY answer is LOVE.

Yes, it feels like the right response to hatred is hatred and we want to respond to violence with violence—BUT that only causes hatred and violence to grow, it’s self-perpetuating. To disrupt the cycle of hatred and violence, we must introduce the only thing that heals the deepest wounds . . . LOVE! What we all want, unconditional Love! Oh yes, the cost can be very high and, in the short term, sometimes it looks like it isn’t working, but in the long run, it does.

It doesn’t make sense . . .
but IT WORKS!!! LOVE, unconditional LOVE!

Do unto others as I would have them do unto me!

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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