In my last blog I mentioned how much I have grieved for our country since Covid and other crisis hit. This grieving and the conversations I have had with God over it is what this summer’s blog theme Being Love will be focusing on.
I have had tears streaming down my face as I have prayed for America and ask God, “How can I help my country? How can I help it heal? How can we bring unity back to our country?”
We are the UNITED States of America. And until the past decade, I truly believed for the most part we were united. But I have seen so much division in our country these past several years that I think we now look like the DIVIDED States of America. And how do we unite a people who are so torn apart by race, politics, and beliefs? How do we unite a people driven by anger, hatred, pain, anxiety, and fear?
The last post was a segue into this summer’s topic and as I typed the word segue in that post, I felt the need to look up the definition of this word. When I did, I found something interesting.
Segue is usually used when speaking of music or conversation and means to move from one piece of music or topic to the next without interruption. However, it also means to move or shift from one role, state, or condition to another. And it can also be seen spelt as “segway”. Merriam-Webster says that while this spelling is incorrect, the suffix “way” gives the idea of a path along which something transitions.
Transitioning is what I want to talk about today. I have admitted before that I am a bit of a perfectionist. This doesn’t by any means mean that I am perfect, in fact I am far, far from it. But all my life I have strove towards being the best me. And while I come up short, I will try and try again to become the best me that I can possibly be.
However, there comes times in my life when God reminds me that I don’t need to chase after perfection. I just have to be in relationship with him. Have you ever heard the expression, “You are who you surround yourself with”?
If this is true, which I believe one hundred percent that it is, then the more we hang out with God, the more we will become like Him.
1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. He is the very embodiment of LOVE! This means to become like him is to become love ourselves.
In answer to my questions, “How do we unite a people who are so torn apart by race, politics, and beliefs? How do we unite a people driven by anger, hatred, pain, anxiety, and fear?
We do it with God. We do it with love.
I am on a path, a sagway, that transitions towards unity through love. And I am praying that you, my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, will join me.