Not long ago I found myself giving a talk.
It was the week after the shooting in Orlando, and I prayed a lot the day of the talk, because I knew that the issue was going to have to be addressed.
Some of the things that came out of my mouth were pretty surprising. “Have you ever read the bible?” I found myself asking the small audience. “Or the Bhagavad Gita? Or any scripture?”
“Studied history at all?”
The simple fact of the matter is that violence is not really anything new.
Sure, there are times when things seem to be a little tougher than others, but this is very relative. There is always a war going on somewhere. There is always unrest somewhere.
Sometimes it is in your own back yard.
Today on Facebook I saw someone talking about how, “Things haven’t been this bad since the 60’s.”
And I immediately thought of how much all the unrest in the 60’s changed us as a country. For the first time, African-Americans were allowed to eat with us, shop with us, sit where they wanted to on the bus.
And tonight I am just contemplating about how so often unrest changes things for the better.
It is a shame that we have to go through the unrest, but we do. Even in my own personal life, I can look back and see that the times of great unrest, later turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me.
And I think that it works for the same way for the country. The Civil War brought change for the better. The Civil Rights Movement brought change for the better. And so I can only trust and have faith that the difficulties we are facing right now, will somehow bring about a change for the better.
We had Eddie Watkins as a guest speaker at our church last year and I clearly remember him saying, “Sometimes the devil screams the loudest on his way out.”
But let’s cut back to the topic of “When things seem impossible.” (Which I may have strayed from)
I gave a good talk that night. I prayed and meditated on it and even called Silent Unity before giving the talk to get, “prayed in.”
Then I showed up and I was honest.
After the talk, those in attendance told me, “That was exactly what I needed to hear!”
There is a lot to be said for prayer and meditation. There is also a lot to be said for having the strength and courage to show up and be honest.
Many of the things that seem impossible to us, really aren’t impossible at all.
Think about: “What challenges do I have in my life today that seem impossible? What would I like to do, but feel that I cannot?”
Affirmation: “All things are possible with God!”
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