Hey y’all…yep it’s Friday!!! And, what a wonderful Friday it is. I’ve been thinking this week and you know thinking can get you into a lot of trouble and then again thinking can keep you outta trouble. But anyway, I’ve been thinking about the state of America, especially Black America. It’s been under the surface for awhile…just bubbling there…percolating. But, probably reading the book “The Audacity to Win” by David Plouffe did not help.
Not only is the election of an African American to the office of President of the United States of America profound but the tsunami wave of people who ground swelled his candidacy from infancy to the White House is simply amazing. People, mainly the little people, you and I believed that this man was the man who should be our next President. And, we told our friends, donated monies, and elected Barack Obama to be the 44th President of the United States of America. Amazing…this election is a miracle in today’s cynical society. David Plouffe gives a down to earth, human account of the thinking of the Barack Obama for President Campaign. You should read it to see the wondrous works of God’s hand on this campaign.
People believed that they could effect change. It had been a long time since people, us little people, believed that we could make a difference. But, God knew. God knew before He created the world that we could make a difference. He made humans different than any other creature. He made us in His own image. God creates so we create. God speaks so we speak. God is spirit so we are spirit. God knew that we are different and make a difference.
In fact, God wants us to stand up and make a difference in people’s lives. He tells us in Genesis 12:2-3 that “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you.” But we can not make a difference if all we want to do is sit on the fence and criticize others who are doing something.
God also does not want us to be concerned with those who try to tear us down. He says in Luke 6:29-31 that “if someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” So many people have said that those scriptures are stupid but Paul writes to the believers at Philippi saying “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” in Philippians 4:19.
We need to take hold of these words and remember that we are sent here to be a blessing. God has our back and will curse anyone who curses us. And, we are to give everything that God has given us to improve another’s situation. This is not to say that we are to neglect ourselves. But, if God blessed you to be the top in your field, then take a hold of someone else and guide them through the minefields that you have conquered. If someone has nothing to eat, feed them and then teach them how to find food to eat.
We can do it. We don’t have to just look out for us and ours. But, we can reach out to others in our community, in our state, in our nation. We can effect change in tomorrow today. Maybe it’s as simple as helping a child with homework, or giving the person who wants to get in your lane the right of way. It could be a simple smile at the checker in the grocery store. Or, even we can help feed the homeless on Thanksgiving.
As I am writing this a song keeps popping in my head, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. Michael got this so right…”I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life, it’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right…As I turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat this wind is blowin’ my mind I see the kids in the street with not enough to eat who am I, to be blind? Pretending not to see their needs…”
We need to start making that change in our lives. We need to live up to God’s expectations. We need to live up to our potential. We need to start blessing others with the gifts and talents that God has given us. Help someone else. Not everyone is at the level you are but you can help another get there. As we enter into the Holiday Season, look around and bless another. As Michael says “its gonna feel real good.”