It’s Tuesday afternoon. I pray that your weekend was great and that everyone is enjoying their day off (my apologies if you aren’t off)! Today, for me at least, will be dedicated to creativity and introspection… *spoiler alert* this gets deep…
July 4th, independence day… this day has become such a touchy subject, mainly because a day we are taught to value as children looks almost unidentifiable as adults. We are taught to be proud of our country, to use democracy to create change, and if it doesn’t come soon enough to just hold on. How long are we to hold on to these misguided implanted thoughts that keep us turning a blind eye to injustice?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Words written so long ago, never for people with my melanin, but I am to embrace them wholeheartedly because… it is simply what you do as a proud American, right?
My country (in writing) tells me I’m free, (in action) it tells me that I am to be happy with progress and to not hope for more, because it is slow… that privilege is real, but I am not to utter words about that, because it is equivalent to whining… but my belief… my belief tells me that my freedom doesn’t come from man.
I wonder if this is why the words were written as the pursuit of happiness, knowing that happiness is fleeting and that utopia is just a dream, if we rely on man for these things. So I struggle for balance, swallowing anger after murderers are acquitted but knowing that dead bodies can’t testify. Also knowing that grouping people together breeds hatred and stereotypes, which is the total opposite of what I stand for. Which is love…
My bible tells me to turn the other cheek, to pray for those who persecute me, to give to the needy, that the Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control… to not lean on my own understand… to love my neighbor as I love myself…
So though I mourn the increasing body count of this nation, and very often disagree with the decisions made, I have been called to love despite what situations looks like. A person who loves in spite of “(insert anything here)” is a person who embodies strength because that isn’t easy! (Easy to say, just not easy to do).
I have family who fought for this country to “maintain its freedom” only to come back from overseas and not recognize that same liberty they were fighting for. So fam, I admonish you to think about what this day means to you.
Is change as close as we think ? Is freedom as close as we think? Is progress further than it appears? And if not, how long is too long to wait for it? In the midst of this, can we still love? I can’t answer this for you… Anyway, I love you all, and I pray that you all have the rest of a great week. I leave you with this…
1 John 4:7-8 NLT
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (komplex simplicity)