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Live What Matters – Emory R. Hiott*

Emory R. HiottMichael Brown, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, and now Philando Castile.   In the past two years there have been a lot of officer involved shootings. Even more than these few mentioned.  Some of these cases were clear, others were and are not.  Either way, they are heavy on the Christian heart, but what should our response be?  As one wise 19 year old said “Love overcomes hate.” – Chris Singleton.   Young Chris seems to echo the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. a Christian Pastor known for his peaceful stance against racism.  One of my favorite quotes by him reads, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”  So that brings us again to the Christian response as these current events flood our minds and conversations.

  1. Pray – I know by taking all matters to the God who created each one of us, He will help give us the words and clarity necessary to deal with hard situations.   Sometimes God just needs us to run to Him for comfort and rest there.
  1. Speak with love – We don’t always have to “choose sides” when matters like this arise.  Whether you are an advocate for Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, or All Lives Matter, we need to see that in each of these there are two hurting sides.  There is compassion needed in our words as well as our actions for all involved and affected.
  1. Serve – Jesus calls us to a life of service, and love is an action word.  If we are truly reaching out to love others the way Christ loves us, then we are looking for ways to serve and reconcile broken parts of our world.  This can be overwhelming, but it has to happen.  We as Christians need to be known for the peace, kindness, goodness, patience, and joy that can flow through us into our communities through being the hands and feet of Christ.  Go sit and talk with someone today that you wouldn’t normally talk with and LISTEN.  Go serve in a way that may feel uncomfortable at first and WATCH.  Go give in ways that seem unnatural and FEEL.  Let the God who is sovereign use you in ways you can’t imagine and bring healing to a hurting world.

 

Heavenly Father, don’t let our words or actions be those of hate, help us to respond to all situations showing love as you would do.  Guide us to opportunities that we never thought imaginable so that we may serve and let your love be known.  Help us show others the peace and joy found in your son, Jesus.  Amen.

*Emory R. Hiott is the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina/

 

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now Plus Two -105 – 106 – 107

105. Smile.

You’ll feel better.

You won’t scare people.

You’ll enjoy life more.

It’s the universal language.  

106. Speak clearly.

You’ll be better understood.

More people will listen to you.

More people will follow you.  

107. Speak loud enough.

People want to hear you.

Ear strain creates anxiety.

You won’t be misquoted as often.

 

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Random Acts of Kindness – 16

Someone needs to hear your praise. Praise her or him. You will be glad that you did.

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Random Acts of Kindness – 6

Someone needs your voice to speak for her or him. He or she has no voice. Lend her or him yours. You will be glad that you did.

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