“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In our country, where everything seems so divisive, people are hesitant to reach out to someone who may be different.
Conversations are too difficult.
In these tricky times, it’s hard to know what to say.
How to respond.
People seem so easily offended,
so we stop trying to understand each other.
We cling to those who think like us.
Those who share our beliefs.
Those in our political party.
Those who look like us.
In the process, we close the others out.
The inability to share space with people when it is the slightest bit uncomfortable, cements the gap.
Underneath the “other side” are amazing people that we are cutting ourselves off from.
We all have so much to offer.
There is so much more that we have in common than the things that separate us.
When we tune out the hate and the divisiveness that seems so loud, we remember that we are all people who need each other.
We live in a divided country.
We have so much information and so much communication, but we have never felt less understood.
We tighten our circle to only include those who share our beliefs, and we push everyone else out.
Systems are rigid. Politics are stale.
But people - people are built in the image of love.
Individuals were made to walk through life together.
The world needs more individuals willing to pull up a chair, and have tough conversations.
People willing to listen, even when we don’t agree.
People willing to love, even when it takes work.
People who celebrate progress, without demanding perfection.
I want to live my life loving my God, and loving people.
In a time where everyone is quick to sling comebacks, cut downs and agendas, I want to understand your heart.
We have come a long way, but is so much to be done.
The conversations will be awkward and the work will be difficult, but I believe it will be worth it.