God Is Love!

God Is Love!

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. I John 4:8-14 NIV

Anyone who hates another human being–for any reason–cannot know God and certainly does not have God’s love abiding within their hearts.

We do not have to like people or condone what they do–but when we hate–we allow all the forces and influence of Satan to reign and destroy–his job–to steal–our joy and peace, kill any hope we have for ourselves and others and to destroy the existence of mankind.

And this is how we know who belongs to God–by the love and compassion we show to others.

Perfect love–unconditional love–casts aside fear so where there is fear–there is no love and anyone promoting fear–has no love in them.

Where there is love–hope keeps marching forward–seeking peace and harmony among all of mankind.

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Pressing On!

Pressing On!

For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. James 1:11-14 NIV

Running from problems never solves them, but staying put–in the middle of whatever life brings–determined to get through it with your head held high–is what perseverance entails.  A press–with fierce conviction–that victory is indeed at hand will keep you going.

We cannot allow the trials that come upon us to deter us when we know that God only wants what is best for us. His plans–are always designed for us to receive His best and when we don’t , we must be able to look at what we do and determine how to change it so we will receive from Him.

Making a mistakes as a child of the Most High is not a problem for God–not learning from the mistakes and to keep repeating them becomes a problem for us. He expects us to make mistakes, but He also expects us to learn from them–and to keep moving forward.

The reason many people never get ahead is because they get stuck in a rut–doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result because they were not interested in doing a little self reflection or to seek God for wisdom in knowing how to live life victoriously. Picture this–going around in circles–encountering the same challenges and enduring the same defeats. A student who never studies for tests in school and keeps failing the tests--should figure out that they are not going to pass a class with failing test grades. And this is the reason many students end up dropping out of school because they did not learn earlier in life that there are certain protocols that must be acknowledged in order to be successful in school or any other venue.

Preparation time is never wasted time. If we don’t adequately prepare to do anything, we’ll never know greater success in doing anything. It’s like the Boys Scout Creed–always being prepared for anything that comes your way.

I’m looking forward to a debate that my students are having and I’ll know by how they present themselves who prepared for it and who didn’t. It’s not enough to have an opinion about things without having sufficient support to document why you think what you think. Even though my class debate could hardly measure up to the political debates that are coming up, if we are attentive–listening to each candidate during each debate–we’ll know who spent time preparing for it and who didn’t. Again, opinions without support mean nothing when there are no facts to back them up.

No matter who does better in my class, they will be encouraged to press on–thinking about what they did and how they would change it to make it better and then they’re going to write an essay about the experience. One would hope–that after the first political debate–a similar exercise will take place–reflection and introspection--about what did or did not work and changes made for the next round. Rather than hear a lot personal attacks, I pray we’ll all hear substantive responses regarding the issues with viable solutions rather than nonsensical rhetoric.

After the final curtain has dropped on the political arena with the debates, we must all consider what was said and press on–determined to see victory in our lives–knowing that God has the final word in all things.

 

When The Redeemed Speak!

When The Redeemed Speak!

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:1-3, 8,9 NIV

Sometimes, when we have never experienced hardship, we don’t understand the hardships, trials, and challenges that others face or endure.

We don’t understand how a cancer patient feels when the treatment is debilitating-taking away the desire to eat, to move forward, and sometimes–even to live.

We don’t understand how it feels to be homeless, fearful of not surviving to see another day because of the all the threats of harm living on the street, not knowing if we’ll live to see another day.

We don’t understand the trauma experienced by a new mother who realizes they are not emotionally equipped to deal with a new baby.

We don’t understand how life leads people to become addicted to substances and those substances control all they do.

We don’t understand how fathers leave families to survive without them.

We don’t understand how mothers would abandon their children.

We don’t understand how some women survive the trauma of being raped and abused and misused and are not bitter, but become better.

We don’t understand how discriminatory practices make people feel like they are not part of the human race.

We don’t understand why some people will never be considered Americans because of the color of their skin–even though they were born here and generations of family were born here and anthem was ever written.

We don’t understand how one group of people can have more respect for a flag--a symbol that does not represent all people living within its borders–than they do people.

If we have never experienced injustice–for any reason–perpetrated against anyone–we don’t understand how the victims of injustice feel and if we say we do–we lie.

But for those who have endured the hardships and negative experiences of life over which they had no control, and survived–they understand. And when the survivors–all of them realize that their surviving was not about them, but about God and His purpose for us–they should shout it from the rooftops–Our God reigns!

He is a healer. He is a provider. He is a protector. He is a deliverer. He is the seat of justice and we shall all stand before Him one day. He is all we can ever need and He always hears the cries of those who love Him. Give Him praise and glory for it all belongs to Him!

You and You alone, O God are worthy of our praise! We are the redeemed because of Your mercy and grace. We are the chosen because of Your love towards us and we are not ashamed to say, we belong to You! Worthy is the Lamb of God and greatly to be praised!

I am the redeemed of The Lord and I say so–loudly, consistently, proudly and boldly! Without God, where would I be? Who else could I run to in my hour of need? Who else would wrap their loving arms around me and comfort me when no one else even knew the trials and challenges I faced and endure? Who, but God–can remedy wrongs–without hatred or bigotry? When love reigns–there is no fear and where there is no fear–there is no need for hatred or bigotry. Where there is no hatred or bigotry–the land is healed and peace reigns! Hallelujah for our reigning Lord, Jesus Christ!

Reign on in the hearts of men and women and children everywhere, King Jesus!

We Wear What We Are!

We Wear What We Are!

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by. The angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here. Zechariah 3:3-7 NIV

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, Ephesians 6:14 NIV

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8 NIV

Whatever is in our heart is what will overflow,

What we say comes from its abundance,

What we do represents what we think,

What others see is who we really are.

Lord, help us to be more like You,

So You will be seen, not us!

The image others see

Should be You and not me,

Not others, on this journey, life.

Shower us with the love we need,

From above, abiding within,

Guiding our thoughts, words and deeds.

Abiding In His Peace!

Abiding In His Peace!

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:23-27 NIV

While the world turns and slides and collides with the chaos and confusion that reigns in the minds of all those who don’t know Jesus, we who know Him, can rest and abide in His Peace.

Where there is peace–calamity cannot exist.

Where there is peace–differing opinions are accepted and embraced.

Where there is peace–the mind stays focused on matters of importance.

Where there is peace–there is love and hatred has no space to hide.

Where there is peace–we recognize that all human beings belong to the same race.

Where there is peace–we hear from God and obey.

While we were never promised to have a life without challenges or obstacles, we are promised that because Jesus has overcome the world, we can move forward in His peace and know the victory He has already declared.

Promoting fear–of anything or anyone–in order to promote an agenda that is not of God, will never result in anything constructive, but rather destructive. If we look at history–those who deceived the masses by igniting fear–were exposed by the results of their deeds and the greater fear–came upon them and their history–all the destruction that resulted because of their actions–became their legacy.

We know that where there is fear–no love exists–because perfect love–unconditional love–forces fear to flee. So if we want to change the landscape of hopelessness (declared by others) we must learn to love–all people and want the very best–for all people–not just a handful–and the only way we will accomplish that goal is to allow Holy Spirit to direct our every move and thought. He knows what the Father desires and He will never lead us astray.

I don’t know about you, but I love a peaceful environment in my home, in my community, and everywhere I go. It is so much easier to smile and hold conversations with complete strangers–when no one fears anyone–and peace reigns. Love wants the very best for each of us and where there is love–peace reigns and where peace reigns–love grows and grows and grows.

It’s time–for all of us to stop thinking we have the answers–for anything–and realize that the true solutions to any problem we could ever face is in Jesus. He is our provider, our healer, our comforter and our reason for being–here in the earth realm–to promote His peace, so we can live in peace and harmony with all–knowing how to disagree, agreeably!

If we allow others to lead us away from God’s Truth and become fearful of anything or anyone–we might want to check our love-gauge–and if low–go back to Him and have Him replenish us with the abundance of love He has for us. Abide in His Peace!

Staying Strong!

Staying Strong!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV

When we’re attacked by people–for various unfounded reasons–it’s difficult to always remember that our fight is not with flesh and blood, but with the negative, demonic spirit that reigns in the atmosphere. What we must remember is to stay strong–no matter what fiery darts the enemy throws our way–and listen to the Spirit within, allowing Him to guide all we do.

I’m concerned about all of the verbal attacks I’ve seen against people–multitudes of people–simply because of differing opinions. I’m appalled by the racism and bigotry that pervades discussions–especially by those who, for whatever reason, think they are superior to others. And then, most of all–I’m saddened by comments from those who proclaim to be Christians with the level of racism and bigotry displayed in their remarks.

On more than one occasion, I’ve been told that my comments to people who respond to me negatively demonstrate my peaceful attempt to discuss a matter. Just recently I was told that my posts made more sense than 99% of those posting to a particular article.

I am a peacemaker–not a peace breaker and in all of my comments–to the articles–I have not attempted to denigrate anyone, but I am usually the target of those who hate–just because they see I am a black woman. I don’t as a rule respond to these attacks because it’s not worth the time, but where I see false accusations levied, I question the poster about their evidence. Most don’t like it because they have none–and manufactured or manipulated evidence–is not evidence of anything other than deceptive practices. Though I seldom reference being a Believer, most pick up on that fact by how I respond to those who attempt to engage in negativity.

I have no time for haters and detractors who talk loud and say nothing. As a result, I spend more time praying for those who are clearly in need of our Savior, Jesus Christ than I do in responding to them. And when prompted in my spirit to respond, I do–with clarity, seeking peace, while respecting differences of opinion. I just don’t understand why some people think they are the only ones entitled to express an opinion.

But this is how I stay strong in the midst of the battle that is not of my making. I look to the Word and stay mindful of how I represent Jesus in all I do and say. I do not resort to name-calling or making hateful remarks. Some of the remarks  (targeted at me) made are so laughable that I simply sit back and shake my head, laughing and thinking, “if only they knew.”

We have been given direction in God’s Word as to how to stay strong when under attack and I believe when we listen and obey, we become the tools that God uses to extinguish the hateful rhetoric. So, we have to stay–armored up–to stay strong in The Lord and we must remember–it is not the people–for they don’t know any better–it is the deceptive spirits reigning in their lives that creates the atmosphere and we fight with The Word, not destructive words.

Hallelujah Anyhow!

Hallelujah Anyhow!

Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Revelation 19:5-7 NIV

It’s mid week and it has been an interesting week for a number of reasons.

In politics–it has been one conspiracy theory after another–the same stuff repeated over and over again–the same hate spewed over and over again, but I’m just looking to the day when The Lord returns and none of this–happening on earth–will ever matter again. Hallelujah, anyhow!

On a personal level–some things get better and then some–well–this roller coaster called life is what it is–it has it’s up and downs and we just keep it moving to get through it. Hallelujah, anyhow!

No matter what we do or say–someone is not going to be happy and some will even get so angry they’ll do stupid stuff and wonder why their lives get so messed up and few people want to be around them. Hallelujah, anyhow!

What we have to learn to do is to praise God through everything–the good, the bad, the ugly and just look to Him who is the author and finisher of our faith. No one in politics can do for us what God does–so I’m just going to praise Him! I’ll praise when I understand what’s going on around and even when I don’t. I’ll praise Him when there is money in my pocket and even when there isn’t. I’ll praise when I’m feeling great and praise Him even more, when I don’t feel 100% percent. Praising God is not about my feelings or emotions at any time; it’s about praising Him for His goodness all the time–no praise ever withheld because of our circumstances! Hallelujah, anyhow!

There are some people who have decided they don’t like my political stance and have stopped following me on social media accounts. I’m not angry or sad–it’s their right to follow those of their choosing and it’s my right to say what I want to say–about anything and everything as long as I’m not upsetting My Daddy–who is Lord of Lords. Hallelujah, anyhow.

I’m praising God for giving me the stamina and the courage to defy those who pretend they belong to Him, but are actually employed by the enemy. Hallelujah, anyhow!

I’m praising God for Him choosing me to be a watchman in this hour–bold enough to speak Truth whether people want to receive it or not and yet capable of loving all–no matter what. Hallelujah, anyhow!

There is no reason for anyone who belongs to Him to be fearful or sad or angry about anything going on around us. He is the same God–yesterday, today and forever, who deserves our praise no matter what. When we KNOW and UNDERSTAND HIS WORD, we don’t have to fight with others over differences of opinion. We just trust God to know what He’s doing and know that everything will be as He desires it to be.

No matter what men might try to do to us–they are limited in their ability–unless we allow them to do so–to keep us from praising God–so, Hallelujah, anyhow!

Just Remember His Word!

Just Remember His Word!

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:1, 6, 7 NIV

Though there may be many things that we see in the news–both locally and nationally–we should not allow our hearts to be troubled or dismayed.

When we look to Jesus–the Author and Finisher of our faith, we know there is nothing impossible for Him.

Whatever the situation is, no matter how dark things may look, we must remember that He is the Light.

No matter how hateful others act around us–we must remember that He is Love!

No matter how angry we may want to get at the lies perpetuated in the media–about anything–we must remember that He is Truth and the truth shall keep us free–from lingering on thoughts of defeat or failure. Through Christ Jesus–we have victory!

Our weapons are not carnal, but spiritual and they are more powerful than any material weapon or words. We have Holy Spirit residing within and He will (if we let Him) guide all of our thoughts and keep our focus on Him who loves us and we don’t have to think about those who hate–for no reason.

We don’t have to concern ourselves about those who would create divisiveness and inequalities among any people because we know–In Christ, there is no gender, nor racial divide, nor ethnic divide–there is only truth in Him. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 NIV

If we just remember His Word–we won’t allow the present circumstances or situations to derail us by allowing our focus to stray. With God going before us–He is more than the world against us.

When people lie in an attempt to persuade, we simply need to speak truth or type truth as it is written and not stoop to the levels of those who deliberately lie to distort the truth.

When truth has been revealed and the haters keep reviling us–just remember His Word–God is watching and He knows all about it.

There are some who just keep repeating the same lies–day after day, minute after minute–even though the truth has been publicized–they find it more beneficial to lie because they think the consistent repetition–will make the lies the truth–if they just keep saying it. That is not how God works because He is not a man that He should lie. And considering the fact that He has prepared a place for all liars in the lake of fire, He would not condone lying for any reason.

We don’t need to follow anyone who promotes hatred of others because if we know Him, we know that He is Love and love covers a multitude of faults.

Not one of us on this earth is perfect or all-knowing, but He is and in Him we live and move and have our being. Not one of us knows the number of hairs on our head (if we have hair), but He does. Not one of us knows the end from the beginning, but He does. Not one of us can change anything about a person just by thinking we can, and God won’t. He allows everyone to be exactly who they want to be.

Some accept God has a better plan that we could ever have and some don’t.

Throughout our lives–God gives us CHOICE and He respects our choices–never attempting to control what we do–against our will and we should follow His example–not man since man is fickle and always changing their mind.

When we know truth–about any situation–we should rely upon the truth and ignore vicious lies and half truths because a half truth–IS A WHOLE LIE!

When we’re wrong–about anything–we should own it and rectify it as quickly as we can so we can continue to do the good works He has put upon our hearts.

We don’t get discouraged by what we see because we live by faith in God, not by the sight of comes before us. Just remember His Word!

Conspiring To Lie!

Conspiring To Lie!

But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.” So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.” All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Acts 6:10-15 NIV

When people are determined to ruin others–by any means possible–they conspire with others to spread false rumors–thinking that the more the lies are repeated, the greater the likelihood people will believe them–eventually.

Stephen was not the first person to fall victim to this malady of envious human nature. He was simply the victim  of egotistical people who thought if people heard the truth, they would lose whatever control over them, they had.

Jesus suffered this fate–when the Pharisees–the religious sect were afraid of losing their influence and control over what people did. They conspired with Judas to have him arrested and many false witnesses testified against him.

Unfortunately, when we don’t know history, we cannot learn from it or perhaps, our egos just get in the way and we determine to plod through another episode of falsehoods, lobbied against a person. We see this in our political climate and quite frankly, it’s enough to make a person physically ill–just the hatred demonstrated by those who claim to be followers of Christ. The same was true with those who falsely accused Jesus and Stephen–they claimed to know God.

How do people create lies out of partial trues to support their falsehoods? They take bits and pieces of truth and coat it with layer upon layer of lies and repeat it and repeat until they believe the lie to be truth. In the case of Stephen, the naysayers said, “he never stops speaking against this holy place and the law,” which was truly stated, but not the truth. Stephen was proclaiming the Good News–that we were no longer under the law (observing various religious acts), but under Grace and the temple that we worship–was not a building made by hands, but the body God created where Holy Spirit dwells. And because those in authority were upset about losing their influence, they had Stephen stoned to death. This is what happens when religious people–who do not understand how Holy Spirit works–are in a position to destroy others.

If we look at the Republican party–the “so-called party of religious liberties” we see the same scenario being played out over and over again. Some have conspired to lie and create falsehoods that others can repeat until they believe them. And the perpetrators are more dangerous now since we have “instant” technological advances that portray images–most of which are laminated with lies.

Pictures–have been used to distort truth by those in position to broadcast it on television stations that produce false news as a living.

People with grudges write books filled with lies and those who are gullible and not interested in truth–attempt to use the lies as evidence for their contempt. And then there are those who create manipulated videos to further compound the lies and since people don’t realize how “digital technology” can be manipulated–they believe what they see because it is what they want to see, not necessarily a representation of truth, but they promote it–anyway.

Events–have been distorted by truly stating something happened, but layering it with lies so the truth is no longer recognized.

And even when truth is revealed–with evidence–the lies have been told so long that people are not interested in the truth because the truth does not support what they want to believe about a person. That is really sad, but also destructive and God is watching. He knows what the truth is and He knows who is conspiring to distort the truth for personal advantage.

No matter who is conspiring to promote lies and deception, Truth will always win and history will always expose the conspirators–because they cannot hide from God.

If people are conspiring to lie out of fear–for any reason–it is evidence that love does not reside within them since perfect love casts aside fear.

Looking Ahead!

Looking Ahead!

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:10-14 NLT

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” (Winston Churchill).

On the surface, it would appear that there is a contradiction to what Paul is saying and what Churchill said (hundreds of years later)–but is there really? On the one hand Paul is telling us to forget the past–all the wrongs committed by us or against us before we knew Christ and look ahead–focused on Jesus. And on the other hand–Churchill reminds us to remember–all those things that led us into precarious situations and learn from them so we don’t do them again.

If we really look at what is being said and the context in which it is said, there is no contradiction–but a concern–expressed to help us to keep moving forward.

Holding onto to past hurts and never forgiving others–keeps us in a holding pattern and for some–in a rut–stuck in the past and never able to move forward. We are reminded in God’s Word to let go–of those things that burden us–and keep us from achieving what God has planned for us. I can say–without hesitation–that keeping things bottled inside because of something that happened in the past causes more damage–physically, emotionally and spiritually–than it ever helps.

So what if someone hurt your feelings? So what if they stole from you? So what if you didn’t get the job you wanted? If we allow hurt feelings to get in our way or keep us from living a full life–the only person we’re hurting is us. People–bad people–steal from others all the time, but things can be replaced, so we must keep moving forward and not allow that deter us from receiving God’s best. And yes, many of us have been overlooked for positions we wanted and were qualified to do, but perhaps–just perhaps–those who overlooked us did us a favor by freeing us to receive what God has for us. 

But what we must remember–not holding grudges–is to think about what led us into the predicament with an open mind, so we can learn what not to do. If someone hurt our feelings–how did we get to that place? Was it because of our misplaced trust–low self-esteem or simply being naive? If they stole from us–was it because of our negligence in securing what belonged to us? If we were overlooked for a position–was it because we trusted mere mortals more than God? Did we seek Him–and His wisdom in making all decisions? If we are not able to “study” what we’ve done in the past, we’ll never learn from it and will–keep repeating the past–ensuring the same results. And this is what Churchill was talking about–in the broader sense of what leads to wars and loss of life.

What did we learn from history about racial equality? Did slavery–treating other human beings as sub-humans not teach us anything about the fact that none of us are superior to another? Did we not learn from the past that in any society, women should be treated with equality–same pay and respect shown to men? Did we not learn that words have power and we should watch what we say about and to others? Must we continue on a merry-go-around that is moving faster with each generation–trying to hold onto to myths about people–until we are flung off because of our pride? We cannot keep doing the same foolish things over and over expecting different results–which is the definition of insanity (Einstein).

It’s time for us to get off the merry-go-round of life holding onto misguided beliefs about people that do nothing to unite us as human beings, but do everything to keep us from grasping and achieving what God wants for us. Let’s learn–from past histories and yesterdays–how to treat each other with loving kindness so we can forego all the bitterness that is bound to occur when we refuse to learn from the past.Let’s move on–looking forward to all the great things God has in store for us.