Since I wrote the previous article on Healthy Conversations on race, I’ve found more resources that are so helpful for understanding racism, it’s historical roots, and the attitudes that allow racism to continue. I’ll be honest, these resources have helped me understand the struggles of the modern African-American community, and it’s given me a greater sense of compassion for my friends who are a part of the majority culture. My eyes have been opened to the racism that still exists today. There have been some tears shed. Like many of you, I believed the lie that the schools fed me. I thought the civil rights movement got rid of most legal racism. I knew it didn’t stop people from being racist, but I didn’t realize that racism still existed in legal forms, but in disguise.Continue Reading
Life can be so confusing at times. We live in a world where there are so many options. We can live so many different places. We can do so many different things. There are so many good things that we can do, but we can’t do them all.
How do we choose?
How do we know what path to choose?
How do we know that we’re living out our life’s purpose?
I’ve discovered that when death intrudes in our lives, life suddenly becomes clear. The twisted mess of options, suddenly becomes untangled. When someone dies, even if they aren’t someone who is close to me, something within me feels a loss. Inside of me, I feel an ache. What is left is a longing to hear that person’s voice. To see their face once again. To touch them. To be in their presence.Continue Reading
Rainy season has arrived!
Yes, it leads the way for the cooler season (majira ya kipupwe) but it also brings all sorts of trouble catalyzed by the very small percentage of impervious cover. This might seem contrary to logic at first, but as it rains daily during rainy season the landscape cannot absorb it efficiently. And in the absence of sufficient sewage and drainage systems, water and mud collect everywhere and it floods. Rainy season is a wet reminder of the various differences between Tanzania and the Western world.Continue Reading
I was recently listening to a podcast called Around the Table. They discussed an interesting question.
What are you willing to struggle for?
I thought it was an interesting question because I believe it reveals alot about what’s in our hearts. It also reveals the truth about what we really value verses what we say we value.
Because it is a natural human response to avoid pain and hardship, when one chooses the path that brings pain–especially when there is an easier alternative, it reveals alot. No one chooses pain, unless it results in some great motivation or reward.
Jesus endured the cross, scorning its shame, because of the joy to come.
The writer of Hebrews teaches that we should not despise discipline because the pain of discipline will produce righteousness and peace if will cooperate with the training process. James teaches that we should consider it a joy when we endure all kinds of hardship because of the lasting good it produces in us.