Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.
I'm beyond perplexed by the display of injustice that is woven throughout the tapestry of our world. And with every advancement. and movement of love that has been touted, I wake up again; to such horrific news of the wrongful killing of George Floyd. Well, this is not humanity! This is injustice, hate and evil. Racism isn't acceptable in any form; our home, our country, our church, our heart, our world. Humanity loves, encourages and is made for more.
"Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up." Tammy Trent
We have to fight the fear of saying the wrong thing and #domorethannothing. We must show up. Show up for truth. Show up for our brothers and sisters; all of them. Say something.
My friend Tammy posted this, "Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up." I love it!
"Life and death are in the power of your words, those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21
No wonder the enemy wants to either shut us up or have us use our voice to criticize and tear down; there is so much life-giving, life transforming power in your voice! Use it. Show up for someone who cannot show up for themselves. Text someone and encourage them today. Send a note of support and love to someone. Send flowers. Smile instead of sigh with impatience. What are some ways you can show up for someone?
“Living from a place of authenticity is difficult because those living in distortion see you as a threat to their delusion and some are so attached to that delusion that they will behave in erratic ways to defend their ego’s projection of wounding.” Suzanne Wagner
“Authenticity is your most precious commodity as a leader.” Marcus Buckingham.
Go ahead. Lead. Be authentic. I myself have let fear muzzle truth. I have even allowed it to muzzle the truth of God's promises and that's not authentic. It is actually fear. Afraid to set boundaries. Afraid of rejection. Afraid that I'm gonna say the wrong thing. Afraid that I'm not worthy to have needs. Afraid of "keyboard warriors". Well that's HOOEY.
I want to be known for what I'm for, not what I'm against. I don't want to cram my viewpoint down someone's throat, in a non-empathetic attempt to get my point across. Because that's the way it sometimes comes across, right? I want to lead with truth and love. Share my story and the way Love has shown up for me. The way God has always shown up for me.
You have enough
One tactic of the enemy I usually fall for, is thinking I don't know enough and I'm not enough. Holy Spirit inside me and my human conscience is enough to decipher good from evil, love from hate. It's funny, I have heard the scripture in Matthew speaking of the parable of the talents and only thought of material things and gifts but never once considered my voice. Our voice.
Matthew 25:23, 'His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'"
When you begin to use your voice, God will mature it, grow it and increase your capacity for more. That's the way God works. He uses the called, not just the equipped. God called smelly, unrefined and less-than-perfect fishermen to turn the world upside down and be the foundation on which His Church is built. He can certainly use my weak, unrefined and totally imperfect voice. He can use yours, too. You have enough. You were made for more. It's time to grow this powerful voice God has given you.
I am absolutely positive I have not said things the correct way nor have I fully shared my heart here but one thing I will leave you with...
"Do more than nothing." Melinda Knight