I am disgusted…..disgusted by people’s hearts and the hatred, evilness, corruption, dishonor, disloyalty and the disrespect of so many Americans.
First and foremost I am a Christian. I love Jesus and in the Bible He tells me that He created ALL of us (red, yellow, black and white) and He loves us. He created us for a purpose. He formed us in our mother’s womb and we are precious in His sight. Your skin color doesn’t make him love you any more or any less. He doesn’t see or care how much money you have in the bank, what kind of home you live in or what kind of car you drive. He doesn’t give a rats behind what religion you are (all He cares about is that you know that He was born of a virgin, was sinless but was willing to die for your sins and rose again to build a place for you in Heaven; if you just accept His gift of eternal life).
Second, I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend……I love my husband and daughter and my extended family with all I have. I even have differences of opinion with MANY of them (political, spiritual and other things) but we can agree to disagree and still love each other. I am teaching my daughter to love people. To respect those in authority over us (the way I was taught to do). I was taught and I am teaching my daughter that you respect and honor your leaders…..the President, teachers, police officers, etc. You might not agree with everything they do or say but you RESPECT THE POSITION OF WHICH THEY HOLD! I am teaching my daughter not to look at gender, race, social or economic status but instead to look at PEOPLE! I honestly DO NOT care if you are black, white, asian or hispanic…..I will treat you with kindness, love and respect and I expect the same from you. I don’t care if you are gay or straight. I will treat you with the love of Jesus and kindness always. I don’t care if you are rich, poor, young or old……your age and status in life doesn’t mean a thing to me……I just see a person that God loves and I am commanded to love you too. That is what the Bible tells me to do. Even if you don’t believe in the God I serve, I will still love you….I might pray extra hard for you to see the one true God but I will still love you with the love of Jesus.
Third, I am an AMERICAN. I love my country. I bleed red, white and blue and I will ALWAYS stand in respect when I hear our National Anthem and I will salute the flag out of my love for my country and the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for me and the freedoms I enjoy daily. I have the right to vote and I do! I have the right to carry a gun and I do! I have the right of free speech (hence what I am doing right now). I have the right to freedom of religion. I have the right to come and go wherever I want, whenever I want as long as I obey the law. I have many rights all given to me (and I want you to hear this part)…..THESE RIGHTS ARE ALL GIVEN TO ME BECAUSE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE FOUGHT AND DIED TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE. OUR FREEDOMS THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED CAME AT A PRICE. A PRICE OF DEATH TO SO MANY PEOPLE! Mothers, fathers, siblings, children, aunts, uncles and grandparents lost loved ones because they willingly died and continue to die for your freedom. Let that sink in! I hear our National anthem and the songs of each military branch and I weep because I am so grateful and indebted to the men and women who are still willing to fight for me today! Are YOU willing to do that? One of my regrets in life is that I didn’t join the Air Force after high school. I should have. I should have gone and been willing to sacrifice it all for my fellow Americans. But, I was not brave enough or courageous enough then…..I would be now and if it weren’t for Hannah I might just do it. Are you willing to make the sacrifice? If not, then show the honor and respect to those who are willing and are doing it!
Today, and this week so far I have literally had a broken and angry heart over what I have seen and read. Yes, did those NFL players have the right to protest? Absolutely, it is in fact their freedom of speech that they are enacting but have they thought first about what they are protesting and second are they not at all concerned about the way in which they are doing it? I mean, there are peaceful ways to protest without disrespecting our military, our flag and our country! I will never understand their reasoning behind their “performance” and the statement they have made to me a woman who loves her country and respects her President and the office he holds. Our country enables EVERYONE the same freedoms. I do not see oppression! I am sorry if that offends you but I do not see it! We all have the same opportunities in life. Now, there is no way I could be an NFL player. One, because the last I checked they discriminated against you if you are a woman (hmmmmmmm) and second, I can’t play the dang game. I can’t run, throw or catch a football. It takes talent and skill that I don’t possess. I am not smart enough to be a brain surgeon or an attorney. I am not athletic enough to be an aerobics instructor or a PE coach. God gave me, just like he gave each and everyone He created our own unique gifts and talents. It is up to you to know what those are and use them. Don’t blame others who seem to have more than you. Don’t blame others who seem more “privileged.” Go out and do what God called you to do. We aren’t all going to be rich or famous. Some people might have to work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet. Some of our dreams and hopes might be squashed due to circumstances out of our control but take what has been handed to you and work hard and make lemonade out of your lemons. Life is not always fair, but it is the life we have been given. Make the most of it, stop blaming everyone for your problems or lack of opportunities. Take responsibility for your own life and actions. Love people. Respect people (especially those in authority). Love Jesus! Take a minute to step back and re-evaluate your life, your choices and what you are going to do next. Stop blaming everyone else for your troubles and be humble and kind always.
In the words of Forrest Gump……
Until next time……….