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Sow Wisely But Everywhere

June 12, 2017
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It wasn’t until that magic moment occurred where I absolutely had my mind on something else did I come to a grave realization: you’ve been sending mixed signals.

There are times when our actions stem from a single inspiring thought. That thought takes shape and then springs into action. That action can have rippling effects. This can most definitely be a great thing. But then there’s the other side to that coin. The thought hasn’t been tested with other thoughts and most recent actions. The thought doesn’t hold up to the vision and trajectory of life’s inertia. The thought is only prevalently seen coming from our lips and not other crevices. Yes, the action I’m referring to is simply speaking.

So we must be careful about what we say and to what depths that action matches up. For instance, if I as a dad tell my son something that does not allow him to see me do it on a repeated basis, my son may follow suit for a few times or will deduct that dad is a hypocrite, whether it be conscious or subconscious.

However, if I’ve taken the steps to practice said action with him and with others while he is watching, and while he isn’t watching to ensure that it is genuine, then I’ve now placed myself in a position to model something for my son where he is able to see that I have sown a great discipline everywhere in my life. This is the same thing we see from Jesus. All that he spoke of to the crowds he acted out. Even the things we would consider extremely difficult and disloyal, whether it be to our parents or our ethnic groups to whom we identify.

Sow sparingly and you reap sparingly is what the apostle Paul said, and rightly so. But I am saying to all of you readers that sowing in an unwise manner leaves you to reap almost nowhere. There is no return on investment, or it’s very miniscule that you question the worth of such sacrifice. There is no fruit or joy to see and experience to where you begin to doubt the sincerity of your speaking. And in Christian genre focused groups, we can do well in speaking marvelous things that no impact on our lives, and eventually someone will notice.

So let us not be wise in our own eyes as the proverb says, but let us attain wisdom so that we can sow (speak) truth and grace into hearts everywhere that impact us in all of our body areas as well as theirs. For truth is meant to be true everywhere even when we lie and deceive.

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It’s Black. It’s White. It’s Gray. Alright?

May 11, 2012
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I was fortunate to have a good conversation with a random guy today. He noticed the book I was reading, The Ever-Loving Truth, and seemed interested in its content. I asked him if truth is true for all people.

We discussed the difference between absolute and relative truth to set a foundation. Then I challenged him with discovering how to discern between the two. Oddly enough, we landed on the issue that is the most currently trending topic, marriage.

I then began to read my book more and think through this pressing issue of truth in our society, namely who’s allowed to define it. For example, in the past it has been said that truth is a black and white issue. When it comes to the court of law, it’s preferred that way. Why? Because it makes things crystal clear and easy to decipher.

Now the truth line has an extra component. It’s black; it’s white; it’s gray. Why? Because as the old adage says, there are 3 sides to every story, yours, mine, and the truth. As long as the ‘it’s not fair’ or ‘I have gay friends who’ or ‘who am I to tell someone how to live’ card is played, truth remains relative as it’s subjectively defined.

Take, for instance, the hate crimes legislation. I just mentioned this a few days ago in¬†another discussion about nonsensical parity and discrimination in our legal system. Arizona is the current spokesperson for this issue regardless if it’s deserved or not. But the problem began way before them. Hate crimes legislation targets minority groups, but not every one. Typically, and possibly legally, only Blacks and Hispanics are protected.

But how is hate defined and who gets to define it? This is where the gray component comes into play. If a black student is killed by a white student, it’s a hate crime. If a Chinese student is killed by a white student, it’s just a crime. As the character Junior from My Wife and Kids would say, “that ain’t logical.”¬†And he’s right. Allow me to give you a real life example.

Back in November 2002, two University of Alabama black students woke up to some outrageous racists comments and a drawing of a lynching posted on their dorm-room doors. As you can imagine, the entire campus was shocked and angry. Civil Rights activists showed up and showed out. School administrators were flooded with calls and a campus investigation was launched. So what became of said investigation? Well, the initial obvious hate crime turned into an incident that was swept under the rug. Why? Because three black students were the culprits to blame. And no one cried out ‘unfair’ or ‘reverse discrimination.’

In our day, we are forced to deal with several different, and opposing, views of truth. In an effort to be accepting of everybody and every thing, except the people and things you dislike, the mantra of tolerance is loudly proclaimed. And truth is compromised. Lecrae said it best: “if what’s true for you and is true for you, and what’s true for me is true for me, what happens when my truth says your truth is a lie. What’s true then?”