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Words

words

Words. They are our beginning and end, starting and finishing us, recruiting and guiding us. We are all following one Word or another.

It is the latter that attempts to unravel God’s plan. People words, human words, time sensitive words that can get in the way, distract us, stall us, tie us up. These are often unskilled and uninformed words, unforgiving and relentless words, words that betray and defy us, that hunt and hound us, that shame and silence us. We are all running from and toward one Word or another.

We are looking for the right Word and we know that when we see Him, hear Him, repeat Him that we will have seen our selves, heard ourselves for the first time and yet again because it sounds so familiar. But, it takes time.

We will spend much of our lives unpacking and sorting through our words, trying on and tossing out words outgrown and handed down, looking for and finding words that fit us better, organizing within us the words that we cannot live without, that go so well together and reflect our style and taste. But, there is one Word that “works everything out for our good” (Romans 8.28), that settles and makes sense of all of our words: Jesus.

He must. He is our start, our origin and to find out where we are headed, we must go back to the beginning. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1.1). We will all make sense when we go back to the Source, the Center, the Beginning of our word- life.

God is our beginning and end, the Author and Finisher (Hebrews 12.2). Yes, we are all God’s letters and He is the Word.

 

 

Change

“Looking to Jesus the author and finisher (KJV)/ the pioneer and perfecter of our faith who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame and has taken a seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

~ Hebrews 12.2, NRSV

Some say, “Change is good” while others lament, “Change is hard.”  The former affirms that there are times when doing things differently is beneficial but the latter points to the difficulty of it.  Change may be good but it can be hard work.  Still, nothing worth having is attained with ease or without some amount of blood, sweat and tears.

The race-less life is about change and while I am certain that this change is good, it can be hard.  But, that doesn’t mean that it cannot be done, that we should give up and revert back to the way we have always been.

Race says that we are stuck in who we are and who has been, that we cannot change our race.   But, as a Christian believer, we do not affirm that there are some things that God cannot do but that he makes us new creatures in Christ (Second Corinthians 5.17).  We believe that all things are possible with God (Matthew 19.26).

And since race says that I cannot change myself if I believe in it, then I will change race.  I will change my confession concerning it: “I am race-less.”  This statement redefines race and says that race does not have dominion over me.

Besides, God made us in his image and it is not our physical appearance that He wants to change.  He wants to change our sinful state, to heal our broken hearts and race has nothing to do with that.  Race can’t bring this kind of change– only Jesus can.  The change that he brought on the cross was hard but it was for our good.