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Think again and again

po5cl7uuos8j9u“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.  To make a deep physical path, we walk again an again.  To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Persons often question my convictions concerning race and my commitment to the race-less life.  While they ask many different questions, they all boil down to the same question: “How do you believe?”  They really want to know how I do it.  The simple is with my mind.

Transformation starts in the mind.  There is more power in the mind than in arguments, armies and government administrations.  It is in the mind, where intellect and feeling reside, where the conscious and unconscious meet, that decisions are made.  This is the place of reason, the battleground, the real ruling authority.  And there is nothing more powerful than a made up mind.

Transformation done here cannot be undone or reversed.  It is a change that you won’t see in a mirror.  The results won’t be captured on a scale.  It is not a matter of rosy cheeks or wrinkles, inches or pounds.  No, the outward proof is a life better lived, carefully thought out.

The condition of our minds determines the condition of our lives. But, it takes practice, mental conditioning.  Change does not occur with the arrival of a single thought but the repetition of that truth.  While a single truth can defeat any number of lies, they are not overcome easily and must be stomped out, walked out, lived out.

Our transformation will require us to “set our minds on things above” (Colossians 3.2), to meditate on the truths of Christ.  If we desire to become new, we must think again… and again.

An Act of Faith


“To put an end to something is an act of faith not an act of disloyalty.”  Trish Miller, the new Mid- Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship coordinator, said these words over a lunch meeting with other CBF pastors.  Her words were unexpected.  What was a regular conversation about denominational life became what Eugene Peterson calls “a daily pentecost.”  I felt a mighty wind blow on me and it quickened my conviction concerning the race-less gospel.

“Who said that?”  While she was wiping her mouth and after putting down her sandwich, she replied, “Gordon Cosby, founder of the…” Servant leadership School, I said, finishing her sentence.  I knew his name and was aware of his work.  But, I had not heard this before.

She began saying that it was not an exact quote but it was close enough for me.  I had it and I was not going to give it back for her to rephrase.  I grabbed a pen and a sheet of paper from my purse to write it down.  I wanted her to say it again just as she had before.

By this time, the lady that she was actually talking to had given her words more thought and she too now asked for a sheet of paper.  Now, we both asked her to repeat his words.  Afterwards, I told Trish that the statement alone was worth the drive.  I don’t even know what preceded it but I am so glad that I had heard it.  I don’t know who Cosby was speaking to or what act he had in mind when he shared his insight.  But, he was speaking to me that afternoon.

This journey toward race-lessness is an act of faith.  I trust that the racialized identity and its life that I have left behind are not worth comparing to the new life in Christ that I have already received.  I believe that as I continue to walk away from race, increasing the distance between it and me, that I will see more of myself in Christ Jesus.  And in so doing, I don’t feel that I have betrayed who I am, that I have abandoned “my people” (whoever they are), that I have sided with the oppressor (whoever he or she is).

I am doing this for God.  I am replying to an invitation that He sent to me, answering a question that He placed deep inside of me, rising to a challenge that He has given me.  I want to be found faithful to Christ even it means that I have to deny all of who I thought myself to be.  “It is no longer I who live but it is Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2.20).