Just Call Me by My Name
Call me a child of God
In all of my life, I’ve never heard the question, "what do white folks want to be called"?
That is a real question and it came up today in my Twitter feed.
I am just living my life, in the skin that God gave me, trying to live up to whatever expectations he may have of me. I believe that God has a plan for me, for he has a plan for each and every one of us!
We are all children of God and we come in all shapes and sizes; we come in a smorgasbord of shades, colors and personalities. The only thing that isn’t multiple about us, is our sex, there are but two.
I often fall short.
I’ve disappointed God more times than I care to remember, but I know that I have earned his approval as well...I hope that I have!
My human nature, oftentimes, has me dwelling much too long on the mistakes I’ve made that God has long forgotten and forgiven. My human nature leaves me thinking I am far from worthy, but God sees my worth and loves me unconditionally!
Having his approval means more to me than what you may think of me or what you may have decided about me, without knowing anything about me.
When I weigh my many blessings and give thanks in return, it is not to any man or woman here on earth. It is not to our leaders or a political party, Government or ’the movement of the month', it is so much bigger than any of that.
Thanks be to God!
As a result of understanding and believing in something much larger than me, life is made so much simpler. Not always perfect or stress free, but far less complicated than it would be if left up to me alone.
Call me a friend, a daughter, a wife; Mom, Grandma...
Not one of these things has anything to do with the color of my skin!
They are common things that I share with so many others...all across this earth.
Yes, we come from many different backgrounds and cultures. True, family traditions factor in, but the common thread remains.
While my main focus is measuring up to God’s expectations, I, personally, want to measure up to my expectations ....of how my children and my grandchildren see me. I want to always be a good role model for them and the person they come to; for advice, for the sharing of good news or to have a good cry with...for as long as need be!
I want my friends to know me as that person always available to them, if they need a shoulder or an ear or a hug.....
Doing life with my one and only, my husband, tested a lot and then some...we've withstood those trying times, that all of God's children go through, we've gotten through them together, honoring our vows, trusting God, we are in this for the long haul.
My Parents are still with us here on earth and to this day, I crave their approval and wish to make them proud. Selfishly, my wish would be to keep them here with us always, but they've had good, full lives and are now in their twilight years, very comfortable in the skin that God gave them, they will welcome their time, with open arms.
So thankful for the many moments shared.
Call me an American
I don’t wish to be hyphenated, if that’s what the person that posed the question was asking.
I will gladly add some adjectives; a proud American, a blessed American, a thankful American, a grateful American....or just an American, works fine for me too!
I don’t like what is happening right now, present day, in this Nation. Many people, have embraced a movement, an ideology, which is disuniting us!
What good does taking on hyphenated names do us?
Of course we will be torn apart, with the constant unraveling of our common thread...so much worse in the past decade or so, it has gone past a slow unraveling, to a fast burn and it must be extinguished!
While many in these ideological movements know exactly what they are doing, many followers do not. Seriously lacking in most aspects of their lives, they glom on and follow all the wrong people and all the wrong things.
Of course I realize that we will look at things differently, with different perspectives, different takeaways, each of us are uniquely designed:
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." - Jeremiah 1:5
Some of us will always be liberal and some, like me, will remain, unapologetically conservative. But, that can't be everything to us!
We cannot let that define us!
The real danger is the fringe, those taking things too far, trying to force their beliefs (or lack of) on others, defying God's laws and this Country's laws and then attempting to justify it!
The danger is in losing respect for our fellow man and woman.
I am praying for peace and for a coming together.
Please God don't let our coming back together, come down to an event anything like what has brought us back together, in the past.
God Please Watch over, Bless and Keep, These United States of America!
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© 2019 A B Williams