When I was growing up, I remember my mother saying to me that you have a choice to choose who you are going to serve. Who will you reflect on your actions and your words? It took many years later, but I would get to a place in my life where I would eventually choose whom I would serve and the person I wanted to be. The person I was created to be in 2nd Corinthians 5:17, the Lord clearly states that when we choose Him, all will be revealed. It says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone the new is here! The only way for me to find out who I am and what my purpose is is to allow God to guide me and say yes to the call of the Lord has placed on my life. According to Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord says,” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Why do we find it so hard to say yes to who God created us to be? Could it be that we want to fit in with the status quo; of what is expected? The path of walking by faith is a different direction, and the fear of not fitting in is powerful. Saying yes to the yearning that is in your soul, takes strength and courage. The day we understand that our desires are not accidents, they will shape and define our destiny if we will say yes to the call of the Lord on our life. Psalms 37:4 states that if we “take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desire of your heart.”
The world, as we know, is quickly changing before our very eyes, and the truth is, as a nation, we must find a way to heal. A part of the healing process is letting go of the needs to fit in, and it means moving forward (intentionally), it means choosing a different road and being dependent on God. Romans 8: 12-17 puts it this way “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation, but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live for those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship, and by him, we cry Abba Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering so that we may also share in his glory.” Although we are not able to change the decision and choices of the past, we can listen and learn to help to shape a new future. The reconciliation process must start with accepting our role even if the position was one of silence. Healing is possible; the fact is God is the answer always has been will be, but He is a God that works alongside His children. We must choose the healing that Christ offers to see real change. Letting go of blissful ignorance and intolerance is one of the first things we can do. I choose Christ, and I choose to believe that healing is possible. How many are willing to stand with Christ and walk down a new road.