Listening Instead

I have struggled with recording this past week’s episode of, “Work in Progress”. It has been hard to find the right words of encouragement or anything that may truly be relevant given what all this week has seen in our country. My heart has been heavy, my emotions boiling over, and my senses overwhelmed form everything I have been seeing and hearing across the television, radio, and social media. 

I have struggled with finding answers to my own questions, let alone being able to do much good shedding any light to any of the “why’s” from my children, or in conversations with family and friends. The best I was able to manage was what I shared earlier this weekend;

The power of listening… listen to those around your, listen to those you don’t understand, listen to those whose views you may not understand.

This is a time for listening to those crying out instead of trying to talk over them and defining what they are saying.

Bridle your tongue, open your ears, and guard your hearts against the lies and hate around you. Seek truth and understanding by listening, then you will be able to be a true agent of change.

It is with that that I have chosen not to record an episode this week as I am not convinced my voice is the one that should be listened to at this moment. Instead, I would like to ask you to listen to another voice…one you may often quote and meme… but may not have ever ACTUALLY listened to…

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gave a speech; “The Other America” at Stanford. Now I know that most folks don’t have the attention span for more than a few minutes on a video or a recording, but I would STRONGLY advise you at least take the time to watch / listen to the section between 14:10 – 38:11. I have not heard, read, or seen a anything more relevant to what is going on than this.

Lastly, I would just share the words of ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:9-21‬  again and implore you to 

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

With Love, 

The Average Joe

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