Monday, October 26, 2009

Forgiveness...It's a beautiful thing!

How many times have you asked someone to forgive you for something you may have done against them? Or how about asking for forgiveness even though you believed that you hadn't done anything wrong? Then again can you recall a time when someone asked you to forgive them?

Lets be honest at some point in our lives we are going to offend, hurt, or anger somebody. Just like no one gets out of life alive, no one will get through life without committing one or more of the three above mentioned offenses. And we won't live without having those same offenses rendered against us. Ofttimes it's not a purposeful endeavor. Things happen. While I'm not down playing hurting anyone or offending someone, it happens. And when it does we seek forgiveness. Call it whatever you like, but in the end it still comes back to the same thing.

Forgiveness is defined as: compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive as well as being typically defined as the process of concluding resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, difference or mistake, and ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. (That comes from Google.)

Now according to the Bible--another great source-- (I'm just saying) forgiveness is a free gift of God, that once someone seeks sincere repentance, that person's sins are forgiven and forgotten. Also there's no condemnation before God.

If we are to give any credence to Google or the Bible-- in particular-- doesn't it stand to reason that the ability to forgive is really something special. But sometimes it seems as though forgiveness is one of those things that applies only to the other guy. It's okay for us to ask someone to forgive us and expect them to do so, but what about when someone asks you to forgive them? Do you? Are you holding on to past hurts or offenses? Are you heavy laden with images in your mind and weight on your heart from yesterdays?

If about giving to others the same gift that we ask God for and fully expect Him to deliver. Forgiveness. It's a beautiful thing!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Keepin it Real!

I would like to share a poem that I wrote and published three years ago. I do not consider myself a poet, however these words jumped into my heart one night as I drove home after witnessing a young boy--couldn't have been older then ten or eleven years old--selling drugs on a corner.

Keepin it real as they say
Ask a young brotha in a casket as he lay
Peddlin dope for dough making a sista a hoe
Crack vial streets where children play
Drive by shootin every other day
Sexual desire desire lead young folk astray
Nine months later another youngin on the way
Being led to believe self-destruction is okay
Education put off one more day
Acting out life as if its a play
Rome wasn't built in just one day
Parents unite and keep the devil at bay
Do away with the myths that the TV say
Teach the youth to stay strong in spirit so they don't stray
That's keepin it real as they say

It's been said that it takes a village to raise a child. I would like to add, "It takes someone to care." Let's give our children a future. Don't write off our youth. Join the village.