I am human.
My color doesn’t define me. It may describe my outward appearance, but that’s not me. That’s just my shell.
Beneath my skin, underneath the surface, I am human.
I have hopes and desires like the rest of us have.
I want my family to have enough.
I want my children to love me.
I want a happy marriage and a great friendship with my wife.
I want enough money in the bank to pay the bills and have a little extra.
I want to do something that matters with my life.
I want it to count.
I want to matter.
I want to feel like I belong somewhere in a community of friends.
I want to enjoy the life I have been given.
I want to see peace on earth.
I want to know that there is hope for this life, not just the next.
I want to work hard and earn a good honest living.
I want to be a good neighbor.
I want to know my Maker and alert people to His reality.
I want to bring people along with me on an adventure.
I want to have fun…to play…without fear.
I want to see people for who they really are…
not the color of their skin,
not the religious label they wear,
not the political persuasion they have
…but who they really are.
The story of our nation is not a pretty one…it is a human one.
We have our faults. We have our sins. We have our inadequacies. And yes we’ve had our wars.
We are human.
You are human.
I am human.
Put down your picket signs, your white-colored, black-colored, middle eastern-colored glasses….
Put down your raised fists, your guns, your rights to yourself, your pre-conceived ideas of what other people are or are not…
Put down your hatred, your lack of vision, your selfish ways…
Pick up a cross. Follow the bloodstained path of the One who showed us all how to be truly human.
Bear your brothers burden.
Look them in the eyes.
Bless your neighbor with your presence on their doorstep.
Earn trust before you speak truth.
And never forget…
The perspective on the other side is human too.