…wisdom, love, compassion, facts, empathy…

People have asked me why I have not personally voiced my opinion much on the matter of what is occurring in our country that has many ardently and expeditiously typing out opinions onto social media since I am nearly always connected, a Digital Marketer, and Writer. First of all, why do I need to react, and if I do feel it deserves a reaction, I much more prefer to do so with facts, not fiction, with love, and not in haste, certainly not in angry or resemblance of hate.
I also am not a doctor, certainly not a disease expert. I do not claim to be a theologian, and I am not a pastor of any church. Neither am I a lawyer, a politician, or a government official of any sort.
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I have, however, discovered who I am, what I am about, and to Whom I serve long ago which bestowed upon me a Mission/Purpose Statement which is, “To pour as much love and wisdom into my children as possible, and make a positive impact in the lives of others for the Cause of Christ. This I strive to do in what I say, how I say it, whether in written form, or verbally. Have I failed a bit, yes, but I strive to learn from those failures and not repeat mistakes.
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I am not trying to be perceived as “self-righteous”, nor “churchy”. I have actual been hurt, and deceived by as many people “in-church” as people “out of church”, maybe even more. Besides, going to a church, or saying you are a Christian, does not make you one. It’s about a relationship with the Creator, and how you live your life every day of the week, not just on Sunday. I believe the church was never meant to be a museum for saints, artifacts, statues, fancy sound equipment, large band, laser show, and pyro-technics.  It was meant to be a hospital for sinners, a gathering place for the broken who know they are in need of a savior, to heal, to repent, to mend, to learn, to worship, to grow, enjoy community, to get equipped and go out, so they too can show and share the hope in Jesus to a broken world.
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I am also not brain washed, certainly not delusional in my beliefs and faith. I am neither ignorant, uneducated, nor of low intelligence. If you know me, my walk, my testimony and the miracles I have witnessed, up close and personal, then you will understand why and how I have the faith that I have, write and share as the way I do. If you know me, you also know that I am not easily persuaded, nor led astray, nor listen to something or someone and take it immediately as fact. I research, verify, validate, and re-verify. To know me, is to know that I am not a blind sheep. I do not follow a church, a movement, a human being, I strive to follow Jesus.
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Do I have an opinion? Yes of course I do. Am I perplexed, as well as saddened, over what is, and has been occurring in the USA, as well as the world? Of course I am. Do I think I should get on some bandwagon, shout un-verified, un-validated rhetoric, chase a movement that leads to personal, material, or societal destruction? No I do not.
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I prefer to apply wisdom, display love, demonstrate compassion, recite facts, in a more empathetic way.
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I realize the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) may have been an overused “Christianese” statement, however it is as profound the day it was coined, as it is today. Truly, what would Jesus do? Want to know? Well maybe it is time to re-read the four Gospels, apply the wisdom of the letters of Paul to the churches, and apply the principles in the book of James or Hebrews. For those “in-church”, “out of church”, as well as those leading churches.  It’s all available as quickly as you can take to your keyboards, whether online, via app, or on your book shelf, or night stand.
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Whether we have enough wisdom to recognize it or not, we all serve someone or something. If you have faith as it is in the bible, as a believer, we strive to serve the Lord. If you do not have that type of faith or belief, then you may be serving yourself, or possibly an idol such as money, success, position, or power. Maybe a different God all together?  Regardless, you will have to choose to Whom or what do you truly serve.  We can point fingers, extend blame, make up excuses, give into the rhetoric, react in haste or anger,  join a bandwagon of perceptions.  Or we can truly be and live out the change we want to see in the world.
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I prefer to be the change in the world, and as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15). What do you prefer? How do you prefer to say it? Do it? Demonstrate it? Live it?
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I am a fan of profound quotes from wise people that I respect. Below is a really good one that is rather applicable as it was then as it is and should be today.

About DW

Living out my Ikigai and helping others find theirs which consists of seeking to launch life with purpose, navigating with principles, and exploring with passion!
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