Membership class today was very interesting and thought provoking. We discussed our beliefs, our faith and our convictions. Several things went through my mind as I sat there, but one thing resounded loud and clear, I advocate for women and children. Always. Without fail.
I remember one time I was driving down the 167 headed to Maurice, there was a man beating a woman in the truck in front of me. I dialed 911 and sat on the phone with the operator and explained where we were. The man, interim, pulled to the side of the road and pulled the blonde haired woman out of the truck and proceeded to kick her, punch her and rolled her into the ditch then went promptly after her.
Without thought and against the advice of the operator on the line I promptly got out of my vehicle and proceeded toward them. I told him I was on the phone with the police and they were one their way. I told him he would be well advised to leave her alone, to just get away from her. He retorted with a series of angry retorts and I listened calmly as the profanity spewed from his lips.
I obviously feel strongly, very strongly about women and children being treated properly and as dignified humans as I believe God intended it to be. That is not to say that I do not come to aid of men, should that be needed, but from my experience it is typically women and children who are beaten, belittled, demeaned and made to feel unworthy of life, love and God’s love.
I have had many people tell me that I will be shot one day for interfering. That never even came across my mind that day or any of the other times that I have intervened to take up for the underdog, the mistreated, the abused. It is not that I have a death wish or that I have some super human bravery that flows through me, it is merely that if I do not stand up and take a stand against what is inhumane and clearly wrong, then what have I done? Really?
Should I remain silent and watch from the shadows, I have then condoned, permitted and foster the ability for it to happen again. Most certainly to the same person, but almost certainly to another woman, another child, another victim.
Perhaps it is the fact that I was abused myself, as a child, as a mother and wife and as a human. I can only attest to the fact that if I am around, I will do or say something. Something. Something is better than nothing and a lot of times, it only takes a little something to do a big thing…. to change the circumstance. To change the way we treat each other. To change the way we perceive people.
My God is a kind and caring God. He is loving and fair. I believe that ALL people deserve to be treated with love and respect, simple human dignity, irregardless of any “earthly” judgments or classifications that humans might impose upon their vision so as to take away from the true clarity, the true sight of God’s vision of us.
Then I had this song come into my head that I had not heard in years. While I am not sure that the artist meant it in the exact manner or about the exact topic that I am using it in reference here, it is fitting to this, my belief system, my faith, my convictions. To quote the song I am using in this post, “Hands” as performed by Jewel:
“I won’t be made useless; I won’t be idle with despair; I will gather myself around my faith; For the light does the darkness most fear; My hands are small I know; But their not yours, they are my own”.
I am not saying that everyone needs to do, have done and will most surely continue to do, but do something. While walking your walk with Jesus and developing your relationship with Him and your Father, give thought to what your beliefs are, what your statement of faith is, what your convictions are and do SOMETHING about it. Do something to enact the change, to show others that you truly believe as you say.
One person might not be able to change the world, but all people doing one thing to make a change in themselves and the world, will change everything.
I surely hope to meet some of you on my path. I love to interact with others and give my Jesus story, that is how I (*gasp*) Evangelize. I share my Jesus story and hope that others can relate and decide to start their own amazing journey on their walk with Christ. If you see me today, you will know me by sight, I am the one with my eyes open, my heart on my sleeve and a “Superwoman” cape on. I jest… there is no cape, just had to lighten it up a little. Till we meet… I hope (truly) that you have a most blessed day.