Start Where You Are

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

Our thoughts matter.

All lives matter to God. If we allow anger and rage to dominate our thoughts, those thoughts will take up residence in our hearts. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) We can start change, by changing the way we think.

Our hearts matter.

What we think will become what we feel. If we allow our feelings to control us, they will pour out of our mouths. “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Matthew 12:34b

Our words matter.

Our words influence and affect our actions, as they affect those around us. If we speak carelessly, we have the power to inflict pain. “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21a

 Our actions matter.

Our actions reflect who we really are! If we do nothing, we pass by on the other side….”Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

All lives matter.

Jesus taught that we are to love one another. And if we show partiality, we are not reflecting the love of our Heavenly Father, for every life matters to God. “For God does not show favouritism.” Romans 2:11

We can start change, when we are willing to change. To start where we are, with what we have in front of us and to use what we have available. Prayer changes things, and that is our hope, for a spirit of peace and reconciliation, to bring healing in our land. A moving on, into a society with equal opportunities for all. That we would all desire to work together, to form a new level of compassion, understanding and unity.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

5 thoughts on “Start Where You Are

  1. Arther Ashe’s quote has resonated with me for years. Glad to be reminded of it here again along with all these beautiful truths from scripture. I join you in your prayer for peace and reconciliation. Thanks, Sharon.

  2. Wise words from Arthur Ashe. I read the verse from Philippians many mornings. It’s a good reminder for me to begin my day on the right foot.

  3. “For God does not show favoritism.” Romans 2:11. A great verse for these times. Since God doesn’t show favoritism, neither should we. With that said, I hope we can wrap our heads around #BlackLivesMatter so that we can stop being killed like flies in the street.

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