My heart overflows with affirming grace from the response to last week’s “MeToo” post. A warm, heart-to-heart thank you to blogging buddies around the world and faithful Roses in the Rubble groupies for your encouragement and love – and to many friends on Facebook who surprised me with an outpouring of support.
It means a lot. A whole lot of a lot.
As more and more speak out, as more and more listen, maybe we can change the culture of denigration that perpetuates inequality in minds bent with malicious intent — to unbend bent minds with understanding that we are ALL beloved of God.
We are all precious, each and every one us.
“The only thing is to accept and let the scar heal. Scar tissue is the strongest tissue in the body. I shouldn’t be surprised if it’s the strongest part of the soul.” Madeleine L’Engle
I recently found my journals from university & after. Reading through them reiterated healing is a journey that takes time. And, although I was grateful to God for saving my life, I was mad at God at the same time (for some time.)
Why me? Why this? Why now?
Questions we may all ask when challenges of all shapes and sizes loom large in our lives.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many become strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway
“You give up too easily.”
Good advice for today, or any gray day when life seems dull, lapsed; when seemingly insurmountable obstacles bewilder us and our ‘try again’ muscles are worn out.
After grad school I once had an opportunity for a big job (with a big salary) in a U.S. city I liked, very much. I received “go for it” counsel from wise mentors I sought out.
All but one.
Susan, who, if my dress didn’t look good (when asked) said so.
As I enthusiastically told her about this job opportunity in the private sector, she called me on the carpet. “Virginia, you got your MBA to help others. What about XYZ organization?” (She is the one who introduced me to XYZ organization, for which I had previously worked some years overseas in the relief & development sector; worked very hard I might add.)
The floodgates opened. She didn’t understand the many opportunities that hadn’t panned out with them, their cumbersome HR department, and so on and so forth I bemoaned.
“Virginia, you give up too easily.”
I shut up and listened. After her call I gave XYZ’s website one more look and saw a new posting for Tanzania. Interesting, uniquely interesting.
Taking a circuitous route through a friend in Eastern Europe (for a position in Africa?) I sent off my CV with an emailed, “last try before taking job offer in DC, can you assist?”
Experience married opportunity as six weeks later I moved to Tanzania working for XYZ-(TZ) helping women, children, communities and refugees.
Sometimes, it’s not about me, but God in me – what God wants.
The point is, not to give up too easily on our dreams, our hopes, our will to be and do – what we’re meant to be and do, or want to be and do.
Or, want to change – things like attitudes – (me first, my attitude!)
Thank God I heeded Susan’s advice and didn’t give up (too easily.)
NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER…
FULL SPEED AHEAD!
Sound familiar? Here it is from fun fav movie Galaxy Quest:
(For friends getting this in email, you have to click to the Roses in Rubble website to access the YouTube video. Don’t miss this 39 seconds of encouragement!)
“Never, never, never give up.” Winston Churchill
grace, peace & Full Speed Ahead!
Virginia : )