I contend not with men and their rhetoric, but with self and its defiance to the greatness that is alive in me. I contend not with the debates of ideals, philosophies or idle banter of religious superiority, but with flesh and its insistence that I accept today as though it were the defining standard of tomorrow. I contend not with society’s woes or its flagrant hedonistic proclivities, but with the rampant portrayals of self-degradation, gender emasculation and the rejection of tolerance and love. I contend… daily… not against men of flesh and blood but against the ideology that good is enough, love is irrelevant and the hope of something profound is all but dead. I contend… daily… not against women of flesh and blood but against lies that seek to define me—restrict me—to ‘my place’ as a single woman, lover or friend. I contend, daily. It’s me vs. them—one of these will die and it ain’t gonna be me. ~ a Speak2It original
Every now and again, we as people–as a nation–as the orchestrators of this journey we call life need to be reminded of what we’re really fighting against. It’s so easy to point the finger at others and blame them for whatever our issue of the moment is. If only they’d stop coming to this country… or why don’t they just stop saying God in the pledge… Yes, it’s easy to lump those who grate on our nerves with those who offend and downright out frustrate us. We all too often lump transgressors and naysayers into a ’one size fits all’ category. However, this is where it becomes important to remember one thing: we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities. What does that mean?
It means the enemy we fight is often times an enemy we can not see. It means instead of looking to place blame on our bretheren–because we’re all in this thing together–we stop and take a moment to exam ourselves. It means that instead of fighting fire with fire, we get out the extinguisher and kill the flame of dissension once and for all. It means our weapon is love.
Renew your mind and fight the fight against mediocrity, complacency, intolerance and indifference.
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