Coffee Talk: Why I Don’t Want My Child to be “Colorblind”

My little one and her rainbow of friends

My little one and her rainbow of friends

“I don’t see color.”

I cringe inside every time I hear these words. In most instances, people utter them in an attempt to let me and all who are listening know that they are not racist or that they value people regardless of their race. But the statement itself devalues me as a person of color, and it does not foster the racial reconciliation and healing that is currently needed within our churches and the broader culture. I’ve had several questions come to mind after hearing the “I don’t see color” statement. Questions like, “Why not? What is it exactly that you are refusing to see? How would you feel if I said that I didn’t notice the fact that you were a man or woman?”

Perhaps more important than the answers to those rhetorical questions is the reality that we do see color. We acknowledge its beauty when we select fashion patterns. Colors contribute to our enjoyment of food. Color is one of the many things that we appreciate about nature and the changing of seasons. We all see color. So if we refuse to see color when we look at the eyes, hair, and skin of another person, we are inherently acknowledging that something is wrong about our gaze.

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Natasha’s Study: What I’m Reading Right Now

Found in Him book coverFound in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ

Author: Elyse M. Fitzpatrick @ElyseFitz

Official Website: http://www.elysefitzpatrick.com/found-in-him/

Why I picked up this book: This book was actually a gift from one of my associate pastors. I was excited to receive it because I’ve also been desiring to read more theological works written by women. I’m reading it on my Sabbath days and look forward to sharing it with the women from my mentoring ministry leadership team.

From the back cover: In Found in Him, Elyse Fitzpatrick explores the wonder of the incarnation and the glory of our union with Christ, offering us a sure path to ultimate acceptance and true belonging through the power of the gospel.

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Mentoring Mondays: #Mentoring Children

MENTORING FOR GOD’S KINGDOM PURPOSES

It’s “Back to School” time! Here are two character traits to consider for the months of August/September:

RESPECT

 “Honor your mother and father so that you days may be long in the land the Lord God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31

 

RESPONSIBILITY

 “I desire to do your will, oh my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8

“When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools, fulfill your vow. IT is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.”  Ecclesiastes 5:4-5

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