The other day, I watched a video of men at the border of two countries. (No. Not our southern border. I cannot bear to see that atrocity any longer.) What I saw were civilian men having to remove their shirts at a checkpoint. Most of the men were about my age. Some were a little younger. I could not understand their language but yet I could understand them. And when I saw them standing there shirtless, adorned with their dad bods, it hit me that we are all the same. Regardless of where we live, what language we speak, what color our skin is, what our beliefs are, we are the same. We want the same. Our bodies are the same. We bleed the same. And we love the same.
So why is it so difficult to get along? Why aren’t we content with peace over control? With freedom over control? With love over control?
We have one life to live on this earth. One simple, short life.
Why is control used to divide us? Why is it used to make us hate each other? Our families are divided. Our neighborhoods are divided. Our streets are divided. Our country is divided. And not just in half. It’s divided on many levels. A sure sign of weakness because we cannot stand together in strength.
So who loses? Who are the winners? And why have we allowed ourselves to become game pieces for the control seekers? We need to wake up. There are no winners in this stupid game.
We are the same. For the majority of people who walk this earth, we want to live our lives simply and with dignity. Is that too much to ask?
Clocks by Coldplay. There is a verse that I reflect upon often. I think it’s an important concept in life.
Confusion that never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks
Gonna come back and take you home
I could not stop that you now know
Singin’ come out upon my seas
Cursed missed opportunities
Am I a part of the cure
Or am I part of the disease?
I want to be a part of the cure.
Truly the only answer to winning is not established on this earth.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven…
Look for the sameness in each other. It’s really hard sometimes, I know. But no one is greater or less than the other. ♥️