I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend much of my life trying to impress the people around me. Whether in the workplace, my friendships or even at church, I was constantly on guard to try and impress in hopes of finding acceptance. It feels good to be liked by others, but trying to constantly gain approval by everybody is also a game that will keep you on your toes 24/7.
Let me start this post by saying how sorry I am that it’s taken me almost 30 years to personally digest the reality of racism in our country. Let me apologize for never truly seeing what was taking place right in front of me. And, let me admit my fault in keeping quiet as a white, male pastor when hate and harm affected the lives of millions each and every day that passed, all while I had a platform to bring light to this horrific situation. I’m sorry. This not an apology for being white, but instead an apology for being a white man who had yet to publicly standing up against the injustice directed towards my brothers and sisters of all ethnic backgrounds.
Each year comes with a new set of goals and the remembrance of the one’s you didn’t reach the year prior. Health, finances and relationships are all topics that will trend high on the resolution charts. But while all these goals are valid and important, I believe there is one goal we could all benefit from greatly; It’s to be more vulnerable.