|Posted on April 12, 2019 at 3:45 PM||comments (2)|
The Privilege of Being Privileged
by Cindy Crenshaw
Privilege is defined by Mirriam-Webster as "a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor" or "to accord a higher value or superior position to or privilege one mode of discourse over another".
Last week in church, our pastor showed the video attached to this blog. The idea is for us to recognize that every person has a story - and each one doesn't always look like our own!
When I was in the fifth grade, I found it very difficult to make friends at my new school. However, there was a girl (I'll call her Lisa) that quickly became my best friend. One problem: my mother did not approve! Lisa's family used drugs - mine didn't. Her family abused alcohol - mine didn't. Her family had a reputation for violence - mine didn't. Her family had been in trouble with the law - mine hadn't.
A precedent had been set by my mother and though I had no understanding of it at the time, I was privileged to have been raised in a different environment than Lisa. Most of the time we think of privilege being driven from social status, financial background, or perhaps our schooling. I'm not sure what the case was for Lisa's family. But, today I am certain that simple choices can sometimes determine how "privileged" we become. My would-be friend is now in prison awaiting parole. I am not.
Because we are born into our circumstances, it is hard to predetermine our level of privilege. But, in this world of "entitlement", where we expect that the world owes us a favor ... let us not forget that we all began with a breath from God Almighty - and we will all end (physically) by taking one last breath given by the same God. In the meantime, God help us to LOVE our neighbor as ourselves - regardless of what kind of car they drive, or what street they live on, or the balace in their checking account.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-39
|Posted on February 10, 2019 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
When former President, Gina Bauman, founded Blessed Beyond Belief Women’s Ministry in the year 2000, she had a mission. She wanted women from all backgrounds and all walks of life to come together and realize their role as a woman in Jesus Christ. She wanted women to not only be encouraged and refreshed in the Holy Spirit, but she wanted them to grow in their faith and find their own spiritual calling. Through this
ministry, homes have been built up, families have been mended, marriages have been saved, people have come to know Jesus, and ministries have been born.
Gina was a passionate and loving woman, even if that meant bluntly telling you the truth. She did this with love and people knew it. Anyone who knew her knew she was deeply in love with Jesus Christ. On December 20th, 2018, she joined her love in heaven.
“If the Lord takes me home because of this battle,” Gina told us, “don’t you dare say that I lost my battle to cancer.” The truth is she didn’t lose that
During Gina’s memorial service, her preacher spoke from one of her journals. In this journal, she wrote about how God has entrusted us with EVERYTHING in our lives. It is up to us what we do with the gifts God has given us. This verse sticks out to me:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
This was Gina’s belief and a belief that carries into the ministry of Blessed Beyond Belief. God has blessed us with our families, our careers, our spouses, our children, our homes, our health, and our lives. In Gina’s journals, she many times thanked the Lord for waking up that morning. No matter what we go through in our lives and what trials we face, we are indeed blessed beyond belief.
~Written by Beth Pace