So I was thinkin...

usatoday:

These 10 meaningful trips just might allow you to see the world in a completely different way. 

Top: While it’s a familiar image around the globe, there’s no matching the experience of actually stepping on the Great Wall of China, an ancient 4,000-mile barrier. (Photo: Wendy Wu Tours)

Middle: Polar bear viewing in Churchill, Canada, offers a cultural immersion into an Arctic way of life, with a chance to view bears as they migrate from summer to winter hunting grounds in Manitoba. (Photo: Tauck.com)

Bottom: Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the tangible link to the ancient Jewish Temple, is an unforgettable site of prayer and ceremony. (Photo: IsramWorld/Shutterstock)

Happy Thursday everyone!

Happy Thursday everyone!

As many times as I’ve heard this scripture, what resonates tonight is that He trusts us to rule…TRUST…yes with our flaws and all. That type of love blows my mind! #Genesis1:26

As many times as I’ve heard this scripture, what resonates tonight is that He trusts us to rule…TRUST…yes with our flaws and all. That type of love blows my mind! #Genesis1:26

So very true!

So very true!

Justice For All

Not guilty. These are the two words that have caused nationwide outrage, pain and in some cases outright ignorance. I completely agree that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict, but I won’t waste any more time disputing a verdict. What I will say is that something needs to be done to make sure this type of tragedy does not happen again.

After participating in a rally today, my eyes were truly opened to the injustices that happen on a daily basis - incidents that are poorly reported, overlooked and ignored. I met a mother whose son was the victim of gun violence….a young lady whose brother was a victim of gun violence…how many more deaths do we need before we take action?

Yes I’m upset about what happened with Zimmerman, but now it’s time to move on to the bigger picture. This case has lit a fire under people across the nation and I am so inspired! Before I go any deeper, here’s a photo from the rally that sums up my stance. This is only the beginning.

Peaceful march and rally against gun violence tonight at 6 pm at Lake Eola #JusticeForTrayvon

Peaceful march and rally against gun violence tonight at 6 pm at Lake Eola #JusticeForTrayvon

#JusticeForTrayvon I pray that even after this trial, people will not only talk, but fight for the countless injustices that occur on a daily basis. Mobilizing on social media is only the first step.

#JusticeForTrayvon I pray that even after this trial, people will not only talk, but fight for the countless injustices that occur on a daily basis. Mobilizing on social media is only the first step.

Do You Mean What You Say?

A friend of mine was recently going through some family issues and posted a message about it on GroupMe. Naturally, everyone in the group responded with words of comfort - especially, ”I’ll keep you in my prayers.”

As much as I refuse to believe it, something tells me that this statement is becoming as shallow as “God bless you” when someone sneezes or “How are you?” first thing in the morning. 

How often do you simply use these phrases out of habit? Do you really ever set the time aside to lift that person’s name up? Do you truly want blessings for me and do you really want to know how I’m doing?

Our tongue has the power of life and death according to Proverbs 18:21. With the constant stimulation that we experience on a daily basis, it’s understandable if we get lost in the shuffle. But … we must watch we say. At the end of the day, your word is your integrity.

I have tons more to touch on, but then this would be a book and not a blog :)

Gustama101