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The Red Cup

11 Nov

Dear Christians,

I just want you to know that I’m saddened that you’ve united on such a simple issue. I call the issue simple because you are upset over a cup. Specifically, the design of the cup.  The color of the cup. When did we become so easily offendable that we believe everything is an attack against our religion? Are we so self-absorbed and distractible that we think everything and everyone is out to destroy our religion? News flash…this red cup was not targeted at us. It’s cup. Move on. Address real issues.

Unlike many of you, I live in a world that is a melting pot of religions, back grounds, race and gender. I don’t surround myself with like thinkers. I enjoy listening to other people’s perspectives.  I learn from them. I don’t judge, I don’t attack. It gives me an opportunity to see the world differently. It gives me a chance to touch more people and live a life more like Jesus.

Speaking of Jesus…Do you think that he would have protested the red cup? Nope. Would Jesus think that this cup was a representation of the world’s disdain of Christianity? Nope. Would he have defamed an entire organization (that employs fellow believers)? Nope. Would Jesus have held a Bible study at Starbucks while sipping a brew from a red cup? Yep. Shoot, Jesus probably would have turned water to coffee in today’s world LOL.  

Back to the real world. Have you ever asked someone about Christianity? Have you had a genuine conversation about Christianity with a non-believer or former believer? Have you taken a real look in the mirror? Have you looked that the problems that have silently infiltrated the church and too taboo to discuss over the pulpit? My guess is that you haven’t because if you had you wouldn’t be focused on a red cup.

Have you spoken with people that used to be Christians and completely reject the faith? Nope! Do you talk about the manipulation, sexism, idolatry, homophobia, racism and hate that have crept into our churches? Do you talk about the pedophiles that use their religious positions to molest and exploit children? Do we talk about other sexual deviants that’s target the men and women in the church? Do we talk about the hustlers that have elevated their game and now sell blessings? Do we talk about how the church leadership now resembles gang activity (If you have 10 armor bearers and 20 church members…You’re in a gang)? Do we talk about the church leaders that continue to use narcotics and street drugs? Do we talk about the leaders at the strip clubs or pornography stores? Do we talk about extramarital affairs? Do we talk about rejection? Do we talk about the fact that so many of our lives do not reflect Christ? Do we talk about the fact that we use prayer as a form of apathy? (I’ll scream at the next prayer vigil outside of crime scene…They’re gone! Focus on the living and problem prevention). Nope… We’re talking about a Red Cup.

So please fellow Christians, save your mindless religious rhetoric for your closed social circles of narrow thinking. We could actually learn something from the Starbucks cup. Learn how to serve the masses without losing your identity. Everyone that is drinking from the cup still knows that they are drinking Starbucks. My question is this, does everyone that meets you realize they are meeting a Christian?

Unapologetically,

Arizona

 P.S. I’m typing this while sitting in Starbucks…sipping a peppermint mocha from my Red Cup

The Little Girl In Me. 

10 Aug

  
During a recent visit with my family, we decided to watch some old family videos. One in particular was my Aunt’s wedding. We had such a fantastic time. We were able to see old family members that passed away and the throw – back looks of each of us from the 90’s. It was truly warming and rewarding. It was also nice to see the looks on the faces of my niece and nephews as they saw their parents as kids.

One thing that intrigued me was the innocent, hopeful and fearless look in my eyes. As we sat and watched the reception, my first thought was “Where did that little girl go?” I danced and danced as if no one was looking. I was so free and full of life. I need that little girl back. I haven’t blogged in almost 4 months which is unreal to me because this is truly therapy for me. Hence, why I’ve probably been under so much stress lately. I haven’t released or shared all the wonderful things God has done lately.

Just know that I am getting back to that little girl in me. The one God created. Full of life, possibilities and laughter. Removing all negativity and walking in my destiny.

I am going to dance my life away in God’s presence.

Unafraid,

Christine K.

Rejection.

12 Jan

“Rejection is just God redirecting you into the right path.” We hear it all the time but is it really? I will have to admit, I don’t believe that wholeheartedly. I do believe it can be redirected properly when the individual being rejected actually knows how to identify it. Most people that face rejection don’t know how to deal with it, especially when someone is living in a continuous state of rejection.

Honestly, I would prefer to experience rejection than to be the rejecter. When faced with rejection you feel low, confused, unworthy, like a complete failure. However, that is not the case, most of the time; the rejected person has not done anything wrong.

God tell us that we are accepted when we first accept Christ as our personal savior. Christians take longer than we should to believe that scripture. Oftentimes we do things to try to “fit in” within the community of believers. The whole – I serve in church, I attend every bible study, every conference in hopes to feel accepted by that particular body. Some people even rub noses with the “elites” or give bigger offerings in hopes of being accepted or deemed worthy of positions. Sadly, their hearts are so far from God.

As Christians we are born in the image of God. We are 1st connected to him and he gives us the longing to be connected to others. But this has to be a healthy connection. We cannot lose our identity (or never find it) in hopes of be accepted by man. We should only desire to change ungodly behavior for God and yourself. Not others.

God is a loving and gracious God. He accepts us all. So why do we reject one another? I believe low self-esteem, fear, and pride on the rejecters heart.

And to the one experiencing rejection look to God. Ask yourself are you putting your self-worth, esteem and worthiness in someone else’s hands. Let me answer that question for you, YES!

Do everything unto God, let him order you steps. His love and approval is readily available to you as a gift. When sin entered in this world he loved us enough to send his son to die for you. No one else will ever do that for you. Aim to please God with your faith, back it up with actions and watch your life transform right in front of your eyes.

Be confident in who you are. Be brave enough to face adversity. Be strong enough to walk the narrow path God placed in front of you.

Just Be…

~Christine K.

Unique.

9 Nov

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered.” – Psalms 139:17

The entire chapter of Psalms 139 is a great reminder of how unique we are and how we can never escape God’s presence. God delights himself in us because we are his very own masterpiece. He created us in our inmost being and his gracious thoughts about us as the scriptures states “cannot be numbered.”

Awesome.

Unfortunately, the distractions, condemnation and negativities of this world bombard our thought life which then is demonstrated in our behavior. We walk around as robots. Mimicking behavior, dressing in what others deem fashionable and never really learning who we are on the inside. Self-discovery or what I like to call “God discovery by the workings of the Holy Spirit” after you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, is NON-NEGOTIABLE! We tell new believers all the time the things they can’t do anymore but we never really give them the steps on how to live (outside of going to Sunday morning service, join a ministry and don’t miss bible study). All of those things are important…but you also have to LIVE!!!

Do you like to run?

Are you a painter?

When was the last time you participated in a dance class?

All I’m saying is….try something new! Learn who you are as you transform into God’s image. There is something about you that will blow your mind that you don’t even know you are able to do (yet)

I have to admit this was struggle for me after I got born again. I was BORED with Christianity. I was in my 20’s and I didn’t know what to do. All my friends were out and I was in the house. I kept saying asking God “so what am I supposed to do.” He soon gave me Godly friends and activities (PRAISE THE LORD).

This morning while I was eating breakfast (which prompted this post) I thought “I forgot how unique I am” I forgot that I cannot be replaced. There will only be one Christine. God only made one. Don’t be afraid to fall in love with yourself because GOD LOVES YOU! Why not also love his creation too.

As Christians, our common thread of identity is the spiritual fruit we produce.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Be confident in what God created. You for his glory, for he created us as individuals but connected us through his spirit.

~Christine K.

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