Pride in who you are

This weekend here where I am at was Pride weekend.  It was amazing to see so may different people out to celebrate who they are.  At one point in the weekend one of the titleholders spoke to a group of people and said that we all need to realize that we are not all the same.  That there are different boxes for every person and we don’t have to be like someone else.  It is so true each of us has our own likes and dislikes.  We need to respect those differences.

What is happening in this world?

I wanted to post a quick note today.  I am not sure if you are following thisbPastor Worley issue in North Carolina.  This is like the fourth crazy pastor from North Carolina and at least the second pastor from Southern Baptist Convention to preach hate and violence against gay people.  What is clear to me is that the Southern Baptist Convention has non compassion for human life.  These are the same people who are against abortion but advocating hanging and putting people in electrified pens.  What is scary that someone once before advocated similar that being Hitler.  It also makes wonder why why so many are coming from North Carolina.

Save the Kids

Today i heard about a minister in North Carolina who told his congreation that if they think that their child is gay or lesbian that they should beat it out of them. This Baptist Church in the recording said “amen” meaning they agree.

This  is scary that a church would be encouraging abuse of children.  Now children should be disciplined for wrong things but abuse is not the way to do it.  Especially when it comes to youth who are struggling with their sexuality.  A lot of gay and lesbian teens end up on the street because of abuse by parents or they get kicked out.    They end up with nothing and they struggle to live.

When I was listening to the radio show today a man called in and talked about how when he heard the clip of the minister saying the things he was saying made him cry.  He was crying because he was beat by his parents when he was growing up because he wasn’t masculine enough for his parents.  He talked about how difficult it was growing up and how he wanted to give up when he was growing up.

I know that what Pastor Shaun Harris was saying can cause so much harm.  What scares me more is that there are people out there who would not think twice of hurting a child for a perception of who they may or may not be.  Why not let each child grow to be we they are?

Where are the limits?

A friend was sharing with me that he writes off anyone over a certian age for friends or anything else.  In his eyes someone older than him has nothing to offer him.  Now I have heard the opposite before where older people saying that younger people don’t have anything to offier them.

Now I am not saying I agree with either of these points.  Each of us has the right to put limits on who is a  part of our lives.  I think that each person in my life has enriched my life in some way.  Both those who are younger than me and older than me who have taught me things.  Now I am not saying that it is all good that I learned from those experiences.  What makes me decide who is my friend or not is based on their personality and how we click.

Now some may say well you say that because you are ___ old.  You know that I have had this same attitutde when I was in high school, college, and now.  I have always been open to all people I encouter and I have found every person to be important.

Crazy things we might do

This afternoon I finally watched the movie We bought a Zoo.  I actually liked the movie and made me think.  What is the most off the wall thing I have ever done in my life.  Whether I have done it as a gut decision or a planned out decision.

I know for me I have made changes in my life that taken my life in a different direction.  I know that each time I have taken a new direction in my life it has been a good change so far.  Some of the changes I made in my life I was scared and unsure what was going to happen and if I had made the right decision.  What I know is that taking risks in life is the only way life to get anywhere.

I often wonder what keeps people from taking risks in life.  Is it fear that keeps them from living life?  For some yes for others a lack of desire to explore what is out there.  I know for me it is the joy of life that keeps me looking for the next new thing that will bring a new experience in life.

She doesn’t care

During this election season those who are running for political office will say all kinds of things in regards to their postions.  In New Mexico there is a woman running for an open senate seat who used to be a congresswoman here before.  I personally don’t trust her.  In the past I have heard her contradict herself in a single day on  issues.

Well now she has spoken against some proposed anit bullying legistlation. In her eyes it is about teasing.  It is obvious that there is little care for young people who are get bullyed.  To her teasing and bullying are the same thing and that trying to take care of our kids is not that important.  How many kids are killing themselves as the result of the bullying they endure in their schools and other places.

It is clear that Heather Wilson is out of touch with the world around.

Touch others lives

Recently I was remind how easy its make a difference in someone’s life.  Someone I knew years ago in my life walked up to me in a store and asked if I was so and so and we talked for a few and caught up.  He reminded me of how I had made a difference in his life and how that has stuck with him to this day.

We run across people every day in our lives.  How we interact with them will make a difference.  Think about it how often to you relell stories of people you  encounter at the store or other places.  Some people may just come in and out of our lives but how we treat people is the most important thing.

Giving back to the community

I know I have talked in the past about this but I felt I needed to talk about it again.  This weekend I will be volunteering at a local elementary school for a big community service day.  The more they get there to help the more money that the the school will get from a business.  I am looking forward to helping out.

What it is interesting is a lot of the people who will be there will be some of the same people I see at other events.  I know I read somewhere that there is a small percentage of people who volunteer to do anything.  Though the time of year when most people volunteer is in the fall during the holiday season.  That is also the time of year that most people donate to charities.  If we want to make a difference we need to be helping others all the year round.

I want to say sorry to those who follow me for not posting for a while life took over.  I would love for people to respond and tell me what kinds of things you do when you volunteer.

It say what?

I was reading about how kid was not allowed to wear a t-shirt to school that said, “Jesus was not a homophob.”  They said it was inappropriate and wrong.    If these people were saying that the t-shirt was wrong the natural interpretation would be that “Jesus was a homophob.  Now I have had owned and do own message shirts.  I am sure I will continue to own them in the future.  When I get a message t-shirt I will read it a few times to make sure what it says.

The sad thing is that the people who were so against this shirt were Christians.  They said it was agaist Jesus.  Now I don’t remember every reading about Jesus talking about this issue and last I knew Jesus said to love everyone.  To me the t-shirt was trying to convey this exact message that Jesus wants everyone to love.

What we say others are listening

Today on my Facebook news feed a friend has posted a link to an article about a mom and her 15 year old son.  What the article was about was that the son was given an article entitled, “I’m Christian unless your gay.”  The young man brought the article home as part of a writing assignment at school.  The mom went on to say how wrong and went further.  The boy ended up sneaking out of the house to write the essay.  He came out to the mom.  The boy in his essay said he was given the choices of running away or take a more sever actions.

This made me thinsk about how much is told to children without thinking.  Most children listen to their prents till the go overboard.  Ive known kids when I was growing up that hated their lives because of what their parents were telling them. While children need guidance they don’t need to be taught to perpetuate the negative thoughts and words. The good thing for the child in the article the mother came to realize what she was doing and the young man was able to continue to grow and will one day be able to make a contribution to society.