It Starts with Love

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Last night I was on the couch getting caught up on the lecture material for a new professional certificate program that I am in. It’s a cert for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) which I am very interested in. It’s awesome to check out if you are interested and free! #USF #USFMuma. Anyway this week’s lecture focused on emotional intelligence as the foundation of #DEI. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express ones emotions and handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. This morning, as I read 1 Cor. 13:4-6, all of me just screamed this is the root of DEI. This scripture is about loving others, not thinking that we are better than others, but supporting others, standing up for righteousness, and seeking to understand others. Why is this so hard? Well I guess we still find love to be hard. Yes, love of family, spouse and kids can be challenging at times but many of us have an extremely hard time connecting the concept of love and the principles of love to those outside of our circle. Don’t get me wrong, love is a constant work in progress and a constant personal test but we should be trying, actively, to do the work.

If we can pledge to keep 1 Cor. 13:4-6 or at least try our best with not just our circle but all that we come into contact with, just maybe we have a chance at evolving into a society and a world that lives out diversity, equity and inclusion.

We think of so many things as new topics of the day, but nothing is really new under the sun. The bible truly provides us life instruction if we would only apply it. It is not the book of old but rather the book of yesterday, today and tomorrow. I would love to hear your thoughts, additions or modifications on the below. Let’s live it. We are called to change the world. We have the tools — let’s just come together and do the work. If we can’t spread God’s love (1 Cor. 13:4-6), how can we spread the love of God (the message of God). If you are up to the challenge, join me in the comments. Will you pledge with me? Will you invite others to pledge. Share the pledge. Print the pledge, Live the pledge.

Love Pledge

In accordance with 1 Corinthians 13:4-6, I will uphold the principles of love and apply them not just to my circle but those in my work, church, and community. I will apply them and uphold them with those that do not look like me, do not speak like me, do not believe as I believe, or think as I think.

I will be patient enough to listen to the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of others with an open mind. I will seek to be aware of and patient with the needs of others.

I will be kind and thoughtful even when I do not understand. I will be open to revisiting my ideas of what kind and thoughtful could mean to someone else.

I will not be jealous or envious of the strengths and successes of others but I rejoice in them. I will not try to repackage their strengths or ideas as my own but I will support the strengths and successes of others and support their advancement.

I am aware that I have no reason to be arrogant because the things that make me me are not the differences that make someone else less than me. I will not be arrogant because we are all God’s children.

I will not dishonor, demean, mistreat or ignore others. I will not be easily angered, rather, I will seek to understand the backgrounds, ideas, perceptions and experiences of others, even when they do not align to my own and respond in love. I recognize that God makes the determination of right and wrong and that He is the judge, not me.

Regardless of how I am affected, I will not delight in or make excuses for evil, but I will rejoice with truth.

Happy Sunday! Happy Palm Sunday! Hosanna! Be blessed! #Godapplied #ApplyingGodin2021 #DEI #Devotional #ChristianProfessional #ChristianLeadership #WritingCommunity #Love #Blessed #Grace

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