asked members of our community to share what moves them to do justice work. This month Nicole Dudley, reflects on what
she believes and how that motivates her work.
I believe in the natural beauty of man (woman) kind. I believe that we were all created by God in
his image with the Holy Spirit who gives us our innate senses of free will,
love, and peace; and since sin runs in our blood and we are born into a sin
filled world, and raised in chaos, it should be our life’s mission to protect
and preserve our freedom, our hearts, and minds with the teachings of God, and
learn how to live as Jesus lived in the midst of the chaos in order to elevate
ourselves as children of God and to
inspire the next generation to do the same.
I believe that children and our child likeness is what is
meant by the light in us, and by being like children we kindle and fuel the
light that God has created in each one of us; and nurture the Holy Spirit that
leads us to Heaven. Matthew 18:1-5 states, 1At
that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the
kingdom of heaven?” 2And
Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3and
said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little
children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4”Therefore whoever humbles
himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And
whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
Jesus was not embracing immaturity, he was referring to the
qualities of a child – trusting, without guile, and free from ego. In these modern times, it seems that
everyone yearns for what they see on T.V. including the lifestyles; it is easy
to get away from the lifestyle that God created for us in the beginning - a
lifestyle of service to God and fellowmen that would give us peace until his
People love T.V. If you were to ask people to throw the T.V.
out the window because it will cause you to lust and covet things, they would
probably vote to throw you out of the window. Our will to be free and our
desire to be loved are innate to being human, but like children we must protect
ourselves from the things that could corrupt our nature. Jesus was the true example of love. Can you imagine loving someone more than you
love T.V.? Jesus loved us just that
much. If your T.V. could, do you think
it would throw itself out of the window to keep you from sinning? Jesus
did. As His people it is our
responsibility to embody this spirit and cultivate it everywhere we go – in our
homes, in our cars (where ever and how ever we travel), and in our businesses.
I believe that we especially need to cultivate this spirit
in business. In today’s society business controls the majority of our lives
and, more and more, the government.
Human resources are the most important resources to a business. Businesses should take the lead in fostering
healthy environments for all that serve them, and should only partner with
others that share the same principles.
It was stated in Genesis
1:1-7 “In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth. 2The
earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the
deep. And the spirit of God was hovering
over the face of the waters. 3Then
God said, “Let there be ‘light’; and there was light. 4And god saw the light, that it
was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the
darkness He called Night. So the evening
and the morning were the first day. 6Then
God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it
divide the waters from the waters.” 7Thus
god made the firmament Heaven. So the
evening and the morning were the second day.
Just as God divided the waters from the waters in order to
create the Heavens, we too must separate from those people and things that do
not embody the spirit of God in order to create a place for God’s people here
on Earth. Haggai 1:2-8 says, “Thus
speaks the Lord of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “the time has not come,
the time that the Lord’s house should be built.”’” 3Then the word of the Lord came by
Haggai the prophet, saying, 4”Is it time for you yourselves to dwell
in your paneled houses, and this temple lie in ruins?” 5Now therefore, thus says the Lord
of hosts: “Consider your ways! 6”You have sown much, and bring in
little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with
drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, Earn
wages to put into a bag with holes.” 7Thus
says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!
8” Go up to the
mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it
and be glorified,” says the Lord.
I believe that if we
do not get God’s house in order, he will destroy everything. Our silence on the impact that “business as
usual” is having on each one of us only aids our destruction. I believe that
together we can do all things, and that includes elevating the standards in
doing business, and in how we run our nation.
We must glorify God in all that we do.
Let us move forward in a spirit celebrating the beauty in each one of
us, celebrating the beauty of life, love, and unity, and embodying this as we
do our work, giving God the praise for his mercy and grace each and every day.