We 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 return.
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.