Will this work?
This is the question we want an answer to before beginning something.
Most often the answer is ‘it should work’, ‘it might work’ or ‘it has worked in the past.’
But none of those answers provide the comforting guarantee we seek. And there are very few things we start in life that are certain before we begin.
Even more challenging is that life happens in the midst of uncertainties.
Sometimes the present circumstances of life surface those uncertainties more than others.
There are certainly no shortage of current events surfacing our uncertain times and future.
The economy and the market are always uncertain. COVID-19 gave both a shattering.
And now, worse than any economic or market downturn is a social fallout surfacing underlying deep seated unresolved issues.
Racism, injustice, and riots are not the marks of this great country, nor the best of humanity.
As a white man who grew up in the suburbs and lives in the suburbs, I cannot even pretend to relate to the plight of black men and women and minorities who live anywhere.
The acts of racism, injustice and the abuse of power is horrifying and an atrocity.
Maybe the most recent events will lead us all to not simply be okay with being non-racist (neutral and indifferent) but anti-racist (standing up and speaking out).
May we all do our part to create a better future for all by building relationships with those who are different from us and engage in listening conversations in the midst of the uncertainties and atrocities.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”