The Perfect Prescription for Society
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices when the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT).
When I open my eyes and see the world around me and the people living in it, I often reflect on the changes that are needed for a better tomorrow. I regret the fact that much of humanity are bystanders and choose to look away from the injustices within our society. There are many people who pray and hope for a better tomorrow and others who choose to be a voice for the voiceless. Despite these realities, I can’t help but think that change must start from within and that love, God’s love, is needed to instill change within our society.
Reflecting back to my post Affect Many Lives…Check! in May of 2015, I mentioned that my former students (many of whom live in low income communities) remind me that there is much to be done until we live in a just society. I also stated that my journey as a change agent within this (America’s) educational system had just begun and my statement then, still holds true today.
I read an article in Education Week: Income Segregation in Schools Found to Rise by 40 Percent Since 1990 that proves segregation still exists within our schools and society. This article explains that income segregation can be traced back to 2008 during the economic recession. As affluent families moved to new schools, students from low income families became more concentrated in lower income districts or schools. Many of these families happen to be similar in race. With this reminder, I am more moved to continue my work to provide a quality education to children attending schools in low income communities. I realize that I can display acts of love within my career and through my interactions with my students and others. My model of love stems from God’s love and I trust in the fact that His love never fails.
When I wake up in the morning I always ask myself, “How can I display love today?” and then I pray: “Lord, thank you for another day. Another day for me to see your glory and recognize that you are God Almighty. Allow me to love the way you want me to display love. Allow for others to see your love within me and that I may introduce someone to You through your love”.
We can use God’s love to guide us. God’s love is what guides me to do the things I do and work as a change agent. God’s love is what gets me up in the morning and allows me to sleep in peace at night. When I start my days recognizing who God is and how much He loves me, I can continue to function in our society knowing that He is right where He needs to be.
So what is the perfect prescription for society? It’s love. God’s love.
Do you trust in His unfailing love?