As I was praying about the division between the races, my heart was laid bare on the throne room of the Father. Oh! How I wanted His heart toward the current state of our world.
As I rested in His presence, I thought about the sweetness of the friendships I have been given. Some of my dearest friends have different color skin than I, but we have always walked together in peaceful harmony. We like each other, and we love each other.
They love me in spite of my weaknesses and they also help me to understand their perspective. It's what any friendship should be about!
As I continued to linger in the presence of the Lord, I was still broken by the immensity of the racial divide. In that moment, I felt a gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit. It was almost as if I was given His heart for a moment in time.
Have you ever felt that? Have you ever felt the unction of the Holy Spirit?
In that sacred moment, while on my knees, with my hands in the air and tears streaming down my cheeks, I heard the voice of the Lord in the deepest part of me.
Would you like to know what He whispered as I was undone in His presence?
I heard the Lord say, "It is up to the moms."
It is up to the mom because no one loves as fiercely as a mother loves, no one believes more strongly than does a mother and no one is able to shape a child's heart like a mother is able to do.
If the majority of mothers in America would adopt the removal of racism from our culture as the clarion cause of parenting, we would be just one generation away from massive and lasting change.
Mom, you need to realize that teaching your children to love people regardless of the tone of one's skin is more important than soccer games, trips to Disney World and ballet recitals will ever be.
Mom, would you consider inviting people of different races, different ethnicities and different cultures into your home for dinner and for friendship?
Would you strike up conversations in public with those who look differently than you do? Would you make it a priority to speak to these wonderful people with respect and with love?
Mom, in your home, please talk about people of different races and ethnicities in a kind and caring manner. At the evening dinner table, point out the strengths and the achievements of those who have been born on different continents or whose skin pigment is deeper than your own.
Mom, would you make sure that the television shows you watch and the movies you view are ones that honor different races not degrade them? Would you?
Mom would you read aloud to your children the biographies of men and woman who have contributed greatly to society? When you choose these biographies, make sure that you are including the stories of people whose skin tone is gloriously different than your own.
Mom, would you pray with your children for those who are marginalized and for those who have been historically mistreated? Would you pray?
Mom, engage your children in activities to which all colors and races are invited warmly and welcomed enthusiastically.
Mom, would you attend a church where the representation of races and cultures is as diverse as the flowers in the fields of God? Would you?
Who knows, my friends? Who knows if the mothers of this generation just might incite a movement that might never be stopped?
It has always been up to the moms!
"When God wants an important thing done in this world or a wrong righted, He goes about it in a very singular way. He doesn't release thunderbolts or stir up earthquakes. God simply has a tiny baby born, perhaps of a very humble home, perhaps of a very humble mother. And God puts an idea or purpose into the mother's heart. And she puts it in the baby's mind, and then—God waits. The great events of this world are not earthquakes and thunderbolts. The great forces in the world are babies." – E. T. Sullivan
Carol McLeod is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical, biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. Carol has written 11 books, including Significant, StormProof and Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman's Heart won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry award for excellence in religious programming.
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