I was very much a watcher of the
trial for Amber Guyger this week. For
me, I'm a woman living in close radius to Botham, in similar apartments, and
all I could think was this could have been me or anyone that I know.
I too was listening attentively
waiting for the guilty or not guilty verdict and then the sentencing.
I, like many others, probably
cried hearing his mom, sister and dad tell stories of Botham and the life he
lived. My heart was hurting for their loss, knowing that he was such an amazing
After the sentencing, I heard
Botham Jean's brother say he forgave Amber and that he loved her. Most
importantly, he told her if she asked God for forgiveness that God would
forgive her, and he told her to give her life to Christ.
I was immediately overcome with
compassion from his response. For me it was a true representation of God's love
and compassion for us. The Bible says,
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
None of us are worthy of God's
love, his grace, or his mercy. However, he extends it to us. That moment
changed the narrative of the trial. I
was no longer focused on the trial or the sentencing, as it changed my
trajectory. The name of Jesus was proclaimed to many on this day, as the entire
world was watching.
Seeing Botham's brother’s genuine
compassion and his mother's reaction compelled me.
Do I recognize there are still
systematic, racial and hate issues in America that shouldn't be ignored?
However, I find peace in knowing
God has the final say in everything!
I was compelled to be more active
in my community and to be the change I want to see.
What can I do to be more active
in my community? I'm glad you asked.
Below I share my top 3 things
that we can do to impact our communities.
1. Help others register to vote.
2. Serve on a jury.
3. Work at a campaign phone bank
during the election period.
Side note: I go to jury duty every
time I'm called. I'm awaiting the opportunity to be selected to serve.
Be the change you want to see;
start with something small. Small acts
of kindness matter as well.
Scripture of the Day: For God so
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 KJV