What It Means to Be Human

The Gift of Being Human

Inspired by We Make the Road by Walking by Brian D. McLaren
Chapter Two

Your hand “can wield a weapon or it can play a violin. It can point in derision or it can reach out in compassion. It can steal or it can serve. . . To be alive means to bear responsibly the image of God. It means to stretch out your hand to take from the Tree of Aliveness–and to join in God’s creative, healing work.” (McLaren)

We aren’t here to play God. We aren’t here to judge others. We are here to act, to help, to heal. In each of our lives there are opportunities to do this. During those times we bear the image of God.

Engage:
1. Think of a time when someone played god and judged you or a time when you played god and judged someone else.
2. Think about your hands. What is something kind and creative you can do with your hands?
3. Activate: Learn about your Earth, where you live. What makes it special? Are there environmental needs that you could address?

Please share your thoughts. Since we can’t meet in person we can start a dialogue here on this most challenging topic.


I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. I am a Certified Professional Coach with Fowler International Academy. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered. My stories have been published in several books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving, Insights and Encouragement on the Path of Motherhood is available for purchase on Amazon
Gail Cawley Showalter

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