Look to learn from anyone

praycoupleNino slept during my class. If not asleep, he was combing his hair. He didn’t turn in homework. Needless to say, this did not ingratiate him with me.

Then, he taught me a valuable lesson. He was talking about racism. Our school embraces people from all backgrounds. He was attacking inappropriate jokes.

prayAsiantoddlerHe explained how African Americans “empower” themselves by using the N-word. Previously, I didn’t understand why the oppressed used the word of oppression. Nino explained that by employing the evil word in jest, they are stepping on it and affirming their triumph over it.


I rejoice to see that my kids make friends with kids of all races without even apparently noticing. Yet racism remains a problem for our nation. If you google “attractive people” on images, you’ll see a disproportionate amount of whites. Nino says this is because they’re the “de facto” definition of beauty. Strides must be taken to continue to correct the evils of racism.

Everyone has something to teach, no matter how they comb their hair or what irksome habits they have. Every single human being on the planet has a valuable insight, if we will only take the time to listen.

24 responses to “Look to learn from anyone

  1. yourothermotherhere

    That is an excellent point and so very, very true.

  2. great post, as a mother of nine, young people constantly surprise me with their depth and inner spirituality. Most times it is covered over with an obnoxious mask

  3. So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    What gives me hope is the reality of the love that knows no boundaries in Christ. The love of Christ can unlearn the hate of racism.

  4. I like your article. As a child and youth worker, i’m always blessed by the amazing insights of our youth. Although I don’t agree with Nino, I believe he has the right to speak his truth, which seems to be a concept encouraged by pop-culture, black rappers and celeb’s. For me however, there is so must history and healing that has to be done in black America that I cannot embrace this concept using the “n-word” to empower. I hope that Nino’s comfort with the n-word will be taken as an individual perspective and not the norm. In other words, one black person does not speak for all black people! Thank God for the love of Jesus Christ that covers a multitude of sin!-Izzie J

  5. jamieweilhealthcoach

    Funny story. Appreciating your likes, I went to learn more about you. (I’m sure there is a blogger protocol somewhere, but as usual, my manual was lost in the mail. What a newbie.) Anyway, I saw a Lighthouse link and said, “Hey–I’ve been there!” Thirty years ago as a college student I found your Lighthouse, and now, you found my blog…and in turn showed me yours. Circle of life:)

    • Hi Jamie! Wow! You went to the Lighthouse! I came in in 1988, so I guess I didn’t meet you. Was Ron Norris the pastor then? As far as protocol, I don’t know of any. What I can offer is tips to gain followers. Go on your reader and explore topics and “like” everyone (except for ones you really have scruples about; I draw the line with cussing and porn). As you like100 a day, many will come back and visit you, some will follow. Do this daily and you can expect to go up 5-10 a day (though at first it’s a bit slower). Choose topics that are related to your most recent post. I wish I had known that at first. As soon as I discovered this trick, my followers have shot up. God bless!

  6. Your student explained that very well. Thank you for sharing.

  7. interesting!…..yes, we can learn from anyone and hear God speak through anyone……..happy that my recent posts were a blessing to you……Blessings!….Kim

  8. oh wow…on point and true!

  9. Great Post! Other subject, You may have heard of this documentary movie. It is called ” Holy Rollers “. A group of ministers and their followers count cards for their churches playing blackjack. They were very good at it. Not suggesting you do it but watch the movie!

  10. its amazing who we can learn from if we will just have ears to hear and eyes to see. thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks for the insight. Never have understood that one.

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