By Joshua Noblitt, Contributor
I am anxious with anticipation for news from the United States Supreme Court this week, which we will probably hear on Monday or Thursday. We live in exciting times as updates come almost on a weekly basis of new advancements for LGBT equality across the country and indeed across the world. As Dr. King observed, “The Arc of the Universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” It is a wonderful feeling to know that in our lifetime, and probably sooner than later, that arc of the Universe will deliver to the LGBT community, at long last, equal access before the law to the institution of marriage.
It is important to celebrate and draw strength from these victories as they come, so we are renewed in the remaining work that is yet to be done for our own equality, and for the equality of many other groups who continue to feel themselves on the margins of society. My faith tradition teaches that God is at work for the good in the world in all things and that it is my job, as a person of faith, is to discern the work that God is already doing and figure out ways that I can join in.
So what are some of the ways we can join in the good work that God is doing in the world? For me, this has involved taking some time in my context to really ‘see’ the people around me. We all interact with people every day, but do we really take the time to find out what is going on in their lives? What is the story of the person who works at the reception desk, or the person who valets your car, or the homeless person that you see on a regular basis, or perhaps even the person who lives down the hall in your apartment building? Each person that we cross paths with has their own pain, struggles, joys and dreams. What would happen if we took interest in just a handful of those people and really took the time to care and engage? Perhaps your affirmation is exactly the thing that is needed for someone else to make it through their day.
Join me this week in seeking out new ways to join in the work that God is doing in the world. Perhaps in the process of showing love to others, we might find a tremendous amount of love for ourselves as well.
Rev. Joshua M. Noblitt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and serves as Minister of Social Justice at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Visit his website at www.joshuanoblitt.com or email him at email@example.com