Stereo Types and Street Style

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I had to share a pic of my outfit of the day. Just because I think it is so funny how people stare at me if I wear street clothes (Urban Style) in Dallas. I always have at least one kid with me but it still makes people wonder if I’m a thug? Haha! Today my husband took princess and I to breakfast, and this cute little old man kept starring at me. I smiled and he just looked away. I think after starring at me play with my daughter and interact with my husband for a bit, he realized I was just a regular mom that just wears “different” clothes. I looked and smiled a few times but he just looked away. Before we went to sit, we passed by him and he quickly said a joke. I think it was his way of almost apologizing for judging me at first. He said the funniest thing! I don’t know if it is that funny to my Dallas readers but I’m sure my LA peeps would be as amused as I was. He asked if my beanie (LA) stood for Louisiana or Los Angeles? Hahahaha! I just about died laughing! I thought for minute about it and quickly got the joke, lol. It was pretty hilarious :)

As much as I love to see people’s demeanor change when they are exposed to something new, I can’t help but wonder how many people are hurt by the looks and unfriendly faces? I know I’ve been guilty of stereo types myself. I’ve been a victim and I’ve also been the one judging others. I guess what I’m trying to say is, it really takes a conscious choice to choose to be friendly, to choose to wear a smile no matter what you think, feel or see. You never know who the one receiving the smile is or what they may be going through. I have so many friends and family that you would probably be scared to talk to. But if you knew their story of redemption, transformation and salvation, you would be the first to want to give them a hug. Most of them are so grateful to God for what He has done for them that they are the sweetest people. They have a joy that is intoxicating, but sadly we miss out on that way too many times. It’s a new day, there’s a new generation that has been saved and their hearts have been transformed. You might not understand the clothes they wear, the tattoos or piercings, but their heart is the same as any God fearing, God loving Christian. Let’s try to see with our spiritual eyes not our physical eyes. Let’s try to be the change we want to see. Let’s teach our children to not judge others by appearances, but by their hearts. And trust me, when I say this, I am also speaking to myself. Let’s aim to be more like Jesus and model Him in every way we can.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34

God bless, Linda

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