It has been a while since I have written last and it feels like a lot has changed within me since that time. Experience is one of the best teachers out there and also one of the most intense teachers I have ever had.
I have thought a lot about deliaspeaks.com—what I wanted it to become and what it needed to become.
Originally, I wanted this blog to be a place of academia and scholarly research, but I realized that the “average joe” (and most of my friends) don’t really care to read such a post. It’s not because they are not smart or they don’t care about the issues I write about it. It’s just that not a lot of people get as excited about a research paper like I do. Haha! #nerdproblems
Old habits will always die hard though, so I cannot claim that there will not be a little bit of citation or fact checking on my behalf for my posts moving forward. You should expect nothing less, in fact. At the same time, I want this blog to also be something that anyone who is passionate about these issues or who is learning about them for the first time to be drawn to read.
Last, but not least, I want people to really hear my voice on these issues. This is called “Delia Speaks” after all. While Experience has been an intense teacher, it has also taught me that every voice counts. My voice counts.
One of my fellow freedom fighters and I often wonder out loud to each other about why we are in the positions we are in—having had access to higher education, good nutrition, and other opportunities that come with living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. We have wrestled with the guilt and the despair over such a broken world and removed the crushing weight of responsibility off of each other’s shoulders more than once. We have had to lay down (and continually laydown) our concerns and heartache at the feet of God.
It is often said, “God does not call the qualified. God qualifies the called.” We are living proof of that. My friends and I are a motley group of young people making a difference in the world. We are a “goodie mob” that has moved past wondering why and onto gratitude that gives.
We recognize that we, in it of ourselves, are not good. Only God is truly good. But we now know that we have been put into incredible positions of power, like that of Queen Esther, “for such a time as this.” We are voices that shine light into the darkness.
Dr. King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” That is what we are about. Our mission is to love. It is the kind of love that has hands and feet and goes into the dark places of the world and brings light.
I hope that you will come along with us in this journey and unite with us in purpose and passion. My hope is that we can learn from each other and leave renewed and re-inspired to love the world with the best of what we’ve got!