'I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.' John 14:18 NIV http://www.facebook.com/Repurchase
This past school year, God was really working on me about censoring my thoughts before I say them. I've always been one to just react and not really be proactive. And I must, it has gotten me into trouble on quite a few occasions.
Well, I had the pleasure of getting to know a girl named Tameey from Nigeria. Tameey is her nickname, but I won't even attempt to spell her birth name, because I know I'll mess it up. Tameey and I were both in the Whitney Young Honors program, so we had quite a few classes together. We hung out on quite a regular basis.
However, one experience comes to my mind when I think of my dear friend Tameey. We were in the cafeteria and as always, there wasn't anything really pleasant to eat that day. I had gotten what was supposed to be some kind of noodle something or another, but it looked and tasted more like goulash than anything. I ate a couple of bites and decided that it wasn't even worth it. I was just like, "I have to get some pizza or something because this just isn't even worth it." Tameey responds with, "Gosh Christian, why don't you just eat the entire cafe?!"
Man was I hot. In my eyes, she had basically just called me a pig. Americans don't take too kindly to being called out on their eating habits. However in Nigeria, or most other countries for that matter, they call it as they see it. Tameey meant no harm in what she was saying, there was just a cultural barrier. And I understood that, seeing that I've been around such a wide spread of cultural groups in my days. So, I chose not to say anything to her, but just walk away. But, Tameey knew that I was upset with her, and really didn't understand why.
From this experience, I learned that some things are better left unsaid. I also learned though, that in unless you make it clear, how you're feeling isn't always going to be understood. Getting to know Tameey has helped me to not wear my feelings on my shoulders. And through God working on my censoring, we've made a pretty great bond.
Christian is a freshman at Kentucky State University, studying theater. At a very young age she began to display a talent for the arts. Beginning in Elementary school, Christian tested gifted in music, and began learning the violin. After exploring the piano, Christian later picked up the clarinet and found her passion. Along with her musical abilities, she shines onstage, whether that be presenting a self-written poem/spoken word, or acting a script. Christian eats, breathes, and lives the arts, and is excited to share her God given passion with Kenyan daughters.