Tuesday, November 17, 2009
There was a song sung years ago by en vogue that said “free your mind and the rest will follow”. This couldn’t be truer of the world. The world is filled with so many religions, inventions, ways of thinking and so forth. And it is all because someone thought of a way to do something someone is doing but just a little bit different. If you keep doing the same thing but expect different results, you have adopted the mentality of an insane person. However, if you allow your mind to be free and clear of all distractions and malice, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Then once your mind is free, the rest of you will have no choice but to follow. Go ahead. Free your mind, and indeed the rest will follow you.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I feel the need to encourage everyone, especially the men, to pray. Pray for one another. We don't know what each other is going through, but know that someone somewhere is going through something. Prayer can make the difference. Pray for the families at Fort Hood and the office park in Orlando. Pray for their comfort in this time of bereavement. Men are to always pray and not faint.
Monday, November 9, 2009
“If I said it, then I will do it” is a phrase often heard but rarely followed. I believe this is part of the reason why things are the way they are. So many people have promised things, said they would do such and such, but in the end the only thing left behind is a cloud of dust symbolizing the trail they left because they have abandoned ship before completing the work. This practice has got to stop. Please do what it is you say you will do. We are quick to quote the scripture that declares “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13), but where is that boldness when it comes down to the work? Keep your word, and make good on your promises.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Remember the old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? I have found that this saying cannot be more wrong. In this era, I would rather have stones thrown at me than words. Stones leave scars that can heal. Words, if not carefully said, can leave wounds and scars that could possibly never heal. I encourage you my brethren to watch what you say and of whom you speak about. Words can become twisted and turned to such a degree that you wouldn’t even recognize your own dialogue if it returned to you. Watch what you say, or what you say could definitely come back not only to haunt you, but eventually hurt you.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sometimes in life there will be times and situations that will test the very strength that we possess. They will sometimes force us to embark onto journeys unknown, lead us down paths that are seemingly endless, and make us come to conclusions and endings that we never thought we would find ourselves at. Also along those times, we will undoubtedly encounter periods where we feel like giving up. We will want to throw in the towel because we feel like we have given everything that we can and we have done all that we can do. We must understand that this race isn’t a sprint, but a marathon. We are reminded that the race isn’t given to the swift, neither to the strong, but to the one that shall endure to the end. There isn’t much endurance needed to sprint to the finish line, but as marathons last the body calls on the endurance training it has gone through before the race to carry it to the finish line. So keep going, for you are almost there. You can make it. You will finish strong.
Monday, November 2, 2009
With all of the phrases surrounding the black man, one phrase that you probably do not here too often is “good job”. Some common phrases that are synonymous with the black man is “jail time”, “dead beat”, “no good…….” What about the ones who are fulfilling their destiny and their names aren’t LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Terrell Owens or Tiger Woods? What about the man who works 9-5, double shifts every other weekend and still finds the time to take his kids to the movies or to a local sporting event? What about the man who may be unemployed, but isn’t looking to make a quick buck standing on the corner with his hands in his pockets? When was the last time someone told him he is doing a good job? We are quick to acknowledge those in the armed forces, and rightfully so. However, there are some men who haven’t fought in one military battle but still fight wars on a daily basis. Is he any less of a man because he has less than what someone else may have? God forbid. Let me be the first to tell you my brother, my friend, my fellow soldier, Good job and keep up the good work. Know that your labor isn’t in vain, but you will reap exactly what you have sown.