Archive for June, 2014
Seeing where you want to be is possibly the greatest motivation that one can have. I recall hearing Pastor Joel Osteen preach about vision. He talked about envisioning where you want to eventually land. Do you see yourself where you think you would like to be? The beauty is that you can make adjustments; you can regroup and refocus. Do what is necessary! Sharpen your outlook. Look ahead with binoculars to get a clear view. Be action oriented! With determination, preparation and planning, you can get there!
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First Sunday this month brought more than communion. At the invitation of Dr. Hardwick, pastor of Praises of Zion Baptist Church, a predominantly Black congregation in South Los Angeles, NBA owner Donald Sterling attended a two hour church service there. Reports have it that some members were offended by his appearance; others felt that if he was seeking forgiveness, church was the best place to be.
Now, before you speak, let us first remember that no one can read a person’s heart but God. Secondly, sins and missteps can be forgiven if you approach God with sincerity. Repentance is a foundational tenet of faith.
Understand this, I have been a critic of Sterling and believe that his comments and actions were racist, despicable, and hypocritical. I also know that the power of The Lord can change people. As for Mr. Sterling, I will not touch this one. It’s a matter between him and God and God is not one to be mocked!
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We watched in amazement as the fastest man in the world, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt ran across the finish line in the 2012 London Olympics and gestured his legendary lightning bolt. In this journey of life, we all have lines to cross and goals to accomplish; no matter how big or small. Crossing your individual finish line should remain front and center. It can only happen for you and me if we stay on course and continue the race. Are you there yet?
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Remember those flash cards. Teachers used them in elementary classes repetitively to help us learn by association. The pictures coincided with a word or an answer of some sort. When you grow up, you find that adults use flash cards too. When and if they “flash” their unwanted behavior, you have a choice! You can tell them to go “pound salt” and get out of your face! Yippee! They can flash their behavior elsewhere with another unfortunate soul who is willing to take their foolishness!
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Have you ever been “nicely” told off or insulted? “Nice nasty” people (as they are called) can give you a piece of their mind, sometimes calling you every name but your own. The words – Nice ; Nasty – are two extremes, but we have people who can nicely mix them together. They chastise you diplomatically which makes it hard to get mad at them. They have an amazing talent as they have mastered the art of “sticking it to you” while smiling and concurrently reciting their displeasure with your behavior. It is not unusual for them to find something wrong because they look for the needle in the haystack. Never forget that “nice nasty” folks will “throw you under the bus” and run you over – gently and nicely! So the question remains, “Are they nice or nasty or “nice nasty?” Don’t waste your time trying to figure it out!
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Don’t make yourself target practice for other people. If danger lurks, get out of the way. Be cognizant of the signs. Watch your surroundings and associations. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, we have to “be on the lookout!” Though that is an uncomfortable position, it beats the alternative – being someone else’s bulls.eye!
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You are headed for a surprise, when you don’t follow your instincts. If you are smart, you will keep your guards up and stay behind your invisible shield. The minute you get comfortable and relaxed, there is a change. The “on again / off again” behavior will throw off any one’s equilibrium when a person is treated angelic one day – only to be confronted the next day with negativity and insults.
It is difficult to protect yourself when jabs are thrown from multiple directions. The only protection is avoidance and keeping your guards up from attack. Evil is bound to show its ugly head when evildoers are at the controls. Don’t go to sleep behind the wheel when danger lies in your path! If zebras and tigers don’t change their stripes; leopards, their spots; why expect the higher intelligent two legged species to be any different?
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There has always been a tradition in our family of passing down possessions. It is funny how the little things in life mean so much! Yesterday, using my Mother’s recipe, I made a pie utilizing an old fashioned lemon squeezer. The squeezer belonged to my Grandmother. I never knew my Granny. She died when I was two years old. I have always heard stories that she had me “spoiled rotten.” Emotionally, my Granny and I cooked together yesterday when I used her vintage appliance. It worked perfectly! Perhaps, you could say that her love was a “hand me down” that remains vibrant. The evidence was in the deliciousness of the pie! Yum!
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Start your Sunday with worship by being thankful; remaining prayerful; and by giving your all to God! Ask for forgiveness of your sins; we all have them! Bury the ill will of the past and ask God to guide you and order your steps so that you can walk in goodness and righteousness! Praise him! Happy Sunday!
”To God be the glory!”
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Friends that you love and who love you; friends who care about you and your well-being; sincere friends; respectful friends……..who could ask for anything more! When you pick up your phone to talk to a true friend, it appears as if they are in the next room though they may be miles apart. Distance is immaterial. Though your work days and weeks may prevent you from getting together frequently, they are never far! Feed, water, and nurture your true friends because the value of true friendship is priceless! You are connected through your hearts and you become a blessing to each other!
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