Archive for June, 2015
We go to church for prayer, peace, comfort, love, solace, and to worship the Lord. Last night, so too did nine people, all Black – ranging in age from 26 to 87 years. Unfortunately, they lost their lives at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina being killed by 21 year old Dylann Roof because of his racial prejudices. From the days of slavery, Black people have always found peace in church. It was the place that they could be and feel free! Because of its specialness, the Black church has historically been a target. In my hometown of Glen Allan, Mississippi in the 1960’s, one of our churches was burned down to the ground. Another had a burning cross thrown on the church grounds courtesy of the Ku Klux Klan. All of us remember the little children who were killed in a church in Birmingham, Alabama. It begs to ask, “Will hate crime ever end?” I know not the answer. None of us do … as our hearts bleed for nine innocent people who were gunned down at bible study. We do know that Our Heavenly Father created and loves all of his people no matter what color our skin bears. Nine lives lost in a senseless hate crime shooting is not the kind of “stuff that we wish to talk about!”
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To those gossipers … I am so sorry! Please know that you are not the center of my world! I try to make sensible use of my time! Talking about you is not one of them. Time is too precious to be wasted!
I am not suggesting that you are a waste of time…but I cannot afford for you to occupy valuable space in my mind! In fact, I have wasted five minutes already telling you that very fact!
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Mr. John Doe is sitting at the bar telling the bartender and everyone that would listen “his somebody done somebody wrong story.” For certain, the bartender got an ear full! “Yea man, she was the best woman I ever had. She cooked; she cleaned; she treated me like a king! I did her wrong. I took her for granted.” As he ordered another beer, the bartender said, “You’ll be alright. Just go home, take her some roses, and show her how much you love her.” Mr. Wonderful looked him in the eyes and said, “Wish I could, but she left me. My life has been a hot mess since she walked out the door. It’s been two weeks and I haven’t seen or heard from her. I’m about to lose my mind!” Gulping down the Colt 45, he said, “I never thought that I would admit this but it’s true. You never miss your water until your well run dry! I am a living testimony. Without her, I am empty! I miss her terribly!” “A hint to the wise is sufficient.” If this is your story, change now before you go fetch a pail of water and the bucket comes up empty!
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Some folks need to stop playing games! Sure, they may be experts at fooling some people some of the time, but no one can be fooled all of the time. They may have even elevated their skills to become great pretenders and master manipulators. False impressions are their sweet spot. Sooner or later, they will be found out! Their games and lies will catch up with them. One day, they will eventually be exposed along with all that they were hiding only to find out that many folks didn’t care what games they played or what they hid or revealed. When the light shines directly on them, they may have even fooled themselves into thinking that the people that they thought they fooled actually were not fooled at all! The word “fool” is used to much in this article and in life… which is a true indicator as to why this foolishness should be stopped! When the great pretenders discover that their audience was “on to them and their games,” and let them continue their game playing because stopping them wasn’t worth the time or efforts, the questions becomes – who was really the fool? While the players were playing games, games were being played on them! Uh huh!
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The NAACP, the oldest civil rights organization which was established to handle race issues is dealing with one of its own. Rachael Dolezal, president of their Spokane chapter, claims she is Black yet her birth parents, both White, assert otherwise. Although I have meet White people who integrate Black cultural elements into their lifestyle, Rachael Dolezal has gone beyond the dreadlocks and tanned skin. In 1969, singer / songwriter Curtis Mayfield penned a socially conscious song, “If you had a choice of colors, which one would you choose my brothers.” Dolezal has chosen to be Black. Understand this! Throughout the years, some White people have been civil rights advocates and have fought for racial injustices alongside Blacks. Thus, if her story is not true, the real issue rests more with the fact that she lied, falsified forms, and deceived the public, her constituency, and the NAACP. In my “Vernalized” opinion, these violations call into question her integrity and her leadership ability. Justifiably if her racial identity is White, she should be removed from her position as Spokane’s – NAACP chapter president not because she is White, but because she lied.
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Yesterday, I heard a pastor say that “the riches in life are not found in money or possessions, but in relationships!” Perhaps to those who revere their bank accounts, real estate holdings, and stocks / bonds, a statement of this magnitude would hit them like a ton of bricks. Truly, it is our relationship with God foremost and our loved ones that bring us riches! Being there for people in their time of need is one of the greatest gifts that you can give. Don’t ignore them when you can help them. They may not know of your resources, but God does! When you give of your time and resources, you will receive back more than you gave.
Happy Sunday! God bless! Be blessed in your relationships!
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Opportunities come and go. Contrary to popular opinion, they do come around more than once. It should be our goal to take advantage of all of them, rather than waiting on another one to appear. When we cannot cash in on an opportunity, particularly a desirable one, frustrations and disappointments can easily fill our space. Sometimes the lack of accomplishing an opportunity can dampen our spirits. Been there; done that! As tough as it may be – stay determined and keep going. Look forward, not backwards! There is no time to be in the “dumps.” Don’t be sad, be prepared so that when the next door swings opens, you will be ready to maximize the opportunities as you capably walk in and capture their splendor!
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Experimenting with different hairstyles is nothing new. What is new is an experiment revealed on Tinder, a dating site. Aired on The Today Show, it was related that men actually preferred to date women with bangs. When a woman posted her photograph without bangs, she received 48 matches; with bangs, she received 84. Though not scientifically conclusive, maybe the bangs draw attention to the eyes, which of course, are the windows to the soul. I don’t know the answer, but tomorrow, let’s see how many of us will be wearing bangs!
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It takes a real man or woman to apologize for a misstep. For some people, the word – apology – is not in their glossary of words. When that word is uttered, it is an admission to an error or mistake. Egotistical people have difficulties making such a statement because in their minds they are never wrong! So the question becomes: Would you rather apologize and show others that you care or would you rather keep quiet and stroke your ego? Your answer will show … who you are!