MLK, Jr Day 2020

Bible reading:  Num. 22-24

No man can curse what God has blessed. In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the men and women who walked with him inspired a nation to lawfully extend the rights and privileges enjoyed by some to all of its citizens. His grace in the face of irrational hostilities shook the consciences of many and forced them to question their beliefs. We have come a long way since the days of lawful segregation and Jim Crow but, as recent events have shown, we still have work to do within ourselves and in our interactions with others.

It’s takes little effort to mock and discredit what we don’t understand. Let’s not settle. Let us not be proud of our ignorance. Take a moment today to be friendly, respectful and compassionate to others. One exudes strength when showing kindness and sincerity, not weakness. We are strong nation when we are are united. Division will be our fall.

May God bless you today and always.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! (Grow Up!)

Donald J Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20, 2017. This is a fact. We can love it; we can hate it. But, barring a national crisis, he will be the next President of the United States.

There. It needed to be said. Wait, what? Everybody knows that already? OK, then…

What do you think will happen on Saturday, January 21,2017?

Well, if it is God’s will, we will wake up in the same America we have had for the past eight years. It may not “feel” the same to some, but it will be the same. If you’ve been working hard these past years, you will continue to work hard. If you have been lazy, you will still be the same lazy person. The only thing different is a new family will occupy the White House. It is part of the Constitution that this must happen. The people yearn for a leader, so every four years one is elected. The presidency is a position of power, but it is not all power. No man has the ability to add years to your life. Men cannot save souls. Men cannot keep your hair from turning gray. Men can only suggest ways to lead a healthier lifestyle. Men can only lead you to The One who does save souls. Men can only invent dyes to cover the gray. That is why we should never place our faith in man. Man’s love is conditional and his time is fleeting. God’s isn’t. Men attach labels and place people and things in categories or “boxes” in order of its importance to him. With God, you’re His child and He loves you. You are important to Him. And as a child of God you can experience a peace and freedom and acceptance you will NEVER have with man.

Here are some more facts to note:

Your opinion does not matter to anyone but you. Nobody cares about what you like or don’t like. Most people don’t care about your life because they are too busy trying to survive themselves. No one likes being told what to do or how to think. Everyone will not like you. Get over it. If you are trying to enact change, look in the mirror first. Change YOURSELF into the thinker and leader you want to see instead of wasting time trying to bang it over the head of people who could care less about your philosophical pontification. The longer we hold on to Democrat and Republican, black and white, liberal and conservative, left-wing and right-wing, the longer the nation stays divided. As we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. let’s remember one of his famous quotes, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” So, let’s examine our hearts and consider our words. Become a person of action. Sing a new song. Look forward to the future. And love. Love one another. Not for personal gain but out of common decency and respect. You don’t need a leader to tell you the difference between wrong and right. We need people to demonstrate the right thing to do every day in every little way. You can do it. I can do it. We can do it. Together.

You Reap What You Sow

Do you sow seeds of love or seeds of hate? Remember, you reap what you sow. If you encourage discord, lie, cheat and harbor hatred in your heart, don’t be surprised if your life is filled with discord, lying, cheating and hatred. Don’t ask, “Why me?”

Be the one who spreads tolerance, compassion, empathy and love even if it means going against those closest to you. You are a leader, not a follower. Your light should shine before you. If you constantly have to defend your Christianity, it may not be because everyone else has a problem. It may be due to the way you project yourself and the words you speak. My mother would always tell me as a child, “You never have to ask a person how he or she feels about anything. Just let the person talk.” What you feel in your heart almost always comes through in your conversation.

This open hatred between the races, classes, genders and sexual orientations has to stop. We are destroying ourselves in the guise of free speech. Just because you have the right, doesn’t make it right. We can and must do better.