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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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God is Still in Control

Good morning family and friends! This is not a political rant nor is it the intent to turn it into one. However, I awoke this morning with these thoughts on my mind and felt impressed to share them with all of you.

With all of the hatred, tumult, and confusion that exists in our nation, nay our world, at this daunting hour, there remains one important fact that so many people seem to have forgotten or overlooked. That is that God Almighty is still on the throne and in total control. He did not relinquish His power or authority to any individual or group of persons on Inauguration Day or any day for that matter. He is still God Almighty – the Lord God Jehovah.

He is the Alpha and the Omega. That is to say, He is the First and the Last – the Beginning and the End. In Hebrew, He is the Aleph and the Tau. He was from the beginning, and He will be in the end. He wrote the beginning chapters of this story, and only He knows what the ending chapters of this story will say. He spoke all things into existence. Therefore He alone knows the end to all things. He is the Author and the Finisher.

When all is said and done, it will not matter who I voted for, who you voted for, or if there were those who did not vote at all. Lest we forget, those who have human authority over us have only been dealt the measure of authority and power that God will allow them to have and not one thimble full more. Lest we forget, they, like you and I are mortals. And like you and I, they will one day stand before the Eternal Judge and give an account.

Therefore, as for me and my house, we are not going to use what precious time we have to worry and fret about the things that are happening at this moment. Why? Because we are leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Jesus Christ – and not the arms of flesh.

No President, Vice President, nor even the Supreme Court justices or any other elected officials of the land will have the final say. The Lord God Almighty and He alone will have the LAST word. And as long as I have my complete trust, confidence, and faith in Him, I know that everything is going to be alright. Amen!

No Man is An Island Unto Himself

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A Walk Along the Beach

What a wonderful, beautiful world this would be if we could learn to set aside, or at least, put less focus on the differences that seem to divide us, and put more focus and emphasis on the commonalities that could and should unite us.

We do not have to agree totally with everything that people do or say, but by the same token, we should not allow our disagreements and differences to make us mortal enemies.

May God speed the day when we learn to bury our weapons of pride, egotism, self-righteousness, prejudice, hatred, bigotry, racism, and the like, and vow to war against one another no more. May God hasten that day!

Call me a dreamer, but I dream of the long-awaited day when all of God’s children – ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN – can sit down together at the banqueting table of brotherhood and sisterhood. I dream of the day when all of us will be able to join hands across the table with the full and complete realization and understanding that hatred only begets more hatred, but LOVE conquers all.

The truth of the matter is that I need you, and you need me. If we are to continue to survive as the human race, we must begin to realize that no man is an island unto himself. TOGETHER WE SHALL STAND. We shall be victorious TOGETHER, regardless of our race, our culture, our background, or any other wall that seemingly is a barrier between us. However, if we choose to remain divided, our “little islands” will soon be washed away by the passing winds and waves of time.

10 Important Things I Would Teach My Children About Racism, Bigotry, and Hatred

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Children of Different Races

1. Never label any particular “race” of people as being stupid, ignorant, or bigoted. Stupidity, ignorance, and bigotry comes in all shades.

2. “Race” is a man-made term used to divide groups of people and often to build walls of division, derision, degradation, belittlement, and even hatred.

3. Accept all people for whom God created them to be, and always try to build bridges of hope, love, peace, and understanding.

4. To judge a person by the color of his or her skin is to prove your level of misguided ignorance, and not necessarily your level of intelligence. Intelligent people do not allow the color of a person’s skin to create walls of division, but rather they work together, regardless of “race,” to build bridges of hope, love, peace, and understanding.

5. Never make rash and hasty decisions or opinions about any person until you have tried to walk a mile in his or her shoes, and have strived to make some effort to at least understand what makes him or her who they are. In other words, at least try to view the world through their eyes and not always your own.

6. Never be quick to criticize another person, or quick to point out their shortcomings and faults, unless you have seriously taken the time to look carefully at the individual who looks back at you in your mirror and can honestly declare that person whom you see as being “perfect.”

7. Judge no person by the color of his or her skin, but only by the content of his or her character. The color of the skin has nothing to do with intelligence levels or anything else for that matter.

8. Be quick to show love, patience, and understanding, and slow and careful to despise or reject another because of supposed differences. Strive to find the commonalities that can bind you as brothers and sisters, and focus less on the differences that supposedly cause division between you.

9. Treat all humanity as persons of dignity and self-worth, and strive to eradicate the words “hate” and “hatred” from your vocabularies. For to hate another often, in turn, leads to more hatred, which eventually leads to a bloody battlefield of contention and strife. Always remember, hatred only begets more hatred. We need not be at war with one another, but should try to find ways to live together as brothers and sisters.

10. Those who are incessant to use the “race” card for every situation, or to judge another person according to the color of his or her skin or “race” are in and of themselves racist and bigots regardless of the color of their skin. Beware of being numbered among their ranks.

 

Where do you place your priorities?

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What are your priorities?

At times we all can plead guilty to setting our priorities of life in an order that proves ineffective. Sometimes we become so entangled in the web of the mundane things of the world that we find ourselves hopelessly trapped in an abyss, always groping for the proverbial rope to pull us out, but never seem able to find it or gain a hold on it.

We have a tendency to become so ensnared in the clamor and continual chatter in life that our ears become deafened to the things that they should listen to. We often find ourselves running into proverbial walls of trivial matters that vie for our time and attention, diverting our focus away from the more weightier matters of life. As a result, we begin to overemphasize things that are the least important in our lives and devalue those things that implore us to give our immediate consideration.

Sometimes we need to take a step back and if necessary revise and revamp our priorities. By so doing we will be able to sharpen our focus and look beyond the proverbial trees that often block our view, thus gaining a broader view of the entire proverbial forest. We will also be able to adjust our listening frequency to squelch out the static of the world and become more attuned to those things which beckon us for sagacious considerations of what is important and what is not. Additionally, we will be able to escape from the dismal abyss in which we may presently find ourselves, affording us the opportunity to stop and smell the roses along the way, and enhance our overall vision for our life.

We are All Uniquely Different

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We are All Uniquely Different

I am neither better than nor superior to you. You are not better than nor superior to me. We were both created in the image of the same Divine Creator. However, when this Master Potter took a lump of clay to design each of our molds, He lovingly and meticulously worked at the potter’s wheel to shape each of us into something that is wondrously unique. Therefore, we are the same in that we were fashioned and designed by the hands of the same Master, but we are different in that each of our designs are intricately different.

Each of us were fearfully and wonderfully made with a specific purpose and mission in mind. Included within the makeup of each of us are the talents and abilities that the Master saw fit to include to enable us to fulfill that purpose and mission which would ultimately bring praise and glory to His name. Therefore, it proffer us absolutely nothing to harbor malice, envy, jealousy, or deliberate hatred towards others because we have not been blessed in our lives with the same things that they have been blessed with in their lives.

In short, instead of being overly concerned about the things that are growing in our neighbor’s fields and the crops that he will eventually harvest, we perhaps should spend more time tending our own fields and giving thanks for the crops that we will eventually harvest. When we learn to show our gratitude for the bounteous harvest that the Master blesses us to receive, He will in turn bless our fields to yield even greater harvests.

The Master is not a respecter of persons. He does not give a greater measure of blessings to any person because He has a more abiding love for that person. But rather, those blessings are meted to him predicated upon his faithfulness and obedience, as well as, the measure of gratitude that He shows for those things which he has already been abundantly blessed with.

Dare to Dream!

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Dare to Dream

He who dares to dream is an adventurous soul who yearns to explore the unknown to unearth treasures that will prove of immense worth to him. Through his diligence and perseverance, what once seemed an impossibility, becomes a reality.

He who dares to dream keeps hope alive by never giving up or giving in, even when faced by naysayers who believe his dreams are futile and foolish. His glowing embers of hope never die out because his astute determination to press on keeps them ever glowing brightly.

He who dares to dream is never satisfied with the mediocrity of life, but rather he reaches for heights unknown. Defeatism is not a part of his daily vocabulary. But rather, he views each obstacle in his path as mere stepping-stones in helping him to see his dreams come to full fruition, and his watch word of the day is “Victory!”

 

Who art thou to judge another?

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Man in the Mirror

Who art thou, O’ man, that thou canst proclaim thyself to be the righteous judge of all Israel? Who art thou to sit in judgment upon the condition of the house of thy brother or sister, when it is apparent that thine own house is in dire need of repairs?

Judge not so quickly what thou perceive to be the grave sins of others, when thou also art a sinner who is oft found weighing in the balances in need of a Savior.

Nay, instead of criticizing and condemning another, first take a long hard look at thyself in thine own mirror, and then render an honest answer as to whether you are justified in being so harsh in your words and actions towards others.

Be slow to tear down, but haste to encourage and edify your brothers and sisters that they may through thine own light that glows, seek after that light to illumine their own lives.

Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men

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Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All Men

At this blessed season of the year people greet one another with Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and the like, and it seems that no one gets offended. However, as soon as someone says Merry Christmas or puts a sign out that says “Merry Christmas,” there are some people who seem to become enraged and claim that it offends them.

I will make no apologies to anyone for wishing everyone that I meet during this blessed season of the year with Merry Christmas. Yes, CHRISTMAS! I do not celebrate another holiday. I celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, God’s Precious Gift to the world, the very reason not only for this season, but for our very existence.

I respect everyone for their beliefs and traditions and only ask that they reciprocate by showing me the same respect. If we would spend more time concentrating on the things that should unite us as brothers and sisters, and less time tearing each other apart because of our cultural differences and belief systems, truly there would be peace on earth and goodwill to all men. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!