“Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19 AMP
If you are looking in the rear view mirror, you are doing one of 3 things: (a.) Fearing whatever demons are chasing you; (b.) Dwelling on past mistakes or failures; (c.) Or admiring yourself and present situation. Either way, you cannot and will not move forward by looking at what is behind you!
If you are fearing whatever is chasing you, you have yet to activate your faith and let whatever devil in hell know that God is GREATER than any problem and His power surmounts and surpasses any perceived fear. When you walk in that knowledge, is there anything to be afraid of? What weapon can bring you harm?
If you are still dwelling on the past, forgive yourself because God already has! We are human, we will fall short and make mistakes, but we do not have to stay there. Mistakes are only building blocks to become better and stronger. We fall so that we learn how to get back up. The past is just that… the past.
If you are admiring yourself in the mirror, you have become stagnant and have shined a light on yourself that will dim. Life is ever evolving and you have to as well. Do not become too enamored or full of self. Life has a way of humbling us all and when we become too fixated on current accolades and allure, we inevitably come crashing down in a horrific fashion.
It may seem cliché, but when you view life through your “windshield,” you realize how vast the possibilities become and how much road there is yet to travel. Looking through the “rearview” only reveals a limited, close, and very small part of life. Albeit important to know our history, learn from our past, none of us has to live in the days of old. Each waking day is a new opportunity to travel to unknown places physically and metaphorically speaking. Wherever we will allow our mind to travel, forward or in reverse, so will the rest of us, body, spirit, emotions, etc., follow.
And we can only see so far ahead. Looking ahead is exciting and adventurous, but even the keenest eye can only see so far in front of them. The premise is to move forward, excited about what is ahead, but to enjoy the journey on the way. Learn from the past and become stronger and wiser because of it. Plan and be purposeful for the future, but do not rush it or be in haste. The past is already done, the future will take care of itself, and the present provides its own roads to traverse. Safe travels my friends!
“See, when you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future.” ~ Joel Osteen
The past is like using your rear-view mirror in the car, it’s good to glance back and see how far you’ve come, but if you stare too long you’ll miss what’s right in front of you… ~ Unknown
Always remember who you and whose you are no matter if the world tries to tell you otherwise or people attempt to persuade you differently. You have been wonderfully made, specifically purposed, and uniquely created. Who you are may evolve as the days pass along and life takes on new meaning, but your core essence will always remain. Whose you are, that will never change.
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches… Proverbs 22:1; A good name is better than precious ointment… Ecclesiastes 7:1; … and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ William Shakespeare None of us chose our parents, but one way or another, no matter how you slice it, they chose us. When they chose us, they also gave us a name – who we are. Our name identified us to others and to ourselves. Our name became a marker of who we are and made us accountable to everyone who preceded us and responsible to all that followed. We have our given name and our surname, the one we inherited as part of the family. As we carry our name, we also carry the legacy of our families and try to preserve what is best and build for the next generation. Who we are is the byproduct of the past, present, and future and despite what hell the world may throw in your direction, who you are will always be just as sweet.
But whose we are, that is a completely different notion. We were chosen at birth by Christ and as a child of His, it is cemented whose we are.
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you. John 15:16 (AMP)
Whose we are is a direct correlation of our relationship with Christ and in order to have a relationship, you have to be in relation to the One who first chose you. Being in relation helps to clearly define matters as well, because when you truly know whose you are, the perils of life are not that daunting. When you know whose you are and stand firmly in that knowledge, you pray instead of panic, rejoice instead of regret, celebrate instead of criticize, worship instead of worry, knowing that all things are working together for your good and if it happened, God allowed it, and you will be the better because of it! Because we know whose we are, we have a level of trust and belief that surpasses all understanding and even in the midst of chaos and mayhem, we can still look to the hills and smile, knowing He that first chose us, is already fighting our battles.
Remember who you are can be found in your given and inherited name and when combined with whose you are, you become an unstoppable force. Just as God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, “father of many,” and changed Sarai’s name to Sarah, “mother of nations,” He too has designed a destiny for you too.
Remember whose child you are. You’re a chosen vessel, created for good works. You’re holy and acceptable to the Lord. You have not chosen Christ, but He has chosen you with everlasting love. Remember whose you are. You’re the child of the Most High God. A citizen of the kingdom of God, an ambassador for Christ with diplomatic immunity. Walk in the abundance of God’s grace, power, and privilege through Christ Jesus. ~ Buky Ojelab
Sometimes doing right just to do right is its own reward. Educators work tirelessly daily and oftentimes without recognition or without a mere thank you or sign of appreciation, but it goes without question that most educators are not in it for the kudos and pats on the back, but to see their students achieve their dreams and become all that they desire. Today’s #FGF is dedicated to #SummitAcademy in Brooklyn, NY.
Principal Cheryl Swift epitomizes and educators creed and what she and her staff have done for their students needs to be applauded and recognized. I’ll let you watch for yourself, but thank you to #ElenDeGeneres and #WalMart for going above and beyond and for helping to not only make dreams come true, but to change lives forever. See for yourself! I think I have some dust in my eye…
Disclaimer: I did not vote for the President-Elect nor am I in favor of the new regime entering the White House or being appointed to create policy and make decisions that will ultimately and drastically change the landscape of our country. Please read this with that in mind and feel free to comment AFTER you have read it in its entirety.
Today is a day that will for sure will go down in all of history and will be a worldwide spectacle in more ways than one. Some will cheer in jubilation, while others will watch in disdain and disbelief. But no matter what side of the fence you stand on, every last person can agree that anything is possible.
Eight years ago the United of States of America witnessed history in the making as @BarackObama was elected as the first African-American President. On a platform centered on “hope,” President Obama galvanized a splintered society and rallied the masses by literally giving hope to the forgotten, disenfranchised, broken, poor, unpopular and found a way to bridge the gap between the “well-off” and the “I just want a fair chance.” Hope may be a slogan on a bumper sticker to some, but it is a lifeline of last resort to others. Without hope, I shutter to think where we may be or where we are headed. (more…)
“I have decided to stick with love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today brings a wealth of pride and equally, a tremendous amount of sorrow. In a world where hatred and discontent is spewed with such ease and venom, I can only imagine Dr. King weeping outwardly wondering how so much of his efforts have dissipated. I shutter to think what he would say, but imagine it would be something like this.
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. ~
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., following in the steps of Brother King takes an even deeper meaning and the legacy he left behind, we each strive to emulate and hold high daily. As Dr. King continue to reiterate, life is not about who we are, but what we do with the life we have. If you are still trying to figure out your purpose, need a little motivation, or caught up in self, take time to listen to the powerful speech below. Greatness lies in a willingness to serve, not be recognized, but to give, not receive.
Thank you Martin Luther King, Jr.!
Sacrifice is not without sorrow, but greater are the promises of tomorrow. ~ BrotherWord
Excellence, distinguished, dignified, eminent are all characteristics that would be apropos to describe our President, @BarackObama, but humble, serene, sympathetic, cerebral, strategist, husband, father, and ultimate leader, would suffice just as equally. While many may have cheered his departure from the White House, many more mourned that he would no longer preside from the oval office.
Looking back over the past eight years, it is easy to say that no civic leader or politician, let alone the President of the United States, has been vilified to such an extent. Attacked moreso for anything and everything other than policy and presidential duties, we had a firsthand and up close view of what it means to not “stoop to their level” and “forgive them in spite of.” Not sure how many of us could withstand such a barrage, especially eight years of ridicule, racism, and cruel and ugly rhetoric, but this man not only handled it, he rose above it and shined through it.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 AMP). Watching the farewell speech, we had one final, public glance of grace and prestige. We saw a man of the people despite some of the people literally cursing his name and disparaging his character still championing hope and unity. Never once did President Obama look down on the less than, crucify the accuser, or hold himself on a pedestal. He has been and continues to be a man of the people, all people, no matter they supported him or not.
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I am saddened that hope is leaving the White House and the polar opposite is entering. I understand wholeheartedly why many wept watching the farewell speech and why so many feel hope is a delusion and forgone conclusion. But as President Obama so eloquently stated in his last speech as Commander-In-Chief, “It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen.”
Thank you President Barack Obama for all you sacrificed, the bridges you built, the hope you inspired, the legacy you cemented, and for showing us all that it is possible to love your family and lead with equal passion and superb excellence. Please take time to watch the farewell speech and listen to the tribute by @JoeyGallant. Both will stir in you all that is beautiful in America!
It is amazing the super strength one can momentarily garner in a time of desperation. What is even more remarkable is the bond between siblings, especially twins. Unless you are a twin yourself, it is hard to understand the psychic link they share and how it correlates to an otherworldly connection. Having the privilege to watch twin boys and girls interact often (nephews and nieces), I am amazed often how they are immersed in a thought, language, and reality all to themselves that no one else is privy to. #Twinning is real!
The story in the video below is a prime example of #WonderTwinPower as we all get a chance to witness the loyalty and brotherhood between #BowdyAndBrock. Even at two years old, their special link is unquestionable. Neither brother suffered any harm, not even a scratch. We can all be someone’s hero no matter how big or small the feat… and they don’t have to be your twin to come to their rescue.
As a #NewYear dawns on us, so does new hopes, aspirations, and resolutions. With each comes an invigorated spirit of excitement and dedication, but unfortunately by early February, many of us have loss enthusiasm or completely abandoned the plan. Thinking of what I hope to accomplish to do this year, I must say I have an aggressive list of things I would like to accomplish and although each is very achievable, it will require discipline, proper time management, and continued prayer.
No matter what resolution or promise you have made to yourself or others, remember each day is its own opportunity. Start small and work toward the big stuff. You did not gain that weight overnight, nor will you lose it overnight; it took longer than a week to accumulate the clutter in the house, so do not think you will blink your eyes and it will disappear either. Obtaining goals are more about the process than it is the timeframe. Anything that is done consistently becomes habit and habits become building blocks.
Focus on building good habits and watch the #ToDoList check itself off. And if you are having a hard time figuring out where to start, please take a moment to look over #30ThingsYouMightWantToStartDoingForYourself by Darryl Ricardo Matthews, Sr – @32ndGP. With any endeavor, it is always good to begin within and these 30 reminders are essential building blocks to life goals!
No matter what this year holds, do not lose hope and do not give up. Remember each day may bring its own obstacles, but it also presents new opportunities. (more…)
It’s the weekend baby and although we should not be living for the weekend, it is always good to look forward to a break from the work week. It has been a week of continued nationwide turmoil, political madness, tragic deaths in the sports world, and the normal stresses of daily life… but we made it!
With the climate of the culture being what it is, it is hard to find inspiration or things to find hope in, but as often happens, when you look for a silver lining there is one on the horizon. Thanks to @PrinceEa for pointing out the continued flaws in our educational system and shedding light on the direction we all need to go.
To all the educators, please heed his message and act accordingly! #BeInspired
My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; Land where my forefathers and brothers continue to die, land where it seems okay to kill a black man and still no answer to why, Yelling from the mountaintops, when will justice ring?
As yet another name, #TerenceCrutcher, has been added to the list of black males slaughtered at he hands of police officers, I cannot help but be enraged. When is enough enough!
We have seen terroristic attacks across American soil, as recent as a few days ago in Manhattan, and those suspects be treated more humanely than African-Americans. We have all seen the video of the Anglo man physically attacking the officers, disobeying their commands, verbally abusive, and yet he was still able to live. When did we revert back to yesteryear when black men were thought of as less than human, 3/5 human, or have I been fooling myself?
No matter the rhetoric, justification, or any suggested rationale, the fact remains, these people are dead! As Crutcher’s twin sister profoundly stated, using the depiction the helicopter officer foolishly uttered, “that bad dude was someone’s brother, someone’s son, someone’s uncle, he loved God…”
We have lost a sense of humanity and the divide between the “law” and the people widens by the second. America, if you, we, claim to be the greatest country, it is beyond time to start looking in the mirror. We have become a distorted, pathetic joke of everything we try to push on others and claim to stand for and trust me when I tell you the rest of the world is laughing at us in disgust. As I recently traveled abroad, I was put in a position to defend a country, my country, that thinks of me less than human, as I was asked question after question about the ignorance, disparity, cruel treatment, and malicious, deplorable inequalities and injustice that is so obvious to even those outside of the U.S.A.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! And yet people continue to question why some have chosen not to stand during the national anthem? Many have not read Francis Scott Key’s original poem. It is only the first stanza that is used for the Star-Spangled Banner, but it is the last stanza that we need to remember.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
This is applicable to every man, woman, and child, so do not be shocked when its words become life and the “freemen” stand (or kneel) and take upon themselves the motto, “… then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, [and ONLY] in God our trust.” Even the meekest and mildest of man has a breaking point and America, you are pushing us to a point of no return.