It was inevitable that in doing this I should arrive at new results, and it is perhaps understandable that in the end I have felt impelled to present these results not only in the dry form of a catalogue, but also in a more connected and personal one. – Alfred Einstein
I was caught off guard when she brought her in the house. We had not too long ago talk about our mice problems and possible solutions to keep them out – and here she is – wandering about with her soft black eyes scurrying around the place. “Her name is Hannah,” Shandra said with her playful smile. Now I’ve turned down my wife’s request for getting a puppy hundreds of times and I wasn’t so sure about how I felt about feline security as an addition to the family. My reasoning was that my history with cats weren’t the best; I got scratched in the face, splints in the web of my fingers, and even fought over banana pancakes. Furthermore, I felt slightly disrespected in Shandra getting the cat without discussing it. As it turned out, Hannah was a terrible hunter and the winter cold seemed to keep the mice at bay. Nevertheless, Julia was enthralled with her presence. And nothing could be more satisfying than watching my daughter get a sense of warmth and peace when Hannah is around. I too, developed a deep connection with her in a fitting way.
6:04 p.m.: It’s fascinating to see how initial plans evolve over time.
12:01 a.m.: Because things hardly ever go the way it’s designed.
3:10 p.m.: How you prepare for success is directly correlated to how you define it.
9:15 a.m.: Are you more concerned about results, or the journey and progress made to achieve it?
14Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 1 Tim 4:14(a.m.) – 1 Tim 4:15(p.m.)
Personally, I struggle with being too hard on myself for not meeting deadlines. I hate being late and having to switch gears if inconveniences arise. Another pet peeve of mine is last minute stuff; last minute favors, last minute planning, last minute hustling etc. Over the years I’ve become more understanding as abrupt changes could come as a result of unforeseen circumstances. I also know that everyone doesn’t think on the same plane as I do which is why I tend to stay out of controversy. My thoughts about Ice Cube is this: I’d rather see a celebrity make genuine attempts at bettering our community than make platitudes about justice. There’s nothing like speaking ill of a system while benefiting from what it oppresses. Whether you think he has good intentions with bad judgment, a bold leader who can use his platform for political change, or being a tool for a political party just remember there are at least 2 sides to every story. There’s no need to be flippant fighting over banned pancakes.
I used to pride myself on being patient. I would say that it was my strongest personality trait. I’m learning more and more that true patience is eternal and there is still much virtue to grow in. At what point do we think we should stop being faithful? Are there things or people we should put a timeline on? Are those things and people concerning others or ourselves? Is it practical to commit to unconditional loyalty?
I am reminded of Israel as Moses went up the mountain to receive the Decalogue. They were in the wilderness outside of their comfort zone; no house to stay in, no food to eat or drink, possibly in danger of undomesticated animals. I understand the mixed feelings they have for this Supreme Being; one who is so powerful that they are set free from bondage, one who plagued Pharoah with supernatural disasters and parted the Red Sea but is now waiting again for Moses to come with some law.
I understand because it’s not readily apparent that God’s acts are not one time events, they are constant. I can believe this because I know for certain that my heart is designed to think of time non-linearly. I mean what does it really mean to be in a moment? Didn’t that moment just pass as you are reading this? Are you now trying to anticipate the next moment? That’s how I look at the 10 Commandments. Its spiritual implications transcend the times as it foreshadowed the promise God would have for all His people through Jesus.
12Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. Ex (8:12p.m.)
We have been shattered to pieces; our families are broken, our country is divided, and our world is in decline. There are many who are battling resentment and depression and corruption because of the injustices that surround us. We ask that you open our hearts according to your Spirit. Make us willing to receive your teachings as we approach critical times. Separate and isolate us to make us more like you. Give us grace to see past the corruption and enter your Promised Land-not in some form of escapism, but in stirring up your tender mercies in the steadfastness of Christ. May we no longer be byproducts of dysfunction. Amend the laws that makes us progenitors of poverty. For you are the Prince of Peace and Lord of Justice. Your truth extends from generation to generation.
While some of us have already given birth to a new chapter in their life, the rest of us – me included – are still laboring for greater dimensions in life, love, and godliness. For me this is all about evolution being conformed into the image of Christ in all of His glory. I look forward to a new era of Christendom where the faults of previous generations will not go unchallenged; where true restoration will happen amongst His people, and a quickening of Christ’s return coming through His exaltation in and through our lives.
However, I also understand people needing more tangible expressions of justice and mercy. It’s one of the things my wife and I have been discussing for a few months now and have decided to be true business partners in cultivating this amongst ourselves and in the world. We are looking to partner in Economic Development across the country, redeeming culture along the way while journeying to manifesting perfect love. Yes, this is our little baby and just like Hannah, we’re dedicating the first fruit of our endeavors to God. We invite all those who may want to partner with us to prepare yourselves for our expedition. All we ask is that we may remain open-minded, respectful, and honest in our dealings with each other.
- 1Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- 2Are you single? Married?
- 3Are you going back to school? Teaching yourself? Have a mentor?
- 4Are you emotionally and mentally stable?
- 5Are you in good shape? Are you more laid back?
- 6Are you making impacts on community development?
- 7Are you becoming politically aware and speaking to your political leaders?
- 8Do you have a job? What is your career growth? Will you consider intrapeneurship?
- 9Are you owning a business? If so, what are your key products or services you’re selling?
- 10How will you invest your time, talents, and resources to enrich yourself and others?
Because while 10 years can go pretty fast for some, for others it can feel like 10 centuries. Isn’t that right Dave? You know how I nip things. It’s amazing how things are comin’ full circle. We’re running victory laps. Stop sleeping on us Millennials.
- Treasury Bond: $100
- .75% yield
- Maturity 10 years
- Our Bond: Priceless
- Infinite yield
- Maturity Timeless
Sell your possessions and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and not moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:33-34