It is my heartfelt hope that this interview of Dr. Martin Luther King will answer the question for many who wonder why the civil rights fight remains relevant to most Black people. And if after watching the videos posted here, you still don’t understand, I pray you are courageous enough to ask one of your Black friends or associates; one who is also familiar with the struggle, to educate you, honestly, on how it feels to be born Black and to live in America. It’s worth the conversation if you genuinely desire to live peacefully.
“She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.” Proverb 31:16 AMPC
Build anything without a firm foundation and whoops, the bottom eventually falls out. And if that wasn’t bad enough, just imagine all of the things you have placed upon it crashing down and spilling over, because that is what happens. It all caves in and sometimes takes you with it.
Such is the case when we try to add something “else” to our busy lives without careful consideration of our current responsibilities. Our current responsibilities A.K.A. present realities or “foundation” become weak and unsettled, and then, well, I won’t beat a dead horse. You get it.
And if you’re like me, you’ve been there done that more times than you care to admit. Laying brick upon layer of cemented block in all shapes and sizes and in the end reflecting on the mess constructed; daring to kick the whole thing down.
How fortunate are we that the New Year is upon us when we can do just that? What an exceptional time to start again; to celebrate and build upon our triumphs, and forget the things that truly tanked. Each January 1 is our blessed universal do-over.
May, we use it well.
It’s a great time to let others know what we can and choose not to do for the upcoming months, too. So if you are in dire need of approval, well, you don’t have to worry about feeling guilty about your decisions either, because this is also the time when everyone is making plans, setting goals, and starting afresh and anew. If Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year.” New Year’s week has to be the most agreeable time of the year. Everyone, for the most part, is brimming with optimism.
As the scripture above posits, first, acknowledge your present duties and obligations, your talents, time, and strengths. Then, and only then, consider any opportunities in the new year as a means to build upon what already exists. Be honest about what your foundation can bear. Every good idea is not from God, so take your time with these decisions and do only what brings you peace. Finally, let this be your time to build the life you choose to live in for 2019 and then no one will be able to knock it down, and you won’t even dare to kick it out of place.
To your success in 2019,
New Year’s Eve, 2018
If you’d like to share your personal testimonials of how you deal with new opportunities, please post a comment. I’d really enjoy hearing your approach to staying on task and fulfilling your goals. Also note, that categories and tags on this site like “Peace of Mind” and “Ideas” and “The Network” will yield references of tangible tools to help us build a happier and healthier life for all humankind.
If you like inspirational quotes, you will likely enjoy scripture verses. Whether you consider yourself a saint or a sinner, well-formed words make us feel empowered and wise. We want to memorize them and share them with friends. And this is the case today.
Over the past year, I’ve been puzzled by the number of references in the Word and world about terms such as shining and light and brightness, so I figured, I’d take my time to collect some. Many will be in scripture form from the Bible but others may not.
So how many are there? I’m not sure. But I’m excited to try to find out. Okay. Here goes…
Light is a created thing, created by the Creator of all things. Check out the verses from the beginning…may you celebrate the Light Giver, God, today…
- The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come. Proverbs 4:18
- Don’t be envious of sinful people; let reverence for the Lord be the concern of your life. If it is, you have a bright future. Proverbs 23:17-18
- Well, said, Stephanie! And thus concludes the end of this Shining Verses post for now.
Have a Brilliant Monday, November 5, 2018!
“Their (Wise Parents) instructions are a shining light; their correction can teach you how to live.” Proverbs 6:23.
(These two verses came from Cherlono via a comment on another post. I’m grateful for these gifts wrapped in other Believers)
- “For You, O Lord, are my lamp; The Lord illumines and dispels my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29, and
- The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it]. JOHN 1:5. Both from the Amplified Version.
- You will succeed in all you do, and light will shine on your path. God brings down the proud and saves the humble. Job 22: 28-29. Be humble, y’all!
- “The righteous are like a light shining brightly; the wicked are like a lamp flickering out.” Proverbs 13:9 GNB
- You are sure that you are a guide for the blind and a light for all who are in the dark. Romans 2:19 CEV
- “Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.” Psalm 16:11 MSG
This new motto of mine keeps playing in my head, “We shine brighter together.” And I believe it is true. What one person can do is great, but what two can do with the same strength becomes even greater. Even if the second person lacks as much strength, it is still better, greater, because of the two.
So imagine, more and more like-minded people getting together to believe they can accomplish…anything. Then take it a step further, and imagine that belief turning to action and finally, completion. Wow! It’s amazing what can happen when we work together.
If you’re in the area and you are a caregiver of a child or an adult, and you feel you need a little spiritual and mental support, please join us. And if you are a “sibling,” like I am, of an exceptional human being, please join us. I’d personally like to meet you. You can register by clicking here for Shining Lights Community Life Group. You need not be a member of MBCOcala to join.