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Five years ago this spring I stepped out of my comfort zone and participated in a study abroad trip to Tunisia. This was a REALLY HUGE DEAL! I had never been out of the country, and as my first trip I chose to spend 6 weeks living with families who spoke French and Arabic (neither of which I spoke) in a Muslim country in a post-9/11 world. To put it mildly, I was scared. Afraid of messing up, paranoid of insulting an entire culture, and fearful of getting lost in a country where I didn’t speak the language.
I admit it. I’ve been one of the one’s constantly complaining about The Game, and its character development. Melanie has gone from Med School to Dr. Insecure Idiot, Kelly is a snob, Jason is a prick, and Derwin hasn’t changed at all. I used to love these characters, and now I can hardly stand to look at them for 30 minutes. But this week, I did fall in love with one character, and you may be surprised by which one—Malik.
Tuesday night my President delivered his third State of the Union address. Click the picture below to see video of the speech. It’s really easy to avoid politics. They can be messy, nasty, and even boring; however, this is your country. Take some pride in it before you wake up and do not recognize it. And remember, we do big things in America! *cues T.I.’s “Big Thangs Poppin’”*
I refuse to watch shows like Hoarders…because deep down I’m afraid watching that show will confirm my deepest fear: that I am a hoarder. However, I may have confirmed that fear myself when I decided to clean out my closet during my surprise snow break two weeks ago. Let’s just say as I was cleaning out my closet, I ran across more Tommy Hilfiger and outdated Polo than I ever care to share. I found clothes that I hadn’t worn in years. Clothes that dated back to college…even high school. Clothes I knew I would never wear again. I was flabbergasted by the fact I was holding on to all these items. After about five minutes of cleaning out my closet, I found myself asking, “Why the heck am I keeping all this crap?” As I was going through the process, I discovered there were four reasons why I was holding on to all these clothes I hadn’t worn in up to 10 years.
Over the last year or so, I’ve had one goal in life: To become the epitome of greatness. I don’t mean that arrogantly. It’s just become my personal philosophy that good and mediocre don’t cut it. God’s Word reads: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23), and if I were to do anything for God I would make sure it was great. Plus, if you’re not striving for greatness, then you’re wasting your time and effort. Either strive to be great or just sit down. Lukewarm is disgusting! (See Revelation 3:16) When I say I don’t mean to be arrogant, I’m being sincere. I have no faith in my own ability to be great, but I do recognize the One who resides in me enables me to be great. I invite God’s guidance into every area of my life. And I trust that, like His Word says (Proverbs 16:3), because I commit every area of my life to Him, my plans will succeed. So, no, I can’t achieve greatness on my own, but through God it is possible and probable. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered my strive for greatness makes some people around me uncomfortable. Now, I’ve never fully understood this concept. If you are happy being mediocre, why get upset with me because I want greatness? Why not let me do me while you handle your business? Why can’t you just let me be great?
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I miss 90s R&B. You know: Toni Braxton, SWV, Jade, ol’ school Mariah Carey & Mary J. Blige. The list seems endless. The video below combines two of our favorites: Xscape (before they were signed) singing En Vogue’s hit “Hold On.” You will love it; I promise! Shouts out to @KamRenee for sending the video link. And while I love 90s R&B, I would be grateful if I never saw 90s fashion again. Enjoy!
Funny thing happened yesterday. I was talking to one of my kids about a former student who I haven’t spoken to in two years. She was a really good kid with a lot of promise and potential, and I wanted to catch up to see how she was doing. A little over 24 hours later, she added me as a friend on Facebook. I was really amused at the timing of it all. It was like I spoke her up. Proverbs 18:21 states: “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit–you choose” (The Message Version). The words you speak result in the life you live. If you want something, say it, and eventually it will manifest. What things are you speaking over your life? If you don’t like it, the solution’s simple. Change the sound! Speak the life you want to live into existence.Tags: God, New Birth, Power of Words, Ron CarpenterSpirituality, Thirstday Fulfilled