I recently attended a wedding ceremony of a close family member, and I ended up giving a very short speech for the bride and groom. I did not plan to give a speech and did not have anything prepared before hand, but I thought about what advice I would like to give from my 13+ years of marriage and I came up with something on the fly. At the end of the reception the bride complimented me about my advice and so I thought that I would share it on my blog. Maybe it will help others as I hope it will help them. Read More
When I was a little boy, my grandmother often told me words of wisdom that I still remember today and apply to my life. One of the things she used to say often to me is,
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may never hurt me!
As a child, I used to hear this not only from my grandmother, but from other elders, old folk, teachers, older family members. It was something that we heard, especially when you came home and told your family about what mean things others have said to or about you.Â
Now, I am almost 40 years old and I rarely hear this being said to kids now. What I hear a lot about now is people encouraging kids to focus on how they feel. Read More
(I started to write this on father’s day. However, I only finished it on the following Saturday, 25th.)
Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there!
I know the day is almost done, but this the first time for the day that I have been able to be on my blog! My daughter, wife, parents and other relatives and friends wished me a happy father’s day today! It was a good day… a busy day… but, a good day!
Today, I gave a short sermon at church today for Father’s Day. I wanted to share a summary of it with you all. I hope it would help to encourage all you fathers out there to strive to be the best dad you can be. My message was based on an acrostic of the word FATHER that I devised:Read More
Wounds from a sincere friendÂ are better than many kisses from an enemy. (NLT) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (KJV)I personally prefer the wording of the King James Version (KJV). Anyways, the thought expressed in this verse is so critical to our development as responsible adults. I find that may young people today have a very hard time facing the truth about themselves and/or their situations. They run from the truth, because Read More
This is my first post for June 2010. I can’t believe it. I am really not accustomed to having a blog. A lot of this happened this month. However, I won’t write on everything. There are quite a number of ideas floating around in my head, and also quite a number of topics that I have been thinking about. My primary thought recently has been on political systems and how susceptible ‘Joe/Jane Public’ is to the words and ideas expressed by politicians. For me, I have never been trusting of the words of politicians. I have lived long enough to realize that someone can tell you anything, and make it seem convincing. Someone can take little bits of truth from different domains and from different aspects of a situation, mix it with their own thoughts and agenda and get you to believe what they need for you to believe. Oftentimes, politicians will use some form of anecdotal evidence to express their viewpoint, so that it relates to the personal beliefs or personal concerns of a populace. As a result, people tend to believe what is being said, because it relates to their situation. This response by the majority of persons in the listening public is referred to as subjective validation. Read More
My wife was sharing a scripture with me that has been on her mind for the last couple of days. So, I was thinking about it, and I want to share my thoughts on the scripture verse that she share with me. She shared the following verse with me:
32 Remember Lot’s wife. (Luke 17:32 KJV)
It made me go back to the actual verses in Genesis. The story of Lot and his situation is covered in Genesis 11-14 & 19. However, I only want to focus on the scene where they were told to leave Sodom, and head for the hills! Read More
Good Night everyone… well, it’s night in Antigua, where I am living at the moment. I should be going back to work tomorrow. As to why I wasn’t at work today, well… today is Easter Monday, and in Antigua, Good Friday (last week Friday) and Easter Monday are both public holidays. The only addition to that was that I was sick all last week. I got a sick leave from the doctor that permitted me to be away from work. It has been pretty rough, being sick since last week. I only started to feel better by about Friday or so. Although, on Friday, I still had some nasal congestion, and a slight sore throat.Read More
The children of God are supposed to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9). What does that mean? I have learned that obtaining peace requires determination, humility, resolve, truth, love, and a will to do what is right, even if it requires sacrifice.
Sacrifice is something that many of us do not fully understand in this day and age. Everyone wants ‘this’; Everyone feels ‘that’. Who will bare the burden? The freedoms that we enjoy in any country today resulted from the sacrifice of others, yet we use our freedom to oppress. We see it as a ticket to satisfy our self, regardless of others.
Yet, what is freedom? I believe that freedom is the right to be unrestricted in one’s ability to live and love. A free person is not only free to live, but has a responsibility that others are free to live as well. One cannot demand to be free at the expense of others. Violating the freedom of others is not a benefit of being free yourself. Rather, being free demands that you ensure the freedom of others. This is fairness and equity. Freedom is protected by justice. Justice upholds peace. Peace requires sacrifice. Sacrifice ensures freedom.