Monday, July 27, 2009

Some Inspirational News

Peace and blessings,

Here are a few news links, courtesy of
  • K-Love:
  • :

    (1)Obama talks about his constant need for prayer
  • in a recent interview:

  • (2)Two new iphone apps:
  • Purity Ring
  • and
  • A Note to God

  • (3)
  • Chicago churches host farmer's markets
  • and
  • Louisiana church holds "Christ and Creativity" conference

  • Any news you can find that highlights the positive and encouraging aspects of our nature, please send it this way! Until next time, stay blessed, encouraged, and speekonit...

    Scripture of the Day

    "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
    - Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

    Peace and blessings,

    This scripture has been on the brain lately, and is one of my favorite scriptures in the bible. Take care and speekonit...


    “I’m serious/how I’mma laugh at ya’ll?/my heart been broke twice plus fractured ya’ll/
    I had to give to the Master ya’ll/and now, I gotta give it to the masses ya’ll/
    I used to think love was blind too ya’ll/”till I put on my spiritual glasses dawg/”

    -Japhia Life
    Beatmart Recordings: Best of the Submissions vol. 1

    Peace and blessings,

    In February, I decided to finally go and get my eyes tested. I've been meaning to do so for the past couple of years, but never got around to it. At times I would have difficulty seeing signs from a distance while driving, so I figured that the more I put it off, the higher the risk I run of reacting to something too late while behind the wheel. After getting tested it was determined that I was near-sighted, and that I need glasses to help me see things better while driving.

    This post is not about my thoughts on or reactions to getting glasses. Instead, I want to talk what I observed from the optometry clinic, and how I feel that God used my time there to speak to me about what it means to be a Christian and maintain relevance in, yet be distinct from the world. First, it seems that just as the purpose of physical glasses is to help us see things more clearly, the purpose of spiritual glasses is to help us see ourselves, others, the world, and God more clearly. As Christians, we are called to live our lives by way of our spiritual glasses. I'm sure we can recall a time when God allowed us to view a situation with a certain clarity that we ourselves did not "see" before we gave that situation to God and asked Him to see us through it.

    There two feature of physical glasses that I also believe are features of spiritual glasses. The first feature is that physical glasses helps us see things further down the road. Similarly, our spiritual glasses allow us to to see things "further down the road" in the sense that we can clearly see the spiritual consequences of certain decisions before they are made. The second feature is that physical glasses allow us things that are close in proximity with more clarity. When watching channels in High Definition (HD), my pops often says that the picture's so clear that "you can see the pimples on their face." Viewing things close up with physical glasses gives the same effect, as we are able to see people's facial features and features of various objects in closer detail. Similarly, spiritual glasses allow us to have a certain insight into people or situations, where we are able to view the spiritual aspect of the situations we are in. For instance, there are times when we're in a situation or social setting that on the surface seems completely normal, yet we feel something tugging on us saying "something's not right" or "I should not be here."

    The second thing I noticed about the Optometry clinic was that many (and possibly all, lol) of the optometrists working there had on glasses themselves. It immediately struck me because there are not many places where the people who "treat" people (1) had experienced or is experiencing the same thing as the person they are treating and (2) are openly wearing their "treatment," as doing so allows them to better help others. What I took from that was that as Christians, we have to "wear" Christ to where we are evidence to others that Christ is real, and that he heals any problems we had, have, or may experience. By doing so, I believe that people will see how God is always working in and through our lives.

    What do you think it means to have spiritual glasses? How has your spiritual glasses helped you to better deal with situations? Until next time, stay blessed and speekonit...

    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    Some Inspirational News

    Peace and blessings,

    When searching the internet for news, I am often jaded by most of the mainstream news outlets, because the majority of the news I come across involving people in the United States and globally is negative. I often have to do some serious searching to find news that is encouraging instead of discouraging. Thank God for
  • K-Love,
  • a radio station that focuses on finding encouraging news. Here are a few things I just found that I wanted to share:

    (1) A
  • 17-year-old becomes the youngest to sail around the world solo.

  • (2) A
  • teacher who saves a student's life.

  • (3) A woman recently becomes
  • the first female Presidential helicopter pilot.

  • Any news you can find that highlights the positive and encouraging aspects of our nature, please send it this way! Until next time, stay blessed, encouraged, and speekonit...

    Friday, July 10, 2009

    Scripture of the Day

    14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him."

    -2 Samuel 14:14 (NIV)

    Peace and blessings,

    I came across this verse a few days ago, and it "immediately grabbed" me. It reminds me of God's relentless love for us, whether or not we are acknowledging Him in a given situation or not. I pray that this scripture encourages you as it has me....

    When it's all said and done...

    Legacy: (Noun) Anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.

    "When my time comes
    Forget the wrong that I've done
    Help me leave behind some
    Reasons to be missed

    And don't resent me
    And when you're feeling empty
    Keep me in your memory

    Leave out all the rest
    Leave out all the rest"

    Peace and blessings,

    Wow, it's really been 6 months since the last time I posted something! Anyhow, I have noticed a common thread amongst my favorite song at the time (Linkin Park's "Leave Out All The Rest"), and two movies and three movies that I have seen recently (Death Note 1 & 2, and the Dark Knight-although I've seen the Dark Knight before). In the Death Note movies, the plot centers around a Law Student named Light who finds a notebook that gives life-taking powers to its owner. The owner of the notebook only has to write someone's name in the book, and they die. Anyhow, both movies were focused on catching this Law Student, and the task force was headed by the chief of police, who was the suspect's father. Once the identity of the suspect was revealed at the end of Death Note 2 and the suspect is killed, his father instead tells his wife and daughter that Light died trying to catch the suspect, thus protecting his son's image in the eyes of his mother and sister.

    In the Dark Knight, Harvey Dent, a talented and morally grounded District Attorney tries to bring down the Joker and rid Gotham City of fear and apathy. However, once the Joker gets the best of him, kills the love of his life, and causes him to damage half of his face, Harvey becomes morally "ungrounded," and becomes criminal. Once fighting side-by-side with Batman, Harvey and Batman were now on opposite sides. Once Batman stops him and Harvey dies, Batman and the police commissioner agree to tell the media that Harvey never "went astray" and died Gotham's hero.

    After playing out the Linkin Park song and watching these movies all in the same week, and hearing about the upcoming
  • Legacy Conference,
  • I came to the following conclusion: Most people, on some level or another, are concerned with (1) how they will be remembered when they die and (2) how their friends and loved ones will be remembered when they die. Furthermore, the actions of Light's father and Batman suggest that most of us also assume that others are concerned about how they will be remembered as well. Assuming for the sake of argument that this is true, why would this be the case?

    I think there are two reasons for why this concern with how we and others are remembered is so inter-woven into the human experience. One reason is that we want make sure that when our family and friends think about our lives, those thoughts will be filled with happy, positive, and encouraging memories. We hope that through our lives, we have helped make the world a better place. The other reason is that on some level, we believe that there has to be "something else" to our existence after we die, and insofar as that "something else" involves us being held accountable for how we lived our lives, we want to make sure we lived our lives "the right way."

    What do you think? Do you think people are generally concerned with how they will be remembered when they die? Are you? If so, why is this a concern for you? Take care, stay blessed, and speekonit...