Archives for the month of: April, 2015

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I always chuckle whenever I see pictures posted on social media with the hash tag #nofilter. Unfortunately, the one-liner is not just reserved for our flawless selfies.  It has become our new norm. However, if we are not careful, our proclivity towards diminished self-censorship could become destructive.

Everyday, my newsfeed is abuzz with embattled celebrities engaged in Twitter or Instagram wars with disgruntled “fans.”  For those who lack courage, and frankly, a life, the Internet has become the new kryptonite.  People, who would otherwise shrink behind a shining star, are all of a sudden bold and courageous.  Those cowards use the veil of “anonymity” to spew their venomous sentiments and agendas.  There is also a new rising subset of the Internet culture of “haters.”  Their moral fiber, or lack thereof, is comprised of two of the most debilitating human characteristics–envy and laziness.  Those individuals hinge their infamy on other people’s hard work. Why would they roll up their sleeves when they could barely roll out of bed.  The truth is, it does not take much courage to dwell in the shadows.    True courage is shining through the shady projections.

Here is something that I have learned a long time ago: You can’t please everyone. There will always be people who are disappointed by something that you have said or have done, and that’s okay. Whenever God has anointed you with the gift of greatness, there will always be haters.  As, long as you’ve done what you believe in your heart to be right, then, that’s all you can do!

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Could you imagine what life would look like if it came with a set of instructions?  It would probably seem less daunting. I guess that’s where faith comes in. However, there are times when even faith and the Bible seem complicated.  Sometimes, it seems like everyone has an opinion and an idea of what our walk with God should look like.  But what does God say? Do we even know. Could it be that we make life more complicated than it needs to be?  What if a walk with God just meant that we believed with our hearts and declared with our mouth–no rules, no regulations, just activated faith. What would that look like? Today, I want to exercise my faith and my declaration. Today, I declare that God’s word will come to pass in our lives.  Today, I declare that we will speak with the authority that Christ has given us.

So very proud to have the opportunity to write, direct and produce this amazing stage play on HIV Awareness.  The North Miami Beach teens, The Truth Outreach Project really brought down the house with this riveting performance of What Is Your Status: An HIV Awareness Story on Friday, March 28 2014.

A few weeks ago, I delighted in the pleasure of re-reading one of my favorite, childhood books, “Charlotte’s Web.” As I soared through the pages, I reminisced on the innocence of childhood–a time when anything seemed possible. Re-reading “Charlotte’s Web” reminded me of what it felt like to hope and believe in the impossible.  The genuine friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur melted my heart. To Charlotte, Wilbur was “some pig.”

It’s amazing how our everyday life can make us so cynical. If we are not careful, we could miss out on the subtle every day blessings.

One morning, I  noticed that a spider had decided to make its home on the driver’s side mirror on my car. Initially, the web didn’t bother me .  Truthfully, I was really too lazy to remove it. I had anticipated that it would be gone by the evening.  Actually, I was quite surprised that it had survived for several weeks, withstanding several trips on the highway, torrential downpour and a car wash. Prior to this morning, I must have seen that web at least 30 times before I  entered my car. However, today, it finally hit me. “There’s a spider web on my car.”  Immediately, I thought about “Charlotte’s Web.” I also thought about God.  Oftentimes, we look for grand miracles. We look for God to show up with the thunder and lightning. But, sometimes, He’s found in the subtleties. Today, I looked at my little spider web and saw God. I saw God looking down from heaven and reminding me  how “terrific,” “humble” and “radiant” He thought I was. Metaphorically, I think God was telling me that I was “some pig.”aviary_2015_03_31_14_18_19