“DESTINY IS WAITING ON US” (formerly posted on February 6, 2008)
My Writing Accountability Partner, Tisha Y. Lewis, spoke these words to me after hearing about my speaking opportunity at Bethune-Cookman University in January 2007: I was able to dialogue with Communication and Theater Arts students about linking their experience with opportunities while sharing from my book, Transition: Breaking Through the Barriers. This was an exciting and uncomfortable time: exciting because speaking here was one of my dreams; uncomfortable because I had never done it before. Yet through the mixed emotions, there was fulfillment!
“Destiny is waiting on us.” This phrase is fascinating, yet unnerving because destiny is often thought of as something we wait on. But similar to the scientific discovery that light is both particle and a wave; perhaps we too will realize that destiny is both given and received.
I can remember walking with my dad when I was younger. Wherever we were – the sidewalk, crossing the street, or in a field – if dad saw a penny he would stop to pick it up. (Of course he’d look both ways to make sure there were no cars coming before stopping in the street!)
I would ask my dad, “Why do you stop to pick up pennies?” In my mind pennies were pretty much worthless… unless you were one cent short of a dollar. My dad’s response would go something like this, “Son, a penny may be small, but it still spends. I thank God for all of my blessings – even pennies. They add up.” Then he’d encourage me to pick them up as well. “Never be so proud that you don’t stop for a penny.” Read more...(804 words, 1 image, estimated 3:13 mins reading time)
If you haven’t read my first Dog Whisperer post, then click HERE.
Did you hear about the man, Greg LeNoir, who punched a shark? His dog, a rat terrier named Jake, was swimming in the ocean, down in Florida Keys and a shark came up, and pulled it under. The man dives into the water and starts punching the shark! The shark releases the dog and swims away! Why did the owner jump in to save his dog? Because he loved the dog. Because the dog was a part of the man’s family. Wow!
This reminds me of God. Humanity was swimming in the ocean of life and a big, shark came and snatched us – clamping down on us so hard that we could not free ourselves – then it pulled us under. We would have surely perished. But God, because of his love for us, dives into the water and punches the shark – forcing that shark – the devil – to release us so that we could be free and come back home. Imagine how much we love our dogs… God loves us infinitely more! Read more...(187 words, estimated 45 secs reading time)
Have you ever watched The Dog Whisperer ? It’s a facinating show! A family has a dog who doesn’t listen and acts up. In many cases the dog is the "boss" of the house. Then Ceasar Millan comes in and is able to connect with the dog, deal with the dog’s issues, explain to the owners what they’re doing right and wrong, walk them all through a time of rehabilitation and leaves the family (dog included) in a greater state of growth than before he came. It’s amazing to watch. It causes me to think about times past with my own dogs.
In my 34 years of life, I’ve had two dogs that captured my heart. Prince was half German Shepherd and Colie. I had him from the time I was born until I was 14. He had gotten so old and sick that we were going to take him to the vet to be put to sleep. He died the night before. I never thought I would ever love a dog like Prince again. Read more...(849 words, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
What is the power of the Saiyan? Why does it draw men? I don’t know about you, but I get a thrill when Goku or Vegeta or Gohan power up to Supersaiyan – especially when Goku powers up to Super Saiyan 3! The raw power is tremendous! And let’s not talk about the fight scenes against Majin Buu or Brolly!
But I just had a realization about a major draw – if not THE major draw of the series. It’s a deep-seated urge that most of us men may not even realize unless we take the time to think about it: it is an epic saga about Fathers and Sons . It’s a story about Mentorship . Read more...(932 words, estimated 3:44 mins reading time)