and Cymbals, Oh My!
you ever heard the orchestrated and measured sounds of gongs and cymbals in a
symphony? Now, have you ever heard the
unscripted sounds of random gongs and cymbals – kind of like the sound of a
toddler beating on his or her mother’s pots and pans? Would you agree that each
evokes a different kind of memory, a different kind of feeling, a different
kind of sound?
the one hand, the accent of the gongs and cymbals in a symphony are at least
tolerable and enhance the movement of a particular phrase in the piece being
Vision Fast Blog
6, 2020 #MyVisionFast
YOU. ARE. NECESSARY.
is a Public Service Announcement to remind you that YOU are necessary. YOU. ARE. NECESSARY. Please feel free to reread those three words
as much as you need to so that they sink in, deeply.
YOU. ARE. NECESSARY.
the hustle and bustle of life, I can only imagine how transactional life can
seem. We run from here to there trying
to make ends meet or trying to make a difference or just trying to make
June 5, 2019
WHEN THEY SEE US
I just finished watching all four parts of the Netflix limited series, WHEN THEY SEE US, directed by Ava DuVernay and Executive Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay. As the credits rolled, I wanted to immediately post on Facebook my thoughts or at least the hashtag #WhenTheySeeUs to let someone know that I watched it. I opened my Facebook App and the balloon background popped up from a previous birthday greeting I had sent.
There are so many things we might name in our lives, families, churches, politics, friendships, careers, education, housing, finances that we could say make us ashamed - embarrassed or guilty because of one's actions, characteristics, or associations. BUT I am glad to say that the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ is not one of them. We might be ashamed or embarrassed by the ways certain followers of Jesus might behave, but in and of itself, the Gospel is love and the Gospel is hope and no one should ever be ashamed of that.
BlogFam, as a child, my mother would often tell my siblings and I these words:
"Your name will go further than you ever will."
In other words, there will be people and places who will hear of your name and the reputation attached to it that you may never know. There will always be someone who has heard about you and you need to be mindful of how you carry yourself so that you can help what they might hear. Obviously, none of us can completely control the script that is written in the public square about us but we can be careful to live our lives in a way that is holy and honorable.