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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Which Way Am I Going?

I had plans, I had hopes and I had dreams. It wasn't long ago that I realized that all of it was grounded on a foundation that was doomed to fail from the beginning. My longing for these stemmed from a deeper, more powerful and evil desire, one for Power and Fame. All my life this has been something that I not only struggle with, however, from it...I feel I am inseparable. It dawned on me and the desires for all my plans, hopes and dreams seemed to disappear. I was left with nothing except for that of which I had searched for for so long...contentedness. Finally, for the first time in six years, I felt content as well as loved for who and what I am. It was a divine unveiling of grace and love. As a result of this transfiguration, I reflected and emerged upon this one thought in particular... 'The one thing I did not have in all my plans, hopes and dreams, was LOVE!'  It is was never that these were bad things but rather that my heart was not quite cultivated to engage in such noble pursuits. 

I wonder now... I am I ready? I am I prepared? Have I retained what has needed to be learned? To be honest... I don't quite know yet. 

It is this song that encourages me to plan for the now, aspire to the hopes not yet passed and to pursue the dreams of the future. As Coldplay so brilliantly puts it, "I don't know which way I am going?", but I do know this...that if I go anywhere, anywhere at all, it must, absolutely, be in LOVE that I proceed.


Lord I don't know which way I am going
Which way the river gonna flow
It just seems that upstream, I keep rowing
Still got such a long way to go

Still got such a long way to go
Still got such a long way to go

In that light, it's your eyes
I know, I swear, we'll find somewhere the streets are made of gold

Bullet's fly, split the sky,
But that's all right sometimes sunlight comes streaming through the holes

song by Coldplay - U.F.O. from their most recent album, "Mylo Xyloto"


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Choose Love Not Power: Part I

All of us, in some way or another, desire power.

Max Weber, german sociologist and arguably the foremost social theorist of the twentieth century, defines power as the ability to coerce or to impose your will on others. We see this happening all around us within the relationships that we are engaged in and/or witness. We love to be in positions of control, for in it we feel a sense safety and security. Dr. Tony Campolo, a professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern Universityhas perhaps noted it best, that this is a society that thinks the way to change the world is through power. This has recently been seen through the likes of the Iraqi and Afghani wars and the lust for wealth and power that has brought about the economic downfall. It is even within our churches that congregations, leaders and pastors are forced, purposefully or unknowingly, into positions control.

In future posts I will be sharing points on this topic given from great thinkers, myself included (just joking, but not really, but sort of), stories that transform and inspire as well as persons of exceptional example. I ask that you think about times within your life that you have ever been the victim and/or the victimizer of power, if you so desire, share your story within the comments of the posts to follow.