losing my primary motivation

It seems pretty contradictory to say that I will gain freedom when I give up all rights to myself. But, I find that’s the essence of being a slave, a bondservant, of Jesus Christ. It means aligning myself with Christ before His resurrection, and nailing my will to the cross alongside Him. It means finding…

the distribution of opportunity

  How ironic that these words come from a man that admittedly contributed to the limiting of opportunity for hundreds of thousands of black and brown people with his mandatory minimums and other sentencing policies. But don’t let that distract you from the truth in this statement.

a few thoughts on walking blindfolded

Today I read an article that said if you blindfold someone, take him to a large field and tell him to walk forward in a straight line, he will inevitably walk in a circle, usually within minutes of setting out. The article goes on to say that this aspect of our brain wiring “reinforces the…

a truth moment

As my oldhead always says, “Confession is good for the soul, but bad for the reputation.” One of the worst places to be without an objective is college. There, you’ll be traveling aimlessly for four or more years. When I started college, I had a target. I wanted to be a lawyer. But I saw…

preparation prevents poor performance 

After nineteen days into 2017, I can see what 2016 was for me. Last year was my preparation for the storms of life. No, I’m not implying that I’m in the midst of a storm that required a year-long training camp. But, last year provided me with the rationale and the framework for the ongoing…

misplaced hope: a black man’s retrospective of the first black president

While we saw President Obama as the first black President, I suppose that he saw himself as the first non-white President. There’s a difference. Let me explain. President Obama had a more than successful presidency when compared to the 43 that came before him. I believe he made some good-willed decisions that positively impacted the…

a message from hope

Logic says the numbers are against you, and that you will lose a minimum of one game, maybe even two. You’ve lost two of your last three games. Fatigue has set in. Your confidence is waning. Chicago fans are rooting against you. Haters say you aren’t good enough.

gray’s interlude

I do not know Glen Gray personally, and I have no way to verify the truthfulness of the writer’s framing of his character. However, if this article accurately depicts his work ethic, internal motivation, and moral conviction, then I know a hundred Mr. Grays. And I count myself in that number. I found myself surrendering to my tears as I read the article to my wife. These were tears of outrage, then fear, then powerlessness, then fatigue, then, fatally, hopelessness.

down the rabbit hole

“Either through your blog or journal, please log this year with great detail. We [are] going to be able to look back on 2016 as the start of it all.” That was a text from Jon this morning. Of it all. All of what? Just, what are we getting ourselves into? We have no idea,…

managing expectations

DISCLAIMER: The thoughts and assertions of this site are my own. I am an imperfect man, with the purest of intentions. I don’t have it all figured out, but I have a desire to follow in the faultless footsteps of my risen Savior. This desire fuels my daily mission to be better than the day…