May 5, 2013
You know for most of my life I have been in school. In fact I don’t remember a time that I wasn’t in some sort of formal education. Now I know that some folks can remember when they were very little BUT I am not one of them… All I remember is no matter what was going on in my life, from Monday through Friday I was in school.
Just as I have started school there always came a point in which it ended. I have graduated several times now (5 times I believe), and this upcoming Saturday I will add another one to that list.
I will be graduating from Seminary with my Master of Divinity. I have been attending Baptist Bible Seminary since the fall of 2009. This graduate degree program was about 90 credit hours (if not just a bit more ) for me. Before I choose this institution I was looking at getting my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology which at some schools was about a 60 credit hour degree. So we are talking a bit more work if you haven’t noticed. Nonetheless the last few years have been worth it. I have truly grown as a leader and as an individual.
This Saturday many people will be at this ceremony to see their loved walks receive their diploma. To be honest I really didn’t want to go. I have never wanted to go to my graduations. However this one is a bit different. I am proud to walk across the stage as I will be representing my family. My wife has sacrificed a lot for me to achieve this degree. She has support this goal from before we were married.
Yea, I really don’t care to be there for myself BUT I am honored to do so in light of her testimony. SO this Saturday I will be in Pennsylvania graduating one more time, but this time I will be with my lovely wife and child.
OH and P.S.
This won’t be my last graduation either
February 28, 2013
Now usually every month I write a happy beginning of the month blog BUT it didn’t happen this month… sorry…
So this month I am writing a see you later blog…
I figured I could make up for it this way. You know how that goes. You miss out one something and so you try to make up for it. Sometimes we miss something and then next then you know time flies and more often than not we aren’t doing what we used to.
I was doing some heavy reflecting this month and I realized that it had been YEARS since I celebrated Black History Month. When I say years I mean almost 10. That’s a decade. Since I have been in an environment that Black History month was celebrated or where I participated in any kind of events.
The crazy thing is I remember the first several years I made a big deal about this. I was very unhappy that my new cultural environments didn’t seem to embrace what had been so important to me for… well forever. Now almost ten years later I have missed saying hello to the month and toward the end I have caught up to it…
I feel terrible. I feel horrible. To be honest I feel worst than that. There are several books I am reading that have kept me connected to issues than many people who just celebrate the month and the disappear for the rest of the year but nonetheless I let my environment or my lack of cultural support dictate my commitment to what I believe in and I didn’t even realize it.
How many times have we done that in life… Started with passion and then over time let life suck it out of you and eventually you end up on the other side of it all… You may know all the fact, you many have all the connects but you lack the passion and support. You no longer are concerned with the overall well-being for the cause…
Well here is to being on the other side! My time here has allow for great perspective on a very challenging issue and on that is close to my heart. Truth be told I think for me and my passion to be renewed I needed a trip on this side of town now I am ready to return understanding what I need to do…
What do you need to do in order to recapture you passion,
in order to reclaim your fire, in order to return from the other side and live life fuller?
December 14, 2012
I want to take this time to THANK YOU ALL!!!!
Was that a little extra? A little exaggerated? NOPE I don’t think so!
However let me define who I am speaking about. The “all” I am referring to would be ALL the people who have either read my post and/or even decided to follow my crazy mind in the form of following my blog!
I know I don’t get back to you all nor do I comment enough BUT PLEASE know that it really means a lot to me. Just know I have your support is HUGE!
Feel free to write me anytime you feel like it. Leave a comment, post a thought, or whatever. Lets connect.
This is a short and sweet blog to just say thanks to you for your support.
December 13, 2012
There is a saying give HONOR where HONOR is DUE!!!
That is what I want to do here. I don’t always get around to doing a lot of reading but there are a few blog I try to make a habit of reading. There are certain people I just have to get around to checking out for one reason or another.
If you get the time CHECK THIS BLOG OUT
In fact I even know this person… Her name…
I am GREAT friends with her and husband Mike and their two kids Annaleigh and John David (JD as we call him).
We have had the wonderful opportunity over the last three years to really get to know them. In fact we even lived down the street from them. NOW I have mentioned them a LONG time ago BUT I don’t believe I have mentioned her blog… I really wanted to highlight this because I enjoy reading her writing. She is truly transparent which as you know I try to be as well so I admire that.
This is my little way of saying HAT’s off to you Michelle and great job. May God continue to bless you and your family. Your words and truly inspirational to many people and KEEP talking and writing. We will keep listening and reading with open ears and open eyes!
Your friends and family,