Ha! Now that I have boldly gotten your attention… I was raised by a loving, single parent. My mother always tried to teach my siblings and me right from wrong. One of her lessons that has always stuck with me is, “ If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I’m pretty sure that many people have heard this saying before; however, since launching this publication, I now totally disagree with this notion. The hardest part about starting a business is trying to persuade people through word and deed that you have a great product. That means talking and having to share positive AND possibly negative information about my publication and belief system.
This process has been a personal and emotional roller coaster ride for me because I’ve always considered myself to be a private person. It’s not that I’m hateful or hate-filled–I’ve just been reserved about expressing myself. The truth of the matter is that I have ultimately grown to see that I can’t remain silent in a world full of apathy. It often appears that no one wants to stand for anything of value unless it benefits him or her. I choose to change this attitude of current society. As a result of my new-found relationship with Christ, I have quickly realized that God can’t use you if you’re quiet. With that being said, I’m constantly sharing my life’s story with complete strangers. According to Matthew 15:18, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’.”As I speak my truth, I encourage others to talk and share their stories, ideas, spiritual blessings, political views, prejudices, beliefs, etc… I desire to hear honesty so that I may be of service in helping to build bridges within communities and establish change and personal growth around the world. Although in listening to people’s words, I oftentimes observe that their actions don’t always line up with what they profess to believe as truth. LOVE and HATRED can’t live in the same space!
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
In order to have a genuine spiritual connection with potential clients, friends, strangers, business partners, investors, etc., one must know what’s being brought to the table of the partnership. A person must discern the message of the messenger. I’m not saying that one person’s beliefs or ideas are right or wrong, but I am suggesting that we as human beings should take inventory of our own hearts. I keep hearing people say, “I want to make America great again”, but what is the “great”ness in which they hope to revive? My opinion is that America has always been great (because based upon Genesis 1:1, it was created greatly), yet it is our country’s lack of understanding, compassion, and empathy (paired with fear of change and scarcity) that drives many to be self-centered.
In closing, some people are driven by fear, hatred, greed, money, social status, etc… Please don’t subscribe to these things. Take inventory of your own heart, and America will become what God desires it to be–a land of love, peace, harmony, and success! Even after reading this, some people may have a sarcastic remark or thought, but I must speak the words to help make the change. Remember, the silence when facing negativity is the silence of consent. Now is a great time to start speaking love and life over our neighborhoods, country, and the world. Get inspired!