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Some medical professionals will tell you that there are 4 stages to wound healing: 1) bleeding, 2) scabbing, 3) rebuilding and 4) strengthening.  Metaphorically, I liken the aforementioned stages to perhaps what will be required to truly heal and eradicate the systemic, racial injustice, oppression, inequity and inequality that has scarred our country, and wounded African Americans for 400+ years.

The problem is that the wounds inflicted aren't just physiological, but they are psychological, economic, political, emotional, educational and even generational.  Wounds that have crippled a people and crippled the progress of that same people.  The assessment of the injuries to African Americans with respect to racial discrimination is so complex that it's hard to describe in simple terms.  Sometimes one feels that even the most detailed description of such systemic atrocities is an understatement.  Atrocities...

WHOSE BABY IS THIS ANYWAY?  We see an example in God's word with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the man she was espoused to, Joseph.  This was Mary and Joseph's si-ti-ation ("si-chee-a-shon" - how it's pronounced when you KNOW there will be drama and gossip surrounding your problem).  Mary was pregnant with a baby that Joseph didn't father.  Mary had a promise.  Mary was pregnant with a baby that Joseph couldn't identify.  But wait, Joseph was the ONLY man in her life.  In fact, Joseph HAD put a ring on it.  The problem was that Mary was carrying something that Joseph had nothing to do with.  The problem was that Mary was about to give birth and Joseph felt he had to "put her AND HER BABY (DREAM) away...privately."  Why?  Because Joseph was man enough to be progenitor but not God enough to be Creator!

But it's difficult trying to put away what's...

I've always found it interesting that we often assess someone or something solely on the basis of present reality; that is, where he or she or it is at that moment.  We often prefer periods over commas or make proclamations prematurely.  We fail to consider the sum total or body of one's work counting only what we want to count, adding only what we want to add.  We seldom subtract unless it is to our benefit.  When one's state is negative, we often use the past as a point of reference for current failure.  When things are positive, we seldom use the past as a point of reference for current success.  It's difficult seeing the full value of a sovereign, transformative process.  Why?  Because our assessment is often limited by our perception.

Hence, the subtitle of this blog, "Still Becoming."  So exactly what does this mean?  Honestly, one of the first thing...

So we began this trilogy of blogs with a question and will now end this trilogy with the answer.  We used metaphorically the life of Mary and Joseph as a backdrop for describing that GREAT DREAM that God has placed inside of you and is birthing through you.  We've described the setting and all that comes with it from critics to compliments; from haters to lovers; from believers to doubters.  All that comes with carrying something grandly created from a grand Creator.  Whether it's a dream or vision or goal, My Baby's (Dream's) Daddy is God!  

That's right - GOD!  Who's your baby's (dream's) daddy?  While it's common place to take the credit solely for what one's produced, the reality is God conceives in us the dreams that we carry on the inside.  I delight myself in Him.  I find pleasure in Him, joy in Him, enchantment in Him.  I relish in the fact that He...

From LA to L.A. - that's how it all began.  I was born in the country (Louisiana) but I was raised in the city (Los Angeles).  So, in essence, I'm a country-city boy.  I enjoy the hustle of the city but the hush of a quiet, dark country road.  Crowds or crickets - I can do them both.  But, like most folks from LA, I have a natural love for seafood.  More specifically, I love GUMBO!  Now, many who make gumbo have a style or twist of their own with respect to seasoning or flavor.  Some like a little more of this and some like a little less of that.  But, what's common across the board about a typical gumbo dish is that it's full of stock; meaning, it's got a little bit of everything in it.  That "little bit of everything" in gumbo is exactly what brings satisfaction to my palate.  I've learned to appreciate the variety of ingredients.  I've learned that no matter how the ingredients loo...

One of the things I've come to learn over the course of my life is that no matter how surprising life may be, God is still sovereign.  I've come to learn that He is methodical, strategic, calculative, intricate.  He knows the sub total and sum total of my life.  He says things like, "I know the plans that I have for you...." and then tells you that the end result is an expected end result (Jeremiah 29:11).  Or He says, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways...." as if to remind us that His sovereignty beats our scheduling on any day (Isaiah 55:8).  He refers to His own planning as "wonderful and magnificent" because He is the ALMIGHTY and sovereign God (Isaiah 28:29).  And He even promises us a peek into His omniscience by stating, "Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7 NIV).  Therefore...

WHOSE BABY IS THIS ANYWAY?  That's a question which can have a myriad of connotations, negative or positive.  Just the inquiry alone brings about controversy.  Think about it in contemporary terms.  How was the baby fathered?  What was the setting?  What was the backdrop; the history?  When did it happen?  Was it planned?  Was I prepared?  And why him?  You're certain that you're pregnant.  BUT, are you sure this baby belongs to....him?  It's as though identity has remained aloof.  It's difficult to name or claim what you can't identify!

Reality TV is big on this subject matter.  Cultural stereotypes?  Yes, there's truth to that.  But as you and I both know, ratings have no respect to persons.  You don't believe me?  Check out your local fast food spots.  Even spotted cows will boost ratings and sales!  Take networks and ratings as an exampl...

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