Be color brave, not color blind: Mellody Hobson at TED2014

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In 2006 Harold Ford called his friend Mellody Hobson, saying that he was running for US Senate in Tennessee, and he need some national press. Hobson, an investor, opens her talk with this story. She called a friend at a major media organization who organized a lunch. Hobson and Ford arrived at the reception, said they were there for the lunch, and were taken to a back room. Then they were asked, “Where are your uniforms?” At that point her friend rushed in, speechless. Hobson said, “Don’t you think we need more than one black person in the us Senate?”

Hobson says that she and Ford still laugh about that incident, but also that “deep deep down inside, I wasn’t surprised.” Her mother was ruthlessly realistic, and had prepared her. For example, after a birthday party where she was the only black person, her mother…

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Charging The Paddles! Clear!

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Charging The Paddles! Clear!

In the body most organs have a vital and significant role, but the organ that captures my attention at the moment is the heart. It is the job of the heart to pump the blood to the organs and extremities. The heart is one of the primary checkpoints for vitality or life. Your heartbeat or the heartbeat is a sign of vitality, a sign of life
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The heartbeat of The Church or a Church is contained in two places that really go together. Matthew 25:31-40 and in Matthew 28:18 also known as The Great Commission. I am sure there are others but these verses hits right at the heart of the Church. The heart and the Church have the same job, the job of the heart is to pump blood-the job of the Church is to pump The Blood.
Whenever a Church is dying, there’s no vitality, no growth and no change, check it’s pulse and see if the blood is pumping. Check the vital sign of The Great Commission, check the pulse of serving the” least of these”.
Here’s what I’ve learned… when organs need blood they don’t come to the heart for blood but the heart sends the blood out. The heart uses a transmission system of veins and arteries to effectively distribute blood. The arteries are where the blood goes out and the veins is how it comes in. You show me a dying Church, and I’ll show you a place where the pulse is weak, the vital signs are fading, i’ll show you a place where the means of transmitting The Blood is weak or non-existent, i’ll show you a place where the blood is not being pumped out to the necessary places to sustain living and growth.
Let me set the proper tone for this picture … Far to often the Church (the heart) is waiting for something to come in and thru the veins, but nothing is being sent to the arteries. Whenever all of the arteries (outgoing) are blocked the veins (inbound) can’t get anything in, this is called heart failure or a heart attack. Whenever the heart stops, a jolt is often needed to get it going again.
Charge The Paddles! Clear!
I’m not preaching to you, but I am trying to reach you
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Make it Matter

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Far to often we make the things in life that don’t really matter, we make them matter. What would our world, our community, our household look like if we focused on what really matters?

Don’t let anyone fool you, how you treat people matters, how you think about others matter, how you show love to all people matters. What you do think, say and act matters.

Just so we are clear, what you drive don’t matter, what clothes you have don’t matter, the shoes you buy ( Jordan to Salvatore Ferragamo) they don’t matter.

At your funeral few people will remember your clothes, your shoes, your house, your car but they will remember the love you have shown in word and in deed.

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Who’s The Culprit

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Over the years ehi logoI have taken in my fair share of movies and have watched a great many that focus on relationships. I have often heard a statement that people make when a relationship is coming to an end. It is often used as a means of getting out of a relationship by shifting the weight of responsibility onto one own self. This is a way to take false responsibility for the failing of the relationship. This is the tactic or the strategy of the person who wants out. No matter what the reason this statement is always hard to argue with whenever it’s used.

“It’s not You It’s Me” Have you ever heard this before? Has anyone ever said this to you before? Did you ever say this to someone else? “It’s not you It’s Me” Over that last few weeks I have begin to look at the power…

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Happening To You, Happening For You

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There is one thing that I’ve learned to this point, and it is a simple concept. Its this, this life is a journey. I have learned that along this journey, everyone has residence in two principles. The principles are simple in the fact that no matter who you are or what you do you, will not get out of life without being affected by something. In other words, we don’t get out of this life without having something happen u. So whether you like it not something will happen to you. If it’s ailment, financial difficulties, relationship issues, social issues, injuries and loss of loved ones. There is nothing you can do that will effectively stop this or to put it another way, life proof you. So in essence that no matter who you are ,where you live we all suffer from the same condition of having things happen to us. Everybody is in this category. That’s right you and I are people that things  WILL happen to you. Nothing exempts you from this……

But there is another category that you don’t necessarily fall into. This other category is strictly a category of choice. You must choose this category continuously. This is a life long category that you can quit at any time or you can start at any time….. In this life the one category you must choose is the “Happen For” category. You are born into the category of the “Happen To” Yes I said it, you will always will be someone that something will happen to,  but you must choose to be the kind of person that something will happen for.

Ladies and gentlemen, NOTHING JUST HAPPENS ( I Believe) I believe that even the things that happen to you, is a divine effort to have things happen for you. Your part in everything that happens to you is your response. But let’s look solely at what happens for you. Are you waiting for things to happen to you or are you working for things to happen for you? You don’t have to work for anything to happen to you, but for things to happen you MUST work for them.

Here’s the takeaway….. Everything in nature gives away to pressure the right amount of pressure over the right amount of time. Even a diamond will shatter when put under the right pressure for the right length of time. But in that same vein diamonds are created from pressure over time. Things will always happen to you that’s nature but for thing to happen for you, that’s choice.

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Foundation Principles (A Concrete Truth)

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I write this morning as a reminder to self, that I’m sharing with others. I have spent quite sometime looking at the building process, with a particular focus on structures. What makes a structure strong? What makes a structure last? What could cause the most problems if it’s done incorrectly? Well…two things come to mind. 1. The ground upon which something is built 2. The foundation upon which everything else will rest. I have discovered that even if you build on good ground but the foundation is poor. There will always be trouble and the trouble can’t be fixed at any other level. The cracks can be hidden, the sagging floors can be shored up, but if the problem is in the foundation. You will always have a problem.

What goes in to the structural foundation of most buildings? Concrete, and the concrete is poured into a form of some sort. But before we even get to the pouring and the forming the concrete is made of a mixture. A mixture of sand, crushed stone or gravel, cement, air and water. These must be mixed in the proper portion in order to achieve the kind of concrete for the right foundation. Too much of one and not enough of the other will cause a weakness in the concrete, which will create a weakness in the foundation and it will be a source of problems and could lead to structural failure.

The problems in the structure may go unnoticed if you are only building a story or two. But if you are planning to build high and/or big there will certainly be problems. So here is one thing to know, the higher/bigger you build the more evident the problems in the foundation will become (. The issues with your foundation will grow in direct proportion to the size of your entity, company, ministry or relationships (whatever you are building).

The right mix of ingredients is important but the ingredients by themselves don’t make concrete. The ingredients put together in a container won’t make concrete. There are two other components that are important to this process. They are the mixing (shaking, stirring up, tumbling, turning) and time.

The makings of any good foundation requires the right mixture, stirring up that mixture and time.

Here’s one takeaway…If you are building something strong don’t get discouraged when the mix is not right, don’t get discouraged when the right mix has to be shaken/turned, don’t discouraged when the mixture has to be stirred over a period of time. This is so the right consistency (tightness/elemental bonding, uniformity) will take place. I want to remind you that all this just the process of getting it ready to pour into the right form.

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A Pig In Pearls

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There once was a farmer who awakened every day joyous about being a farmer. He loved everything about being a farmer. He loved raising chickens, pigs and cows. He loved growing crops. He loved everything about it. He loved the planting, he loved watching the seedlings grow, he loved the harvest time, he loved the rain and he even loved the droughts. He loved everything about being a farmer.

One day as he was passing the pig pen, he happened to notice that one of his pigs was significantly bigger than the others. So he separated this pig from the others and treated the pig as a pet. He took the pig and cleaned him up and put a leash on him. Wherever he went the pig went, when he ate the pig ate and whatever he ate the pig ate the same. While out in town one day he had a custom pearl collar made for his friend, his companion, his loyal pig. To him this was no ordinary pig this was his friend.

One day the pigs leash broke and the pig went running to the pig pen jumped the gate and splashed down in the mud, feces and slop. He couldn’t recall having ever seen the pig so happy, he suddenly realized that he had to leave the pig where he was the most at home. He then noticed the pearl collar that he bought for the pig was still on the neck of the pig and now it too is covered in mud, feces and slop. He began to fill silly for taking something of such great value and giving it to a pig. A pig who was neither equipped nor possessed the desire to appreciate something of such great value. A great gift that had come by way of the sacrifice of someone who wanted better for him/her.

To some, this story may seem funny but we do this all of the time. There are times in life we take the great pearls of our wisdom and experience and place them around the neck of a pigs. I know this seems harsh and judgemental but sometimes the truth can be that way because it has to be. I write this so that we will be careful and discerning of who we share our pearls (things of great value) with.

Here’s the takeaway…. you can easily recognize pigs in most cases. Pigs are the happiest when they are in the middle of, creating and neck-deep in mud (dirt) slop (anything messy) and feces. These are the people who are not just in it but when they don’t see it they will work to make everyplace they go a pig pen. All of us know people like this and I share this simply to say don’t cast the greatest things of value to you to someone who doesn’t have the slightest intent or inkling of hearing or accepting it.

You see whether you like it or not WE are all farmers in some sense. My question is this, how many pigs are wearing your pearls?

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