Stuffed

I was just reading On Becoming a Leader for school.

But that book detracts from who I really am.

On this Thanksgiving day, I am grateful that I depend on a Holy and Mighty God.

I’ve been spoiled by delicious Thanksgiving dinners in past years. My friends were always quick to invite me over. I’ve had my Thanksgiving portions this past week, so I’m okay laying low for tonight.

But to think that my parents haven’t celebrated around a big table with relatives in about 20 years is quite mind boggling.

My parents have played “Solitaire” and have not won; they must be lonely; they are not one in spirit, mind and truth.

Although I am an only child, I feel stuffed by his grace and mercy.

Ironically, today is Thanksgiving but we receive more than we give. Tomorrow adds more irony towards Thanksgiving weekend as well. BLACK FRIDAY!

Therefore, I shout with adoration, “LORD, THANK YOU FOR GIVING!”


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Lead me to the Promise Land

So TURKEY did not happen on my last paper that I posted. Yet, my professor gave me a B commenting that I had good insights although I missed the prompt. Yikes.

However, I am ready for a two-peat (A on my last paper). “Can you dig it?”

Bennis’s leadership knowledge appeals to the world, but not to those who are spiritual. Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, John Wooden, and Martin Luther King Jr. (to name a few), became historical leaders by understanding their weaknesses and depending on a personal and relational God to help them through their trials. Bennis makes claims favoring independence and inventing one’s self as the special ingredients to leadership. Focusing on Martin Luther King Jr., he is not an exception to Bennis’s teachings, but an everyday example of profound leaders.

Bennis writes, “To become a leader, then, you must become the maker of your own life” (51). However, Martin Luther King Jr. never invented himself, but was seen “as a divinely inspired leader, not [wanting] unquestioning support that is often associated with charismatic leaders” (Carson, 449). Leaders do not have to mark their own journey because true leaders are followers as well. King’s humility and love for others does not stem from self teachings.  “Leaders have nothing but themselves to work with” (51).  Again, Bennis sees leaders as isolated figures that possess very rare qualities; he makes it seem like leaders are not relational and hard to work with. He mentions that leaders possess “[their] own values, not someone else’s” (Bennis, 48). Their values often get them into trouble. Hitler and Stalin were leaders that valued self- righteousness and power; they, too, told themselves that “when you write your own life, then no matter what happens, you have played the game that was natural for you to play” (Bennis, 51). Hitler and Stalin played games that were natural for them. Essentially, they played games that did not involve love and a willingness to serve humanity. Instead, they went on destroying it. Bennis’s “leaders” often do not invent themselves the way king analyzed himself. “King was a leader full of self-doubts, keenly aware of his own limitations and human weaknesses” (Carson, 449).  Those who discover themselves seek dependence on God. “If God had meant man to fly, He would have given him wings” (69).  Literally, Bennis is wrong to mention airplanes. Without any attachments, humans cannot fly. Humans were not designed to invent themselves; we were designed to have a relationship with God.  I, too, have visions to become a leader; however, I know that once I start writing my own life, chaos and confusion will occur. Paradoxically, I will then have to manage my problems instead of serving God and becoming a leader.

Works Cited

Bennis, Warren G. On Becoming a Leader. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Pub., 2003. Print.

Carson, Clayborne. “Martin Luther King, Jr.: Charismatic Leadership in a Mass Struggle.” The Journal of American History Vol. 74.No. 2 (1987): 448-54. JSTOR. Web.

Careful, it’s sharp!

Here is a  visual blueprint to meditate on.

Imagine a sword, upright, sharp edge facing up and the handle is firmly planted in the ground.

We’ll name this sword “sin”.

1 Corinthians 3:12 identifies three inferior materials: wood, hay and straw.

Refer to these materials as “works”.

The world tells us to do good work OR pursue the road of being a good person.

People might not be able to notice your sin because you’ve covered them up with works. More importantly, you may think that you’re keeping sin dormant in your life.

You’ve temporarily been able to shadow the very essence of who you are: a sinner.

You’ve mounted wood, hay and straw to build a bridge above the sword.

You’ve guided yourself and others to safety, but walked across a risky platform.

Society wants to progress with good works and praise legacies.

Therefore, you and your people continue to build these bridges to advance to the next island.

The Bible verse continues on to say that “each man’s work will become evident; the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.”

Those bridges will one day burn; the world will collapse on sin.

It may take more labor and hard work, but let’s build our bridges with gold, silver, and precious stones.

The community and body of Christ will not die by the sword because our foundation endures fire.

Which bridge will you take?

One that encourages good works or one that is built on Christ’s foundation?


Permanent Resident

Find a reason to believe.

Your dreams will be restored when you enter God’s kingdom.

For all undocumented people, I share your pain and frustration. Is there any treasure left to dig? Look deep and down inside. Search God’s heart and he will heal.

You feel like opportunities have been shut down. There seems to be a limit in this journey.

We may not be United States citizens; however, we better make sure that we’re first heavenly citizens. We’re desperately digging in the wrong areas.

Dig through God’s heart first to understand that he has a greater plan for you. Are you calling politicians before you cry out to God?

Dig through your priorities, and see that you need to reassemble your responsibilities and duties.

Where is our faith? You and I have been blessed plenty. Our situation could be worse.

Luckily, God made a way for us to be educated even through college. We’ve been given under the table jobs. Essentially, God has given us our daily bread.

I can’t wait until God accelerates immigration reform. Until then, we can push the car as hard as we want, but the car is not in neutral. It won’t go anywhere.

Be steadfast in God’s love. He has not forgotten about our situation. Understand that the world may isolate undocumented people, but God has bridged us to a covenant with Jesus.

Jesus has signed off on this covenant with his blood. We are all documented in God’s story. Understand that God has to be the author of your story. Until then you will remain undocumented.

Sooner than later, the immigration reform hole will be so big that you’ll be shoveling the dirt on yourself. You’ll be buried through human effort. Dig God’s heart and you will fill the void in your heart with treasure.

The United States is a temporary state. Become a permanent resident in Heaven. Your stay will last through eternity.