“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you,
persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Rejoice and be glad,
because great is your reward in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

{Matthew 5:3-12}

Let Him Drive

Life’s unexpected changes can be inevitable.

As with single believers – whether it’s an unexpected break up from someone you thought could be “The One,” divorce, or an unexpected pregnancy – sometimes, as the saying goes, life happens.

However, it’s how we deal with life’s changes which determine how or whether or not we continue to hold our heads up high, and move forward.

See the blessing in every thing.

Every heartache, every mistake, every disappointment – know that whether it was the devil’s doing or your own doing, God still has a plan for you and you can still reach your goals in Him as long as you keep pressing.

Ask God to show you the blessing in every situation.

The Word reminds us, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

So if you love God, and are called by God, know that it’ll all work out.  In the end, you will win.

The gifts and calling of God are without repentance, in other words God won’t change His mind because you made a mistake. (Romans 11:29)

As long as you go to Him, repent, and change then He will honor your prayer and set you right back on course of the destiny and future He has for you. (Acts 3:19)

So be encouraged.

Don’t get stuck in a mental rut thinking about what could have been or what should have been or what you should or should not have done.

If God truly is in the driver’s seat of your life; let Him take control – hand the keys over to him and let Him drive.

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:3

*Originally published on Kim on the Web.

#BlackLivesMatter: Who Was Aaron Campbell?

The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that Portland must rehire a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in the back.

About 50 people protested the reinstatement Thursday at City Hall.

City officials fired Ron Frashour after the 2010 shooting, concluding Aaron Campbell didn’t pose an immediate threat of death or physical injury. But an arbitrator and the Oregon Employment Relations Board ruled in 2012 that the city had to reinstate him. The court of appeals upheld the decision Wednesday.

Mayor Charlie Hales said he’s disappointed with the Appeals Court decision, calling it “regrettable.”

“I am disappointed the court blocked the City’s efforts to terminate an officer who used force inappropriately,” Mayor Hales said. “The City of Portland takes use-of-force seriously, and demands that it be employed judiciously. Portland Police Bureau training emphasizes de-escalation, and while the vast majority of our officers perform exceptionally well, incidents like the tragic death of Aaron Campbell undermine that success.

*Originally published on Portland Occupier.

My “Seinfeld” Moment

For those of you old enough to remember the TV show Seinfeld, you may remember an episode where a woman that Jerry was dating told him that she didn’t respect him because of what he did for a living – which was standup comedy. Jerry immediately scoffed at her because he thought she was being ironic. The irony was that she worked as a cashier. He was quick to point this out to her, but it didn’t seem to matter. She thought his profession was not honorable, so she no longer wanted to date him.

While this decision was well within her rights to make, I know someone just like this. I have a male friend who tends to look down on people & their accomplishments because they never quite seem to measure up to his own. The problem is that he’s not all that accomplished himself.

My friend, let’s call him “Eddie”, often talks about others as if they are beneath him. People who don’t possess the educational background or professional experience that he does are not considered to be “good enough”. The ironic part of it all is that although he may have had a successful career in the past, he certainly doesn’t have one anymore.

As a matter of fact, not only is he down & out right now, he has been for a while. He currently rents a room from a little old lady, has no car (which is a bad sign living in Los Angeles), and is even behind on his child support. Yes, he went to college & has a degree, and yes he has worked for a Fortune 100 company in the past making millions of dollars on behalf of his clients, but he is no longer in that position. No longer does he have the prestige of driving a Benz or dropping the corporate credit card to make purchases whenever he feels like it. Those days are long gone.

Even though others may not be fully aware of his personal circumstances, I am. He does put on a good front, though. Shoot, when I met him I thought he was more successful than he actually was. But his arrogance towards others is extremely unattractive. I’ve pointed this out to him on several occasions but he still thinks that he’s better than the average because of where he’s been, not because of where he is now. To have met celebrities & have dined at some of the finest restaurants in town means that, to him, he’s more accomplished than the average.

While I do see his point, I don’t agree with it. You can’t expect people to show you deference when you aren’t “worthy” of it. Very few adults can rely solely upon the success they had in their youth. I think Eddie’s attitude needs an adjustment. The fact that he has the phone numbers of a few CEO’s in his Rolodex & owns a couple of designer suits doesn’t mean that he is a big deal, it just means that he was a big deal.

Do you have any friends who think they’re better than they actually are? If so, how do you deal with them?