There have been many words written to describe the characteristics of Alabama QB Jalen Hurts over the last year. Resilient. Patient. Humble. I’ve written a couple of times about his commitment. But after actually hearing Jalen share his OWN narrative about his journey since being replaced midway during the 2018 National Championship game, I think the word that best describes him is Faithful.
The faith to realize there is a Divine order to his life.
The faith to recognize the experience he’s having is the experience he needs.
The faith to rest in the present as his story unfolds in accordance with God’s unlimited vision for his life.
Voted Most Inspirational by his teammates AFTER losing his starting job, Jalen has never lost his faith.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34, MSG
It took me weeks after my last move to get sufficiently settled so I could sleep in my own bed. I remember crawling into bed for that first time, exhausted and grateful. I slept soundly and woke up feeling determined to get back on His purpose for my life.
“I’m doing a great work; I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?” Nehemiah 6:3, MSG
While people are using social media to protest Dove’s awkward attempt at “representing women of color thoughtfully” (their words), #45’s FBI has apparently launched COINTELPRO 2.0 to target and discredit what they’ve labeled “black identity extremists.”
The FBI has a history of targeting activists fighting for equality and social justice; in this latest move, the Bureau has “conjured’ extremists from peaceful protestors, who they say pose a growing threat to law enforcement.
And while it may not have been intentional, the Dove ad is just a distraction.
“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.” ~ Martin Luther King, I’ve Been To The Mountain Top, April 3, 1968
Amid the stories of black girls in detention for wearing their hair in styles that black girls wear…after the reading the tone deaf comments about the GOAT Serena Williams from Maria Sharapova’s memoir Unstoppable (?)… after seeing suspicious commentary about the suspicious death of yet another black girl…I decided to go find the image that made me smile this weekend and focus on what it represents.
It was the 2017 US Open women’s singles trophy presentation featuring runner-up Madison Keys, winner, Sloane Stephens, USTA president and CEO, Katrina Adams and “that lady” with the check, CEO of Consumer Banking at JP Morgan Chase Thasunda Duckett. All women of color (even though Madison might not identify as such), overcoming obstacles to achieve excellence.
“You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.” ~ Maya Angelou, from I Rise
Inhale Staying Focused, Exhale Giving Up… Inhale Big Dreams, Exhale Playing Small… Inhale Achieving Excellence, Exhale Being Average… Just Breathe
Our purpose is sometimes revealed in unexpected, sometimes sad, even violent ways … like when we experience something personally or something happens to someone close to us and we feel compelled to act.
Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving after a drunk driver with a history of arrests for intoxication, hit and killed her daughter.
Whose life will be saved by the protection you put into place while serving your purpose?
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson