In July of this year, Tonia and I would have been married 23 years. We have had many ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and a lot of excitement and some “Meh” days. But, over the last two decades, we have a done a few simple things to strengthen our relationship.
Why do we pray? Out of habit and duty? Do we pray so we can get stuff from God? Now, I believe there is nothing wrong with asking God to bless us. However, this is just one small but important reason why we should pray. There are a few more significant reasons. You might be surprised.
I like to watch a movie before giving a strong opinion or recommending it. But, then there are times when I don’t need to see before giving a definite opinion. Fifty Shades Darker, the new sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, is one of those movies. I believe there are several reasons why followers of Jesus should NOT see Fifty Shades Darker.
On yesterday, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. Unlike Gambia’s President, who for weeks refused to step down after losing the recent election, we had a peaceful transfer of power. But, where do we go from here? Here are some of my random thoughts.
Responding to criticism is an art. An art that I wish President-elect, Donald Trump, would learn. On the eve of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, President-elect Donald Trump threw some serious shade at Civil Rights icon and hero, Georgia Congressman John Lewis. While John Lewis attacked first, according to Scripture, how should have Donald Trump responded?
Hello. My name is Marvin Williams, and I am a recovering people pleaser. I wanted to be wanted and liked to be liked. I needed validation from outside sources, especially from people I admired. It was hard for me to say “no” for fear of disappointing others. If you resonate with the list above, then you might be a people pleaser. So, what are some other indicators that you are a people pleaser? How do you fix it?
Injustice of any kind is evil. Injustice against the vulnerable and special-needs people is despicable. The four African-Americans that terrorized and beat a white, special-needs man in Chicago is repulsive. How should we respond to this horrific ordeal?
Toxic friends. How do you know you have them? I mean, you feel their negative influence, but you ignore it because you all have been friends for a while. You know that you need to do something about your relationship with them, but you don’t know what you should do. How do you recognize toxic friends and what do you do about them?
What are your plans to have the best year ever? How will you increase your chances of 2017 being better and more productive than 2016? It won’t happen unless we intentionally spend time reflecting on last year and planning for the next year. Here are a few questions to help you and me have the best year ever.
We are just days from saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017. With new beginnings, we always have to think about what we want and need to leave behind to accomplish our goals. Here is a non-exhaustive list of trends, attitudes, habits and people I believe that we should leave in 2016.