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The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

Several years ago Will and  Jaden Smith starred in a movie called, “The Pursuit of Happyness.” In this powerful movie, Smith, plays the real life character Chris Gardener,  a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them.

It’s a compelling bio-graphic tale of a man on a mission to pursue his life’s dream of being successful. One of my favorite movies that captures the essence of the human spirit and determination to soar above expectations.

I believe that the “pursuit of happyness” is an inside job. Many people spend their lives searching for the true meaning of happiness. They’ve concluded that happiness can be found in money, material things, fame, or noteriety.

The Book of Life reminds us of the true key to being happy in Hebrews 13:20 (amp) “Now may the God of peace, [Who is the Author and Giver of peace], strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out his will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight;”

God’s power working in our lives is the fountain of life worth living. My experience has taught me that you and I cannot find value, worth, acceptance, or self-worth, in the fragile relationships around us. The peace that flows from within and that transcends from our Creator, is the bedrock for the satisfaction that envelopes the life surrendered to God.

The Top Ten Intimacy needs that people have: 1. Attention, 2. Acceptance, 3. Appreciation, 4. Support, 5. Encouragement, 6. Affection, 7. Approval, 8. Security, 9. Comfort, and 10. Respect  -Can all be found in the person of Christ. The connection to your source of purpose, meaning, and true peace, was his purpose in dying on the cross.

The pursuit of happyness dead ends in the arms of Jesus. So, you and I can keep standing on the Rock!

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The Black Wall Street Part 3

black-panther-logo-191924As of May 1st, 2018, the movie Black Panther has grossed $1.345 billion dollars to date. It is the world’s ninth highest grossing film of all time. Behind, 1. Avatar 2. Titanic 3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 4. Jurassic World 5. Avengers: Infinity War 6. The Avengers 7. Furious 7 and 8. Avengers: Age of Ultron.

After the death of his father, T’challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, returns to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as King. When a powerful enemy abruptly appears to challenge his mettle as the new leader. When faced with conflict, the young King must engage the help of his collaborators and release the power of the Black Panther to save Wakanda and the world.

This sounds like a story line from real life. The Power of the Black Wall Street. It is the story of releasing our dormant ability and resurrecting in the hearts and minds of Tulsans, the socio-economic and spiritual forces that once made our city great. A belief and culture, where we were not limited by the mentality of self-afflicted standards, or the repressed anger of what could have been.

The push to free the mind to think outside the regular pop-culture. This revolutionary milestone is not a “re-imagination of something Black Americans have cherished for centuries”, but what they lived out and manifested in a city called Wa-Tulsa.

The Black Wall Street was our prolific moment. A time of fruitful endeavors, black professionalism, and business acrumen, that cast a large vision of the future. If only we could change the gray matter beneath our hair styles, lyrics, and rhythmic dance, to embrace the possible in the possibilities and tap into the power of the Black Wall Street.

The book of life reminds us to be changed by the renewal of our minds, (Romans 12:2), or get back to the business of challenging social chains and labels and stand in the ancestoral power of our greatness. “It’s easy for a good man to be King!”

With over 600 businesses owned and operated in the Greenwood district, our trade and prosperity were self-contained. The next generation of businesses will be marked by advanced technological studies, bio-medical advancements, solar energy, computer analytics, genetic engineering, global gentrification, and urban development. “Tulsa will no longer watch from the shadows. We cannot. We must not.”

I believe the future is bright! So, we cannot allow the success of our predecessors to die, to do so, would be to deny their very existence. We must embrace the future, while remembering the past.  A past, that is still relevant today. I am suggesting that our city should once again, be home to the nation’s wealthiest African Americans per capital and use those resources to impact the world globally. Because “What we bequeath to the future is ourselves, our best self!” Wa-Tulsa Forever!

Keep standing on the Rock!

 

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