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Grace Over Guilt: The Christian Wallflower

Dear Christian: LOVE

Dear Christian,

I’ve noticed some things lately about you that have me a bit worried. Not that I’m attacking your character dear Christian but I have some concerns that I feel the unction to address. Dear Christian, where is the love you are supposed to be filled with when dealing with your neighbors? Dear Christian, where is the kindness that you’ve been shown from Christ when dealing with those in need? Dear Christian, where is your empathy? I noticed how you “just can’t be around people that sin” as if you were never in their shoes and I asked myself dear Christian, where is your humility? Was it not the love of Christ that picked you off the floor of sin and made you stand upright in HIS righteousness? Or is it by your own power and resistance that you have been saved? (Ephesians 2:8-9) Dear Christian, where is your understanding? I’m wondering how you expect to spread the gospel when you have forgotten the greatest commandment which is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) I know you may feel like you don’t owe a sinner an explanation dear Christian, but you do owe something and that is LOVE. By this you would have fulfilled the law of Christianity. (Romans 13:8) Instead dear Christian, you have been showing the opposite as if you are somehow better than them because you aren’t a sinner anymore… My dear Christian you have forgotten the instruction to build others up with encouragement not judgement, leading as examples of Christ. (Romans 15:1-2) You have forgotten dear Christian the love someone else showed you to lead you to church and help bring you to Christ. Dear Christian, how are you God’s child when you have forgotten the instruction to have “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on LOVE, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:12-14) Dear Christian, help me understand! When you cannot be bothered with the presence of sinners how do you expect them to come to Christ? How then can someone who doesn’t know Christ or you be expected to give you the time of day and listen to this good news when you meet them without love and kindness? Without the humility of remembering your past? Which sinner do you expect to confide in you and ask for help when they don’t feel loved or wanted??? Dear Christian it is our duty to love ALL, not just Christians. How do you expect to love somebody when you cannot be bothered with their company? When you talk to them as if they are less than the beautiful creature God intended them to be? We are called to evangelize yet we forget in order to do so we must walk in gentleness to keep the peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

These are just questions dear Christian to help remind you of the instructions we should be following. I know you may not love what I’m saying but I assure you I say it out of love. I am sure the fruit of this letter will make it all better. (Hebrews 12:11) I love you and I want us to do better TOGETHER. There are people that need to know the goodness that abides in Christ. But if we can’t go to them completely abiding in love, we will never get them to see the light.

Grace & Peace,

Odie

P.S.- “Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.” (Proverbs 8:33)

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Impulses…

Patience is one of the biggest struggles in every Christian walk. Depending on the situation, patience can mean a lot of things like slowing down, waiting, pausing, being calm etc. When you begin to walk with Christ and strive to become a better person you must unlearn a lot of the things deemed normal. Why? Not because we are terrible people but because more often than not we do things without patience. We act on our emotions, we react before responding, and we do things without consideration of the future we cannot always see. I talked about making decisions in my last post and the key to making decisions in life is simply to converse with God before embarking on decisions. Well what about the decisions we have to make quicker than the time it will take for you to fast for 3 days on a situation because they need an answer in one week? What about our daily decisions and actions? How do we handle those?

I have boiled it all down to not acting on my impulses (aka self-control). Your impulses more often than not, again not because we are terrible people but because we are human, are based on flesh. Our flesh is not the same as our spirit (no matter how saved, sanctified, & holy ghost filled you may be) and neither is our spirit the same as our flesh. Galatians Chapter 5 verse 17 says; “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” We have to understand that as humans that are still in this world, carrying this flesh– we are bound to want or like things that are not the best for us. Not always because these things are all bad but because some of this things may not be in God’s plan for our lives. It might lead us down the wrong path because all we are paying attention to is how our flesh wants something and not God’s purpose for our lives.

We must walk in the spirit (which is what this scripture-Galatians 5-instructs us to do) Do not please your flesh because it is against your spirit. (verse 16) Now I know I’m going to lose some of you on these next verses but the Bible said it not me.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Not everything on this list sounds evil. Some of it even sounds normal. To some people there are things like sorcery that people like me would say “I would never do any foolishness like that!” But these are the works of your flesh. These are the things you find yourself doing when you seek to please your flesh. I am far from perfect and I will tell you I have found myself in situations or places I never intended on being just because I sought to please my flesh rather than my spirit. (For example, I was suspended from school as a child for writing a fake note so that people would be jealous and envious of me. Did I expect to be suspended? No. But that’s what happened as a result of my need to have someone jealous/envious of me) Whether we like it or not, these things are works of the flesh and we should strive not to participate in them and anything similar.

On the other hand verses 22-25 reads;

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
**Note that self-control is among these fruits of the spirit.
These are the things that please our spirit and while engaging in these things, we are walking in the spirit. One cannot say “I love you so I have fits of anger with you.” No, it’s not possible. Those two things are in separate categories. If you love someone you are patient with them. Kind to them. Faithful, gentle etc. These are the things that we should strive towards as Christians.
IT IS NOT EASY. It won’t be easy. I’m not going to make you think for a second it is as simple as 1,2,3. It isn’t. But again take note to self-control and patience being among this list and in the same category. You must not walk based on your impulses. You must deny your impulses by controlling yourself and being patient in situations that may not be easy to be patient in. Over half of the works of flesh can be caused by either lack of patience, or lack of self-control. The others are from a lack of love. Once you accept that you want to live for God you must begin to strive. And the best way to do these things is to take note of your impulses and DENY THEM. They will profit you nothing and cause you to miss out on God’s eternal kingdom. Galatians 5 is a great reference for this, I hope you take the time to read it and let it bless and encourage you.

Making Decisions: What does the Bible Say?

While researching for my last post, I found a really great site that gives you biblical principles about decision making and I just have to share.

Making wise choices is a lot more than having experience and being intuitively smart. Making wise choices as a Christian has a lot to do with consulting God and remembering what the word of God says about diverse situations.

The writers of this page awesomely narrowed down 10 things to consider when making decisions complete with scripture as to why these questions are key.

1. What Biblical Principles Should Inform My Decision?

2. Do I Have All The Facts?

3. Is The Pressure Of Time Forcing Me To Make A Premature Decision?

4. What Possible Motives Are Driving My Decision?

5. How Should Past Experiences Inform My Decision?

6. What Is The Collective Counsel Of My Community?

7. Have I Honestly Considered The Warning Signs?

8. Have I Considered The Possible Outcomes For My Course Of Action?

9 .Could This Decision Jeopardize My Integrity Or Hinder My Witness For The Lord?

10. Is There A Better Option That Would Allow Me To Make A Greater Impact For God’s Kingdom?

If you’re like me and wish to make better decisions in life based on the word of God, definitely check out the Watermark Church site about making decisions HERE. I hope this blesses you!

On Marriage: Dating while Christian and African

This year I will be 27 years old. I’m finishing up my Master’s degree at the moment & I moved out of my parent’s house last year. It is not uncommon for me to hear “When are you getting married?” and “It’s time to get married and have babies” from people especially in the African community. I have even had several people try to fix me up with what they call “good matches” for me. Despite their efforts and the constant reminders that I’m not getting any younger, I am still single, and have been for awhile.

The thing is this, I’m not ungrateful. I’m not picky. I’m not looking for the perfect and most flawless man. I am simply waiting for confirmation of God’s plan for my life. I’m quite aware of how responsible I’ve become, how “ready” I seem to others, and how much of a maternal instinct I have. I know all of this. But that doesn’t mean I should go and marry the first man who says he is interested in marrying me. (I’m not bragging but at the same time, don’t think it is lack of suitors. Not the case at all.)

I have not been praying for my future husband and committing my future marriage to God for me to settle for a man I have no interest in and can barely communicate with. I don’t believe I should be pressured to be with someone I can’t see myself with just because he’s the only or one of the only showing interest in marrying me. That’s absurd to me. It feels like people are telling me “Well nobody else seems to want you, why not just marry him since he does.” The man may be God-fearing, he may be nice, he may be ready and he may be interested but that doesn’t make him God’s plan for my life. And THAT is what I am waiting on. If an interested fellow came along and he is the man God has brought forth for me, wouldn’t it make sense for God to confirm this with me? Rather than God tell everyone else His plan for MY life? If I’m unsettled and uncomfortable why would that be what God wants me to make a move on? If I’ve been praying for a partner to be a friend and a lover combined, to help put my heart and spirit at ease, why would God give me someone who makes me feel anxious or someone I have to question if I will ever be happy? I may not understand all of God’s ways but God who created me knows that I am not going for that. If I’m not going to be happy there is no way I’m going to make that decision. Honestly, is God’s plan for me to be confused and unsure about the man I’m committing the rest of my life to? I highly doubt it. Philippians 4 verse 7 says; And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. This scripture tells me that even if I don’t understand a situation I am in, He will give me peace about it. If there is no peace, it is impossible for it to be God’s plan for me. Remember, God is not the author of confusion. (1st Corinthians 14:33)

It’s just so telling for me that as Africans we confuse our cultural practices with our spiritual life and I just refuse to put culture over my Christian walk. A lot of women in the African community had an arranged marriage and ended up happy. That’s good for them! God continue to bless their union in Jesus name. (Amen.) But that is not my life and not what the bible instructs me to do. If I am expected to commit everything else in my life to God and wait for confirmation, why in this instance am I supposed to trust what others tell me and not wait for God’s permission? Psalm 32 verse 8 says; I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. God promises instruction and teaching for making decisions, why shouldn’t I wait on Him?

It is imperative to wait for God’s confirmation regardless of what anyone says because at the end of the day this is MY MARRIAGE. I will be the one who has to submit myself to this man and bear his children and follow his leadership. To be honest that in itself is already hard enough in this day and age so God knows I want to at least be comfortable with my choice when doing so. Marriage is not the one thing to compromise God’s word on. Marriage is not the one thing that I can do contrary to hearing from God before making a decision. I might as well not even pray and ask God for a fitting husband if I’m just going to choose based on their interest in me.

It makes me wonder what makes me any different from others who are waiting for their God-sent parner? Why must I be the one to settle and marry the first man to show interest? To avoid shame? So that I can hurry up and get married before 30 like a good African woman? So that people won’t call me “Miss Independent” and tell me it’s my fault for pursuing higher education instead of pursuing marriage because I’m too caught up into the times? So that I can settle for a man I’m not happy with to have an unhappy marriage but yet I should be happy because at least I’m not single anymore? NEWSFLASH: Being single is not a curse. It’s not a disease. It isn’t a death sentence. I just don’t want to miss out on God’s plan for my life because I’m subscribing to the thoughts and opinions of others. Whether the critics are believers or not, God’s plan for MY LIFE is just that. For ME and not for them. Everyone is so concerned with time but God is He whose one day is our thousand years. (2nd Peter 3:8) He is the one who commanded us to wait on Him and be of good courage because He will strengthen our hearts. (Psalm 27:14) It gets hard but I’m learning to ignore the critics and the naysayers. I’m learning to smile in the face of those who laugh at my position in life. I’m learning to hold my head up high although others call me names and point and laugh. I have the courage to do so.

I stand firm in God’s plan for my life and waiting for it despite what my culture and what society tells me. I am not saying I am perfect but I have made very necessary changes in my attitude, behavior and lifestyle and continuously asked God to prepare me to be a wife. I am not so full of myself and my degree(s) and my career that my focus on family is out of the picture. If people knew me well they would know that I am a master multi-tasker and I believe in a well-balanced lifestyle. The criticisms people give me are sometimes not based on scripture and other times just plain incorrect. I know that my prayers have not been in vain and they never will be. And I will continue to wait on the Lord, as I believe He will bless me with the desires of my heart.

Doubting a PERFECT God.

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It is a yearly tradition for me to spend the last three days of the year at church in prayer and fasting. My church does this so that we can seek God and bring in the new year with focus. Last year, I decided to fast for those entire three days so that I would truly focus on God and what He wants for me in this new year of 2015. I remember one of those days while praying, God showed me a vision that to this day still brings tears to my eyes and reminds me of His greatness.

It was as if I was standing in the middle of a vast mountain structure. If I looked up it would be miles before I reached the top. And if I looked down it would be 50 times more miles to reach the bottom. Looking to the left I couldn’t see the end of the mountains. Looking to the right I couldn’t see the end of the mountains. Suddenly I felt how small I was in the middle of this nature. I looked all around me and felt like the most insignificant speck. That’s when God’s voice made me to understand this is how big God is compared to me. I began to weep. Here I am; small & powerless in the middle of God whose limits I can’t even see or recognize, and I am doubting the things He told me. He told me “Why are you doubting me?!” I began to understand that God did not want me to go into this new year of 2015 with doubt. He has said some things and His word will not return void. So why am I doubting Him?

Even as I revealed this vision to my church members who were around during this prayer I couldn’t stop crying. Because God didn’t tell me how great He is, He showed me in a way that I would understand. I was immediately humbled. God is a great God and His power is beyond the extent that we can ever imagine. He can LITERALLY do ANYTHING. He holds power in His hand and there is power in His word. Whatever He says will happen and HE is the decider of when. Not our good deeds, not our age, not our location, not our qualifications.

Saying “I won’t doubt God” is such an easy thing to say and the hardest thing to actually do. Sure for a couple of days or maybe even weeks, I remembered this vision and snapped out of my doubtful times. But somewhere along the line I began doubting God again. Don’t get me wrong, there is so much that God has blessed me with this year, I’m so thankful! He has shown me a lot of things and allowed me to do so much, I’m certainly blessed. But those things that haven’t happened, the things I’m still fervently praying for are the things that get me down. I know it isn’t right but that’s what brings me to what happened next.

Now usually when I fast during the week or any time where I can’t be in church 24/7, I have to keep myself encouraged with music and scripture. So as I was doing that this morning, I just happened to be watching a video from some youth in U.K. during a revival service. I’ve seen this video plenty of times but I love it so much because of the tenacity and vigor they are using to praise God. I thought to myself “God whatever it is they are looking for, waiting on you for, needing you for, God you have to answer their prayer. They love you, they have set themselves aside for you, Lord you have to answer them.” Then, with me being the emotional person I am, I start crying because I felt so much of God’s love. I know the reason they are praising God in this unapologetic, tenacious manner is because they KNOW the God that they serve will answer them. They aren’t sitting back wondering at this moment of the revival. They are praising God, sweating, losing their voice singing because they know God hears them and they find joy in being in His kingdom.

That’s when I was reminded of Psalm 19.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul

It is only GOD that perform those miracles. It is only GOD that blesses us with the favor we need in our time of need. It is only GOD that can heal. It is only GOD that can open and close doors. And if He has already said He will do it, what is there to doubt? Why are we still doubting what He can do? God is PERFECT. We are not. His judgement and His mercy are JUST and free from error. How can we doubt perfection? How can we look at something flawless and say, no this won’t be capable of doing what I need???

Verse 12 says “Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from secret faults.” Tell me who is bold enough to tell God where He messed up? Even in this though we have to ask for forgiveness because God makes no mistakes. It dawned on me that although there may be things I count as mistakes or things that I feel I am lacking in my life, God is perfect. If He allowed things to be there and other things not to be there, then He shouldn’t be questioned. I shouldn’t doubt Him either. He is perfect! He makes no mistakes! So that means if I’ve committed my ways to Him and prayed for Him to always be in control, I have to stop doubting because He has this under control. God knows what He is doing and doesn’t need my commentary, my opposition, and definitely not my doubt.

I am all GOD says I am. Cody Carnes & Gateway Worship

The song that helped inspire this post.

I am all that God says I am. Not whatever negativity I or someone else says.

God defines me.

Not my mistakes. 

Not this world. 

Only God.

But Your Scars Are Beautiful to God…

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”(1st Samuel 16:7)

Every so often in our walk— we look at our flesh, remember our past mistakes, listen to the negative opinions of others, and forget God’s grace. With all those distractions it is difficult to see ourselves in a good light.

I am the kind of person that becomes a lot more deliberate and persistent in my walk when I’m dealing with those kinds of emotions or going through a trial. As unfortunate as it is, it is the truth. Sure I go to church several times a week, I pray, I fast, but the frequency is more about habit than heart at times. But when I’m going through a trial, the pain humbles me back to truly serving God in completion. The pain that I’m facing quiets my spirit in a way that allows me to receive more from God. I pay more attention to the sermons in church, write notes, & listen with an expectant heart. Why? Because all I see is my flaws, my shortcomings and of course all the mistakes I have made in my past. I see my scars and I am ashamed. I don’t feel as confident as before because I’m looking at all my wrong. Then I start thinking of all the negative things others say about me and start to believe they are right. The feelings go from just humbled to flat-out defeated. I feel unworthy of anything good and just feel privileged to have God.

So here I am sitting in church last night with this mentality, listening to the sermon, feeling defeated but listening attentively expecting a word to help me through my current trial. And God in His infinite grace delivers the message through the man of God preaching that was what we call an “on-time word”. I was reminded of God’s greatness. I was reminded that God does not care about the past mistakes I have made. I need to forget them because the present is what matters. Presently, I am here humbled before the Lord in my heart and in my flesh, waiting for His guidance. God does not see the scars and the pain the same way I see it and definitely not the same way others may see it. The world may look at me as pitiful, as desperate, as lowly, as flawed, as dejected, as damaged; but the Lord God Almighty does not see me that way. Let’s be real here, God does not love us because we are perfect because we are not. He loves us because He is our creator. People look at your works and decide whether to love you whereas God looks at our hearts. No matter the mistake, no matter the past situation, what matters to God is that in the middle of this trial I am sitting in His house expectantly waiting for Him to speak to my heart. And that, even with all my past hurt and pain, with my scars and bruises, is beauty to God.

Forget what people are saying about you. Forget what people know (or think they know) about you. Ignore every negative word this world says about you. Lift your head up and block out every negative thought you have about yourself. No, you are not perfect but you are something. You are everything GOD says you are. You are the beautiful heart that God has given the grace to see another day in the land of the living. You are the child that has the mercy of God to try to get it right every day that you wake up.

I am a witness that completely forgetting your rotten past & mistakes is not easy but be reminded that God does not see me as that ugly, damaged, & shameful person. God sees those scars as beautiful and so should I. Beautiful reminders that without the pain of yesterday, I wouldn’t be blessed with the mercy & grace of today. My pain had a purpose! That pain I experienced was to help drive me straight into the loving arms of the Father who has a blessing for me.

2 Corinthians 5:9 (King James)

“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”

(NIV) “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”

It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life so much so that we find ourselves in places and positions we never envisioned being. Every accomplishment and step forward in our lives may not be intentional to us but if we abide in Christ, our steps are ordered. As we walk in our lives we may not even go to God asking for success in our jobs or school career but we owe it to God to be thankful. You may start off as a Communications major and before you know it, you’re working at one of the top TV stations in your state. Most believers have secular jobs (as in a career or job that is not full-time ministry) and that may very well be where God has placed us. Whether we are a nurse, teacher, or a mailman; we must remember to make our ways acceptable unto God. I learned a concept of living a double-life, but not being double-minded. You have your spirit man that knows your life belongs to God, but you also have to live in your fleshly body. (If we were all called to just spend all our days in worship without having to pay bills, eat, sleep etc we would be good! lol) You have to get up and go to work, and talk to your boss who may not be a believer. You have to be on a team project with you co-worker who doesn’t know or want to know God. You have to learn how to balance the two lives you have. Don’t get me wrong, you can be the “Christian Woman” in your office, but you still have to be sure to turn in your reports by call of business. Although you may want to just sit in your office and share the bible with unbelievers, you might want to get some work done so they won’t fire you.

The thing with having this balance in your life is making sure your actions and your lifestyle is never contrary to the Savior that you represent. Although you don’t have to walk in the office with your bible on your head and anointing oil in your purse, there should be no reason why people should see the same character in you that they would see in an unbeliever just because you aren’t at church. You may not walk up and down quoting scripture to your co-workers but you certainly always approach and deal with them with the love of Christ. Personally, I’m guilty of not always having love in my heart when dealing with co-workers because I lost sight of Christ when dealing with so many people who were vindictive and destructive. Working with so many people who don’t act like believers, I unfortunately started letting my fleshly side take over. To be honest, there is no excuse for not always walking in love in the workplace. If I can forgive and forbear my brothers and sisters in Christ at church, then I should be able to do the same in the workplace and with non-believers. It’s not easy but it WILL be worth it! Galatians 6:8-9 reminds us that if we sow (act) in the flesh, we will reap (get) destruction, but if we sow in the spirit, we will receive eternal life, and we should NEVER grow weary of doing good, because in due season, we will reap the benefits as long as we DON’T GIVE UP.

I believe wholeheartedly that we will ALWAYS reap the benefits of doing good and showing love to unbelievers. Our father in heaven sees our deeds and sees the things we do in secret, but he will reward us openly. (Matthew 6:4) It is not easy! But it is something to remember. Speaking as someone who worked and worked on patience and anger, it was hard for me sometimes dealing with people who would treat me badly or make me upset. My silence used to leave me feeling defeated and weak, but soon I learned just how hard,  honorable, and REWARDING it is to love those who hurt or persecute me. Before I knew it, the very people who treated me badly, started coming to me asking if I would pray with or for them. You never know how God wants to use you! 2nd Corinthians 5:9 is a reminder to always live my life, no matter where I am, in a way to please God. There is no excuse not to be a believer outside of church, so always let your actions and your lifestyle show that you are the child of a King. 🙂

Waiting For “Superman” (Directed by Davis Guggenheim)

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The documentary Waiting for Superman is a film that I am very familiar with. Not only have I used it in my research in the past, it is also one of my personal favorite documentaries in my collection. Informative, touching and inspiring, this documentary can truly change the minds and hearts of many critics of the U.S. school system. Although each state is different, I personally know the comments that are made and the systems in place when it comes to the public school system. I remember wanting to go to the better high school in the county rather than my neighborhood school and I couldn’t because of the neighborhood I lived in. In order to attend that school I had to pass a placement test which I did not score high enough on. However the similar test I took for the school in my neighborhood, I passed with flying colors. Although I went on to do okay in high school, and went on to college and even pursuing a postgraduate degree, many of my peers from high-school did not. This documentary to me is a reminder of what many students and parents have to endure for quality education and the powers that be that affect that education experience.

I believe it was Chancellor Michelle Rhee made the comment that in the end, this is all about the adults. The school system at times has less and less to do with the students and more to do with the teachers and school board. My only knowledge of a “union” comes from the Federal Government. Though I have little knowledge about the union, my understanding was that the union was in place to protect employees in the case they are wronged in the workplace. Thus far, my opinion of unions was positive. It was not until I saw this film that my mind soon changed. The teacher’s union is something that many teachers and so-called educators abuse. Seeing teachers fail the students in their classrooms daily and not be reprimanded because of tenure is absolutely appalling. It is unfortunate that because some teachers are only looking to remain employed, they will sacrifice their duty to teach the future leaders of America. The teacher’s unions, and the outrage about the schools and school closings have less to do with the students not getting a quality education and more to do with teachers not having a job.

In short, this documentary always inspires me. It inspires me to be a teacher; an outstanding quality educator. And even if I do not become an educator, it at least gives me the inspiration to volunteer with some after-school programs. This documentary always reminds me that all those inner-city public school kids are not just bad kids. Some of them are a product of circumstances and their environment. This documentary is a reminder to be a leader and a mentor for those who may not have the opportunity to attend a better school. I can always lead by example in showing that, although I did not attend the best public schools, I still made it to college and I still can strive for success. All it takes is the vision and the diligence to get there.

I was curious to know how the children from this documentary are doing so I took to google to find out. Recently, the children from the documentary met with President Obama and I believe they are all doing well. Below is a video update on two of the featured children.

Update on Anthony and Emily (via youtube)

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