Confession Moment #9: The Audacity of Public Officials


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As I wrote last month, my creative juices were in a state of flux and frustration.  In retrospect, I needed time to simply sit under the Tree of Life and listen to the messages flowing from my heart.  There have been some new insights, some new valleys, some new mountains, some new hopes, some new dreams, and some new realities.  Some of it blows my mind.  Some of it warms my heart.  Most of it provides the needed strength to carry on in my quest to understand the will of God on and over my Earthly and temporal life.  Not since 2010, has God been so real to me as he is now.  Back then, I wrote my thoughts out privately only to learned publicly so many others shared the same thoughts.  The unspoken understanding of my connections with and to the Body of Christ continually astonishes me.  If I am honest, my understanding of the power of God exists on different planes of understanding and knowing.

For this reason, I am practicing my teachings and lessons learned.  I adhere now to one of the greatest lessons my spiritual teachers deposited into my spirit throughout my life-cycle. The Word of God, should never be rushed or purposefully revealed until complete.  Relationships die, otherwise.  Spiritual growth dies, otherwise.  Healing takes a backseat, otherwise.  There is much I have to say, but only when God lifts the flood gates.  All of it reflects, holds true, and manifests through my daily encounters with God’s children more and more each day.

In the meantime, expect more posts on my continued struggle, adjustment, and full acceptance of the call on my life as I grappled with my inheritance of a spiritual mind. I openly declare, “I am grateful for and humbled by the experience”.

For now, I am sharing a post I posted on my personal Facebook page earlier this week.

 

 

Today’s confession moment centers around my early voting experience this past Monday.

Today, I took part in the general election voting cycle for early voters. There is an interesting request of our city officials. They are requesting a raise in income. Specifically, for all current and future councilmembers they are seeking a bump in salary to $60,000 a year.

In addition, the proposition includes a request for future mayors of the City of Dallas to $80,000 a year, in the event, they are elected while holding another City of Dallas office.

Proposition No. 8. reads as follows:

Increasing Compensation for the Mayor and Councilmembers. Shall Chapter III, Section 4(a) of the Dallas City Charter be amended to increase compensation for councilmembers to $60,000, effective upon the swearing-in of city council members in June 2015, and for the mayor to $80,000, effective upon the swearing-in as mayor of a person who did not hold the office of mayor on November 4, 2014?

Initially, I felt a slight rage growing in my belly. For one, the proposition is 8 or 9. If you are bold enough to ask for a 60 percent increase in salary at least be bold enough to put it in plain sight and not at the end of the ballot. Especially, considering the average corporation will only offer you a 1% to 5% annual merit increase assuming they are unable to find a justifiable exclusionary excuse to honor their standing policies on the meager raise that is.

The minimum wage for the average citizen of Dallas County is $7.25 per hour or $15,080 per year. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins proposed an increase for contract employees employed by the City of Dallas back on March 24, 2014 of this year. The proposed pay rate was $10.25 per hour or $21,320 per year. I recognize the proposed increase, still misses the mark. Many would still fall beneath the true poverty lines set by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Here is a current poverty base line list as of January 24, 2013 available on DHHS’ website: 1 person = $11,670; 2 people = $15,730; 3 people = 19,790; 4 people = 23,850; 5 people = $27,910; 5 people $27,910; 6 people $31,970; 7 people = $36,030; 8 people = $40,090, and for each household-member over eight the DHHS recommends you add $4,060.

I didn’t see an increase for the average City of Dallas resident on the ballot.

Hmm…

Bear with me for a minute with the math. Let’s suppose for a minute the average family is 4 people. Each family member of the starving family of 4 has $5,962.50 to live on throughout the year or $496.86 a month. If they pool their money together for an average 2 bedroom apartment according to the allowed amount under Section 8’s Rental Certificate Model their rent will be $800 per month, but their model includes utilities in the rental calculation of $800 a month, which most apartments do not provide as part of their rental agreement. Let’s continue the same level of generosity as DHHS. We will assume the unnamed family of 4 can procure electricity, phone service, water/sewer service, and rental insurance for $400 a month.  Before they even consider food, a family car, or public transportation costs their monthly expenses for rent and utilities are at $1,200 a month. Now each family member has $196.88 dollars for the month. Which takes priority? Food, clothing, transportation, health insurance, or none of the above

Don’t judge the one’s looking for a numbing effect with alcohol or drugs. After all, it is about all they can afford to cope with their harsh realities, because not everyone believes in God anymore. His methods and teachings rarely surface anymore in governments or politics unless the sayer is attempted to constrain the rights of the people.

Currently, Dallas Councilmembers receive a salary of $37,500 per year. However, most councilmembers have other sources of income earning 3 or 4 times their meager City of Dallas salary. Let’s continue our mindset of generosity in our calculations for a moment as DHHS is with the mass populace. Suppose the average councilmember only manages to double their City of Dallas salary to $75,000 per year. The same councilmembers’ family of 4 receives $18,750 per year or $1,562.50 each month.

The basic difference: the average City of Dallas councilmember receives $12,787.50 more per year per family member than the average City of Dallas resident. By the way, research the last 4 or 5 years of corrupt politicians in the City of Dallas. $75,000 is a low ball figure.

My point in all of this is an insurmountable level of audacity of our public officials, in light of the current state of our economy for any self-respecting City of Dallas Councilmember to propose a wage hike without at least putting forth a similar proposition for the least of us. And, please do not be fooled by Proposition No. 4 my fellow same gender loving family, friends, and Face bookies. We are already a federally protected class after the Supreme Court decision of 2013. Stop waving carrots and calling them lobster.

I am utterly offended, because many unsuspected voters will vote for the proposition while they debate a $1.00 cheeseburger from McDonald’s or a 10 piece chicken nuggets from Burger King for $1.49. Some of us believe the reference to the blind refers to a spiritual blindness. Not true, sometimes we are civically blind. Voting for Proposition No. 8 while in financial poverty makes you civically blind and spiritually deficient for your fellow-man, woman, and child. Yes, I said it and I meant every word.

I am through.

Stay blessed and alert.

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Day 278 – An Omnipresent God (Revised)


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Could you really live a life where your every move and word were pre-designed?

A place where God actually showed forth his power, his majestic omnipresent,  his full knowing of things to come, and his promise of forever; here and after the temporal Earth.

What would it look like?

How would you cope with such a reality?

How would you coexist in the Netherlands of the world ?

How would you live knowing a book full of words left the page and entered your heart, long before you spoke your very first verbal word?

How would you…

Could you?

And, what would it say about your faith, if you found out you could not handle the power, the majestic omnipresent,  the full knowing of things to come, and his promise of forever?

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Day 277 – A Focused and Futuristic Mind


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Wondering about the past when you still have a future to live may create a nostalgic state of mind.   However, it is still the past and not your future.   A futuristic mind creates a focused mind and targeted future of potential realized. Live for today with a focused and futuristic mind and save the nostalgic mind for family reunions.

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Day 276 – Abandon Car


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Life is challenging.  Life was never designed for the weak.  Life was never designed for those unwilling to hunt and live off the land.  God’s creation for life on Earth focuses on the strong at heart, the strong at will, and the strong of mind.  Failure is refusing to acknowledge we are from a great power source and the same power seeps through every fiber of our being.  Weakness is a lie.  Weakness is a form of voodoo made up of old wise tales.  Weakness is a blackout of the power source within.  Weakness forsakes your royalty claim to the one who designed you for more than government handouts, pauper wages, abusive relationships, or anything hindering you from claiming your royal status in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  Life can exist or life can linger on like a driverless car.

Have you abandoned your car?

Has your vehicle rear-ended or side-swiped someone else’s car?

Is your insurance premium paid up?

We walk aimless in our abandon cars rarely looking up from the passenger seat only to realize we ran out of gas and never stopped to refill.  Today, might be the day to revisit the gas station you passed several miles on your journey to nowhere, but hoping to get somewhere.

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Day 275 – Boiling Point


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Everyone has a boiling point.   There is some obscure inane object, person, or situation capable of transitioning even the most nurturing person to simply boil over.  There is a place in each of us capable of volcanic activity.  There is a place in each of us few people will ever know or fully understand.  There is a place in each of us hidden from the world.  There is a place in each of us, once ignited is difficult to squelch.  There is a place in us wrought with internal flames waiting for just the right igniting.  It is a place, I pray you never find.  It is a place where both life and destruction occur.  It is a place dreams form and break.  It is a place hope is lost and found.  It is a place like no other.  Your boiling point is a place of solace and solitude.  It is in this place reality meets faith.  It is in this place your walk becomes who you profess outwardly and inwardly.  It is a place we avoid, but on occasion should visit at least once, to understand this one truth.  Your boiling point is not your breaking point.  Your boiling point is your restore point.  Your boiling point is an indicator telling you it is time to reevaluate your defenses and fortify your household.

Are you in the boiling point or fortification stage?

What are your plans going forward?

Are you willing to risk it all for what lies ahead?

Can you let go of it all for what rests on the other side?

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Day 274 – Meditation Series: Writer’s Heart


I wrote this meditation on April 12, 1997 at 1:00 am.  Three years out of high school. Two years into life outside of my parents home.  I was more confused about who I was or what I would become.  I knew I held a purpose.  God began to place specific people in my life who confirmed a greater destiny than the little black girl for the south side of Dallas.  I held on to it all.  I researched various religions.  I dabbled in things I had no business dabbling in, I thought.  They all created the child of God I am today. They all helped me during one of the most difficulty battles of my life.  The things spoken into my life bore a great truth, which is still unraveling, today.  I have so many of these writings.  Surprisingly, it has only recently occurred to me, God’s Holy Spirit speaks to me in my writings.  And, so even when exhausted, frustrated, or otherwise not myself, I will continue to write.

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Life’s greatest challenges when completed become life’s greatest triumphs.  My heart weighs heavy this eve.

My mission statement for the day:

We are all on a trip, following different road maps, but to the same destination.  I will be ready to lend a helping hand to a troubled traveler today.  It will breathe new life into my personal walk home.

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Day 273 – Meditation Series: Royal Omelet


The Royal Omelet meditation is the last addition to the meditation series began during the summer and fall of 2010. Have no fear, I have no intention of stopping this series as God breathes new life into my writer’s heart.  Enjoy!

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Living a life destined for greatness is comparable to holding a newborn baby for the very first time and looking into their eyes.  In both, possibilities exist.  There is a potential for endless opportunities.  There are visions of future manifestations, which are shimmering toward the brim of a joyous reality as it reaches its zenith.   Yet, the path to achievement is hidden by the trials of fit for duty.  Seeing a cracked egg and envisioning a royal omelet requires innovation and a chef’s touch.  Meet my chief chef, father God.  I once was all yoke and today, I rest upon the king’s plate a truffle crusted royal omelet.

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Day 272 – Meditation Series: Traveled Road


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The road less traveled is most often the road designed and preordained by God for your deliverance.  Leaving the road most traveled is the greatest test of faith.  It requires an unwavering faith in God to excavate the shrubs, trees, rocks and stones, cut through the valleys, or spread out the mountains; but to know he will lift you above it all if you see your wings instead of your path.

We are his angelic agents within the Earth, if we lack the belief in his power; how can we bring others into the fold?

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Day 271 – Meditation Series: Compromise


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We walk through life striving to compromise for the sake of peace.  Somehow in the process we lose a piece of ourselves.  Someone recently asked, what is the difference between a compromise and self-devaluation.  My response spiritually inspired:  Compromise is altering one’s preference to accommodate another.  Self-devaluation is allowing another to violate your fence to keep up the neighborhood connection.

Have you allowed someone to infringe upon your property rights?  If so, make a plan to recover what should not have been given or taken?

 

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Day 270 – Meditation Series: The Essence of Light


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Light is transformational.  Jesus is the light of the world.  He came, lived, walked, died, and through resurrection he transformed the world.  He did.  We are miniature version of Jesus in the Earth.  We are thus, also light.  Is your light hindering progression or transforming depression through elevation of your inner lighthouse.  The light never diminishes.  It is our lack of spring cleaning that covers the windows within from shining the light with-out.

 

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Day 269 – Meditation Series: Grocery List


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Consider the grocery list of your heart.  Now ponder the words from your mouth’s grocery basket.  Most often what you place in your heart eventually travels to the storage of your stomach.  The aroma will seep out your mouth.  Oh what a blessing it would be and a gift to self to check our heart’s grocery list before preparing dinner for others?  If I check my plate, I have less time to devour yours.

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Day 268 – Meditation Series: Signature Ring of Trust, Faith, Knowledge, and Character


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My Alma Mater has a signature class ring.  It is the only available version of the class ring to deserving graduates.  At center rests a cross in an oval setting.  On the left side of the cross the word truth begins the story of a Servant Leader.  Immediately after the word truth rests the word faith.  Directly beneath faith on the lower right hand section of the cross is the word knowledge.  Adjacent to knowledge on the lower left hand side of the cross is the word character.

I have reflected countless times about the interlinking of these four words.  My mediation produced: a trust in God creates an ability to have faith in God’s purpose.  Inspired by faith in God, we gain knowledge of who God is, in us and throughout the universe.  Through our knowledge of God, his seekers and actionaries show the character of God.  We are Servant Leaders.

What does the composite of trust, faith, knowledge, and character mean to you?

 

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Day 267: Meditation Series – Trust in God


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Trust in God with all your might. Before you can learn to trust God, you must learn to know God.  When you know God, you realize his character.  When you view his character, you experience his governance in supreme sovereignty.  It is here we earn trust and our lives are transformed.  Some call it rejuvenation in its purest form of exfoliation of spiritual waste.

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Day 266 – Meditation Series: Belief


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Belief in one’s self is futile without trust in the source of active production.  Belief in others is risky without faith in the inner being light others have.  Belief in an institution is belief in rocks, stones, clay, plaster, and with no motivator to carry the torch with the lighter.  A belief in God encompasses all you need.  Yet, few people seek the one true originator of the impossible possibility of an exceptional producer capable of defying the impossible through a belief in the infinite sovereign benefactor.

 

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Day 265 – Meditation Series: Reflective Living


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Live long enough and life will provide you a map of how much learning you have left to carry out.  Seek long enough and God will show you how much he has to offer.  Pray long enough and the inner being will develop its character in you.  Walk long enough in these truths and experience transformational ministry through reflective living.

 

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