Facing Your Selma – On The Edge of Revolution

Selma represents a shift in our thinking and a change in actions. No one ever got anywhere by doing nothing. When systems of bondage and injustice exist it is up to those living under and around those systems to step up to the plate and force change through meaningful action with all grace, humility and strength.

The Revolution will not be televised not because of powerful political pundits, socioeconomic status & gain or for the suppression and repression of a people because of a false sense of racial supremacy but rather an unwillingness to change one’s mind.

What is Selma? What does Selma mean to us? Is it still important? How do we apply the life lessons from the Civil Rights Generation to ours and ones to come?

Selma pushed and inaugurated the Civil Rights Movement into the national and international spotlight. It was the start of a march for equal voting rights in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, USA that ended in that state’s capital (it’s sad when people avoid history as if it never existed). What’s ever more We’llgladly go to the movies and watch American Sniper and shun Selma for sake of American Patriotism, when both are equally important – and Selma offering a greater contribution to the limited freedom that America is so proud to boast in. Needles to say, our country and culture benefit from the work and foundation that others laid before us in Selma. We cannot know where we are going until we look back and understand where we have come from. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@jeremyqbutler” suffix=”#selma #MLK #drking”]The March on Selma stood as a catalyst or a tipping point[/inlinetweet] that sent the nation into what appeared like “destruction and peril” to the proponents of an antiquated and unjust system. In contrast, it stood as a symbol of hope, freedom and a just and necessary cause to opponents of a system that perpetuated unfairness, discrimination and oppression.

What would happen if we personalized the Selma experience and applied its principles to our everyday lives without diminishing it’s historical value and relevance? What kind of results could we achieve in our families, businesses, organizations, work ethics and viewpoints?

One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from and where we are going. – Ella Baker

What Does Selma Teach Us?

  1. Change is inevitable and it is often met with resistance that is sometimes very painful to bare and observe
  2. st You cannot idly sit on the sidelines of history and expect results with no skin in the game
  3. Change takes courage. When truth is propelled into an idea, movement or atmosphere don’t be scared or afraid because the Lord your God is with you (Read Joshua 1)
  4. Strategically bring others into your dream and vision that God has given you. Often, a visionary will not always be the expert! Trust God to bring the experts to the vision he has given you so it may be executed in excellence

[inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”@jeremyqbutler” suffix=”#quote #samhouston #selma”]A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under. – Sam Houston[/inlinetweet]

What does Selma mean to you? And how will you apply the truths from this March to your life?

Kevin Caldwell Fights for the Dreamer In You

Who’s fighting for you?

I’m honored to know someone who fights for others… his name is Kevin Caldwell, my brother. When he was a youth pastor at a megachurch in Dallas, TX he reached out to me (myself being a youth pastor at another megachurch in the the area at the time) and we began to build a great relationship.

Our desires were practically the same; to see people become everything that they were meant to become. But what I lacked in confidence he aided me in Scripture, Friendship and Encouragement. My life changed and vision grew as a result of our friendship when he invited me to come to New York with him for a week in February 2008 to connect with other thought leaders and thinkers. He has a passion to see people succeed in every facet of life.

Kevin Caldwell is a Courageous, Resilient and Dynamic Leader whose education and experience has shifted him into the high gear of seeing others WIN!

Kevin Caldwell

El Centro

Associates in Business

What do you do?
I own a self development company that assist people with living in their highest potential.

What started you on your journey?
I grew frustrated with seeing numerous of people readily have faith and excitement for other people to achieve their dreams but those same people were either unable or unwilling to believe that they could use that same faith and excitement to manifest their dreams as well. So I set out on a course to alter poor perception and reducing belief.

When did you realize you could achieve your dream?
The moment I discovered that the passion I have for seeing others win, chose me to be that spark to ignite a fire of freedom for others.

What is a quote you live by?
[inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”@jeremyqbutler @kevincaldwell” suffix=”#greater #fight #appear”]I am greater than I appear to be.[/inlinetweet]

What is a tough lesson you learned? And how did you recover from it?
[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@jeremyqbutler @kevincaldwell” suffix=”#recover #bad #fear”]I learned that most losses aren’t as bad as they seem.[/inlinetweet] I remember wondering how I would survive a job loss and mortgage in foreclosure. The moment I changed my perception about the direction of my life, created a life saving belief system, and became clear about what I wanted, my life shifted.

What advice can you give aspiring, entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, artists and dreamers?
Dream Big. Start Now. Make adjustments along the way.

What’s next?
Releasing my first book which is a self guide on how to reach your potential daily.

How can people get in contact with you?
Web: www.theKevinCaldwell.com
Twitter: @KevinCaldwell
IG: @KevinCaldwell

Has Kevin Caldwell impacted your life? If so, leave your feedback in the comments below.

Believe and Enforce – 10 Bible Verses About Faith

I absolutely love and advocate positive thinking teachers because they motivate and give strategies to overcome any obstacle in proximity to you. But, I believe there is one thing that trumps and is more powerful than positive thinking in an age where POSITIVE THINKING is KING, and that’s the Word of God. I would like to think that I’m not a legalist in my approach to loving Jesus, living and then giving his love to others. However, I’ve learned over time that the best way to move forward in the matters of life is by faith and not sight. Having faith in God doesn’t mean we need to turn a blind eye to or limit our educational efforts or scale back our ambitions. On the contrary, it is an opportunity to do a few things among many that I can’t list here:

  • [inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”jeremyqbutler” suffix=”#jesus #lord #life”]Honor the Lord who gives life[/inlinetweet]
  • [inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”jeremyqbutler” suffix=”#Lord”]Make his Name famous among many[/inlinetweet]
  • [inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”” suffix=”#Lord”]Build us up and draw us closer to Him[/inlinetweet]

More, here are 10 Bible Verses about faith in action and in the now opposed to them being in some distant galaxy that I found helpful in the developing of my faith.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. – James 2:18 NASB
  2. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. – James 1:22-24 MSG
  3. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV
  4. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Luke 11:9 ESV
  5. Know well the [a] condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds; – Proverbs 27:23 NASB
  6. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. – Titus 1:16 ESV
  7. For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. – James 2:26 ESV
  8. Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned. – Matthew 7:15-20 MSG
  9. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. – Ecclesiastes 9:10
  10. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [a] lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, [b]dwell on these things. – Philippians 4:8

Things to Consider About Faith and Taking Action

  1. Belief without action is meaningless.
  2. If you don’t exercise Faith in the small stuff, how will you exercise it in the big stuff?
  3. As your faith grows so will the obstacles – but as a believer in Christ you’re an overcomer!
  4. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. – Hebrews 11:6

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God is Not a Random or Jump off but the God of Grace

God of GraceI submit to you today that God is not some random or jump off but the God of Grace.

I’ve purposely steered clear of mentioning God (with a few exceptions) on my blog over the years, but today is a different story. Today is a day of liberty for someone reading this. Today is a day that someone needs to get it right! Not the culturally “right” or “politically right” where we point fingers and have 3 to 4 pointing back at us. We’ve seen enough of that in our church, our communities and our political circles.

“Right”, as in… How is your heart with God? How is your walk with Christ?

Many, times we associate the God of the Bible with someone who is far off, distant, not relevant and not active in our daily lives. Or, if he’s real he doesn’t care or he’s constantly pissed and angry with us because of our sins or rebellious lifestyle. Our ideas of God that don’t derive from Scripture will come from some place…. the question is, what place will they come from?

When we keep God in a shoebox at the bottom and in the back of closet we limit him and his power. We limit God because of our unbelief, doubts, past experiences, family make up and sin(s). We only bring him out on special occasions like playing board games at family reunions, holiday gatherings or social events. More, we only open up the shoebox when we have a very desperate need; otherwise we fail to connect with him on a daily like he’s some random or jump off.

God is not a hoe. He’s no harlot that you can pimp whenever you need him.

God is GREATER THAN the box we’ve placed him in. Don’t put him in a box.

Let’s go Deeper

  1. Is Jesus who he said he was and is?
  2. How can a man claim to know him but is in the same place spiritually a year later?
  3. How can a man know him but not love his brother, sister and for that his enemies?

I believe God desires a deeper relationship with his people as evidenced in the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 19:38-20:9). He desires more… he desires our hearts to be committed to him. We cannot allow past relationships and mistakes to frame the only relationship that should matter into a shoebox he can’t get out of. Now, he is God and he can get out of the shoebox at anytime. However, Scripture paints a vivid picture of Jesus not being able to do any miracles because the people he went to heal and save had a lack of faith (Mark 6:1-6).

Have faith, heart and commitment. If you don’t have any of these, good because he has already addressed it!

“…for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13

God will give you the heart and the power to please him. Take heart and commit yourself, entrust your life and your plans to the Lord and he’ll establish and work it our for your good (Proverbs 16:3, Romans 8:28).

He gives grace to the humble
He resists the proud

He gives grace to the fallen, broken and weak
He restores the strength of his people

He gives grace to the distracted
He awakens and illuminates their minds and restores their identity

He gives grace to the confused
He gives direction and a peace that is unlike anything this world can give

He gives grace in grief
He comforts the hearts of men

He gives grace to the sinner
He calls all men to repentance and faith in him

He gives grace so men can know him and walk in the abundance of the things the world cannot provide.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 1:3