Every man and young man should have a job. The Lord placed the first man in the garden to work because work develops responsibility. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15). A woman should know if a man is responsible before she enters a relationship with him. It is best to find this out before emotions are involved because emotions can get in the way of good judgment. Five of the most important words a woman can say to a man are “Do you have a job?” not because she wants to know how much he makes, but to determine whether or not he has had experience in shouldering responsibility.
Tragedy has once again struck our homeland, and once again we are tested in our resolve. The events at the Boston marathon are a clear indication that those who live in torment are seeking to use violence to torment others. Their evil intentions are to accomplish their depraved agenda through the sum of our fears. But we as a people are not so easily manipulated, because we are people of faith.
Men and women think and feel differently. This causes them to see the world from two different prospective. Man is often viewed as unfeeling because has within him the ability to suppress his emotions which makes it possible for him to deal unemotionally with the consequences of his actions. Unlike man, woman is an emotional being full of feelings. Her actions are centered on and influenced by her passions. The difference in the way men and women think and feel is a matter of heart and brain.
On June 22, 2013, my son Tim Jr. and his fiancé Shaunte will be joined together in holy matrimony. They are a beautiful couple with 2 beautiful children, Tim III, and baby Meia. The thought of my one and only son getting married has me looking forward to the day he jumps the broom. Although I have heard and used the term “jumping the broom” as a synonym for getting married, I never truly gave much thought to where the term originated.
Spring is in the air, and it is the wonderful time of the year when we start to shake off the dust of winter. As we begin to open the windows of our physical and spiritual houses, it is a good time to get our emotional house in order. What do we do when we get overwhelmed? How do we deal with the stress and the pressure that each day brings? How do we clean our emotional reservoir? We must learn to reset our emotional clock and refresh our spiritual reservoir. I call this process spring cleaning for the emotions.
[caption id="attachment_16606" align="alignleft"]L-R: Dequon Oliver, Jacob Deisch, Mike Johnson (owner), Mike Johnson Jr, Donald Chrisler Jr, and Greg Epps – Photo by Mike Johnson[/caption]“Do not despise these small beginnings, (Zechariah 4:10 NLT). This month my personal barbershop, Johnson’s Barbershop located at 5257 Chicago Ave S. in South Minneapolis celebrates 16 years in business, which is a major accomplishment worthy of recognition. I remember the first day I walked through those doors and the owner Mike Johnson (Big Mike) welcomed me in. Although I was new to the city, I felt like I had found my barbershop home. A couple of years later when my book “Men are Dirt” came out, Johnson’s Barbershop was one of the first places that openly supported and promoted my book.
Picture a man running a marathon. At some point that man will hit what runners call “the wall.” This is the point where the man’s body begins to rebel against him. His head, feet, lungs, and kidneys, and body all tell him that he is not able to continue. His mind also begins to revolt against him. His thoughts are now cloudy, and the thought of quitting is now at the forefront of his mind. But this man does not quit because his heart will not allow him to do so. His heart overrides what his mind and body is telling him. A man’s heart is the ruling factor in his action. His mind and body have no choice but to comply.
[caption id="attachment_16362" align="alignleft"]Timothy Houston[/caption]Loneliness is a harmful condition that can be caused by the fear of being alone, and / or an unhealthy view of self. Loneliness is a negative state because it equals you minus the other. It suggests that you are less when others are not present. It makes you dependent on other people instead of using your time alone to work on yourself. This is an indication that you may be placing greater importance on others than yourself. Relationship with other is a byproduct of “self,” and as a result, strengthening your self, strengthens your relationships.
March is Women’s History month. It is set aside as a time to celebrate those who have gone on before us and inspire those yet to come. This month will feature events and activities that will both educate the mind and uplift the spirit. It is also a time to prepare for the work ahead. Women around the world have overcome great odds, including that of domestic violence. That is why I am happy to be a part of the 5th Annual “Women Unite to Win” Women’s Appreciation Banquet schedule to be held Sunday, March 17, 2013. Domestic violence is an ugly little truth that has permeated our community.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom or “The Great March on Washington” was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. The march was planned and initiated by A. Philip Randolph, the president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, president of the Negro American Labor Council, and vice president of the AFL-CIO. Randolph along with a group of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations organized the march under the theme “jobs and freedom”.