Back in the day, on the dirt courts of Eight Mile and Mt. Vernon, Alabama, you were said to have "hops" if you could jump really high. "Hops" got you rebounds. "Hops" helped you to block the shots of opponents. "Hops" enhanced your chances of getting the ball in the hoop. Ultimately, "hops" helped you to win.
In life we are faced with all sorts of opposition, obstacles, and hurdles. These are the things that get in the way of life, block our paths to success and happiness, and often confuse our views of what's meant for us. Long story short, life throws hurdles at us every day. There are very specific paths and walks of life meant for each and every one of us. I tend to call it the Will of God. Whether you believe or not, I can pretty much guarantee that every human feels some extent of purpose in their beings. We are meant for something, no matter how big or small. We all have purpose.
I'm not sure about any other deity, but God, Creator of Heaven and Earth blesses us with Hops for the Hurdles. We have every capability of jumping over any hurdle thrown on our paths. Even when we make wrong turns and find ourselves on courses to cliffs and abysmal chasms, we have the ability to hop back onto the right track. Remember, "hops" gets you rebounds! "Hops" gets you blocks on adversity's attempts! "Hops" gets you victory!!
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Love will always find itself the enemy of the hearts, minds, and souls not governed by it. Some say and think that Love is tough. The Governor, Love, is not tough and has never been tough. What makes Love so seemingly tough is our very own, selfish contentions with it. We don't want to forgive people, pray for people, help people, and do good for people we don't like or who have done us an injustice. Holding on to ill in our hearts is like cutting of our oxygen supply. Eventually, life is lost, when we refuse to breathe the air of Love. Love is life-sustaining. For Love is God and God is Love.
I think about the times in my life when I prejudged individuals as persons I could never like, let alone love; folks who would never be my friend. Then, I think about the times when I was placed under the circumstances of getting to know these "non-friends", only to have them become some of the best and most loyal friends I've ever had and known. Imagine the days, weeks, months, and years of a good friendship and more life, lost to prejudice. Love didn't dictate that I not like these people in the beginning. I did that of my own volition. In times past, in my own dissensions with Love, I found myself an enemy of my own heart and soul. That is certainly no way to live. Not only is there an internal deterioration, there is negative effect on those closest to you and those relationships. It's simple, in my mind. Life is simple, when we allow it to be. Yet, it's tougher today, due to traditions of hate and division that have been passed down for centuries, that we can't seem to shake or build a unified front against.
We, the people, make it tough to Love, but Love is not tough at all. Let it be your oxygen, as Love IS your life! For God is Love, the Governor.
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE."
-1 Corinthians 13-
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams