Daily Archives: January 17, 2011

The Dr. is IN

As in IN-depth, IN-sightful, and IN-teresting.  One of my blog buddies, Dr. Skeptic, dedicated a post to me on his blog, thoroughly reviewing and analyzing my blog, offering feedback and some suggestions.  I loved it!  It was fun and insightful to hear how someone else views my blog, from the posts, to the technical aspects such as the layouts and widgets.  Read his amazing review of my blog here.  And please check out his blog, Scepticemia.  His blog’s main focus is his journey in scientific medical inquiry, as he is a doctoral student  in India. But he does post other things, not medical related.

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Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Do you believe everything happens for a reason?

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

We have all been taught cause and effect at some point in our lives.  What we do, has some sort of effect, whether it is on us, others or something, there is an effect. What others do also can an effect directly or indirectly on us.

Here’s an example I found on another blog:

Almost every driver knows that for their car engine to operate properly it needs to have the proper amount of oil. If it runs out of oil, it will ruin the engine. So, if someone’s engine gets ruined for a lack of oil, was that just meant to be? Don’t things happen for a reason? Yes, and in this case, the reason was a lack of oil.

Hopefully, for that example, most will agree. But let’s try another example. I’ll stay with the automobile for this next example too.

Suppose you have a flat tire. Was it just meant to be? Everything happens for a reason. But, wait. Someone stops to help you with your flat tire and over the course of the changing of the tire, you say something to that person that really helps them.

Now there are some who will argue that the flat tire happened for a reason. They believe that God had a hand in it. He wanted you to be at a precise location at a precise time so that the other person would stop to help.

Regardless of who caused what, or if you agree or disagree with me, remember that in all of life we have choices. We can choose to be negative or we can choose to be positive. We can choose to help people or we can choose to ignore them. And we can choose to ask God if there is something special that He would have us do or say.  Bottom line is that whether you think things happened for a reason or not, there is always something that you could learn from the situation.


MLK, Jr. – I Have a Dream

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It seemed fitting to dedicate today’s post to him, to highlight his accomplishments and remind us of what we are honoring him for today.

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin.Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family.

In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate.In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate.In these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. and inspiring his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, a manifesto of the Negro revolution; he planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters; he directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, “l Have a Dream”, he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

His “I Have a Dream” speech delivered 8/28/63 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. – read it here or watch the video below.