This applies to everyone but especially to those of us in Customer Service. It doesn't matter if your boss is an jerk or if you "can't stand" the customers who asks silly questions. Our work is our ministry. According to Thomas Sowell, author of Economic Facts and Fallacies, "Many things reduce the demand for inner city workers, including wage rates set higher than their productivity and things the reduce productivity, such as deficiencies in education and attitudes. p 23"1 Thessalonians 4:11 "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you."
2 Thessalonians 3:12 "For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either."
River East residents should not be dependent on goverment handouts. We should work, like every other ethnic group in DC. We can not all become NBA stars or Keisha Cole. Let's find respectable professions and provide for our families and communities.
Proverbs 22:7 "Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender."Proverbs 22:5 "Steady plodding brings prosperity but hasty speculation brings poverty."
Luke 16:11"So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?"
We need to make sound financial decisions that will allow us to build multi-generational wealth. We need to avoid student loans, homes, and cars we can not afford. We should begin saving now and not tomorrow. Not sure how many people fell victim to the housing burst, but this proves the penalty of "hasty speculation." And most importantly, we have to take care of the gifts the Lord has already given us. If we don't collectively preserve the community the Lord has placed us in, why would He bless us with new communities centers, businesses, and schools?
1 Peter 4:15 "Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler."
Proverbs 18:22 "He would finds a wife finds a good thing."
Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."
Social reform begins in the home. We can't control the world around us, but we can control our homes.
The black church needs to guide us to build strong families, blossom in our careers, and create godly wealth in our communities. We need to stop being victims and be victors. Instead of being defensive against whites, gentrifiers, yuppies, etc, we need to LOVE them and build stronger communities with them. For the bible says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."