*You’ve probably heard this from your mother – or maybe your grandmother: “It is better to give than to receive.” But did you ever truly adopt that philosophy? Is your life defined by your “gives” or your “gets”?, asks Miles McPherson, special Christian Post.
I know a young couple who married after knowing each other for only one year. For six of the twelve months before the marriage, he was deployed overseas. It didn’t take long for the rose-colored glasses to come off. Less than twelve months after sharing their vows, the mounting problems in their marriage seemed almost insurmountable. Suddenly, the person with whom he thought he had so much in common seemed so opposite and different.
It was not that either of them had drastically changed in the time since they’d met. But gone was the romantic love that had clouded their judgment during the first months of the relationship.
After living together for just over a year, they now marvel at all the ways they differ. He is social; she is reserved and shy. She is a morning person; he is a night owl. He loves to travel; she fears planes. He is tidy and organized; she is scattered and laid back. And the list goes on and on. They find themselves asking, “Why in the world did God bring together two people who are so obviously opposite?”
Read the full interview at the Christian Post.
*It’s finally coming to a city near you.
The one-man show that’s been talked about for quite sometime. “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” is hitting the road and will touchdown in 36-cities and will be stopping in Indianapolis, the same city that put him behind bars when he was accused of raping a young beauty pageant contestant. Mike Tyson is about to change the minds of many… maybe.
“At the time, I was living a pretty hectic life and pretty wild and I don’t know what would have happened if I had three more years of that life,” Tyson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Las Vegas. “So maybe that was, everything happens for a reason. You know, when I left prison, I did a lot better than when I came. So everything happens for a reason, everything’s a developmental stage in life, and I’m just going on this journey in life to find out what’s next.”
The one man show takes audiences on a journey from his early days in Brooklyn through to the ring victories and life defeats.
Some say the play appears to be an apology, but he makes it clear that he’s not apologizing to anyone.
*The Orange County Register reports that Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, who recently re-released his New York Times bestseller, “The Purpose Driven Life,” for the online generation, on Sunday joins Oprah Winfrey for a second episode of her show, “Oprah’s Lifeclass.”
On the show, Winfrey will talk with the mega-church pastor and address life’s biggest questions: ‘What on earth am I here for?’ and ‘What is my purpose?’ Warren and Winfrey will discuss the three levels of existence: survival, success and significance, and how to start living with more purpose. The show will also include an update on Ashley Smith via Skype, who in 2005 survived being held hostage by the Atlanta Spree Killer after reading Warren’s book to him.
Read the full story here.
Jessica Tata, 24, was found guilty of the death of a toddler in her home daycare that burned to death after she left them in her home alone while going shopping at Target, February 2011.
*It is so much harder to find qualified, caring daycare professionals to keep your children these days.
The most horrific accidents and murders have occurred at the hands of those entrusted to provide a safe environment for children.
Jessica Tata, 24, of Houston, Texas, was running her own home daycare when she decided to go to Target and shop. She left toddlers in the house alone and a fire broke out.
Neighbors listened to the children screaming for their lives as four of seven children burned to death in the fire. Those that were not consumed by the flames, were seriously injured, according to the Boston Globe.
The children’s ages ranged from 16 months to 3 years.
Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, 38, was sentenced to life in prison and his accomplice Kalandra Wallace, 25, was sentenced to five years in prison for running a sex trafficking ring in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia.
The sex predators of the world have taken a blow.
The women of Atlanta, Georgia, and several other states are safe from one sick animal and his female accomplice for the rest of his life.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, 38, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was sentenced to life in prison for running a sex trafficking ring in the Atlanta area that covered three different states.
U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell lowered the boom on Mustafa and his female accomplice Kalandra Annette Wallace.
*Everyone struggles at one point or another in life with saying “no.”
Whether it’s because we want to impress the person who is asking us to do something, or just have trouble saying “no,” that act in itself can really take a toll on an individual.
MadameNoire writer Jazmine Rogers knows this all too well as she grew up with the same habit and finally kicked it.
Here’s an excerpt from a piece in which she teaches us how to say “no.”
I am rarely ever opposed to being vocal about how selfish I believe my younger brother to be. His attitude is self-preservation above all else. Don’t get me wrong, he’ll do the occasional favor or two, but at the end of the day it is all about his wants, his needs, his pleasure, his car, and his girlfriend. But can you really blame him? That seems to be all most guys care about at 19 years old. I on the other hand am the exact opposite. I am always putting others before myself. I live, eat, and breathe with a favor or two, or three on my to-do list. People call on me for all kinds of favors from babysitting to borrowing money and somehow no matter how hectic my life may be at the moment I find it in me to muster up a yes.
Read more at MadameNoire.