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Quote of the Week: Valentine’s Day & Love Edition

February 14, 2011 1 comment

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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” 1 Cor. 13:4-8a

 

Today, all over the country and some parts of the world, people are taking the time to celebrate love and affection. The days leading up to Valentine’s Day tend to generate mixed feelings about it’s importance. Those in relationships spend time buying gifts or trying to come up with the perfect plans for that special person in their life. For those who aren’t in a relationship, this day has been coined by some as “Single Awareness Day”. I’ve noticed as I grow older, that there is a lot of backlash against Valentine’s Day for no reason at all; hating Valentine’s Day has become almost as popular as celebrating it. When we were children we looked forward to Valentine’s Day. Each year we would go out and buy cards for everyone in our classroom (sometimes setting aside one for someone we had a crush on). On occasion, we would make cards for our parents or members of our family with hopes of putting a smile on their face…. where has all the love gone?

I can understand some of the reasons people detest Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re single. People always mention the fact that we should celebrate love everyday and there’s no need to set aside a day for it. And, like most holidays it has become so commercialized that it’s perceived as another day for consumers to spend money. However, we don’t seem to have the same mentality when it comes to Mother’s/Father’s Day. We should celebrate life every morning that God wakes us up, but we go out of our way to celebrate our birthday each year. Now, I admit to adding fuel to the anti-Valentine’s Day fire in the past. This year, I refuse to do so. Instead, let’s take the time to celebrate and spread love to those who are important to us (and those who aren’t).

Unfortunately, a lot of people will never get a chance to experience true love (which I believe is well defined in the quote above). We have to make a choice to love and be loved. A lot of things prevent us from experiencing true love. I would attribute this mainly to a lack of understanding and fear. A lot of people don’t have a clear understanding on the nature of love. We were created by God to be lovers. There are several Greek words for love: Agape love which is a sacrificial love; another being Philia which is an affection, approval, or friendship kind of love; and lastly there is Eros which is where we get the idea of physical or passionate love. I’m of the belief that if we strive for and seek agape love first, the others will follow. A few years ago I came to the realization that I want the woman I end up with to love God more than she loves me. I want her to share a common understanding of the nature of God, which is love. His love is absolute and there are no limitations/conditions. It’s about loving God, than loving others as yourself.

A lot of people fear love because it causes them to change the core of who they are. It’s easier to stay the same and forgo any type of self-evaluation. Some are too stubborn to believe they need to change (which is why I said it’s a choice above), while others don’t see it as a priority. What we sometimes fail to realize is that our reason for being, is not about us. We should be striving to live a selfless life and you cannot truly love somebody you do not give yourself away to. This is not something that will happen over night, which is why we should be constantly striving to make ourselves better with each passing day (See: this previous QOTW). This week I challenge you to question your beliefs about love, develop a clear definition, and as apply it to your life.

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Truth Renaissance!

 

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Hit the jump for one of my favorite songs on the subject of love…

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Quote of the Week

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Previously: Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

“You do not have to pay the price to grow and expand intellectually. The mind neither requires it nor demands it. If, however, you want to experience the joy of discovery and the pleasure of plowing new and fertile soul, effort is required.

Light won’t automatically shine upon you, nor will truth silently sleep into you head by means of rocking osmosis…. it’s up to you. It’s your move.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

In Napoleon Hill’s “Law of Success”, he writes about the misconception of the meaning of the word educate. He explains that “the word educate has its roots in the Latin word educo, which means to develop from within; to educe; to draw out; to grow through the law of use.” We have transformed into a society that has allowed formal education to serve as the culmination of our epistemological pursuit. As I’ve stated before, we should be constantly educating ourselves and putting forth effort to grow in all areas of our lives.

We’re all aware that if you don’t use your muscles they become weak. The same applies to our mind and our thought process. If we do not challenge the way we think or revisit our worldview through meditation and reflection we subject ourselves to an illusion of wisdom. Also, as Mr. Swindoll so eloquently states, we prevent ourselves from experiencing the joy and freedom that God intends for all of us. I’m of the belief that once we begin to seek truth, it will present itself; however, growth takes action. Nature hates idleness in all forms.

This week challenge yourself to get into the habit of taking time out to educate yourself. If you are experiencing difficulties in any area (e.g. financial, spiritual, or relationships), remember its up to you to take the necessary steps. A lot of times we’re not waiting on God to move in our lives, He is waiting on us.

 

 

The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. – Proverbs 16:9

 

Previously: Quote of the Week x Earl Graves

Quote of the Week

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

We keep going back, stronger, not weaker, because we will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful, there is no other way.”

– Earl Graves

Quote of the Week (Book Club Edition)

October 4, 2010 1 comment

One must never stop reading. Read everything that you can read, that is of standard knowledge. Don’t waste time reading trashy literature. The idea is that personal experience is not enough for a human to get all the useful knowledge of life, because the individual life it too short, so we must feed on the experience of others.

– Marcus Garvey

Alright, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. Life is kind of crazy right now, but in a good way. I promised before that I would be making some changes and posting more. Although, I’m a little behind schedule I finally have had some time to make some updates to the site. Beginning with The Book Club, where you can find a list of some of my favorite books. Also, you can finally expect an update to About the Renaissance very soon! In the mean time, keep checking back because I will be moving ahead full steam this month.

Sidenote: Looks like I’ve reached 4,000 hits today. I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit The Truth Renaissance. The best is yet to come, I promise! Also, I saw “Social Network” last night and it was a great film. I definitely recommend it. Hope everyone has a safe and blessed week! Keep seeking the Truth.

ONe1

 

Quote of the Week

August 22, 2010 Leave a comment

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Bill Cosby

This is the 2nd time I’ve quoted Bill Cosby, but I ran across this today and I figured it’s fitting for how I’m feeling right now. Also it gives me a reason to post the two videos below.

I’m still very busy with a lot of different things so please excuse my absence of late… I’m preparing for some major life events. Also, expect some changes to The Truth Renaissance very soon. Hope everyone has had a great weekend and have a blessed week!

Sidenote: The Truth Renaissance is now on Tumblr, so check out that blog here: TheTruthRenaissance.tumblr.com. That site is really just to display random pictures and things I love. I call it my blog of aesthetics (look it up).

Hit the jump for another classic Cosby Show moment featuring my favorite artist, Stevie Wonder.

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Quote of the Week: Celebration of Life Edition

August 10, 2010 1 comment

“The unexamined life is not worth living….” – Socrates

This weeks quote is inspired by the celebration of another year on this earth (i.e. my Birthday). I was blessed to figure out my purpose a few years ago. There are a lot of goals that I have accomplished, and God willing a lot more left to set and complete. Figuring out my purpose was the most important achievement by far because it lays the foundation for everything else in my life. We should all take the time to really examine ourselves in order to make this world of ours a better place. If you really want to see change it begins with each individual looking inward and making a CHOICE. We are all familiar with the scripture, “to whom much is given, much is required in return” (Luke 12:48). That not only applies to monetary and material things but also to the wisdom/knowledge we have acquired.

As Gandhi said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. You can apply this to all areas of life. Whether it be developing meaningful relationships with others, taking time out for personal development, or even something as simple as taking time to give thanks to God and to those around you.

We should never stop growing and education should be a life long pursuit. Never be afraid to question things and be able to give a defense for what you believe.

Last week my pastor said, “Too many people try to hold on to things they cannot keep, and reject what they cannot loose”. Don’t let life pass you by without taking the time to really think about your purpose and make a choice to seek Truth. Again I’m thankful for another year and I thank any and everyone for visiting The Truth Renaissance…..

Life is good, God is great!

– Benjamin A. Pete

ONe1

Sidebar: I still have a lot of my plate but as I said before, expect a lot of changes and updates coming in September!

RIP Louis