My predictions for #Wrestlemania31, where (c) means champion and ► points to who I think will be the victor:
Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship --► Brock Lesnar will lose via disqualification, but keep his title. (I really want Reigns to win the title though.)
Sting vs. Triple H --► Sting
Bad News Barrett (c) vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Bryan for the Intercontinental Championship --► Dean Ambrose
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt --► Bray Wyatt (unfortunately)
AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) --► The Bella Twins (if AJ Lee and Paige cannot work well together.)
Rusev (c) vs. John Cena for the United States Championship --► John Cena - WWE Universe
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins --► Randy Orton
#WWE // Get ready for #Wrestlemania!
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I sincerely pray for the safety of the members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon who were not on that bus when the racist chanting was taking place (and for their families as well) as they have been receiving various threats. I pray for the regional and national leadership of that fraternity, as I'm sure this is very difficult to deal with and beyond so embarrassing. I pray Oklahoma University can come to recover from this as the students and staff of the school band together for zero tolerance of racist antics. I pray for those two students who were of course directly involved and got expelled, that God would touch their hearts and lead them to repentance.
Racism in this country has been a severe issue for too many years as we all know. With the #BlackLivesMatter movement going on and all the controversy surrounding police brutality, I'll say this was a truly stupid thing for those members of the fraternity on that bus to do. Talking about blacks being n*****s and talking about them being lynched is NEVER a good thing. It's like you've crossed the line then. .... It's the 21st century people, but clearly some people are still stuck on ignorance and foolishness. Lord help us.
Even if black people use the word n***a in everyday speech or in music (which I don't totally agree with either), still, when people of other races use the n word, there is a certain sting you cannot take back. I'm sorry but because of the history of this nation, the words "cracker," "honkey," or other racial slurs directed at whites will not have the same level of sting and hurt because of their white privilege. They have access--on a systemic level--to certain resources and upward mobility. But when a white person, or any other person for that matter, calls a black person a n****r, all kinds of images about discrimination, deaths, and brutality directed towards blacks comes to mind and it's only natural for a rage in a black person to rise up. But we've got to make much more progress if we are to see real unity take place in this nation. Just my two cents. Peace.
Below is a link to the story about the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chant from the Oklahoma University chapter on a bus and the fall-out from it.
Trustees of SAE chapter apologize for racist chant: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/11/us/oklahoma-racist-chant/index.html
Leadership does not arise during comfortable, easy times. Great leadership often arises during chaotic, desperate times. The questions for every would-be leader or actual leader are these: How well do you handle pressure? How well do you handle difficult times? When chaos comes, do you see a bunch of obstacles or do you see a bunch of opportunities?
It is ok to wrestle with yourself from time to time. You have to take the time to do a personal inventory check to see what you're made of. Wrestle with your doubts, fears, questions, concerns, motives, and those things you might consider goals.
Sometimes before you go up against an external challenge, you must first take on an internal challenge. God allows times of testing to come to show you what you are made of, to get you to see how you really can make it in Him.
Pressure has to come on the outside of you so you can see whatever is inside of you come out. Bishop T.D. Jakes gave an illustration recently about toothpaste in a tube. He said that in order to see what's inside of a tube of toothpaste, you have to apply pressure to the tube or squeeze it to get the toothpaste to come out. If we are honest with ourselves, we'll admit that we don't like pressure. We don't like being pushed, or pulled, or squeezed. We don't like being uncomfortable. But I'd argue that those who have settled for mere ease and comfort are not doing things that will challenge them to grow and do great things. I am convinced that many people have yet to see greatness come out of them because they have yet to experience real pressure.
When pressure comes, don't settle for the status quo or shrink back to mediocrity. When pressure comes, stand strong and embrace it, for if you endure it, you can come forth like a diamond. Haters might have said you wouldn't make it. But from the trial of fire, you can come forth like pure gold!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.