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Success On “The Way”… Ask Dr. Jeanette: You Can Have The World…
By Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D.
Published October 19, 2017

Dr. Jeanette Parker

You can have it. You may have to sell your soul as it gobbles you up. “You Can Have The World”, Lyrics by Cameo go like this:..”If you wonder why I understand, Take the time to comb your hair, Wash your face and hands, Look the best you can, It takes a minute to find, Success and a peace of mind If you harp it you can do it, If you put your heart into it, Just get a picture in your mind, …And chances are you’re gonna find, You can have the world, If you want it..” …Jeremy Camp and Fernando Ortega’s lyrics are the same…

You Can Have the World, but “Give Me Jesus”: “In the morning, when I rise; Give me Jesus. You can have all this world, Just give me Jesus. When I come to die, Give me Jesus. You can have all this world, Just give me Jesus.” Why they want the world? What’s the motive. One can have what they want, but they may not want what it brings. Not by any means intending or attempting to be a juror or judge but some people see themselves now embattled in the public all over the news all over the world, accused of allegedly committing detestable acts: Mr. Weinstein and Mr. Cosby are two known public examples. I don’t know what they wanted. Did they want the world? Huuum. Only a person knows what’s in their own heart. Their actions may be hidden; words spoken reflect the heart.

No one can serve two masters. One of them you’re just hanging onto to attempt to fool people as a cover up; deception and the other one you really love. You can’t be loyal to the two. It’s impossible! Competing interests seek undivided loyalty, competing ferociously, wrestling combatively. Like oil and water never mixing together. Some people consciously seek public recognition and fame. Just because a person is publicly known doesn’t mean they consciously sought fame. Things happen and the person may be seeking what they know best. Solomon didn’t seek fame and riches. God chose to give him wisdom, fame and riches because he was humble in his requests. That’s how it works sometimes. God makes choice too. In looking at the two competing interests of diverse loyalties, there is no way they will ever be compatible; because they’re on two different tracks. At some later point in time, those tracks will diverge and go two different directions. Those two competing pathways, one of them will die out and the other one will overtake. You can only deceive and double talk for so long. There is no such thing as part-time loyalty. It’s sort of simple, there can only be truth or deception, two universal principles. Teach the children.


Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D., Superintendent Today’s Fresh Start Charter School; Speaker. All rights reserved copyright: Will You Marry Me; Inquiring Minds Want to Know.; [email protected]

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