Book Excerpt: Stand Back and Shut up! Um, No?

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve been working on the final edit of the final chapter of my book. Of course it still has to run through my publishers editing staff, but as far as I am concerned, most of major changes have been completed. I am working on page 10 of 31 this morning… finish line just ahead!

I thought you might enjoy the opening paragraphs of this chapter… so here it is!

Make Me a Legend

Chapter 17 Untame Yourself

Stand Back and Shut up!

We are powerful, yes. We have something to say, yes we do. Our lives should be modeled and our words should be followed. We are not perfect, but there is a something very special inside of us. Jesus said that we are the light of the world! He called us the salt of this earth and a city on a hill that should not be hidden. Every once in a while, we are provoked just about to the point of radical action, but we never actually make a stand. It has been so long since we’ve stood up (made a real stand) had a real voice in our society. We’ve been talked down, mocked down, and beaten down. We hide in our safe havens, sweltering in silent frustration, resisting the evilness of our day, but only through non-participation. Although the numbers are on our side, we are slaves to a wicked minority simply because we fear them. The whole universe watches and wonders how much longer we will stand back and shut up!

Long after the Civil War, equal rights were still nothing more and a far-fetched fantasy for most African Americans. All the way into the 1950s, segregation was still running rampant all over America. Who could have predicted the coming of one tiny spark and how she would set the whole forest ablaze? Rosa Parks was that spark!

On December 1, 1955, Rosa said, “Enough is enough,” when she refused to tolerate the segregation that demanded she yield her seat to a white man. News of Rosa’s legendary stand inspired a sudden and swift upheaval that prepared the way for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the beginning of the end of segregation. Rosa Parks is remembered for saying, “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in!”

Just like Rosa Parks, it seems that you and I have taken one too many walks to the back of the bus. In silent frustration, our fears are shriveling before the magnitude of our God-sized dreams. The fire inside of us is just about greater than the fire that rages against us. We are sick and we are tired of being dominated by this godless culture. We are tired of giving in! No sir, we will not stand back and shut up! Not today, or any other day. With this one tiny spark we will ignite the greatest spiritual awakening of all time!

Woooosh! Dear God, that gives me shivers… and I’m the person that wrote it! Your reaction?

Here is the perfect video for this moment, Jonathan David Helser, I Will Not Be Silent. It’s slow starting and it’s slightly bizarre… but it’s very WILD and passionate! It reminds me of Exodus 9:13 when God told Moses to confront Pharaoh: Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” Sometimes, I feel like the spirit of Moses is blowing through the air today. A generation is rising and they were born to confront the Pharaoh of their day! Let my people go! We are not afraid, we are not afraid, we are not afraid! Thus says the Lord, “Let my people GO!”


Here is mainstream version of my passion-for all of my mainstream friends. Desperation Band, I Will Go.


I just finish praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. Please leave your comments here on this blog site so that we will always have a record of your beautiful additions. Have a happy day everyone!

With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!


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8 thoughts on “Book Excerpt: Stand Back and Shut up! Um, No?

  1. I Love Rosa Parks, I Love people who quit being pushovers.

    Last nights orientation was empowering. Lola was very thorough. It put my mind at ease and gave me some oomph. And gave me answers I needed.

    I'm sick and tired of sitting down and shutting up, as if we're waiting for the world to approve tell us it's our turn. lol God is doing something in us and though it may be easier to stay hushed, it won't get us anywhere. The enemy wants to lull us to sleep with thoughts of the hippie free love, the kind that is leads to backsliding. God's Love isn't weak like that. Its possible to Love people the way we should without compromising our believes. We are learning that. It's time to push through the naysayers and show them how its done.

    Sometimes I think people really confuse being humble with being to passive!! I realize we all have different callings but come on people, we have (well I have at least) wasted time being too delicate and way too cautious in not wanting to offend. So from now on if God lays something on our hearts, it needs to be said, in Love of course.

    If you sit on the sidelines for too long you'll end up a water-boy instead of a quarterback. Why spend your life tip-toeing around when we were created to be more than ballerinas.

    Just some thoughts,


    • "If you sit on the sidelines for too long you'll end up a water-boy instead of a quarterback." WOW! Did you get that from somewhere or come up with that on your own? I might want to use it for my book.

      • I suppose it was my polite way of saying we (in church too) spend energy on flattering one another instead of being objective like a team with the same agenda.

      • Wow, I've pasted this into my book Mel… gave you credit of course. Also, I notice that you are a quotation machine! Maybe you will be interested in helping me find 17 quotes (one for each chapter). I'm looking for the most unique quotes I can get my hands on. Things that most people haven't already heard before. Let me know if you are interested.

        Emily… "speak up, speak loud, and speak out!" I love that!! 🙂

  2. Crazy. This is like an echo of a conversation I had last night with a dear friend. So many things have happen and are happening around us and the church has remained silent. We talk until we're blue in the face about what's wrong but how many of us have actually tried to be part of the solution? I hope the sparks a movement. Thanks for the reminder to speak up, speak loud, and speak out.

  3. So I had typed a reply and my computer decided to have a mind of it's own and when I went to submit I lost it all! So here is an abbreviated version. lol

    Mel first I love reading your replies every day!

    You hear the phrase "Why can't we all just get along?" In a perfect world we would but in today's time we need to stop being quiet afraid that we will offend someone by talking about GOD!! If they don't like it then it is their problem! He is MY GOD and I am not going to be silent. I am not saying be mean, rude or unkind, but we need to stop watering down the truth! We need to remember that we are the majority not the minority. This means stop acting as if we just bury our heads in the sand and survive till Jesus comes that it will be enough!

    We keep riding the current further away from our Lord instead of swimming upstream in the direction towards Him and away and against the current, the things of this world!!!

    Ok so now I have shared my 2 cents! lol

  4. Powerful! I can't wait to read the entire book. Too many thoughts to post here. I can relate to the challenges of writing. I can also relate to that feeling when you read something that God inspired, something you have hopes will bless many, and stand in awe that you wrote it. My chapter seventeen of my first book just got me a publishing contract. Wishing you the best. God Bless!