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You Haven’t Done Nothin’

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I’ve played musical instruments ever since I was deemed “ready.”  At my elementary school we were allowed to begin instruments in fourth grade and I could not wait to get my hands on one.  I started on violin but soon got bored and switched to cello.  In fifth grade I saw Dizzy Gillespie on “The Cosby Show” and switched to trumpet so I could be like him.  I played trumpet throughout middle school and high school and somewhere along the way began fooling around on the piano as well.  By senior year, music had become a major part of my identity and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my future.  I wanted to use music as a means of doing something.   I just had no idea what that ‘something’ was or what it even looked like.

During Christmas break of my senior year, my Aunt Janice saw my passion for music and was inspired to give me her entire vinyl collection.  We’re talking crates of the best R&B/soul albums ever recorded.  One of those albums was “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” by Stevie Wonder.  This album is brilliant lyrically, vocally, sonically, everything-ly.  Listening to it helped define what I wanted to do with my talent.  It showed me the importance of using your gifting for a greater purpose.  Stevie wasn’t singing songs like “Birds of Beauty” and “They Won’t Go When I Go” for kicks and giggles.  He was using his music to make a statement.  I decided that if I couldn’t use music to affect some portion of the earth in a positive way, I didn’t want to use music at all.  The song from “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” that affected me most the was the first song on side two-“You Haven’t Done Nothin’.”

“You Haven’t Done Nothin’” is a political song squarely aimed at President Richard Nixon.  The song was released just as Nixon was suffering from the outcome of the Watergate scandal. With lyrics such as “We are amazed but not amused by all the things you say that you’ll do,” Stevie is holding Nixon accountable for promises that went unfulfilled.  For extra impact, he enlisted label mates The Jackson 5 to sing background vocals.  Understanding that their voices would be heard when the average American’s wouldn’t, two of the biggest acts in the country spoke on behalf of the country.   If that’s not using talent for a greater purpose I don’t know what is.

“You Haven’t Done Nothin’” became Stevie Wonder’s fourth number one single in November 1974.  Yet of all his singles, I’d venture to say this one gets the least amount of radio play.  I’ve been a faithful listener of some of the best oldies stations in the country and I have never heard a DJ spin this song.  Coincidentally, the song made one of the biggest drops from number one in music history.  I don’t know the reasons behind the drop or the lack of airplay, but I do know this song is more than worthy of being excavated.

I believe that everyone of us has at least one talent.  Maybe it’s not music.  It could be sports or drama.  Maybe it’s interior design.  Perhaps it’s performing surgery or teaching kindergartners.   Regardless of what it is, I want to know what you’re using your talent for.  Are you using it for a greater purpose like Stevie Wonder?  Are you giving a voice to someone who isn’t being heard?  Do you have a responsibility to use your talent to benefit others or are you using it for yourself?  Are you unsure of what to do with your talents like I was before I discovered “Fulfillingness’ First Finale?”  You all have been creating great conversation on this site.  Let’s keep it going!   See you next Monday.

P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the song as well.

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56 comments on “You Haven’t Done Nothin’

  1. Michelle Alston
    June 18, 2012

    I’ve never heard this before but now I absolutely love this song! Great excavation PopE! Everything about it is on point. Musically, vocally, lyrically. This song really puts a spotlight on how much music has changed over the past two decades. It is rare that you hear such blatant statements addressing real issues in popular music. Outside of Indie Artists most music lacks this type of depth. This is definitely going into rotation on my iPod.

    • PopExcavators
      June 18, 2012

      I agree the popular music lacks depth. The thing that’s cool about this song is that it’s a “message” song but you can also get funky with it!

  2. Rodney J
    June 18, 2012

    I’ve listened to and sang along with Stevie hundreds of times and honestly never knew this purpose of the message in the song. Stevie is one of the few artists ever in history to speak out on political and social issues of his time. That, along with the ability to make nearly anything a musical success, solidifies his spot in history as one of the greatest ever. Great choice and thanks for the enlightenment!!

    • PopExcavators
      June 18, 2012

      Thanks Rodney. The things you mentioned are why he’s my favorite artist of all time.

  3. Valente' Rodriguez
    June 18, 2012

    Always have appreciated this song never really listened to it lyrically so I find that I will revisit this from a lyrical standpoint as opposed to listening to it because it featured the Jackson 5 which is what first drew me to it

  4. PopExcavators
    June 18, 2012

    Funny- The Jackson 5 aren’t credited on the single. When I heard Stevie mention them in the song I thought “No way the J5 are singing bgvs!” Thanks for your comment!

  5. Lisa Lingani
    June 18, 2012

    I had never heard this song and to learn what inspired the song.. It explains why we didn’t hear it and also why it fell from being number one on the charts to oblivion..Is a form of censorship , a blantant disreguard for our rights to speak out againstinjustices.. Stevie Wonder along with the Jackson five had the platform and venues to spread the news…But the Government( the overseeer and sometimes oppressor) had the upper hand to silent what was to be a beautiful song with a powerful message.To awaken a movement to remove a President from office, who was only thinking of himself and not the people. Therefore I would like to thank you Ryan, for bringing it to my attention and hopefully we the people will continue to fight the power that continues to try and silence and censor our mighty voices..that is my 2 cent..

    • Nicole Yancey
      June 18, 2012

      Nice!!!

    • JazZY
      June 18, 2012

      Your 2 cents was a Solid Dime~

      • PopExcavators
        June 18, 2012

        I’d say it was a quarter lol. Beautiful thoughts expressed in a beautiful way.

    • PopExcavators
      June 18, 2012

      Funny how the more things change the more they stay the same huh? I wish I could have been there so I could know for sure what happened.

  6. Fiona
    June 18, 2012

    I spent a few years in a setting that permitted me to live “like” a college student. It was great. What it did was it afforded me the opportunity to explore the talents, gifts, that God gave me and exploring my interest without having to pursue money via a random 9 to 5 (simply to pay the bills) that would suck up all of my creative, emotional and physical energy. My jobs worked for me, not vice-versa. Now that things have shifted and my employer literally owns a great deal of my time, it seems that only a small segment of my talents are being used. The time I would like to spend my gifting and talents slowly became seemingly less available due to “life”. This is happens to a great deal number of Americans. Many people die with those gifts and talents hidden as rent, mortgages, cable bills, daycare, church obligations, tending to unhealthy relationships, etc. take precedence.

    This post has been a wake up call. You made a decision that you were going to use you talents and interest to make a difference and you didn’t allow “life” to get in the way. We each get the same 24 hours each day and we each have the opportunity to choose what we do with it. If our 9 to 5 is where our gifts and talents are best used then that is great. However, some of us know that is not the case. Many of us KNOW what our talents are but are not sure how to or are afraid to put them to use. We know that there is so much more we should be doing but many of us don’t know how. I am comfortable with saying “many” because I hear this constantly. I know a ton of people that hate their jobs, are passionate about something, have tremendous talent but are sitting on it. In the end I don’t want it to be said that “You haven’t done nothing” but “Well done..” so I guess I have some work to do.

    • Nick Stevens
      June 23, 2012

      I love this perspective. A few people much smarter than me have plowed through what makes up the human mind through the mental health field and have come to a great conclusion about the end of a man’s life. When we see our days winding down, we want to know that we accomplished something that will live on longer than us. Bringing our talents into the light and letting the world enjoy the brightness of the reflection allows us to rest peacefully in when the sun sets.

  7. Nicole Yancey
    June 18, 2012

    Wow!! Awesome post. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! This joint is HOT! Love the horns, love the kids in the background speaking out for the age group that rarely has a voice in politics, did I say I love the horns?, love the lyrics, love the music, love it all!

    I agree with Lisa, the fall in the charts and lack of radio play are completely political. That is the beauty of the internet. Now an artist is able to create and share without going through a whole bunch of red tape. One of my favorite Indie Artist, Allen Stone, had a single “Unaware” hit the top of the iTunes charts that is about the rocky relationship between the US Government and the people it governs. It’s popularity gained momentum unhindered due to his ability to get the song into the hands of the people without a go between. I wonder what would have happened to “You haven’t done nothing” if it was released on Youtube, Vimeo and iTunes or Amazon today.

  8. TriLamJae
    June 18, 2012

    Fufillingness is my favorite Stevie album and this is one of my favorite songs. I love the fact that Stevie had the Jackson 5 wailing on the chorus. In all honesty it’s hard to choose a favorite song off of this album because Minnie Ripperton kills on “Creepin” and “They Won’t Go Where I’ll Go” always moves my soul whenever I hear it played.

    I’ve always played it safe until recently. In the last year, I’ve been searching for my joy. It’s scary, but I believe in my heart that I am and will continue to be a better woman for it. I’ve sang at my first professional gig, mended relationships with important people, moved on from a job that paid well but made me miserable, and a few other things. I’ll take happy over miserably safe anyday. Great post!

    • PopExcavators
      June 18, 2012

      Remember if you’re truly seeking, your search will not be in vain. Thanks for your comments and being a supporter of PopE!

  9. Ryan,

    Great post and song brother! Thanks for your challenging question as well. To answer your question, I am spending my life (my new life) giving a voice to someone who is not widely known or heard. That person is Jesus Christ. No, not the Christ that is proclaimed on each street corner in Western Christendom. That ‘Jesus’ of the religious system gets plenty of airplay. Rather, I’m talking about the Christ of the New Testament that Paul the apostle described as a ‘mystery’ (Col. 1:27). This Christ is still a mystery who gets very little airplay. I love shedding light on Him even though I know deep down that all my efforts will never make Him popular or ‘mainstream’ in the world’s systems (including the religious system). Nevertheless, ‘excavating’ Him is well worth it!

    Looking forward to next week’s post!

    • PopExcavators
      June 18, 2012

      Jamal that’s such a unique way to look at this song! I expect nothing less than that from you man. Beautiful.

  10. JazZY
    June 18, 2012

    I love my Niece’s…they rolled in and spoke (wrote) my comments. Government stopped voices from being heard on radios, in newspapers and on television in the 70’s..but today…LET EVERY VOICE RING via Internet.

    Can we say 8-track…My Dad had this gem by Stevie on 8-track..always playing in the ride with a glide…Buick Electra “Duce and a Quarter”.
    The memories rolled in from all four corners while reading your post. You are truly a thought provoker, Sir.

    I too have a gift that’s been shared and expanded on through the years…but it wasn’t until a niece moved to D.C 😉 that this gift became public for others to benefit from through a prayer. Long sweet story short: As a kid ..age 8…I loved taking photos starting with a Swinger camera…age 14 my love of poetry emerged and encouraged by my brother-in-law…Maya and Nikki G were/are my inspirations.

    In 1986 I started creating personalized mixed tape…created as if they were a radio channel…”70.3 Your One and Only Private Dial…the Only Way to receive it MsDrJazzyLoveJAM style”…using my poetic voice to keep the listeners informed and entertained…then the gift shifted to creating websites (when it was simple..lol) and videos using the love of music…photography and poetry to not only entertain family and friends, but also to help those in cyber space to know and celebrate Jesus and Father God.

    Time passed…and the desire changed due to time limits…to creating lasting memories for those heartbroken due to death…those request shifted my gift to print. The need for an income increase raised its head…a prayer for guidance to achieve that goal was sent up…I sent the prayer up on Wednesday to work outside the home…changed on Thursday for inside the home…my niece moved on Friday…I felt sad to not to be a part of the fun and was about to have a pity party after she called excited that they were at the last exit…but I jumped up and walked into my home office to print pics for her new walls (still owe her those pics…lol) and found my first client walking out my gate. She didn’t know she was sent to who she needed and I didn’t know she was my First Client…lol…I called to her …she came inside…commented on a thank you card on my table…I said I made it…she said, “you’re who I need”…I filled her order told an in-law that I officially hung my shingle…”Open for Business”…2 days later her sister was in need for her funeral home clients…today…I proudly stand behind, A JAM PRODUCTION Design and Print…70.3 Media JAM…producing Service Programs, Photos and Videos…not only for her clients, but for all that are in need of my services…large or small…life or death with a lot more to offer than people can think of.

    God showed me why He blessed me with these gifts…to serve Him. I’m His instrument. I do not advertise…He send clients to me.

    In 2008 I walked into my now Fiancé’s church on Watch Night with camera in hand to record his group, “God’s Knights of Praise”, praise dancers…I fell in love with not only what I heard, but also what I felt and made it My church home…and yes…our church is now on the website YouTube ministering to whomever needs what we’re offering…I came full circle using all my gifts that made room for me and I’m loving it. (Proverbs 18:16)
    God is so good…I just can’t tell it all. I do know that if I had that pity party…I would not have this to tell and God would not be pleased with me. (;-D)

    • PopExcavators
      June 18, 2012

      You tell the best stories. If you lived in Nashville I would take you out for coffee every morning just to hear you talk lol.

      Thank you for sharing your personal journey. I’m inspired to go out and change somebody’s life!

      • JazZY
        June 18, 2012

        lol…now you know where SisterGirl N.Y. get’s her gift of gab and much more from 🙂
        Thank you for bringing up thoughts that makes our lives betters…by remembering …why we’re here~ J

  11. Auntie Jan
    June 18, 2012

    I agree with you about finding your purpose and using it for good. I say that every year as my seniors graduate from high school…and I truly mean it. I have come to realize that my passion is helping kids to reach the next level. And that varies from kid to kid. I always wanted you to reach use your gift for good. I gave you the crates that I had collected for years because I knew you had a gift. Then you left them in a garage where they narrowly escaped a fire years later. 🙂 but you returned and retrieved your collection and we reminisced over the joy music has brought us over the years. I know you will continuebto spread your love for music to bring happy memories for others.
    As for the song, it’s CLASSIC! And remember I talked to Stevie Wonder on the phone one day when I was a teacher with one of his close friends. Yeah!

    • PopExcavators
      June 18, 2012

      Haha the fire! You said your passion is helping kids reach the next level and you definitely did that for me. I don’t know where I would be if we hadn’t spend weekends listening to “Saturday morning at the oldies.” I can still sing the theme song, haha. You taught me about Stevie, the Supremes, EWF, Rufus, Barry White and his woman Glodean, the Spinners, the Bee Gees and countless others. You are a major part of why I love music and I carry a piece of you into my music classroom every day. Thank you so so so so much. You need a haircut tramp! Nephew love you lol.

  12. Rosetta
    June 18, 2012

    AMEN Stevie!!Yeah!!!.Brilliance that I took for granted…the way he mixed the message with music. I spent many an afternoon with my best friend listening to this. Thanks for digging it up.

    • PopExcavators
      June 18, 2012

      Wish I could have been there! Thanks for checking it out.

  13. Auntie Jan
    June 18, 2012

    Lol! Otis Redding and Carla Thomas! Auntie Love you too!

  14. eazytaughtu
    June 18, 2012

    No matter what your passion drives you even when you don’t realize it. Sometimes when you’re drawn away from something it’s because your gifts are needed elsewhere. As much as I wished my Beyonce- level dance skills and looks were accompanied by a Beyonce -level voice it just didn’t happen for me. However, I know the gifts I do posess make a difference too.

    • PopExcavators
      June 19, 2012

      Our passions definitely drive us! It seems that a lot of people never take the time to acknowledge their passions though. I’m glad you’re following yours. Who knows? Maybe Beyonce should watch her back!

  15. b.Dawn
    June 19, 2012

    I am just now realizing that I am in the place where I feel that I am using my talent for a greater purpose. I am a very organized, business woman with a talent of connecting to, being fair and being a voice for people. Due to that, I chose to go into Human Resources. Let’s face it. The majority of our lives are spent at work than not at work, so I wanted to be a part in making work life better for employees! I’ve been in HR for almost 7 years and like the field, but have never truly been fulfilled at each job prior to getting to the company where I am now. In HR, I’ve always been able to help people..be a voice for those employees who would never be heard…implement things for the company that would make each employee’s life more balanced or happy through different perks (great insurances, recognition, work/life balance initiatives, etc). I have always felt good because I was helping people, but honestly, not truly fulfilled like I was impacting those who touched my heart which are children and young adults. That all changed when I made it to my current company! Almost a year ago, I started working for a Psychiatric Hospital which treats individuals w/ ages ranging from 5 – adult. I walk around the hospital everyday seeing and wanting better for all of these patients, but especially the children and young adults. Although I do not directly work with the patients, all of my efforts on the HR side affect all of the employees here which of course trickles down to effecting the patients. Since my heart and passion are children and young adults, seeing their faces everyday makes me work and use my talent more passionately than ever. Happier employees means better care and healing for these children (and adults, of course). After seven years of being in the field, I now come to work every single day smiling because I truly feel that I am using my talent for a greater purpose. Very fulfilling!

    • PopExcavators
      June 19, 2012

      As a teacher I have a passion for children as well. I agree that seeing their faces makes you want to use your talent even more. You’re very fortunate to be in the position where you are. Yours is a story that will inspire a lot of people. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Patty
    June 19, 2012

    Yes this is a classic! Stevie was ahead of his time. He is a musical genius, a living legend.This is when music was music. Stevie has always dealt with politics as well as love and romance in his music. He was always fighting for someone’s rights. I remember when he joined the fight against apartheid. Most of the music during the 60’s and 70’s was about what we were going through and politics.

    Congratulations on the launch of Pop Excavators. I think you will continue to do a fine job of bringing my generation’s past happy memories of music and making them current.

    Reading this post reminded me of my favorite Stevie song “For Once In My Life”. As soon as you started talking about Stevie it took me back to when I was dating my husband. It was one of my favorites when we were dating, so much so, it was performed at our wedding. Good memories.

    It’s good to see another generation remembering this important time in music. These classics tell about events that the previous generation either participated in, heard about or knew were happening in our own back yards.

    Congratulations and thank you again for bringing back some great memories.

    • PopExcavators
      June 20, 2012

      Thanks so much for your comments. I have a lot of memories attached to Stevie’s songs as well. It’s great to know that his music has been the soundtrack to your life too. Thanks so much for your support. Oh and “For Once In My Life” is also one of my favorites.

  17. Goliday Liddell
    June 20, 2012

    Hey Ryan just wanted you to know your on to something with this site its informative and challenging kudos cousin! By the way did you and Jan happen to come across any Curtis Mayfield? I think he would be a great for what your doing
    keep up the good work!

    G.

    • PopExcavators
      June 20, 2012

      Thanks for checking it out Man! I’m pretty sure we had some Curtis Mayfield in the crates. My dad was playing Superfly the other day and I was thinking about some way to incorporate him into PopE. Thanks for the suggestion.

  18. brfnash
    June 21, 2012

    He is genius.

  19. Bo
    June 21, 2012

    The 60’s and 70’s were a period of awakening. It was part of the awakening of black people, of who we were and where we were in America. Stevie was singing about the truth of our society. I was a DJ when it came out and I used play it all the time. The words were really profound to me. At the time this song was out, there was a lot of political and social unrest in the country. The song was a reflection of not only Stevie Wonder’s dissatisfaction but a reflection of humanity’s dissatisfaction with not just politics but the country as a whole. Jobs, housing, voter registration issues. You have to remember, in the late 60’s black folks had just been given the right to vote in the state of Mississippi.

    It was an electrically charged explosive era in America. The hippie movement was still going strong. Black people seemed to have more of a sense of an outward concern for social issues and seemed to express their concerns outwardly more than today. Now there are too many messages in songs that talk about making money, spending money, strip bars, women dancing on poles and me, me, me. There are fewer songs about problems dealing with our society. At that time we had a more of a communal voice. The Staple Singers were saying “Respect Yourself”, Marvin Gaye was saying “What’s Happening Brother?”, James Brown was saying “Say it loud I’m Black and I’m Proud”, the Ojay’s were saying “Family Reunion” and “For the love of money, people will steal from their mother..” They were heavy lyrics. These groups were all socially powerful. Today you would be hard pressed to find 10 groups talking about something real. Most of them are talking loud and saying nothing. It was a whole different mentality at that time. Music was a part of our movement and our fight. If Marvin Gaye was living today he would still be saying “What’s going On?” This song is still a reflection of what’s going on now. You see it with the present administration. It doesn’t matter what Obama comes up with, regardless of how good, his peers are determined to undermine him due to his race. There is still struggle.

    What gets lost in all of the Martin Luther Kings, The Stevies and Jesse Jacksons are the grass roots no name people that were doing something in the communities. That is where the real nitty gritty comes from…everyday people. But today, once again, the talk is loud and long but has very little real content. That just the way it is. Today it’s all about making money. Very seldom do people talk about REAL life. This song and many others were songs were part of the growth of a community. Where are the Stevie Wonders, Staple Singers, Marvin Gayes, James Browns, The Impressions, and Johnnie Guitar Watsons of today? When you hear their music let me know. I want to buy every one of their CDs I can get.

    • PopExcavators
      June 23, 2012

      Your post is my dream come true. I’ve been dying to converse with a DJ from that time period. Your words are so full of experience and history, and I agree with all of them. You mentioned that that the real nitty gritty comes from everyday people, which automatically took me to Sly and The Family Stone. They, as you know, were another band that used their music for a purpose. I would love to sit down and talk with you about all of this. I could go for hours.

  20. Bo
    June 23, 2012

    Radio play was good but soul music was spread underground. Soul Train was also an important tool in the spread of Soul Music. Interesting concept. This (blog) is good. Check out Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday. You may find the story behind those lyrics may be interesting to dig up.

    • PopExcavators
      June 23, 2012

      I’ve been an obsessive chart watcher since I was 14. I can rattle off facts about old school songs/artists/albums etc, but I can’t speak from an outlook of experience because I wasn’t there. I think your stories need to be told! Have you ever thought about starting a blog of your own? A soul music blog of some sort? I would be your number one fan. No bs.

      Oh, and I love Billie Holiday. Saw Lady Sings the Blues in middle school and got into her whole catalog. She could say more in one verse than most musicians could on a whole album.

  21. Lisa Lingani
    June 23, 2012

    Let me just say to my family.. that commented and reflected on the history of music and fighting the cause.. I have learned so much through the years from you all and I’m truly blessed to call you my family..because we are strong, intelligent people of color..who push the envelope to a better tomorrow.. Uncle Bo, aunt Pat and aunt Jan.. You guy’s rock and Ryan..bet you didn’t know you had a powerful format to bring these three poetic voices out to share their experiences and growth through the musical and political movement.. We are Pop excavators!!!!!

    • PopExcavators
      June 23, 2012

      Love it! We are all Pop Excavators. Your comment lets me know that I’m doing the right thing. We need t shirts lol.

      • JazZY
        June 25, 2012

        Welcome to the Family that shows up and show out…in a Great Way~ (:-D)

  22. Nick Stevens
    June 23, 2012

    When I was in college I realized I might make a good therapist. Then I realized I have a knack and a passion for helping create and sustain healthy marriages through couples therapy. For a while I considered it a pretty cool career choice but recently I started thinking of what you’re talking about here. If all I wanted to do was use my career to make some cash then there are a dozen other ways I could accomplish that without spending 7 years in school. But there’s something brewing in the Lord’s mind for therapists and the Body of Christ that I’m excited to experience and provide my talents for. This brew is warming up and I feel like its going to start boiling soon. It smells so good!

    Thanks for the post Ryan. And thank you Stevie Wonder.

    • PopExcavators
      June 23, 2012

      The brew does smell good man. Smells like someone doing pyrography on their dining room table at 3am. Thanks for the support man.

      • Nicole Yancey
        June 26, 2012

        Nick, I completely agree! That is what I mean by lack of knowledge. Most have no clue what it means to be in Christ, live Christ, breathe Christ and the relationships within the Body of Christ are reflections of that lack of understanding and fellowship. I have met many couples whose first introduction to what a marriage within the Body looks like was in a 45 min per-maritial session 4 weeks prior to marriage. That should not be the case.

    • Nicole
      June 23, 2012

      Oh my gosh Nick…. I am sending you a virtual hi-five! I am finishing my degree in Behavioral Science now and I hope to council couples Pre-Engagement and Pre-Marriage. I too have a passion for helping create and sustain healthy marriages through education. I believe that the main issue within marriages within the Body of Christ is lack of knowledge. Anyway, I could talk about this all day but I completely agree that there is something that is about to shift as far as therapist and the BOChrist. Actually, I believe that it has already come.

      • Nick Stevens
        June 25, 2012

        Nicole, I want to blow your mind with something: If the Body of Christ lived itself out in a way that everyone expressed their part of who Christ is, would any part of the family need therapy?

        That’s what I’m hoping to see. I’ll still make the dolla by helping those without members of the Body to rely on and learn from. What I can see happening right now is Christ giving me a unique perspective of who he is related to the mental health sciences to share with the rest of his Family. I enjoy the conversation!

  23. Nicole Yancey
    June 23, 2012

    Oh my gosh Nick…. I am sending you a virtual hi-five! I am finishing my degree in Behavioral Science now and I hope to council couples Pre-Engagement and Pre-Marriage. I too have a passion for helping create and sustain healthy marriages through education. I believe that the main issue within marriages within the Body of Christ is lack of knowledge. Anyway, I could talk about this all day but I completely agree that there is something that is about to shift as far as therapist and the BOChrist. Actually, I believe that it has already come.

    • Lisa Lingani
      June 24, 2012

      Nicole..I signed up for a socialology class at Howard community College.. and I truly thought about the behavioral science..because you know i like getting in everybody head..

      • Nicole Yancey
        June 24, 2012

        You should really look into it Lisa! I think that would be great. This blog post reminds me of the message we were listing to driving to and from WV last month. The common theme between the two being excavating your talents and giftings. Now I guess it is just a matter of you placing yourself in a position for them to be of use. I say at least check it out. It may be the very thing God wants to use you for to make an awesome impact on the earth!

  24. JazZY
    June 25, 2012

    I just listened to, “Stevie’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” live from the 1974 Grammys”, and watched the mixed audience…some were in to it…some sat with blank faces and hands still. The message was loud and clear as it flew over top of many heads. What it reminded me of was the old rotten saying, “if you want to hide information from blacks…put it in a book” So our artist such as Steve Wonder and more continued to turn the tables…If you want to hide a message from oppressors…put in music form~

  25. Michelle
    June 25, 2012

    Nice. 🙂

  26. amphomma
    June 27, 2012

    I admit I’ve never heard of this song, but I’m glad I got to learn about it here! Thank you also for the nudge from yet another direction to truly seek to use the talents God has given me. As a stay-at-home mom and support system to my husband’s career (using his talents as a physician), I know there are ways that God can bless others through my experiences and my writing. I’m working on combining those in my blog. I dream of “someday” writing a book, and the subject that most captivates me is my husband’s journey as a child immigrant from southeast Asia all the way to a 30-something surgeon–and everything in beween, including when our paths converged nearly 15 years ago. God uses so many people and ways to nudge us. I’m glad I visited your blog this evening. I enjoy your posts and look forward to more! God bless.

    • PopExcavators
      June 29, 2012

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I loved reading your story and the world needs to read your book. Remember “someday” never comes!

      • amphomma
        July 15, 2012

        Thank you for that word of encouragement. It is easy to put things off till “someday”, and I am a professional procrastinator. God uses lots of different people and situations to give us nudges in the right directions. I’ve got a lot of people telling me to keep writing. I just hope I can make it count and give others a reason to praise my Father in Heaven because of what I write. God bless.

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