“True Grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done.”John Wayne
Many people think of the beginning of their lives as they day they were physically born into this world. Just as many people think of the beginning of their lives as the day they gave their lives to Christ. Truthfully, I agree with both mindsets. When I speak of the beginning today, I am referring to my life in pursuit of the what gives my life meaning and makes me put my feet on the floor in the morning. The pursuit of the law!
Shortly after I began dating my wife, I decided to return to school with the plan of completing a degree in Electronics Engineering. At that time, I believed that it would be a good choice, as I enjoyed working on electronics. However, it didn’t take me long to realize I was not on the path that God built me to go down. I found very quickly that, while I could do the work very well my passion for it was limited.
My fiancé (now wife) could tell that I was not happy studying for my engineering degree but supported my decision to finish what I started. She asked me one day after church, “What is it that you really want to do, if you could do anything at all?” It didn’t take me long to admit to her that I really wanted to go to law school. I expected a laugh or a snicker. To my amazement, she looked me in the eye and said, “Then that’s it! You are going to law school!” It took ten years to finally get there, but get there I did!
Keep in mind that I was not a young man when I began law school! I went to Southern University Law Center in their evening part-time program. I have a wife and a young child and was working up to 60 hours per week while attending school. From 2014 through 2018, I dedicated my life to completing the task of earning my Juris Doctor while never once neglecting my family or my employer. My friends and colleagues say to me, “I don’t know how you were able to do all of that!” My answer is simple, “God and Grit!”
The John Wayne quote at the beginning of this writing rings absolutely true in my heart! I made the decision to go to law school with the unwavering support of my wife. I knew my decision was something that I had to do, or I would always wonder, “What if?” I believe that God placed this desire in my heart and gave me the courage to follow it! With that courage came one of the most important elements that I have chosen to define my life by: GRIT! I choose to have enough grit to take on any challenge and see it through, leaving nothing undone! When I wake up in the morning and my feet hit the floor, I want the enemy to tremble knowing that I am awake and ready to grind!
Blue J Press was born out of inspiration that my sister-in-law, Michelle breathed into my life! The writings that will flow from this blog and other endeavors can be attributed to her and the works that she inspired me with! It is my hope and prayer that my writings will be interesting, enjoyable and inspirational! With that beginning,
Welcome to Blue J Press!