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 Inspirational and thought-provoking messages informed by my faith, ministry in education and community development 


Turn your mirror into a window!

February 01, 2018
By Dr. Terry Flowers

The students of St. Philip’s School and Community Center immediately identify with the concept of converting the images of what they see in the mirror into opportunities for them to empower themselves to take action towards change and advancements. Their St. Philip’s Creed echoes this responsibility with ten simple words “If it is to be, it is up to me.” They are also taught to encourage others to acknowledge the God given powers within them to tackle the political, social, ethical, and environmental ills that confront our world. 

Unlike our students today, many of us may recall lyrics from one of Michael Jackson’s songs, “I’m Starting with the Man in the Mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways.” No message could have been any clearer. If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change. 

The challenges before our world and especially our country are greater than ever before. Looking at what confronts us and the uncertainty of it all can be daunting. This is especially true for those who lack the faith. 

The ministry of St. Philip’s School & Community Center provides an unparalleled response to student academic achievement and comparable social services leading to our position as a neighborhood change agent here in South Dallas. We have not been overcome by the blight of poverty, apathy nor adverse political climates. We have been able to press on through the tireless faith in THE TRUTH. 

Turn your mirror into a window. In doing so, you will find that when you change the way you look at things, you’ll change the way things look. This is the true value of our schools emphasis on innovation and our quest to produce though leaders and thought challengers. Students who think and are not thought for. 

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