Are You For Real?

This week, I’m blogging about the lessons I learned at Jubilee Professional last Friday. This lesson came from Saleem Ghubril’s talk. Saleem is the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise. They give inner city kids $40,000 to go to college if they maintain a certain GPA and graduate from high school.

He told a story of a time he was pumping gas on the North Side and some of the inner city school students came up to him and said, “Yo, Pittsburgh Promise… are you for real?”

Saleem responded, “Yea, we are for real.”

He went on to challenge the conference attendees by saying, “Every single day the world is asking the church, “Are you for real?” You say you love people, you say you care, you say you want to change the world, but are you for real?


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That really challenged me to look at my life and evaluate whether or not I am for real. I say I want to help people, I want to help people grow, I want to connect people, I want to be a leader in our community, I want to be a great husband, a great friend, a great son, but what every one really wants to know is am I for real? 

I don’t know about you, but if someone asks me that, I want to be able to look right into their eyes and say, “Yea, I’m for real.”

Are you?


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