Tag: Bible

Clues to Your Calling & Destiny

How does one find out what their calling, their vocation, or their destiny is?

This is a question I battled with and sometimes still battle with.

It is quite a journey and for me it has been hard and it has taken me over 8 years to put – some of it – together. In the beginning, it was blurry. I just knew what page God was on in my book of life and destiny and where in the future he was calling from.

But, like Father Abraham, I had no idea what to do, where to go, or how to go about it. It was a cold call – cold turkey.

My journey has been about learning the nuances of “God’s call to us” and sharing the process. It has involved stepping out of myself to see the work and the hand of the divine working on myself while doing life myself.

It now involves sharing what I have experienced to be the MOST IMPORTANT pieces to keep in mind or work with in order to help friends, family, and others make that practical shift and take action not on their own, but as a community.

That’s why I started this blog.

Recently, while listening to Rabbi Sacks discussing a weekly bible portion on Leviticus, he shared some thoughts and clues to identifying your vocation which I thought was awesome. I saw myself in the process. In his article, he quoted the late Michael Novak in, Business as a Calling: work and the examined life, shared these four characteristics to identifying your calling:

Firstit is unique to you.

Secondyou have the talent for it.

Thirdit is something which, when you do it, gives you a sense of enjoyment and renewed energy.

Fourthdo not expect it to reveal itself immediately. You may have to follow many paths that turn out to be false before you find the true one.

*Does this give you any idea as to what your calling is? Does it clue you in? What came to your mind when you read this? I hope at the very least, it helps you.

Next, I will post on the difference between what you are good at, what you do, and what you are called to do.

Until next time, I wish you good health and prosperity.

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Keep it 100

One love, One Spirit


  1. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Call (Vayikra 5778), Rabbisacks.org 

First, Improve the World before Perfecting Yourself – here’s why

And…Its all about timing

I know, I know…sounds like marlarkey – meaningless talk, nonsense…! But, I assure you, it isn’t it.

In the previous post, Your Calling vs. Your Mission, I shared the following quote:

Improving the world around us comes before perfecting our own inner world ~ Mendel Kalmenson

Then I asked the question –

Did you notice the twist in that quote? Well, did you?

Its true. Transformation begins on the inside before it can be expressed on the outside. It only makes sense to work on yourself first before you work on the world. One must blow the flames of God’s word and God’s call in their souls first so that the heat of their fire can bring warmth to those around them.

But,

Do you have to “perfect” yourself first to before improving the world around you? When a house is on fire, anyone who can carry a bucket of water to put out the flame is required to.

When you work on yourself and obtain some wisdom, knowledge, or understanding, begin improving the world around you. Find a need, a problem and speak or write or contribute a thought, an idea, an alternative to it.

You have little to share. God can multiply your two loaves and five fishes to feed the 5000. Have faith to share the little you have. That’s all he needs

You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to perfect your craft to do something. Perfecting yourself means focusing largely on yourself most of the time to build up strengths and develop weaknesses. It means perfecting your craft before crafting something to share.

But, that means the world around you will keep burning and sobbing because you “voice” is silent. That voice may be public speaking, art, singing, comedy, acting, painting, drawing, teaching, writing, blogging, designing, finance…you know yourself.

By the way, perfect may never be attained. Any true master knows there must remain a student of life and their craft. So –

If you have come to a point where you can offer something, do it. Start now! If not now, when? If not you, who? If not here, where?

Don’t forget –

Done, is better than perfect 

And though it is necessary to work on yourself, it is NOT required for you to become perfect to offer what little you have that is currently needed to put out the flames of evil confusing beautiful souls and destroying your part of the world.

Its all about the timing. 

Work on yourself first. Do good work yes. Push to be excellent, to be perfect – yes! But, prioritize your decision to improve the world around first, before pushing to be perfect.

Ideas inspire! Actions achieve

 

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Keep it 100

One love, One Spirit


 

Your Calling vs. Your Mission

A calling is a vocation, something other, from your day job or what you do everyday. A calling is God’s call to you from the future. He is already there, sees you as He knows you are capable of becoming if you say – yes – to his ultimate adventure.

It means in your “book of destiny”, God is on Page 898 and seeing you at page 127 is saying to at Page 127,

Hey there! I know you don’t know me or know what will happen in your life. But, if you focus on this mighty task which I would like for you to consider pursuing in additional to all your other responsibilities and life in general, and if you calibrate your compass to follow this divine map, you’ll meet me on page 898 in the future. Along the way, you will experience me, meet or get to know my Son, and receive help from my Spirit. Are you in?”

When God calls you, it means you are not there yet. You are not that person yet. You are not “it” yet. It means you have a ways to go. But, here’s the sad thing –

Your calling can remain only that – a calling – if you don’t turn that calling into a mission. That’s when things change. It depends on your perception

When God calls you, that’s it – He calls you – to a possibly remarkable future or personal experience of knowing His capabilities. You can talk about it, rejoice over it, write about it….but until you start “seeing that calling as a personal mission” you risk letting your calling remain a calling.

Yes, you have a calling. But, if you see each and every day as an opportunity to live that calling to the fullest; if you see every day as an opportunity to perform a single tasks that fulfills the potential of that calling – things shift.

Don’ t worry about the provision, big meetings, divine connections, and big break that may happen down the line. God will provide. He’ll make a way. Like me, you may feel jealous. You may be tempted to judge yourself by likes, follows, and so on. But, keep your cool. Be relentless in your mission.

Even if you feel like you want it to be all about the money, do what you can about this mission until what you do becomes a part of you and subsequently has little to do with wanting money, fame, or resources

Each day, find an opportunity to bless, empower, inspire, lift…up a soul with the little you have. Words can heal the world…of someone or a homeland. Start with that. Daily Instagram posts or positive Facebook updates is a good start.

Phone calls, sms’s, letters, reports…are other forms. Asking questions, suggestions, feedback, seeking help, or attempting to tryout for opportunities you may be qualified or under qualified for is another start. Have faith. Take the risk! Its worth it.

A calling is from God and calls you to the future. When you turn it into a mission, something you can act upon daily with baby steps,  it becomes personal. You own it. It becomes a personal responsibility and makes you an active co-author of your destiny.

If you have learned the basics of something or in some way have overcome in life, love, laughter, wisdom, beauty, Anorexia, business, politics…then you know enough to start filling the void in our young, a void left by the absence of parents, the arrogance of elites, and the ignorance of those insisting on maintaining unhelpful bureaucratic systems.

Improving the world around us comes before perfecting our own inner world ~ Mendel Kalmenson.

Did you notice the twist in that quote? I’ll share that later.

Until then….

Turn your lifelong calling (from heaven) into a mission which you observe to do daily with baby steps in the right direction. Start with a word, a positive phrase, a blessing, a gift, a message, a phone call, a sentence, an application, a business plan….! Just do it!

Again – anything that needs to be done should be done right away.

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Keep it real, keep it simple

One love, One Spirit

Life is NOT full of surprises, YOU ARE!


 

You Don’t Have to Be on the Same Page

Often, we think that to get along, especially in relationships, we have to be on the same page. Well, I disagree.

We are all different. We are each unique expressions of the image of God with different hopes, dreams, and ideas. We each have our own experiences and differentiating nuances in world views. Yes, even when we believe the same thing.

Imagining romantic relationships here – what if her level of spirituality is different from yours? What do you do then? Is it a good match or not? Obviously, one of you has much to learn, yes?

So, being on the same page is not really plausible. What do you do then?

When you are in a relationship or intend to begin a deep one –

You don’t have to be on the same page.

You just have to be reading from the same book.

Here’s why – Continue reading “You Don’t Have to Be on the Same Page”

The Four Way Test

Listen! You are light and you are life. You cannot be hidden. Bloom! Shine!

Jesus said that “You are the light of the world” and “A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

If the light of the world lives in you, that makes you light too. If the one called wonderful dwells in you, that makes you wonderful too. But –

So what? How does it help your people and the community that you are life, light, and wonderful?

Continue reading “The Four Way Test”

The Search for Love is REAL

Hello fam,

I’ve been up and running, from North to South in Califonia and just returned to the villa. Personally, I prefer to sit down, reflect, and write. So, its been particularly difficult to set the mood and press some fresh spiritual and inspiration juice for you.

Nevertheless…

What’s up people?

THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EXCELLENT YEAR

Last weekend, I was in Orange County attending a Singles Life Workshop. And people, let me tell you – AMAZING! I was thinking I would walk into this event and meet 20-somethings and maybe, 30-somethings and maybe find a “pretty mama” but noooo….

I saw a few 20-somethings and 30’s to 60-somethings all over the place. I was like – Lord, have mercy…

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Seriously! I was like…even the 40’s to 70’s are looking for love?

I thought folks in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s…would have it down by now. I thought they would have it all together. But nooo…both the men and women came with their own issues.

And boy, some of those ladies had that perfect 8, size 10…body…, tights, boots, heels and that Beyonce Knowles walk. And…I mean… Continue reading “The Search for Love is REAL”

The Frustration of NOT Being Heard

Hola…wonderful people!

This is going to be an excellent year

So, I just got back from a trip to San Jose and Redding where I reconnected with some friends, met people from several countries, and Cooked up a Storm Saturday night.

~ it was something.

I kept meeting and connecting with folks from Switzerland who kept inviting me to Switzerland. It was like God was saying – hey, I got a bag packing adventure for you in the Swiss Alps if you are interested.

In due time Jesus…in…due…time!

But most of all….I MISSED YOU GUYS….! It was just for a week, but it felt like a thousand…years…

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Hiff hiff…

I just got back. I drove for 10 hours with some two cool and weird ladies who jammed to my Old Skool collection, yo. Wooo…freaked me out.

I’m okay…don’t panic.

A…n…y…w…a…y

On the trip last week with friends, one of my friends, Maria, took a risk. A BIG ONE. She shared the pains, difficulties, struggles, and hardships she was facing in trying to navigate her late twenties without close friends and an understanding community.

I could understand that. Its not easy finding friends in your late 20’s. Its difficult to date if you have standards. Its even more difficult when most of your friends are in different states. And painful when you are in a community but find it hard to become a part of that community.

You know, things some of you can relate to.

Well, Maria’s story was met with a current of brutal honesty, facts, and counsel which were ALL lacking in one thing – EMPATHY (Love and Understanding). And boy did it erupt into a minor argument of – spirituality.

And where was I? Continue reading “The Frustration of NOT Being Heard”

DON’T SAY IT!

This is going to be an excellent year folks. Better believe it.

I want to tell you an interesting story. A short one.

Recently, I was introduced to a new customer. We became friends and on one of my visits, we shared stories. Turns out my new friend had been a missionary and returned from the field to do enter the market.

First, she engaged in civil service. She was a Data Entry personnel. She also formatted software codes. While at it, she realized she loved the idea of coding. She had a 6th sense for it. She became a software technician after obtaining college education. She then started her own business.

All this followed a discussion about – The Need to Bring Your Dreams to Life – for which I was looking for feedback. While she listened to a recording of it, she stopped. And with a heavy heart, she told me of an idea she once had to start and run a business project abroad which involved training young girls.

She knew it was inspiration from heaven. However, she did nothing and she was basically expressing regret. Here’ what happened. Continue reading “DON’T SAY IT!”

The Ultimate Test for 2018

HEY….THERE….AWESOME PEOPLE!

How are you guys doing? I hope well.

Okay! Hands up if you have been worrying about…well…everything?

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C’mon, don’t lie…

Well! STOP IT! (lol)

Seriously though, have your peace. I pray blessings over you. I pray for peace to flood your soul, for grace to be your own, and for a renewed strength to go your way in Jesus name.

THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EXCELLENT YEAR

For the past week, I have been reflecting about what would be one of the most important things to consider moving forward this new year. Though this is going to be an excellent year, I sense that the troubles and challenges we will be facing will be on a level that will require us to be grounded in this – one thing – I am about to share.

Let me do just that using a true story I came across in a book called – Translating God – by Shawn Bolz.

1 + 1 may reach the mind, but once upon a time reaches the heart  – Lou E.

So here it goes…

An enthusiastic young man, Dan, came to a conference of leaders where they were some leaders. He was excited about the opportunity to possibly be called up to speak even though he was not on the list. A discussion panel was being organized and Dan was hoping to fill in one more spot.

Dan went to see the head organizer, telling him of the numerous things he could do for everyone there, especially the head organizer himself. The head organizer had never met or heard of Dan. Certainly, he had talent. There was just one lingering possibility though.

And so, the organizer said to Dan, “Can I ask you some questions?”

Of course!” Dan replied.

Where did you go to celebrate Christmas last year?” the organizer asked.

Dan was confused since he had been expecting questions about what he could bring do or bring to the table.

Um, I don’t remember. I was invited over to a co-worker’s house.” Dan said.

Fantastic. Is this co-worker your closest friend?” asked the organizer. Continue reading “The Ultimate Test for 2018”

No More Reservations

New Year was Mello at my house.

I began celebrating New Year on December 29th.

I ate, drank good stuff, and pretty much binged watch Netflix all the way into the New Year. Sauf for the part where I attended church, played games and won a gift card and a a box of cookies which according to my trainer is not healthy.

Unfortunately….for the cookies…I can’t find them (hmm…hmm)

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I guess I won’t be adding “cookies” on Myfitnesspal app log…(this once).

A…ny….way!

I figured I’d begin with resolutions this year since its what we all tend to do this time of the year. Yesterday, something changed inside of me. My resolutions didn’t seem to just be resolutions. They felt more like declarations. And as I share them with you, I hope you can hold me to it and also share yours with me. It may sound like journal ramblings.

That said –

2018 is going to be an excellent year.

I feel the excitement in my bones. Excitement for the adventures and grace to overcome in difficult times. Like most of you, I have great promises from God. But the one thing that has always stood in my way is – me.

So the theme for me this year is – NO MORE RESERVATIONS. Continue reading “No More Reservations”