Today, I begin unpacking some lessons that I learned and those that were reinforced during my social media absentia. Before that, I must confess –
I have stepped back from social media and I am just enjoying friends, family, and new connections in real time. Still on a people high, folks. Wooo…
Anywho…back to Lesson 1.
If you have been reading my post, you may remember that one of the challenges I faced was finances for tuition. I explained the unforeseen circumstances that wrapped itself around my dilemma, making me seemingly powerfulness to do anything. Here’s what I didn’t tell you. Continue reading “Lesson 1: Leverage Your Challenges”
Yeah! Just add some specific set of skills to it and viola!!!
So, obviously, I am talking about the conversation I had with Jesse about tracing your calling. In discovering the vehicle for your calling (which you can follow the link to re-read the conversation) a major, job, title, invention is just a tool, a vehicle, with which to carry your calling.
Once you discover your calling and turn it into a mission, you can easily decide what vehicle you wish to use. You can decide what vehicle is capable supporting, empowering, inspiring, and wholly transporting your calling. In my conversation with Jesse, after sharing this thought about a vehicle, these followed.
Me to Jesse
Now that you know and are living your mission, a good question to ask is –
What specific set of skills would you like to add to that mission to help you build on, develop, and accomplish your mission? What type of courses and perhaps college major can help you build on that mission? Can you take a few courses here and there or go into the industry and learn hands on as an apprentice?
Lastly, ask yourself –
Who are you hoping to help? What type/category of people – college students? Diplomats? families? Communities? Artists? Citizens? What type of people?
If you could start now, what age group would you like to give your first talk, speech, seminar, or meet up with first? With this, can you determine what sought of training and skills you need to add for developing your mission?
Tracing our calling, turning it into a mission, deciding what skills to pack for the journey to destiny, and deciding what people/age group to begin serving with this, is not as hard as we may think. Introspective questions really help.
On the other hand, those with big dreams often have wild imaginations and often dream of doing many things. And it is good. So, here is the tip, if you are confused because you have many things you want to do and don’t know how and where to start, that’s okay.
Pick one and start with it. Your other dreams will fall into place as you grow, make connections, and establish the first one you picked.
Thank you for all the likes, follows, and comments in my absence. They blessed me and encouraged me. It tells me that what I share is of some benefit to you. Merci…thank you.
But – Listen people – I have been stressed!
Mi familia has been experiencing a sudden stream of trials. We lost our grandma, our cousin is out of work because of a stroke, another in Canada jumped out of her car before it crashed,….phew…#lawdjesus. [Please pray for us]
Its been hardships and heartbreaks. I was so stressed from work, school, project, and life that I started to reach my physical limits. I began having cold breakouts and shiver under anxiety and stress, loosing vision, and having small brain shut downs – literally.
When this happened, its as if our Lord was telling me to stop – everything – and retreat with him. The moment I said yes, I received a message from an organization with a scholarship to visit the wild side Catalina Islands. My first question was – “Is Catalina Islands in the United States?”
“Duh” – its in California just 30 minutes away from by seas. And people, let me tell you something – wild and beautiful. I enjoyed the – No cellular service – part.
While I was there, I experienced cool things. On my beach walk, I walked into an eagle eating fish. When I said – “hey bro, how are you doing?” it flew away. I’m not sure if it was being racist or was just scared of a brother.
Then, I sat down and just worshiped and came up with a new song. Then I saw something swimming and shouted, “Dolphin…hey dolphin. Come say hello.”
Yep, you guessed right – it wasn’t a dolphin. Turns out, it was a flippin’ baby sea lion.
Anything that needs to be done, should be done right away.
If you have been reading my blog, you’ll know who said that. But, that’s besides the point. A few days ago, a close, vibrant, healthy, and full of life relative had a seizure in the middle of a conversation with a fellow nurse.
All she remembered was drawing a blank and then falling, unable to do anything.
“Man is like a breath: his days are like passing shadows” – Psalms 144:4
She had several seizures. I think I was naive when I called to find out how she was doing. Since I didn’t know how bad seizures are, I began our phone conversation with high spirits. But, when I heard my cousin’s voice and found out she could barely open her mouth to eat, could barely move, could barely stand, was terribly shaken….I froze.
And then all she could mutter was death. She said in pidgin-English –
“Death is easy. Death is easy. I saw it…I saw it…“
That’s when I knew it was bad. She kept talking about it and I just froze. All she wanted to do was tell me to live. She wanted me to know –
Anything that needs to be done should be done right away.
If you have a vision, do it right away. No matter how much you learn about sugar, it makes no difference until you taste it, at which point you get it.
Be your best and empower people. That’s the best you can do in the here and now.
We thank God she is alive. In the words of Louis, “Life is too short to be boring.”
H. Jackson elaborates on “Life is too short to be boring” when he says,
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
So do what needs to be done.
Start with family (Family is gold)
Do it right away!!!
One Love, One Spirit,
Stay Humble! Stay Strong!
Life is not full of surprises: YOU ARE!
[PS: Please, put her in your prayers. Name is Saaghe]
Okay! Hands up if you have been worrying about…well…everything?
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.
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)
I guess I won’t be adding “cookies” on Myfitnesspal app log…(this once).
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.
I believe you have your tickets, stamped – PRAYER – ready.
We’ll be flying at 100% success capacity and 30,000ft above failure level.
Tighten your seat belts and relax as we are about to take-off with our pilot – Jesus Christ – to 2018.
We shall be passing through divine appointments, divine set-ups, and prosperity.
We’ll have a lay over at Blessings Airport for a quick divine transition to Flight Destiny at about 11:50pm where we’ll be flying into and counting down as we touchdown at our 2018 destination at exactly 00:00.
You and your family will surely land safely at the 2018 International Airport where we hope you’ll toss to mead and kiss loved ones welcome into a new season of their lives. As we proceed to the runway, please –
Direct your attention to two of your flight attendants who will tell you what to do in case of an emergency.
Ladies and gentlemen,
This is Ish’mael and Denon, your hosts for the flight. We’ll be serving you.
Please have your seat belts – the belt of Truth – ready at all times as we take off from 2017 and descend into 2018. As you enter the new year –
Never stop looking for what’s NOT there. Opportunity is actually what’s NOT there
Its been a tough year for some of you. But, that’s okay. So –
First, build a future. Only then can you mourn the past. If you reverse the order, you’ll be stuck in the past – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
This has been on my mind for a while. I have been working with someone whose pessimism about life is breath-taking. My goodness! For instance, he says things like –
You can’t get a good job because you are black.
This is what is wrong with this country…
This generation is lazy, good for nothings…
Robots are going to take all the jobs and make people unemployed…
Basically, everything is going down…
Its like he always finds a reason to make depression a reality. Yep. He’s from “that” generation alright. Or maybe its just the age. And though I love and appreciate him, his thoughts might be rubbing off on me. And when he told me he watches the news all the time, I was like –
Recently, after sharing his heart about how hopeless the future would be, I challenged his views. I told him –
There are people out there who will transform this world. Young people who will inspire hope, engage in societal reformation, embody transformation…and more. Don’t be surprised to see a sudden breakthrough of young folks inspired by the Divine doing great things next year. I am confident of it.
Though he insisted that this was not possible, I added,
I disagree sir, but there is. You don’t see them because there are not where you’ll typically look. And there a lot of young adults who are already making that change. I am fortunate to know and be connected with some of them. You might not see them because they are a remnant…waiting for the appointed time. A tree is first a seed and when it is a seed, you can’t see it.
That’s why God hides this type of people until it is time for them to emerge. You will see them in 2018. You will have reason to hope. You can either retire to some remote place as you plan and watch the change happen or you can keep at your craft while watching and participating in the change. I guess its up to you.
Personally, I was thinking I wouldn’t want “you” around me with this barrage of creative negativity.
Though I may have been affected by this barrage of hopelessness recently, I am constantly encouraged by the work of friends and family who are breaking ground. Folks like this proof that there is hope and a remnant in our generation bringing the transforming power of His presence into the streets and marketplace.
Our meeting was a supernatural one. It was – destiny. I stepped out of a church service to get something and saw two people loving, comforting, and praying for someone. One of them was wearing a prayer shawl. I ignored it. A few secs later, I discerned that sweet still small voice say – “Go over there and pray with them.” And – go – I did.
Turns out, the guy was Eli – remember him? And the classy lady with the prayer shawl was Ria Githuku, one of the most talented female singers I have ever met. She’s an actor too. Pure artistic genuis. We have become friends.
Listen to her new single below.
Like many of you, this beautiful mademoiselle has gone through rock and hard places. She has been tested by fire, her faith tested like gold…you know, and every other unforeseen circumstance that is attracted to people of faith. You know, the usual.
But, she remains faithful and her song is her testimony.
If iron sharpens iron, then I am glad she and the Shabbat family sharpens me. Ria together with many of you are part of the change heaven is releasing on the earth. You are God’s gifts, God’s surprise, for this age of hopelessness and depression. Keep on keeping on.
I asked Ria to share some wisdom and encouragement. With love, she sends her thoughts and regards to you and your family. In her own words –
“When my dream became being in the center of God’s will, following my dreams always led me into the center of His heart, where there is no rejection, no disappointment, no striving, no inadequacy – just Love and trust in the fact that I will be led into the absolute best destiny for my life! There is complete freedom in following Jesus because He has bigger dreams and higher hopes for us than we could ever have for ourselves!!
I have found who I really am in Him, my purpose, what I was born for, or at least I have started to unearth it. I am a worshiper of the living God and a deep lover of His people. With my song, my words, my communion with Him, and my heart of compassion for people, worship flows from me like living water. This is what we are all called to although it will look different for each of us.
FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS – SEEK HIS FACE, AND YOU WILL LITERALLY HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WILL EVER NEED, AND MORE!!! ❤❤❤“
There you have it. Seek his face. In short – Seek first the Lord and his kingdom and all other things will be added unto you. Don’t give up guys. Press in.
Life is hard. Holding onto the promises of God and doing life is harder still.
That’s because every “promise” of God to you must be tested. Every single one! But run the race. Keep the faith. And ask God for folks like Ria who like iron will sharpen you with hope. You are blessed and highly favored.
Thank you Ria for your wisdom and for the gift of friendship and divinely inspired music that drives away hopeless thoughts with love. And now, I raise my glass to you Ria; to friends and family everywhere who are boldly traversing the valley of the shadow of death in pain and in peace –
One Love, One Spirit
PS:Butterfly represents being transformed by the renewing of their minds to do what HE calls them to do. Creative Negativity is the metamorphosis of the negativity (doubt, pain, persecution etc) we have to overcome to become who we really are and do what we are born to do.
Well! That is a massive understatement. And this scripture is responsible for damaging that paradigm.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it…The Word became a human being (flesh) and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah(glory).” [John 1;1-5, 14 CJB]
Consider this thought experiment.
Imagine someone approaches you. This person has not said anything yet. Imagine that she has no voice and she is just an incomplete person – just bones, muscles, and ligaments. Pure biology, no voice, just human with no humanity.
This human is just standing there looking at you. Then you are given an assignment to make those bones live again. But, you are to do it using only words. What would you do? What would you say?
How do you make a human being of that human? How do you cause this human to come alive and truly live up to their full potential? How do you do it with your words only?
Your words are not just powerful. Your word is a human being. Your words are human beings