Tag: Masterclass

WHY DO “THEY” PROSPER & I DON’T, EVEN THOUGH I SAID YES TO GOD? – PART 2

In this post, I wish to share the next set of responses to Kenny’s questions.  If you haven’t read Part 1 of this post, I encourage you to do so to get the full story. Simply click here. In brief, I was responding to a bunch of questions a young, passionate, and enthusiastic Christian man posed during a difficult time of his life. Kenny asked,

Why is that I am following God and doing everything right but I am not prospering? Instead, it seems those who aren’t following God are prospering. How come these problems never end? I am tired man. Why do things just seem hard even after I have given God a hundred percent? How come it seems like things are working for other people and seems to come easy to others while for me its a fight…? Its not fair…! This faith thing must be a lie.

Part 1 focused on person and his connections. This post will be centered on the theme of blessing. It is a real treat because I personally enjoy the answers here. Don’t forget to comment with your thoughts. It puts a smile on my face to read from you.

FYI – Kenny’s response is at the end! Continue reading “WHY DO “THEY” PROSPER & I DON’T, EVEN THOUGH I SAID YES TO GOD? – PART 2″

FOUR TIPS TO FLOURISH IN LIFE

May you flourish like the trees of Lebanon…and become as famous as the wine of Lebanon.

This is a blessing I read in the bible. Wine has a good rep and the respect of people with class. I can prove it to you. When you think – wine tasting – what comes to mind? Who comes to mind? But I want to focus on the word flourish.

Let the word – flourish – sit in your mind and in your heart for a moment…

Feels good doesn’t it? Continue reading “FOUR TIPS TO FLOURISH IN LIFE”

THE ROAD TO DESTINY IS IN THE GIVING OF YOURSELF

In the words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, faith is precisely the courage to take a risk in spite of the uncertainty, the doubts, the fears, and pressures. It’s your willingness to believe that “Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death” you will not fear; you will not fail. As the good book says, “As the good book says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (1)Continue reading “THE ROAD TO DESTINY IS IN THE GIVING OF YOURSELF”

FAITH SIMPLISTICS – PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Faith is a fruitcake.

NO! I don’t mean the slur used to describe gay people.

I mean – fruitcake – as in acting with conviction in such a way that others see and think of you as being weird, foolish, unusual, – a fruitcake.

Faith is simple. It is simply the action behind your willingness to be “foolish” or “look foolish” for what you believe in and WHO you believe in, even if that means looking like a fruitcake in front of others. Continue reading “FAITH SIMPLISTICS – PRACTICAL APPLICATION”

FAITH LOGISTICS TO BEGIN DEVELOPING YOUR DESTINY

To pioneer, to develop your dreams, visions, ideas, and enterprise…you need faith. In fact, the Hebrew word for businessman is ohmein which translates to “Man of Faith.” To travel on a road you have never traveled before, you need faith. But faith begins with risk. Continue reading “FAITH LOGISTICS TO BEGIN DEVELOPING YOUR DESTINY”

TAMING INSPIRATION

Inspiration is like a wild stallion, charging about and spontaneously running from one place to the next within the incredible matrix and network of your mind. Inspiration is also as evasive as a cloud. You can see it, sense it, and climb a mountain to touch it. But, hold it—you cannot.

Still, inspiration is like watching a cowboy in a rodeo, attempting to ride a wild raging bull for as long as he can to win the cheer of the crowd and claim the respect and prize of the judges. The thing about riding a wild bull is that you can’t—you can only attempt to do so, for a very short time. You can tame it for the number of seconds for which you ride it. Continue reading “TAMING INSPIRATION”

TRAVELING TWICE IN ONE JOURNEY

So it was, within 3 days, everything fell apart. First, my boss told me I had to go. Next, my application for other jobs and for the army did not make it to the deadline. Then, my lady said no and with good reason. All my business deals came to a stall. I

found haunting mistakes in my first book and had to spend more money to fix it than I used to get it published and then had to stop the publishing altogether. And just when I thought that was it, my landlady told me that I had to be out soon.

Finally, my car, my last love, my bed and breakfast, broke down and it took more than half of my savings to fix it. This is the word that described how I felt – Continue reading “TRAVELING TWICE IN ONE JOURNEY”

HOW TO GIVE YOUR DREAMS A VOICE

We each have ideas, dreams, and visions we want to see live. I have been thinking about the power of our voices; about how the voice of our generation seems to be drowning in the sea of technology. Sometimes, our dreams are slowly passing into the next life not because there are not alive – they are – but because we don’t give them a voice. We fail to let them speak. We work hard to bring them to life, but fail to give them a voice. We fail to develop in ourselves, the means by which our dreams will be expressed while developing the dream itself.

I was drawn to this by a friend, Hikmet. She is Turkish and could read and write the English language. However, her speech was suffering from a terrible case of the accent, lack of fluency, and expression. We discussed the problem and she tasked me with finding a solution. My quest for a solution drew me to the story of a very nice guy with a case of “a..a..a…a…spee…ee…speee…speech….immmm…immMMM…impediment.” He stammered. That’s right, “he…hhh..his…name was M’..M’…M’..os..es…Moses!” .

Moses Story of Transformation:

He was encouraged by the whispers of the divine by way of the burning bush to live out his dream of setting the Israelite slaves free (1). After all, he tried to do it by means of the “sword” once, but it ended in his escape (2). This time, God was asking him to use another means of expression to live out his dream of setting the people free.

Not his hands or sword but his mouth–his voice. The problem however remained–Moses still had a speech impediment and unless he was healed of that, it was not going away anytime soon. To speak to the King of Egypt with such a problem would be humiliating and most likely problematic.

Moses complained and with good reason. In the holy text, Moses said this, “Please Lord. I’m not eloquent…I talk too slowly and I have a speech impediment (3).” Yet, God insisted on Moses doing it, at first with help from his brother. The question to ask then is this: “Why would God, who knows all and sees all ‘supposedly’ be asking Moses to take of this issue with a speech impediment?” Did he forget the memo? Was he suffering from a minor case of Alzheimer? I mean, Moses clearly had a problem.

Well, here’s the wisdom and counsel: There are two primary mediums of living your dreams–your mouth (voice, speech) and your hands (writings, craft, fight…). If the medium through which you will be expressing your dream is handicap or you find yourself lacking, then work on it and develop it. If you will be using your voice to express your idea, dream, or vision, develop it. Practice. Read a book aloud as if you were reading to another. If you have a hard time writing, then heal the problem by performing the action–write.

Write something, anything! If you will be living your dreams by way of your ears, then develop the ability to listen. Start now! Make it a point to listen and recall. If it’s to draw, then draw. The action by which you have to live your dreams and for which you find yourself lacking–DO IT and do so ALOUD! Read aloud to your hearing, write anything even if it is a sentence…do it!

For Moses, it was his speech, but to live his dream, he needed to work on his speech. So what was God’s solution? Ask and insists that Moses himself do the speaking. Here are a few instances. God tells Moses, “This is what you must say… (4). ” in another instance, we read, “Tell the Israelite…(5),” and in another, “Go with the leaders …to the King of Egypt and say to him (6).” Later, Moses first allowed his brother Aaron to do the talking. But subsequently, Moses stepped up to talk and by the end of his journey in leading the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness, we find Moses to be a great teacher, eloquent speaker, and leader. Titles, all of which are anchored on optimal Oratory (speaking) skills.

It is worth noting that Moses tried to live out his dream of setting the people free with a “sword” or his “hand.” We are not told the means by which he murdered to set another his fellow Jew free. But what this episode teaches us is this: if your dream is supposed to be expressed by means of your speech (voice), like Moses, and you use your hand (sword) instead, you will end up doing harm to others and to yourself. You will impair the progress of developing your dream. You cannot play soccer with your hands and you cannot play basketball with your feet. You play soccer with your feet and basketball with your hands. Reverse the order and you get fouls and outs.

Another Fascinating Story:

I find Moses story more fascinating when compared with some of the miracles of Jesus. When a blind man would say he wished to see, Jesus would say, “See!” When a paralyzed man would say he wished to walk, Jesus would simply say, “Rise up and walk!” When a dumb man would ask to be healed, Jesus would say, “Speak!” When it came to the dead, he would say, “Live.”

They very thing and action these people were handicapped by, was the very action each of them were asked to perform. See, walk, speak were all straight forward. It is not surprising that the means by which you will be living your dreams often tends to be lacking and in need of attention. The wisdom behind these two stories is simple. If you have to speak to explain your idea, pitch your plan to investors, defend a cause…then SPEAK!

Learn to start saying something now. Learning takes time–just speak and then learn. If you intend to write or become an author, then WRITE! If you intend to act, then instead of reading a book, read and ACT OUT the book you are reading. If it will be listening like therapists do, then learn to LISTEN!

Note: In each case where the person had to see, walk, talk, or live, less emphasis was placed on what was done following the action. The counsel being, it doesn’t matter what you first speak, write, how you take your step, or perform your first play. Subsequently, it will. What matters first is the action. Build the action muscle first and then critique later. That was what I shared with Hikmet. Over a period of time she read English books aloud and to her hearing. We practiced often. She still has much to cover but her progress has been phenomenal.

Conclusion:

If the means by which you will communicate your dream and give it a voice is handicap, do the action anyway. Do it as if you weren’t handicapped in the first place. Its your rehearsal into a new character. One which is oblivious to the impediment. Its the path into Masterclass.

 


Endnotes:
1) Exodus 3, (2) Exodus 2:12, (3) Exodus 4:10, (4) Exodus 3:14, (5) Exodus 3:15, (6) Exodus 3:16. Picture from: www.shure.eu

THE NEED TO BRING YOUR DREAMS TO LIFE

“Genius (every great work of art) is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration,” said Thomas Edison, the famous inventor credited with over 1000 patents. Steve Harvey, a successful comedian and TV host explained it this way, “Success is like struggling to get to a hundred push-ups and holding the position at a hundred for the rest of your life” Continue reading “THE NEED TO BRING YOUR DREAMS TO LIFE”