Tag: Success

You Have the Green Light!

Hello fam –

How was your weekend? I hope you had a refreshing one. Tell me about it in the comments. Today, I want to share a little Monday motivation. So, I’ll get right to it.

This is how Genesis 12 begins –

Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed (Gen 12:1-3).”

That voice was wind, the still small voice, the voice of the Almighty, calling Abraham from the future to the future (the same voice that calls you). Abraham could have settled and lived a normal life where he was. Instead he chose – mission “impossible” with God.

I guess for us believers –

Destiny – God’s call to us from the future to the future – is the new normal

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To meet with the God of destiny, Abraham had to walk into his future. Sure, Abraham was told to leave his comfort zone but He was not told where to go either.

Sound familiar?

It wasn’t until after he stopped somewhere in Canaan that God showed up with some encouragement and confirmation. In short, when Abraham first heard that voice, he received only half of the vision. It was a faint call. Not knowing which way to go, he followed his “instincts.”

He followed his “instincts.”

I wonder! How many of us who have discerned the call of destiny to engage in some business, educational, political, leadership…sphere, field, or trade? Yet how many of us have quickly dismissed it without testing the spirit of the “voice” we heard or discerned?

I wonder! How many of us have received a dream or vision, but don’t know what to do with it, which way to go with it, or how to start living it?

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No worries. You are not alone.

And yes, there is a general rule which can help. Father Abraham gave us a clue. It is –

“Just start walking. But follow your “instincts”

Go – in the direction of the call, of that God-inspired desire. Go the way “His peace” leads. If there are two or three things you want to do or feel called to do, chose one and focus on it. It will make room for the rest.

On the way, you will hear the voice again. He will confirm the promise and offer more direction and counsel for next steps. And also, God will create room for other aspects of your dreams and vision to converge.

There is enough time to do what God called you to do. All you need to do is determine what He didn’t call you to and who He didn’t send you to and you’ll be at peace with your mission  ~ Kris Vallotton (paraphrased)

Abraham was told many things. Leave where you. Go where I will show you. You will have kids…and so many other blessings. He could have started with anyone of them. But the main focus was – leave. And he did.

However, Abraham’s clue and the general rule (which I share at the end) makes more sense when Abraham’s story is compared with Noah’s story.

Noah vs Abraham

You may be worried. You may be thinking or saying –

God gave me the vision. But God has not told me to move forward.”

I get it. Been there too. But, here’s a thought. The Jewish Sages argue that the following is also the reason why the nation of Israel began with Abraham instead of Noah.

When Noah entered the Ark, he didn’t close the door of the Ark behind him. God did (Gen 7:16,17). After the flood, when the land outside was dried, Noah didn’t go out. He waited for God to open the door and tell him to go out (Gen 8:16,16).

Contrast Noah to Abraham. God told Abraham to leave his birthplace, family, and homeland…and go to the place where he will be shown NOT where he was already shown. Turns out Abraham wasn’t even told where to go until much later. Abraham was told, in Hebrew, to “Walk on ahead of me (God)” or “Go already.”

Thus, Abraham became the father of faith and of all children who live or walk by faith. Noah lacked initiative and leadership. But Abraham walked on ahead of God. He didn’t wait. He took initiative (faith), following his instincts (discernment) after hearing a command to Go.

Go where?

He wasn’t told. All he had to work with was – GO. Nevertheless, he went – in a direction of his choosing but in obedience to an open command and a broad vision. After all, the key focus of what God said was – leave. So, he left. Where to was his choice. But –

 

Here’s the general rule –

All things are yes and amen in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 1:20).”

Meaning, in regards to all God’s promises, hopes, and plans for you – you ALREADY have the green light. What you asked for, the promise, prophecy, call…is already yours. Once revealed, its in motion. Once revealed, its your responsibility.

God has already given you the green light. So walk on ahead. Take initiative.

Make the move, take a step, send the text, make the phone call, inquire about the application, talk to a potential business partner about the vision, study problems in the field of your calling, learn new thoughts, talk…like you have the green light to do it until HE – God – holds up a red light and tells (inspires, warns…) you to stop.

As long as whatever you do concerns healing the broken hearted, redeeming and restoring people, make life a little better…and making earth a little like heaven (on earth as it is in heaven) in any way, form, or fashion, we are to – walk on ahead.

Stop waiting for God to act. God is waiting for us to act. That’s the life of adventure we said yes to.

So, chose a path or start with one of your many visions – the most attainable, the one God points to, or the one step He first alludes to – and work with it. Let him handle the rest.

Yes, dream big. But have a focused dream

Unless He specifically tells you to stop or “wait on the Lord” and be patient, – stop waiting. Get to work.  Even so, God will not tell you to “wait” if you haven’t first stepped out and walked in faith OR if the waiting in itself is not sacrificial and requires faith. Otherwise, what are you waiting for?

Meanwhile, follow His peace because, “The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make (Col 3:15).”

Let His peace guide you –

For where there is no peace – about a decision, a situation, or a connection – there is no Prince of Peace. He is absent. That’s a red light.

Absence of peace may suggest stop, wait, review, pray, change direction…! Its important to know because His peace which guides us is what guides our destiny instincts is connected to God’s Spirit in us.

Also, that peace is what makes us adamant, stubborn, and absolutely convinced that what we are doing is divinely inspired and will succeed beyond all hope even when folks doubt us, our ability, and especially our God’s ability to turn probability into possibility.

Preserve that peace. Walk in it always. Be a son or daughter of peace.

And lastly, don’t be afraid or worried if you think or feel like God is not speaking to you or speaking about the vision with you.

If it seems like the Lord isn’t saying anything, it most likely means He doesn’t have anything to say at that moment about the dream or vision.

He will reach out to remind, empower, inspire, and just talk when there is something to talk about in that department. I’m sure He’ll love to talk about something else. Better yet, why not talk about something He wants to talk about?

Eg: his hopes and plans for his other children and how you can join him in reaching out with encouraging and comforting words.

Yes! You do hear his voice. You are his child. Have your peace and keep on walking.

I hope this blesses you.

I wish you a week full of good health and prosperity.

 

One love, One Spirit.


PS: How was your weekend? Tell me about it. I would love to hear about it. Seriously!

Honor among gossips? WHAT!

No, not really.

Honor is something that should dwell among us. A step further: it should dwell on our lips in what we say or what we keep ourselves from saying. Let honor fare better with us that among thieves. This coming from a man who has made so many mistakes in this area. Oh well…God help us.

Let’s cross examine Joseph (the dreamer’s) story. First, we learn that Joseph has dreams of ruling. Jacob loves Joseph more than his other children which sparks jealousy and hate. Joseph’s brothers sell him to the Ishmaelites (ironically my name is Ishmael) and the Ishmaelite’s sell him in Egypt.

We know Joseph rises in rank and is in charge of Potiphar’s house. Next, he is framed by Potiphar’s wife, he is put in prison, and years later, after interpreting Pharaoh’s dream, he is made Viceroy of Egypt. It will be 7 years later when a famine (agricultural depression) hits and his brothers come to Egypt to buy food (1).

Woa wooa wooa…! What’s your point?

Okay! Why didn’t Joseph send an email back to Canaan to tell his father Jacob he was alive? I’m sure they had either Camel or Donkey telecommunication services. That’s how word traveled. Okay, maybe when Joseph was being transported by the Ishmaelites he was only a transaction with no rights. No big deal.

What about when Joseph was head of Potiphar’s house? He most definitely could have sent an e-mail (eagle/bird mail) to his dad. Why didn’t he? Even so, when he became Viceroy of Egypt, he could have gone back or sent a messenger: why didn’t he? Continue reading “Honor among gossips? WHAT!”

THANK YOU, YOUR HONOR

Thanksgiving is the reason for the season.

With that in mind, I want to thank The Two Most Important women in my life – Grandma Dinah and Mom. These women sacrificed almost everything to raise me. They would die for me. Thank you so much.

Here’s is an intimate look at my origin through Grandma’s eyes.

She is over 100 and still going.

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Zongkra Bigmami (Dialect for Thank you Grandma)

First, I mention them to show you where I came from. Secondly, it is to add life to a  blessing/prophecy they gave me when I was young, a word which is unfolding. And lastly, their blessing connects me to the person this post is about.

What grandma and mom prayed and prophesied was –

“Son, you will have many mothers in your life.”

Its a parable which means – Continue reading “THANK YOU, YOUR HONOR”

FOR GOD’S SAKE: HOW MANY KEYS TO SUCCESS ARE THEY? (Indulge me for a sec)

Let me be real for a minute.

Hands up if you have ever watched a video or read an an article that said something like:

  • The THREE things you need to succeed
  • FIVE keys to success
  • This ONE thing will make you rich in a year
  • SEVEN Life Changing Keys to Success
  • SIX Traits the Most Successful People Have in Common

….and so on.

Ok. Many hands…

Now! Hands up if you are sick and tired of hearing about “this” key to success, “that” key to success, and the many other different keys to success that never seem to end?

Hmm hmm…

These days, listening to “The Experts” these days end up confusing and frustrating some of us. They share keys like be consistent, determination, commitment, communicate well, excellence is required, vision is necessary…or need I go on?

While these are informational, across the board, they are highly personal to the experts. Folks need different keys for different areas of their life and business; for different industries, at different times. That’s why “keys to success” never seem to end.

After listening to several or trying to put them to work, you end up becoming frustrated. I think its because the many “keys to success” out there miss a pivotal focus.

And, this focus is the ONE & ONLY key to success there is, if one should exist Continue reading “FOR GOD’S SAKE: HOW MANY KEYS TO SUCCESS ARE THEY? (Indulge me for a sec)”

CIRCLE OF COMPETENCE: Stories & Application

Okay fam!

Honest!

Did you enjoy reading the Circle of Competence: Your Gifts & Talents? Was it helpful? Did it resonate with you? [Please let me know. Good or bad, it helps me grow].

(If you didn’t already, I encourage you to read it. This post is a continuation of the explanation of The Life-cycle of your Gifts and Talents)

In the first post about your Circle of Competence, I ended on the note that you can trace your steps from uncertainty, obsession, and desire back to your gift. Let me demonstrate that insight with a true story. Continue reading “CIRCLE OF COMPETENCE: Stories & Application”

CIRCLE OF COMPETENCE: YOUR GIFTS & TALENTS

Hello fam,

So, I am back from the “dead.” Praise God!

I had a terrible cough and nose bleeding for a week. And traveling didn’t make it easy. But my travel wasn’t all cough, blood, and tears. I met, connected with, and drove with a wonderful young man for 10 hours from Redding, California to Los Angeles.

Meet Landon from Idaho.

He is an organic farmer (7 years running), world traveler, and extreme hiker from a wonderful family. Plus, he is only 23. Our drive was fun.

Landon shared his passion for storytelling, script writing, film, and production. But, he had questions for me. And the questions was the sign to share this post. Initially, I felt that it was premature to share this, but Landon inspired its release.

Exception: I like writing short posts. But, because of the weight and life changing nature of this post, this will be a little emphatical for the sake of clarity. It will benefit you greatly. It might change your life. I will try to be brief. (That said…)

Here’s the deal –

We all have God-given gifts and talents. Let’s call these cluster of gifts and talents – your circle of competence. They are your strengths and can cause you to blossom.

“The gift makes way for the man” ~ unknown

But –

Having gifts and talents does not mean you will succeed. Finding them doesn’t mean you will automatically grow.

However –

Understanding the lifecycle of your gifts and talents (circle of competence); and understanding where you are in that lifecycle can help you to – become clear, find peace in your search for meaning, and enable you to grow intentionally and effectively on your journey toward destiny.

And the insight which I share with you below is what I shared with Landon. Continue reading “CIRCLE OF COMPETENCE: YOUR GIFTS & TALENTS”

NAVIGATING PEOPLE POLITICS & SOCIAL STORMS (as your destiny unfolds)

“Its time for the boys to put away their toys and come on in”

Well, that got my attention. It does looks that way when you think about it.

A little back story.

This past weekend, I was at the SCMA conference where I got to listen and meet William Ury, Author of “Getting to Yes,” Adviser to the Columbian President, Internationally renowned Negotiator…!

Okay…you get it. He is a serious and famous fella.

I lied! He is serious with his work and yes, famous. But, overall, he is a nice, humble, and down to earth young man (at heart).

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William Ury is NOT the black guy

So, when this legend said “Its time for the boys to put away their toys and come on in,” a quote he heard from a female farmer from Kansas, it resonated with me. Because frankly, Presidents Trump and Kim seem to be playing “Trash talk” and “Pride Wars” with toys which so happen to be nukes.

If you didn’t already know, we (“the people”) are caught in the middle. Hello!

While I am hopeful that President Trump will exhaust all outlets of overt and covert diplomacy, the tension is unreasonably high. Unacceptable? Uhhh…well…I find it somewhat exciting. Continue reading “NAVIGATING PEOPLE POLITICS & SOCIAL STORMS (as your destiny unfolds)”

OOPS! YOU MISSED IT AGAIN!

I get this question a lot.

Why does it seem like we are always waiting? Why is that it always comes down to “It’s going to happen”? Why isn’t it (the vision/destiny) already happening? Why doesn’t it happen? Its always future tense.

Why?

Let me answer that.

I shared the following on Facebook:

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time…if it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” – Habakkuk 2:3

Then a friend asked:

Amen. So if the vision or declaration takes 5 years, do you wait?

Its a good question. One I had to answer for myself.

So, here are some thoughts that have helped me see things differently.

Ready? Continue reading “OOPS! YOU MISSED IT AGAIN!”

LIFESTYLE EXTRAVAGANZA

Hello Fam!

~ Meet Eli!

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Everyone say “Hi Eli”
He is a world traveler, charismatic, caring, industrious, and good looking millennial. He is a beautiful soul. He is very accomplished in business and is currently in Real Estate with his dad serving the Silicon Valley area. He even appeared on the hit show – House Hunters International (Season 70, Episode 2 – Wherever I May Romania).

He is not just a friend. Eli is family! He is my people! He is good folk!

Not so obvious is his love for God. He really loves Jesus. He is a radical worshipper of the King of Kings. His LinkedIn profile even says that! (weird)

Here’s why I mentioned Eli [And its a treat!] Continue reading “LIFESTYLE EXTRAVAGANZA”

THE DAY I KNEW I HAD IT IN ME

Often, I am asked.

Ish, how did you know you had faith? What was the turning point? When did things shift in your mind before you were able to know you had faith? Before you were able to trust in abandon to God and his call?

I had been thinking about this question for a while.

And last week, I had an epiphany. It hit me.

Of course, I planned on sharing this with you as I noted in my previous post but experienced computer problems. So, I apologize.

But thanks to my crazy awesome friends, I have a new one. My friends got me a new one.

~Thanks guys~

So, what was that epiphany? How did I know I had faith? Continue reading “THE DAY I KNEW I HAD IT IN ME”