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THE FUNNY THING ABOUT HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

I was embarrassed to share the featured picture for this post with you. It felt awkward.

I mean, what is a man in a suit doing carrying around and riding “half” a bicycle?

But, that’s the thing about humble beginnings-

They quite simply are – HUMBLE! Continue reading “THE FUNNY THING ABOUT HUMBLE BEGINNINGS”

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″

ON NOT BURNING BRIDGES

Breaking or burning a bridge is an idiom that describes straining, stressing, disconnecting, or breaking a deep or shared bond you have with others. So…

About burning bridges – dont’!

Yesterday, while helping a friend, who is 86, she said something that brought back sad memories and a difficult lesson. Naito said, Continue reading “ON NOT BURNING BRIDGES”

HOW PRAYER WHIPS YOU INTO CHARACTER LIKE A REHEARSAL

Professional athletes, dancers, actors, painters, writers, and performers have to engage in rehearsals of some kind before the real performance. Simply reading martial arts will do you no good when you are face to face with a thief who just nicked your last dollar.

That martial art knowledge has to become second nature to the bones and muscles that have to use it. That’s were practice, which is a form of rehearsal, comes in. Let’s use the example of an actor.  Continue reading “HOW PRAYER WHIPS YOU INTO CHARACTER LIKE A REHEARSAL”

TWO STRIKING THOUGHTS ON DISCERNING THE VOICE OF GOD

Do not restrain the Holy Spirit, do not despise inspired messages. Put all things to the test; keep what is good – 1 Thessalonians 5:18-21 GNT

Many of us want to hear the still small voice – the voice of God’s Spirit – leading us. After all, He is in us as a gift from God, guiding us from within if we let him.

When discerning and walking in daily dialogue with the Spirit becomes a lifestyle, everything else – your job, friend life, enterprise etc – becomes a delight.

All of a sudden, life becomes full of moments and memories because yours is anchored on the source – God – and that river overflows to everything else. Continue reading “TWO STRIKING THOUGHTS ON DISCERNING THE VOICE OF GOD”

LESSONS IN COURAGE: STORY OF THE BEST ZERO

Fear is a speed-bump. But don’t let fear become a STOP SIGN!!! – John Maxwell

Are you a people pleaser?

Have you ever lacked courage?

Have you ever been so afraid to say NO because of what you thought people would say?

Have you ever been so afraid to something that would hurt someone but help, preserve, and protect your priority, build your reputation, and preserve your dignity?

Are you looking for something that can help you become courageous?

Well, I have a solution for you. Continue reading “LESSONS IN COURAGE: STORY OF THE BEST ZERO”

THE MILLIONAIRE GENERATION

I am not just interested in personal success and achievement. My greatest goal is to be a part of and influence the success, achievement, and greatness of a generation. I long to see a whole generation get this thing right. I long to see a communities of people succeeding together, partnering with the Lord, and working in teams to solve problems and create solutions.

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope ~ unknown

We are that generation. But, we have to do it together. Here are my thoughts.

Continue reading “THE MILLIONAIRE GENERATION”

THE BIRTH OF BELIEF

People with perseverance have gone on to achieve what those with genius have not. Repetition is what routinizes faith in action, turning it into a consistent, everyday occurrence. Repetition invokes belief in the heart which is the first and main ingredient for inspiring action. After belief is inspired, faith comes by “hearing” and pursuing the possibility of the words you intend to become. Continue reading “THE BIRTH OF BELIEF”

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”

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”