Keep Your Mouth Shut

Wrong words are like fuel on a fire. The more fuel we pour on the fire, the bigger the fire grows. The only way to stop the inflammation is to remove the fuel. The only way to stop or prevent a disagreement or argument is to stop speaking. When someone insults you or hurts your feelings, we are often tempted to give a response out of our wounded pride. But it would be wiser to ignore the insult and let God deal with the person. We must give up wanting to prove that we are right and everyone else is wrong.

It’s ironic that many of our arguments are over insignificant concerns. The apostle Paul warns us about such conversations in II Timothy 2:23-24. In this passage, it indicates things that are unimportant and make no difference when considered with things that are really important.

The verse is simply saying, stay out of conversation that has no positive effect, where no one knows what they are talking about and everybody is arguing over nothing. So often our pride keeps us arguing over things that make no difference to anybody. A proud heart refuses to be quiet because pride demands that I have my say- I must have the last word.

When someone insults you or hurt your feelings, pride tempts us to give a response out of wounded emotions. But I would rather live in peace than get my own way all the time.

Wouldn’t you?

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Proclaiming Words That Brings Light To Your Life

Dear Lord today, drain my doubts, fuel my faith, build new bridges, heal old hurts, amplify my anointing, enlarge my territory & increAse my income

Every blessing blocker in your life is coming down for the glory of God! In the name of Jesus!!!

We can’t always see where the road leads, but God promises there’s something better up ahead we just have to trust Him.

Today I pray for those who feel they wasted time. With God nothing is ever wasted. He will redeem ever moment lost!!

You were never created to walk in defeat, you were created to win. Don’t allow fear to hold you back. Keep stretching, keep growing, and tap into everything God has placed in you.

Do you know how you fulfill your God-given destiny? One day at a time. Get up everyday and invite God to direct your steps & give you divine appointments & assignments. When you are faithful in the little things, God will trust you with more.

Sometimes we know more about the problem than we do the promise. We spend hours searching the internet, learning everything that could possibly go wrong. Why don’t you spend fifteen minutes and google scriptures about what you’re facing.

I am not forgetful of the many ways God has come through in my life. I am mindful of His mercy and grace and I praise Him for it today. I am a living testimony of His power. I am fully supplied in every area of my life because of the promises God has made to me in His Word.

Finding Hope” In Difficult Times Even In The Darkest Moments

Hey guys,

So thus week it will be all bout guest blogging on my platform. These posts i will be posting are powerful and will lift your spirit up to the net level. Highly inspirational and full of motivation.

Finding Hope

Hope means, “to desire something with confident expectation of its fulfillment.” The state of Hopelessness has been aptly described as a type of “Hell on Earth,” filled with endless despondency and despair.

Today, more and more people are finding themselves alone and depressed, and few of us have not at one time, or another felt the sting of despondency and despair.

But Good news! Help is available, not the kind the world has, wherein it wishes for the best. It is one thing to wish, and quite another to have faith based on the promises of God.

God is Our Source

Paul wrote that when you place your trust in God, He will fill you with peace, joy, and assurance, (Rom 15:13).

Throughout the Bible, God proves His faithfulness to His people by leading them safely through or delivering them from all their predicaments and troubles. He will never leave or forsake His people; His plans are to prosper, not to harm them (Jer 29:11).

People and things will always let us down. In Psa 33:17, the horse, often used as a symbol of power, is declared a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength, it cannot save. In Jer 17:5 God sternly warns against placing our dependency on man and calls it a curse.

God wants us to trust in Him. Psa 147:11 tells us that He is delighted when we put our trust in Him, and in Heb 10:23 we are told to rely on Him for He who promised it is faithful. 

Finding Help

To reap the benefits of the Christian life and to have protection, guidance, freedom from depression, and advice from the Holy Spirit one must first be born again and become a Child of God.

The born again Child of God has the unique privilege of talking to and hearing from God, but this, the greatest resource available, is often neglected.

Christians should always pray! Even in the darkest moments when you don’t feel His presence and think you will never smile again, pray anyway because He is there. He is listening and is an “ever-present help in time of trouble,” (Psa 46:1).

“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,” (2 Cor 1:10).

When we place our faith in God and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we then trust Him to take us to Heaven. If we can trust Him with our eternity, surely we can trust Him for our earthly/daily cares.

Jesus said that as God clothes the grass of the field, so will He clothe us even more. He tells us not to worry about what we shall eat or drink or how we will be clothed. The “heavenly father knoweth that ye have need of all these things,” (Matt 6:30-32).

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” (1 Cor 2:9).

Hope in Difficult Times

Even if you reach what you consider to be your lowest point, God’s Word says’s He will never leave or forsake you, (Matt 28:20). Easy as it’s said, it is not easy as humans, only through discipline and putting our full trust in God.

He will give you peace and comfort even in the worst of circumstances, then lead you through, over or around the muck and mire of your situation, and again set your feet on solid ground.

Our God is the God of new beginnings, with Him, nothing is impossible. Whether you are very young or considered to be very old, trust in Him because with Him it is always just the beginning.

You may even find yourself in such a situation through divorce, death of a spouse, loss of health, finances, or whatever, that may force you to begin all over again, but is that so bad? Trusting God in difficult times forces us to seek His guidance, and to trust in Him.

Trusting God through these uncharted waters takes faith and courage, but is worth every effort. The path of His choosing is the only one that leads to true happiness,

Isn’t this a wonderful promise “…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint,” (Is 40:31).

Even in the Worst of Situations

A shining example of living with hope is Victor Frankel, a former prisoner in a Nazi prison camp.

“As a long-time prisoner in bestial concentration camps he [Viktor Frankly] found himself stripped to naked existence. His father, mother, brother, and his wife died in camps or were sent to gas ovens, so that, excepting for his sister, his entire family perished in these camps.

How could he – every possession lost, every value destroyed, suffering from hunger, cold and brutality, hourly expecting extermination – how could he find life worth preserving?” 

In one of his darkest moments while digging in a cold icy trench, he writes:

“In a last violent protest against the hopelessness of imminent death, I sensed my spirit piercing through the enveloping gloom. I felt it transcend that hopeless, meaningless world, and from somewhere I heard a victorious ‘Yes’ in answer to my question of the existence of an ultimate purpose.

At that moment a light was lit in a distant farmhouse, which stood on the horizon as if painted there, in the midst of the miserable grey of a dawning morning in Bavaria. ‘Et lux in tenebris lucent’–and the light shineth in the darkness.”

From one of His Counseling Sessions

“This young woman knew that she would die in the next few days. But when I talked to her she was cheerful in spite of this knowledge. ‘I am grateful that fate has hit me so hard,’ she told me. ‘In my former life I was spoiled and did not take spiritual accomplishments seriously.’

Pointing through the window of the hut, she said, ‘This tree here is the only friend I have in my loneliness.’ Through that window she could see just one branch of a chestnut tree, and on the branch were two blossoms. ‘I often talk to this tree,’ she said to me.

I was startled and didn’t quite know how to take her words. Was she delirious? Did she have occasional hallucinations? Anxiously I asked her if the tree replied. ‘Yes.’ What did it say to her? She answered, ‘It said to me, “I am here–I am here–I am life, eternal life.”  (“www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/frankl/frankl.html”)

Jesus is Our Solid Rock

Christians can find peace during times of crises and trials that often drive others to drink or suicide. This is the blessed comfort of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every born again Believer.

Through Him, even in the midst of terrible devastating and humiliating experiences, Christians can have the peace, joy, and hope that passes all understanding, (Phil 4:7).

Hope for Eternity

Jesus is our solid rock, and because of Him, death is not the end. Even when the angels carry us to our glorious home in Heaven, we can know that He is with us and that it is just the beginning.

Claim His Promises

God’s promises are indeed a genuine source of hope that does not disappoint. It is in His promises you will find everlasting life and confident hope. 

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes,” in Christ, (2 Cor 1; 20).

“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” (Rom 15:13, Amp).

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God,” (Psa 42:5). 

Guest post from: Samuel L Mills

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The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Guest post from: Alex Sanfilippo

I have always been a very self motivated person. I always have a lot of goals in life; both short and long term. Having goals is not a bad thing at all. However, my problem used to be that I would set my goals above everything else. The number one priority to me was the things that I wanted. I was willing to push everyone to the side in order to accomplish the plans that I had set for my life.

Years ago, I decided to stop living for myself and start to follow the plans that God has for my life. Since then, I have noticed a change in my wants and desires. Things that I used to want, and have goals set for, no longer seem relevant to me. Isaiah 55:9 says that God’s ways are higher than our ways. Once I really started living for God’s plan instead of my own, I realized the truth in this verse.

I am writing this as someone who was set in their own ways; but is now completely transformed. I had my ways planned, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Once I surrendered to God by letting him guide my steps, those plans changed. Today my life is forever changed; I still have goals that I am motivated to achieve; but now I look at these goals through the filter of God’s word.

The transition to get to this place of transformation was a journey. Changing from living for yourself to following God’s plans isn’t always easy. These are two questions I will find myself asking that have been helpful:
“Is there anything in my life that I am fighting God for control of?”
“Is there something that I am still doing in my own way instead of trusting in Him?”

Today I want to encourage you to start to surrender to God’s plans. His ways are higher than yours, trust the steps that God will lead you to take. The true path to success is achieved by fully surrendering to His ways and dying to your own.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

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Sometimes It’s Necessary To Be Alone With Yourself

Sometimes it’s okay if you don’t have all the answers and you want to look for them alone . It’s okay if you don’t want anyone else to disturb your voice. It’s okay if you want to take a different road and get lost by yourself instead of asking for directions to a place you don’t really want to go to.

Sometimes you just have to be by yourself when people drain you more than inspire you. When they judge you more than understand you. When they make you feel even more alone.

Sometimes it’s okay if you’ve been alone for a long time and you still want to be alone because you were never the kind of person who looks for quantity over quality or the kind of person who needs just anyone around. You’ve always looked for depth, honesty, compassion and strength. You’ve always looked for people who don’t come around very often. You’ve always been drawn to people who aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. You’ve always been moved by people you only meet once in a lifetime and that’s why you keep finding yourself alone because these are not the people who are going to make the road easier for you because they’re also on a journey to find themselves and on a mission to change the world.

Sometimes it’s okay to face your own fears and learn everything about yourself including the hard things, the things you’re not proud of, the unflattering truths that you hide from everyone. Sometimes you need to face and forgive yourself. You need to look in the mirror and say even if you can’t get one single thing right, I’ll still love you and accept you because I’m stuck with you forever.

Sometimes you just have to break your own heart when you realize that you’ve had enough and you’ve cared more and loved unconditionally and gave your heart to people who didn’t deserve and now it’s time to find yourself again. Now it’s time to take the pieces of yourself back, polish them and start over. Now it’s time to remember who you were before you invested every little part of you in someone else and lost your worth.

Sometimes it’s just okay to let yourself be who you really want to be and in order to do that you need to step away from everyone who is asking you to be someone you’re not and everyone who keeps telling you what to say or what to do and everyone who doesn’t know what you’re going through but gives you unsolicited advice.

Sometimes you need to be alone so you can find God, hear him, ask him for direction, ask him for guidance or closure, ask him forgiveness and ask him for love.

Sometimes you need to be alone with the universe so you can learn how to be your own universe when people fail to give meaning to your life because as long as you keep searching for meaning in the universe and as long as you keep searching for answers within yourself, you will surely find them.

Credit to Rania Naim.

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The Trust Of A Child Has No Boundaries

Guest post by: Eric Nelson

I’ll sometimes pause to observe student behavior at work to see how they react in a certain situation or atmosphere. One thing about children is that they trust those who are responsible for them without any boundaries. They love without any limitations and often understand it better than adults. If a teacher tells or asks a child to do something, they usually respond in hopes of pleasing the adult. It is also pretty clear to see this begin to fade away as children become older and start learning negative behaviors from allowing the world to be their teacher.

Luke 18:17 says, “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Assuredly is defined as “without a doubt.” Therefore, without a doubt we should receive the kingdom of God and follow His ways as a child follows the ways of their caretaker. We often see that children are a reflection of what they have learned or been exposed to throughout their childhood. We all had a caretaker in our lives that helped develop who we have become today. Whether it was positive or negative, they provided an image of what integrity, character, respect, and other behavioral actions looked like.

These people are special in our lives but there is another caretaker that provides a perfect example of how we should live this life on Earth. Jesus shows us how to live a life that is pleasing to Him and provides a purposeful life. All we have to do is turn to Him and approach him with childlike faith that trusts Him without any boundaries. It may not always look how we envision it, but it looks just like He envisions it, which is far more life giving than we can give ourselves.

Challenge: Let’s all work towards letting go of our way and grabbing hold of God’s way. This is our excuse to be a child again; to receive the blessing of God.

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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Receiving what we DON’T deserve!

If you have never read Isaiah 61, please stop and read that chapter. It is incredible!

Isaiah 61 is a prophecy that pointed to the coming Messiah, and all of the things that were going to happen when the Messiah came. Repeatedly in Isaiah 61, we read that instead of getting “X” (what we truly deserve), we are going to receive “Y” (some measure of complete mercy and favor from the Lord) when the Messiah comes. Here are some examples to illustrate what I am talking about:

1. Instead of ashes, we receive a crown of beauty (Isaiah 61:3 NIV)

2. Instead of mourning, we receive the oil of joy (Isaiah 61:3 NIV)

3. Instead of despair, we receive a garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3 NIV)

4. Instead of shame, we receive a double portion (Isaiah 61:7 NIV)

5. Instead of disgrace, we receive a joyful inheritance (Isaiah 61:7 NIV)

Every single day, people ask me in passing, “How are you?” The common response is, “I’m great,” or “I’m fine.” I have recently come across several Christians who like to put a little twist on this common American greeting and respond with, “I’m better than I deserve!” What an incredibly true statement within the context of Isaiah 61!

What we truly deserve from God is to be cut off. We deserve a crown of ashes, mourning, despair, shame and disgrace. However, our God does not think like we think, and He does not see us the way that we see ourselves. He does not choose to look at us and see our sins. He doesn’t treat us according to the punishments that our sins should warrant. Instead, He chooses to look at us and see our value. He sees all the potential still in us to live exactly as He created us to live. So, instead of getting those things we think we deserve, He provides beauty, joy, praise and favor. He provides an inheritance greater than anything we can imagine!

Our God is so good!

I know that sounds cliché and simple. Sometimes, I think that as followers of Christ, we miss the power in that simple statement. Our God is good! He longs to reach out and show His presence in real and tangible ways. He longs to help the blind see, to bind up the broken-hearted, to set captives free, and to proclaim good news to the poor (Luke 4:18 NIV). If you don’t believe that then just turn to the gospels and read about all of the things that Jesus spent a good portion of His time doing; healing the sick, proclaiming the good news, and bringing hope to people who were down and out.

In reference to receiving healing and tangible blessings from God, I once heard someone say, “But my God doesn’t owe me that.” That person was absolutely right! Our God does not owe us any heavenly or earthly blessings. However, our God did not owe us salvation either. Yet, the Bible says that He came and offered us that free gift when we LEAST deserved it (Romans 5:8 NIV).

Of course our God does not owe us physical healing. Of course He does not owe us provision. God doesn’t even owe us breath in our lungs. However, as the life of Jesus clearly indicates, He longs to present us these gifts anyway. Jesus still healed the sick, even when they were sinners (John 5:5-14). He still multiplied fish and loaves to feed people who would later walk away from Him when His teachings became too much to handle (John 6).

He still raised people from the dead and put breath back in their lungs (John 11).

I am not saying that this grace gives us license to do whatever we want! God’s relentless grace was meant to be a beckoning call to repentance. The Bible says that it is God’s goodness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4 KJV). Receiving His undeniable goodness when we are in a place of rebellion to His will makes us drop to our knees in awe of God. It drives us to finally give up fighting for our own will, and to trust Him enough to grab a hold of His.

This reminds me of when Jesus went fishing with Peter for the first time. When Jesus tells Peter where to drop the nets and Peter halls in a massive catch, Peter falls to his knees and says, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8 NIV)! God’s goodness results in trust. Trust results in our submission to His will for our lives. This will for our lives results in an ever-strengthening relationship. Then, as we grow in relationship with Him and begin to do life His way, He can shower even greater heavenly blessings on our lives!

As I read Isaiah 61, I see a God so good that He created a master plan for me. A plan for me to receive every heavenly blessing that I could NEVER possibly earn or deserve.

I see a God proclaiming the plan for His relentless favor to be poured out on humanity, even though humanity did not deserve it.

Credit to: Brian Maisch

Please Stop Judging People. Here’s Why!

To be honest, I struggle with this. As a motivational blogger and an easy going person, I find myself feeling or acting like I’m more valuable than others.

But I’m not.

Every human life is worth exactly the same. And any action or behavior or statement that leads anyone to believe otherwise, is wrong.

Culture encourages us to discuss other people’s faults. To tear each other down based on looks or the mistakes of our past.

But are we not human? Have we not failed as well? Is determining someone’s worth not more than the clothes they wear or the scars on their life? It reminds me of a statement I’ve read in the Bible, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

This video is a profound reminder of how much depth we miss when we judge those around us. Will you join me in reconsidering a stranger’s value and, possibly, even count them above yourself?

Do you struggle with this? How will this change the way you think about people? Let me know in the comments below..

Trying to Be Perfect Never Works, So Quit It Already!

If you believe it is attainable, you will seek and never find it, you will strive and never achieve it, you will think you’ve got it and then something will happen and you’ll realize you never had it to start with.

It will suck the joy from your life.

There are many of us who have experienced the crippling behavior of perfectionism.

It makes you feel like nothing you are or do is quite enough or quite right.

It leaves you constantly trying to be more, do more, achieve more, make things better and better, until one day you will be able to breathe easy knowing you are perfect, everything you have done is perfect and everything around you is perfect.

It stops you from finishing anything, or it stops you from celebrating what you do finish as you’re too busy looking at what you wish you had done better. This cripples your soul, it torments your mind, it suppresses your creativity, it limits your progress and it slows the pace at which you produce anything (personally or productivity in the workplace). It affects the outcomes you generate and it drastically impacts your enjoyment.

It will cause you to focus on things that simply don’t matter, at the expense of things that truly do matter. It will lead you to see faults, where right next to those faults complete beauty and magic exist.

It will lead you to think you are someone role modelling excellence, when in fact you are role modelling paralyzing over-analysis and complete imbalance in priorities.

It will affect your home life and your career. It will affect your self-esteem and your relationships.

It will impact your thoughts and feelings, and give rise to unnecessary tension and stress.

You will never be perfect, because perfection is not possible. 

Perfection is an illusion. Life by its very nature is imperfect, and you as a human being by your very nature are imperfect.

Additionally, your entire life from birth to death is a process of expansion – to learn and evolve. Perfection goes directly against this process. If you were perfect, and your life were perfect, then you would be done! You would not be here. You could not fulfil the very progression that is inherent in your human nature, and so what would be the point of your life?

Perfection also denies the value and uniqueness of all your imperfections, of all your quirks and development areas, of your beautiful weirdness that you know and I see, and your loved ones adore. Perfection would make you vanilla. You were born much more flavoursome and colourful than that. Your job here in life is to give full expression to every ounce of who you were born as, not to try to fit yourself to a societally defined and unattainable plastic model of “perfection”.

By all means strive for excellence. Have high standards. Face every moment of every day with the intention of being your best self, and giving your all and creating memorable outputs. That will allow you to have inner peace. That will lead you into success. But don’t confuse that with crippling perfectionism. They are completely different perspectives, and give rise to completely different life experiences.

I know all of this because I used to be a perfectionist. So, if you want to change and someone tells you that leopards can’t change their spots, tell them to keep quiet while you prove them wrong!

Without Purpose, Life Is a Motion without Meaning, Activity without Direction, and Events without Reason

The post title is a quote from Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life – which really articulates the importance of having a big picture to press on to. This ties in to my post from last week on pondering how we would want our lives summed up when it’s all said and done. Personally, I want to be remembered as “A man who enjoyed God, enjoyed His many blessings and helped others to do the same.” That’s the big picture for me.

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, Wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” Habakkuk 2: 2-3

In verse 1 of that chapter Habakkuk took a stand on the watch post to hear from God. It’s clear that the big picture comes from seeking God. One key point from Rick’s book is that “knowing purpose (the big picture) reduces stress, simplifies decisions, increases satisfaction and prepares us for eternity”. We need guiding principles/core values to help simplify life decisions. These guiding principles are a natural outflow of the big picture. I see having guiding principles as having a cheat sheet for life, not a replacement for God’s word or dependence on the Holy Spirit, but rather a lens for making decisions. To make this more concrete, here are the guiding principles for my family:

C – Every member of the family is CRUCIAL

H – Live in dependence and reliance of the HOLY SPIRIT

O – Remain OUTWARD focused

O – Live OPENHANDED to God and man

S – Seek to STRENGTHEN those around me

E – Take time to ENJOY God’s blessings

As you can see, beyond having a mnemonic to help me remember these principles, I have a framework on which I can decide the important things to invest my time, money, talent and resources on. Do you have such a ‘Christ-centric’ framework on which you determine what you say yes or no to? Are you able to articulate your core values and guiding principles if someone asked you today? Maybe it’s time to spend time on our watch post like Habakkuk and see what God has to say … whatever it is, don’t forget to write it down.

Punch Fear In The Face: 3 Steps For Turning A Dream Into A Reality

This is for the person who’s considered dropping out of school to start a company, for the working mother who wants more time with her kids, for the young philanthropist who longs for Africa, or the dreamer who hates their job and feels called to something greater. This post is for you.

Shawnrapha

It is never easy to start something from the bottom to the top. I have faced a lot of challenges in whatever idea i try to execute. I have been poor, average, and everything in between.

But one thing has stayed consistent. Fear.

Fear is crippling and it steals our dreams from under us. It’s a heavy voice in our minds whispering why we don’t deserve better, why we will fail, and how our ideas are impossible. But fear is wrong.

Now I could write pages on this topic, but here’s the short. The core of the core that has allowed me to push through the fear. To turn my dreams into a reality. To give me the freedom to control my time and build a life of excitement, adventure, and purpose. It’s not about money. It’s not about education. It’s about smart, calculated action.

Here’s My 3 Steps for Turning Your Dreams Into a Reality.

1. Scratch Your Own Itch: This is a bit of a pre-cursor. Whatever your dream may be, you must start with familiarity. A dream must come from deep within. A fix to a problem you’ve experienced. The fulfillment of a need which is being ignored. Ultimately, a dream that’s “career worthy” provides a solution for a better way.

If your dream is to be a chef but you don’t cook, you might be on the wrong path. If you want to launch a charity but you don’t support other non-profits, you still have work to do. If you want to develop a t-shirt company but know nothing about garments or screen printing, it’s time to research before calling it a “dream”.

2. Start Small, Start Today: Procrastination kills more dreams than failure ever will. I’ve seen too many friends buy domains and create twitter handles to only watch them die in their idea graveyard. Turning a dream into a career takes consistent small advances. Start with paper. No great idea was ever created without a transfer from mind to paper. Then move to conversation. Share it with anybody who will listen. Let your mind hear the proclamation and begin to more thoroughly shape your concept.

Next, set a date. Buy your first batch of yarn. Launch your first blog post. Get your products on Etsy. Buy a plane ticket. Whatever it is, set a date and do it. You only have one life. Mistakes are proof that you’re trying and you’ll never regret chasing your dreams – even if it doesn’t work out.

3. Take a Leap, But Build a Net: a friend of mine was so afraid when launching her company, she sat down and listed every person she knew who she could turn to for a job if it failed and everything fell apart. She folded up the paper with that scribbled list and placed it in the drawer of her desk so she could move forward with boldness. Even today, with millions of naira in annual revenue, she still pull that list out after a tough afternoon and say to herself, “If this doesn’t work out, I’ve got ideas and options. So I might as well be brave today.”

Be bold, be drastic, be crazy, but be smart. Build a financial cushion and define your back-up plan. Remember, walking a tight rope without a safety net is exponentially more dangerous.

What’s your dream? What’s holding you back?

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He Gave Up His Life For You And Me.

Inspiration: Jesus Culture..


Who is like You

Took the sin of the world on Your shoulders
You did it so willingly
God the price You paid will forever be enough
And the life You gave, yeah, You gave it all for love
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Who can fathom
The depths of the seas and the universe
How far does it reach
Still You spread Your arms out upon a cross for us
And the life You gave, yeah, You gave it all for love
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
We will sing, we will sing, we will sing, over again
We will bring the highest praise to the King, sing it again
We will sing, we will sing, we will sing, over again
We will bring the highest praise to the King, sing it again
Sing it again
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
We will sing, we will sing, we will sing, over again
We will bring the highest praise to the King, sing it again
We will sing, we will sing, we will sing, over again
We will bring the highest praise to the King, sing it again
We will sing, we will sing, we will sing, over again
We will bring the highest praise to the King, sing it again
We will sing, we will sing, we will sing, over again
We will bring the highest praise to the King, sing it again
Sing it again
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher
Your name is glorious
We lift You up higher, higher
Come see what God has done
And lift Him up higher, higher

Happy Good Friday!!!

3 Pitfalls Of People Pleasing

As a motivator for some years now, I often challenged teens not to conform to peer pressure but to let God’s Word transform their thoughts and actions (Romans 12:2 NKJV). Recently, I realized we adults suffer from a subtler form of this problem called people pleasing.

A big crowd with lots of people cheering and excited. Please note that the majority of the figures are complete with legs. Just remove the clipping mask.

Those of us who dislike conflict and change (or is that all of us?) find this problem particularly painful. If we’re going to conquer it, though, we have to take an honest look at the pitfalls of putting others’ opinions over what we know God has asked us to do.

Pitfall #1: Pretense over Transparency

Perfectionism often goes hand-in-hand with people-pleasing. We want others to think we have our lives, jobs, and relationships immaculately intact. We crave acceptance and applause at the cost of quenching the impact our messy, imperfect stories can make.

Can you imagine if the Apostle Paul had attempted to cover up his past crimes against Christians? He would never have gained anyone’s trust or been half as effective in spreading the gospel. Instead, he proclaimed from the rooftops “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV).

Are we afraid God can’t use cracked vessels? A quick study of Scripture reveals the very opposite is true. In fact, He chooses the most unlikely people to accomplish His will. Yes, transparency makes us vulnerable, but it can also open doors to the most unexpected, amazing places.

Pitfall #2: Conformity over Convictions

Think about some “gray areas” where godly people often hold varying convictions. Keep in mind that a conviction is a personal belief, not a gold standard.

Since we just talked about transparency, I’ll give a personal example: With rare exception, I don’t watch R-rated movies.Now, does the Bible say, “Thou shalt not watch R-rated movies?” Of course not. In fact, I have friends who can see past the content while still enjoying the story, and I’m happy they can.

If I went to such a movie just so I didn’t “make waves” in a party, I wouldn’t hurt anyone but myself. In I Corinthians 8, the Apostle Paul cautions against injuring our consciences or someone else’s. However, other people can’t respect our convictions if we aren’t open about them. It’s better to be lovingly honest and remember that true friends will respect our boundaries if we communicate what they are.

Pitfall #3: Peacekeeping over Conflict

Gray areas aside, life does contain black and white, right and wrong. God’s Word provides clear direction on many topics this world condones as “socially acceptable” or “freedom of choice.” It also makes plain there’s only one path to heaven through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV).

Certainly, there are times to keep quiet. Several years back during an election, I was acting as manager in my department. Needless to say, the candidates and their controversial platforms often became a heated break room topic. I kept a smile on my lips and my mouth shut, because I didn’t want to lose my effectiveness as manager.

However, we can all think of other situations when staying quiet becomes wrong, because silence often indicates acceptance. In those cases, people-pleasing can hurt our testimony and hinder opportunities to share the gospel. Whether at risk for rejection or not, we need to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15 NKJV).

Do you ever fall into these people pleasing pitfalls? If you’re like I am, we need to take an honest look at our motives, and make sure we’re not sacrificing our integrity and testimony on the altar of people pleasing.

Maybe We All Need Storms So We Can Learn To Find Safety Within Ourselves

Maybe we need a little rain to keep our heads high as we walk through it, live through it and learn how to dance in it. Maybe the sound of raindrops is exactly what we need to listen to our own voice clearly away from all the noise and have the courage to follow it. Have the courage to see where it leads us. Maybe we need to feel the rain on our skin so it can wash away our pain, our fears and cleanse our wounds and our scars. Cleanse our souls.

Maybe we need a little thunder to force us to find a warm home; a place to run to when we’re scared. A place to run to when we need shelter. A place where we can feel safe. A place where we can feel protected. A place where we can feel loved.

Maybe we need storms to remind us of what’s missing in our lives or remind us that we have our own storms to take care of. Maybe we fear storms because they remind us of the void we still need to fill. Maybe we fear storms because we’re scared to face them alone. We’re scared we’re not going to find a shoulder to lean on or a home to go to when it’s time to lock ourselves in.

And sometimes storms remind us of the people who started a storm within us and left us alone. The ones who made it rain without giving us an umbrella. The ones who caused a fire in our hearts and never put it out. The ones who threw us alone in the cold without giving us anything to keep us warm.

But if there’s one thing I learned about storms, it’s that they bring so much clarity after they’re gone. They bring peace. They bring a renewed sense of faith. They bring some calm to the chaos. And maybe that’s why we need them in our lives. So we can come out a little wiser. So we can get an answer or two. So we can learn how to shelter ourselves from the unexpected twists of fate.

And maybe we all need storms to remind us that God will always be in control and he may bring things that we don’t understand or things that we are not prepared for but it’s also part of teaching us how to survive, how to be humble knowing that even on sunny days we can’t control the weather. Even the strongest of us will feel helpless in the face of a storm.

Or maybe it’s a matter of perspective , some of us will look at the storm and expect the worst or think the world is going to end and some will look at it as a cleansing method before the sun shines again. Some will look at it and look forward to who they’ll become after the storm is over. Who they’ll become after the rain has washed away their painful past. Who they’ll become after they’ve survived the worst of storms.

Maybe the universe keeps bringing us storms because it’s not done teaching us important lessons about mother nature or about
ourselves.