Set Sail

May 17, 2013 Comments Off

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After many years of college, I have come to a very valuable conclusion that I wish I could tell myself many many years ago.

I realized that I was living in a critical fallacy that I believe thousands, if not millions, of people still believe to this day.

It’s sort of a long and complicated problem, but bare with me as I explain it.

For many years of my life, I truly was living under the belief that I can attain friends in my life by simply succumbing to their interests. It was a subconscious habit that I didn’t even realize I was actually living out until recently. I saw all the “popular” people, the ones that everybody knew their name, doing something or being at a certain place. I believed that’s what I needed to do or be at that place doing those things to have their kind of attention attention. I believed that in order to attain the amount of friends or social standing they had, I simply needed to copy and paste what they did into my life and I could get to that same place.

I truly don’t believe it’s a conscious thing or decision you make, but it’s something that you might find yourself doing everyday if you simply analyze your own life.

So, am I merely saying the 100 year old question “If someone jumps off a cliff, are you going to do it too?” No.

It’s time to pause your life, think about where you’re headed, and either continue or set sail for a new destination.

To truly reach your God-given purpose and maximum impact on your world it requires a lot of thought and sacrifice.

Setting sail for a new era in your life requires that you head to sea alone, with no crew. It requires that you may not know exactly how to get where you want to go, but you’re going to trust God to fill your boat with the crew you need to succeed on your journey and fill your sails with the energy needed to reach your destination.

True and meaningful relationships always abide by the rule “like attracts like.”

Plain and simply, actually live out who you want to be and God will provide the people along side your life. Don’t be afraid to walk alone, know that the trail in your life is very long and has many opportunities for God to put someone(s) next to you.

Don’t be afraid to start by yourself, know that you won’t end alone.

Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Just Hold On

October 1, 2012 Comments Off

Somewhere along the spectrum of time, you reach you a point where you feel like you’re in the unknown- stuck between what you know in your heart and what you see with your eyes and hear with your ears.

Yet, the feeling deep down won’t leave you. Whether it’s your dream job, next promotion, or achievement- it’s the thing that keeps you up late at night.

But somewhere along the lines, someone told you that you couldn’t do it, that it could’t be done, or you weren’t good enough.

For far too many, we depend on others for our affirmation of our own personal call to arms. We allow others to dictate whether we rise or stand, we look to others at our means of going or staying. Yet, we slowly let go of those dreams because we let others slowly take it away from us- we let the dreams fade and we let the harsh reality set in that nobody believes in us.

However, leadership was never meant to be a number on paper, a amount of followers on twitter, or a certain pay grade. Leadership comes from the heart, it comes from being able to push past the nay-sayers- it’s your ability to tune out what the world wants you to believe to chase after what keeps you awake at night.

So whether you’re aspiring to be the next CEO, President, or innovator of our time- just hold on a little longer because you might be on the verge of something great.

More times than not, our greatest setbacks are setups for something huge in our life.

No matter what the haters say, no matter who comes against you- you have destiny on your side. You have your God given appointed time to take this moment and make it great. You can be the difference, step up and step out for what you know to be true in your heart.

Great leaders aren’t simply promoted, they’ve been given a God given ability to lead.

No matter what the haters say, no matter who comes against you…If this is your time and you know it deep down, don’t let anyone take it from you because this is your moment to shine- don’t miss it.

Failed Once, Fail Again?

September 23, 2012 Comments Off

Leadership – Often attributed for being characteristics of inspiring, innovative, creative, successful people. With the greatest of leaders being written down for their stats, accomplishments, and other notable marks to society that sets the standard of how good of a leader they are.

However, the greatest mark of any leader is the ability to fail and get back up. The ability to stay their course when everything else is in shambles and isn’t looking the way they envisioned it to.

Nolan Nawrocki once wrote about draft hopeful Cam Newton “He does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room. … Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.”

When Walt tried to get MGM studios to distribute Mickey Mouse in 1927 he was told that the idea would never work– a giant mouse on the screen would terrify women.

As a child, Einstein seldom spoke. When he did, he spoke very slowly – indeed, he tried out entire sentences in his head (or muttered them under his breath) until he got them right before he spoke aloud. According to accounts, Einstein did this until he was nine years old. Einstein’s parents were fearful that he was retarded.

We come to know and love some of our planets most inspiring leaders for their accomplishments and ability to succeed, but very seldom to we realize what they went through to get there. Everyone wants to succeed as a leader, but nobody is willing to go through what it takes to get there.

So what’s the moral of the story?

No matter what you’re going through, no matter who is putting you down, or just how vague your life may seem- don’t give up hope. Don’t give up on yourself, your goals, your dreams, or your visions for the world of tomorrow. Because at the end of the day, each and every person has the ability to be a leader, an innovator, but they have to be willing to fail.

Nobody will ever be able to take away everything that you are inside, don’t ever let anyone take away the passions of your heart because they are the only thing worth getting up for at the crack of dawn- they are what makes you tick and what keeps you tossing in bed at night because they are your God given destiny.

 

Handyman

May 19, 2012 Comments Off

A few weeks ago, I found out that something was wrong with my apartment that would require a maintenance worker to come by and fix. However, I wasn’t able to call for help because my apartment was too messy to have someone come over. I felt obligated to clean up my mess before I could ask for help because I was too embarrassed.

How many times in our lives do we feel like this is our life with God? We feel like we have an issue that we know we have messed up on, know we have committed sin, and need healing, but we’re too ashamed or embarrassed to ask God for help in the situation.

We allow ourselves to believe that we are too messed up, too “dirty” to be able to ask God for help. When in reality, we are at the perfect place to let God step into our lives. When we have nothing, God is up to something. It is the people that are the most broken that have the opportunity to become something greater if they are willing to give God the broken pieces.

So often we believe that we have to fix our mess or put our life back together before we can become closer with Jesus- when in reality He is the only thing that can.

So next time you feel like you have to fix the issue before you call for help from God, remember that He wants you just as you are, but doesn’t plan to leave you just as you are.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his son is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42: 5,8)


What Could Be

May 14, 2012 Comments Off

What could be your next friendship, next dating relationship, next marriage, next lifelong bond could be thrown away more easily than you think.

For so many of us, we want to be a healer- want to feel important to someone. For so many of us, we want to step into someones life that we care so much about and fix their problems because we want them to be happy. For so many of us, we end up ruining what could be by being what we shouldn’t be- a fixer.

God has not created you to occupy the place of healing in someones heart that was only meant for Him. Why? Because unfortunately you can’t. There is only one name in Heaven and on Earth with power to save, power to forgive, power to heal, and His name is Jesus.

We ruin our relationships by trying to be the healer, the fixer, and end up making matters worse because once we get to a certain point we realize we can’t fix them.

It is our duty to stop talking and start praying for that issue. Stepping into the area of someones heart that is only meant for God may work for a season, but will leave your relationship in shambles before too  long because you cannot fulfill the healing source that God can.

As hard as this may seem, you have to let go and let God take over of the one you care about so much because He is the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega.

Sometimes silence in these situations means we care more than speaking up because we have to give the issue to God to heal them, for God to protect them, and to work out His plan in their life- no matter how much we want to intervene.

I can’t fix your issue, but I want to be there every step of the way and walk with you through it.

Who’s Your Keeper?

April 22, 2012 Comments Off

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Phil 4:6-7

One of the most important decision you will make for the rest of your life is who you decide to marry. However, for so many of us we really don’t have a lot to go on besides “oh, he/she’s attractive and fun”.

So, I have put together 3 checklist items for you to see if your on-track with what I believe is the right direction. Ask yourself, who are you allowing to be the keeper of your heart, mind, and happiness?

  1. Are you more concerned with the you in you or the you in us? I think one of the biggest and fastest mistakes in a relationship is to lose sight of who you are as a person- your values, your relationship with God, and your morals. Keeping in touch with the you in you (who you are as a person) will keep you on track with where God wants you to be. The moment we begin to act and make decisions based on our emotions, we run the risk of creating serious mistakes that will not only affect the relationship, but our life as a whole. Keeping up with who you are is so critical and ensures for a long-lasting relationship. God created the person you want to be with, you cannot change the way they act. Stop wasting time trying to fix their tendencies that you don’t like about them and either learn to compromise or move on. Do not dig yourself in the never ending hole of trying to mold them, focus on YOU first because the MOST important relationship that you will ever have is between you and Jesus Christ.
  2. Where am I looking for in my worth, my self esteem, and feelings about myself? I think the common tendency is that the longer we date someone or the more we care about them, the more we give away our rights to our feelings. We begin to only seek their approval rather than Gods. I think this is especially important for non-married couples because it is so easy to fall prey to seeking attention through a comment and feeling lesser about ourself if our significant other forgets to comment about our new dress or our latest hair style. The moment we become obsessed with what others think about us, is the moment that we forget who created us. The bible tells us that we are uniquely and wonderfully made in His image, we are made in the image of God; therefore, we are special because He says so, not because he says so….
  3. Does my view on Sex involve emotional and physical sensations or symbolism? After reading Genesis, we find out that sex and marriage were things that God made for Adam and Eve- which would then be obviously carried on to our generation. However, for the longest time when I thought about sex I always considered it to be something that was pleasurable to our bodies and that was it. But after reading Genesis, we find that God created marriage as a symbol between a man and a woman to show their relationship together, to live together, and to help each other out. The bible clearly states that men are responsible to be respectful, honorable, and serving their wives. Sex isn’t just an emotion, a movie rating, or something to do in your bed- sex was created by God for us. God created the institution of marriage, and designed sex to be the ultimate creator of intimacy. Just go read Song of Solomon! You will find out that romance is referred to as intoxicating, Sex is only meant for a husband and wife, which is clearly found in many many verses throughout the bible. On a practical level, I think that commitment is especially important to keep because the emotional intimacy is all too powerful to share with just any stranger. God wants to protect us, not deprive us of what we want. There is a time and place for everything.

 

When the Sun Goes Down

April 22, 2012 Comments Off

What about the parents who pray and their child never gets well? What about when the job loss comes? The relationship that never comes together because of the divorce or the cheating? We all have examples in our own life when we asked God for something and  nothing happens. You didn’t do anything wrong, but the events beyond your control forced you away from your dream, your wish.

Sometimes the good, Godly people are the ones that have it the hardest because we think we are doing everything God has asked us to do and nothing is happening.

Nobody can answer what God’s will is, but it’s not a question of “why” God, but “what” do you want to do in my life God?

Seize the opportunity of your adversity to see Gods glory. What if our greatest hurt, our greatest crisis to see what Gods plan is for our life. Seek Him more in this time of pain and confusion.

What would it look like for you to be the miracle in a situation of pain for your life? Seize the potential of the pain to see what God wants to teach you- you have to trust in Jesus as the sun goes down.

God does not always answer our prayers, but He will NEVER waste our faith. God works on our behalf, even when it seems are prayers are being answered. Sometimes the greatest setback in our lives are the greatest setups to see God in our life and to grow a relationship with Him that will last us an entire lifetime.

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