Have a Compassionate Holiday

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For most, the holiday season is a loving, fun-filled time of giving, friends, family and food. But for some, Christmas can be a difficult time as they battle through, loss, grief, depression, or anxiety. Take time to think about the feelings of those you will be around during this holiday season. While you are searching for the perfect gift, remember to give love, joy and compassion too. A kind word or gesture can sometimes bring more delight, and show more thoughtfulness than the most expensive gift.

A Good Life Needs Good Friends

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Where do you place your friends on your list of priorities? Most of us don’t put as much planning and thought into our friendships as we do other parts of our lives, until something happens to make us question them. Part of living a good life is having good personal relationships. Our friends deserve our commitment and attention and should hold a special place in our lives.

In this season of thanksgiving, take time to show your appreciation for friends that take a genuine interest in your life; are givers and not just takers; are loyal; are positive; appreciate you for who you are; and are open, honest, and real. Good friends are hard to come by. They know you and still like you! Take time to develop your friendships. Life is a lot more enjoyable when you can share it with your friends.

Joy Is Not Circumstantial

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We all go through struggles. Struggles consistently bombard us as we journey through life. We are faced with various unforeseeable circumstances, many of which, we can label as unfavorable or unpleasant. Sometimes because of the unpleasantness of many circumstances we turn bitter and harbor resentment for the situations we are faced with. This often leads to sadness, and in compounded cases depression.  There is nothing wrong with feeling sad, a little depressed or even anger; however, when we dwell in these emotions and act negatively upon them it becomes a cause for concern. It is imperative that we realize that joy is not dependent upon our feelings or circumstances.

Joy is a powerful emotion and is a wonderful emotion to allow to surround your life. Joy and happiness help fill our lives with positivity and productivity. Joyfulness is also a very contagious emotion, and is likely to spread from you to others. This is very important in the marketplace. When you are filled with joy, you exude an energy that will attract to you favorable opportunities. Also, as a leader, being filled with joy is a very powerful way to motivate your team, as creating a joyful atmosphere will increases productivity.

As individuals, we are responsible for our emotional state and responses. Therefore, to be joyful is a choice. No matter what obstacles are thrown into our paths, we can always choose to remain joyful. No circumstance, good or bad, should dictate whether the presence of joy is in our lives. True joy goes beyond what is taking place in the physical realm of our lives, because it is connected to our contentment, confidence and hope.

Take the time to reflect and discover your joy and be sure to keep it, nurture it and never let it go.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below.

The Time is Now

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Tick Tock Tick Tock – the clock don’t stop.

As humorous as the beginning of this blog may be, please know that the above mentioned statement is the absolute truth. The clock hasn’t stopped, and time is of the essence. There is a door of opportunity for you to make “that” move right now and your hesitation (even but for just a moment) can possibly cause you to thwart your destiny.

There is a lot common threads to people who experience success. One of those threads that will undeniable  be in any person of success is that they are a risk taker. They know how to move on their gut instinct and make a decision faster than you can blink. They are not moving without thought, they are very aware that their decision can possibly cost them big, but they make it anyway. In the end, their ability to think swiftly and discern “moments” always pays off with big dividends.

That idea that has been in your head for the last couple of months, weeks, and/or days is not happenstance. This is a divine moment for you to act, take a leap of Faith and let God create a piece of land and a parachute for a soft landing.

Are you up for the challenge? Don’t wait another moment, make your move today!

You Have All the Power You Need

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As you all may know I like to do a sermon series every month. The October Sermon Series is called, “Power” Our culture is obsessed with the ideal of having power. We kill, slander, and will risk our closes relationships to gain more power. The travesty is the one area that we lack power in, is the most important area- that is personal power. We are public successes and private failures, as our pockets are full, but our souls are bankrupt. I want to spend a little time today discussing the empowerment of the soul.
Here are five reasons why self-empowerment is the greatest power.

1. You can’t Control Life

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. That is one of the famous quotes from the movie Forest Gump. In other words, life is so unpredictable, there is no telling from moment to moment what will come next. I’ve had days that started off great and ended horribly. As well, I’ve had days that started of horribly and ended great. What I’ve learned from both type of days, is that life I can’t control, but me I can. I’ve spent years trying to forecast life, wondering will this happen, asking myself why that doesn’t happen, till I realized I can’t control the this and the that, but what I can control is myself. Empowering myself means that I wear life experiences like a loose shirt. Easy on and easy off. I stopped focusing on the experience and started focusing on the lessons that the experiences was trying to teach me. I discovered my personal temperament and dedicated myself to stay at that level whether things are good or bad. This is what the Apostle Paul says, I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12,13) Today make a commitment to never follow the unpredictability of life, but focus on empowering yourself to handle each experience with the purpose of learning lessons that will make you better.

2. You can’t control people

Even more fickle then life is PEOPLE. Some days they are for you, other days they are against you. I’m reminded of the Apostle Peter, how he very adamantly replied to the Lord that he will not deny him, as Jesus was preparing them for what was to come. He was even the brave one, that drew his sword and cut the soldiers ear off as they reached to apprehend Jesus. It was also that same Peter who denied Jesus 3 times on the exact same night. We often give people too much of our power, no one person’s words, money, support, love or the lack thereof should make or break your strive to your purpose. We are so empty, that we live for the validation of man, even if we know that means the risk of being hurt or mistreated we continue to fall into that vicious cycle anyway. What you should focus on doing is learning to give yourself, what you would like from others. No one, and I mean no one, can lift you up like you can. Are you void of support and validation? Look in the mirror and give it to yourself. Void of Love? Love yourself! This will create a healing and a wholeness that we transmigrate to every part of your life. You will then start attracting people to you, that don’t want your power, but instead want to assist you in empowering yourself.

3. You can’t change what has happened

One of the greatest drainers of power is the past. Sometimes it seems that people would rather live miserable in their present, then release themselves of their past. Here is the key: THE PAST IS THE PAST. You can’t re-write, change, edit, manipulate, or re-do what has already happened. With that being said, we spend a lot of our energy (power) trying to do that. We hold loved ones hostage, wanting them to say or do something to ease the miserableness of what they did many years ago. Not realizing the more power you give your past, the less you have to use to create a great present and future. I want to challenge you today, LET IT GO. Forgive them, release it, pardon yourself- LET IT GO.

4. You can’t predict the future

Just like you can’t change the past, you can’t predict the future. Matthew 6:34 states, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” We spend a lot of time worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. Here is the way I like to put it: The what ifs will ruin your what is. You can put so much focus on what could happen that you let slip out of your hands what is happening. If you’re like me, you have spent countless hours worrying about something that will or will not happen in the future, when in fact everything always works out for the good anyway. Yes did you hear me? Whatever you are worrying about will work out for your good. So don’t spend your power trying to fix things that haven’t even broke yet. Focus on your now.

5. You are your greatest asset.

You. Yes you. You are your greatest asset. Nothing can compare to you. Psalms 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” You have everything you need to succeed already inside of you. You don’t need anyone or anybody to add or take away from your excellence. Don’t ever put yourself in second string, while promoting something or someone outside of yourself. No one can beat you being who you were meant to be. My challenge to you is to realize that you have the power. Whether it is losing weight, starting a business, getting out of debt – whatever it is, you already have it in you to do it. Outside sources are meant to be encouragement, coaches and/or mentors, but the one that has to do the work is you.

BIG NEWS

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I am so pumped about a strong finish to 2013! Here is a personal invitation to join me at church this Sunday. Below you will find 3 reasons to join me.

1-LAST SUNDAY IN 2013 Sunday
-90 Minutes of Amazing Energy
-Powerful praise and worship (with live praise band)
-Our final Holy Communion Fellowhsip of 2013
-I will share the Life changing, thought provoking relevant message of Jesus
-This is a great opportunity for your family to make a spiritual decision together

2- TICKET PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY
-This is your final opportunity to purchase your ticket to the evening of elegance and appreciation. (we only have 10 left)
-All and I do mean ALL of the folks that have served at our local church throughout 2013 will be honored at this event.
-I would be so happy if you joined me in honoring these dedicated hard working individuals.

3- HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT
-I will share some amazing and inspiring news with you as we head into 2014