Start Your Day with WWJD

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

You remember the “WWJD” phrase? This was the most popular Christian saying back in the 1990s. In fact, it was so culturally iconic, you weren’t considered cool or Christian unless you wore a WWJD bracelet (maybe not that extreme lol)! However, the motto, “What would Jesus do?”  does hold so much truth in how we demonstrate our actions in every situation and circumstance as believers. I also believe it can be a catalyst for how we shape our mindset to start our day.

This is an encouragement for you this morning to start your day with God. Let me ask you this… did you wake up with a worrisome thought about life? Did you wake up with thoughts of fear? Or how about thoughts of extreme lack of motivation for the day…dreading the work hours ahead of you? Did you wake up feeling rushed, too busy to think with all of the work you HAVE to get done today? If any of those scenarios didn’t fit, then you probably were the one who walked mindlessly to the bathroom or kitchen, possibly contemplating if you could sneak in five extra minutes of sleep. Yet, in all of these scenarios, if we’re not careful, they can be the catalyst to how we go into the rest of our day, with a filter being worried, doubtful, tired, stressed, or without purpose. But what if we woke up thinking WWJD?

Remember that worrisome situation that was on your mind when you woke up? “If you’re tuned into God, the first thing you’ll do in any worrisome situation is lift it up to Him.” When we wake up in the morning and devote the priority of the day to our King, we do what Jesus would have done…go to the Father in prayer. I find setting time each morning to pray before anything else, is the most important part of your 24 hours.

God can do more when we allow Him with our day, then we can do on our own. Give Him control.

Praying prepares our hearts and minds for whatever may come at us that day. Prayer allows us to cast every burden and weight on the Lord so that we can start each morning free and joyful. Prayer is setting the thermostat for our day. When we set it, we carry the presence of God that has the power to influence people and situations for His glory. When we don’t set it, well…we can be subject to the people and circumstances around us. So let’s hold true to the motto WWJD. Let’s start each day communing with Christ in prayer and reading God’s Word, even if its just for a few minutes. I’m telling you, your life will change all for the better! Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

Power of Believing in Yourself

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In 2008, a first year head coach hung a sign up in his football players’ meeting room which had the word “BELIEVE” on it. The team was going through so many problems. They had not one ten games in a season in 18 years and had not won a championship since 1981. Fast forward nine years later and Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers football program are now your 2017 College Football National Champions. His team needed to believe in themselves, if they were to overcome a record of mediocrity (Schiffer, 2017). “Believe,” Swinney says, “is a powerful thing. Powerful enough to change anything” (Hayes, 2017).

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic of belief lately. We all have things and values that we believe in. Our lives are a reflection of what we believe and the habits we build around our belief system. Believing is so simple, we do not think about it, and often we miss it all the time. However, I want to pose this question to you. What do you believe? More specifically, what do you believe about yourself?

There are very few successful people who are not positive and confident in themselves. In many cases they are even less gifted and less skilled in what they do, they just think differently than others who are not as successful. Believing is the doorway of entry. It is the doorway to hopes and dreams and the future that you imagine it to be. Believing is a process of becoming and growing into all of the purposes and potential hidden inside of you and I. Unfortunately, I think our society has misinterpreted what it means to believe in oneself. The problem is that today, many people think that they can do anything, alone, and without any help from others. There is no such thing as the self-made man and independent go-getter. These people are trying to make a life of doing something, rather than becoming something.

As Christians, we are not only called to believe in Jesus, but we are also to believe in ourselves too. We must see ourselves the way we really are, with the help of Jesus Christ. Writer Gerald Kennedy has a lot to say about this topic. He says, “the more we understand the reality of our own hearts, the more we see the need for Christ; pride is the root of sin.” The world is full of people who feel hopeless and reckless, but they try to build up a picture that looks as if they are strong and can stand alone. I have been guilty of this as well. It is the lust of proving oneself that they are a star, to tell the world how good they are and that they deserve praise. Yet, even the very best of us fall short of the righteousness of God. The difference where we fall short and what God has for us is found in the healthy and pure form of Belief…in oneselfANDin God.

Finally, through Jesus Christ, our eyes are opened and we see the truth about who we are….children of God. We were never meant to do this thing called life alone. We were made in the image of our Father, created for Himself and for His great pleasure. Romans 8 speaks about being God’s children. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17). Then in Romans 8 verse 19, it says, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.”

Do you realize who you are? You are an heir to God and co-heir with Christ! You are created a little lower than Elohim! You are a mighty warrior! You are a masterpiece, created from the very hands of God the Universe! You are above and not beneath! You are royalty and a citizen of the Kingdom of Majesty! You have the very breath of God inside of you! Do I need to continue? You are set apart, holy, and purposed for great destiny! You are whole, healed and free! You can do more than you think you can and you can have more what you think you can have!

When you understand and BELIEVE who you really are through Christ, only then can you truly be REVEALED.

You won’t get anyone to believe in who you are until you believe in yourself. Break off the old mindset and up your game of self-perception! It is those who know their God that can truly know themselves. It is those that believe in themselves and God that will truly do great exploits.

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God just wants your belief. God cannot use your unbelief. Look at the countless examples of people in the Bible that believed. Abraham was counted righteous because he believed God. Moses led the people out of Egypt because he surrendered to a belief in himself and God. Esther saved a nation because she believed. The woman at the well in the New Testament believed in the coming Messiah and as a result went to witness to her town about the Christ who was there. So my question to you again is this. Will you simply… just…. believe? Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

 

 

The Dream Chaser by Tony Gaskins, Jr.

The first book to jump start this year off is a great read from Tony A. Gaskins, Jr., titled, “The Dream Chaser.” It’s certainly well worth your time and will inspire and encourage those with an entrepreneur spirit in them to keep believing in their dreams. In my own journey towards transformation, I want to share some of the insightful nuggets that stood out to me from the book. Don’t just rely on these few quotes though, go pick it up for yourself! Be Blessed. Be Revealed.

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The Dream Chaser

By: Tony A. Gaskins, Jr.

  • You have to question the path.
  • While studying in school, you should spend just as much time studying yourself.
  • Don’t sleep on your dreams. There are natural gifts inside of you that could change your life.
  • If you want to sleep through life, then get comfortable; but if you want to be great in this life, then you’ll have to stretch yourself.
  • Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not and miss out on who you can become.
  • A fantasy is rooted in pleasure. A dream is rooted in purpose.
  • Don’t wish, just work.
  • Have a vision so big that certain parts of it are blurry and it only clears up as you walk by faith toward it.
  • Don’t get caught up in the system so much that you fail to do what you were born to do. Tap into your gifts and use them to help make your life better.
  • You have to follow the calling, not the crowd.
  • How can God trust you with the world when he can’t trust you with your own home?
  • There is a lot of growth in the climb, just as there is growth in the valley.

    I guarded my eyes and my ears very closely because I was growing.

  • You can’t delegate your destiny.
  • Success is made in the oven. It takes time to become successful, and you have to work for it like there is no tomorrow.
  • It was family time and grind time.
  • Confidence comes from strength. Arrogance comes from insecurity.
  • Don’t settle for mediocre people if you aren’t a mediocre person.
  • Don’t compromise your value, your morals, or your beliefs.
  • You constantly have to be creating and innovating, whether that’s new materials or new products. You have to keep working.
  • Make it simple as possible but not one bit simpler.
  • I knew there wasn’t a downside to having self-respect.
  • Learn something about every aspect of your business, and be consistent in your gift.
  • Three C’s: Confidence, Content, and Consistency
  • When you learn how to love, you learn how to live. Your family should be your first priority.

From Failure to Promise

There is nothing more heartfelt and inspiring to me than someone who has overcome many odds and achieved success. I’ve been there and I’m still there. To see the determination and drive of others reach their goals, encourages me to keep running my race.

The famous Zig Ziglar once stated, “Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You’re the only one who can do it permanently.”

Winners are just ex-losers who GOT MAD. ~ Jeanne Mayo

From Failure to Promise is an unbelievable story about Dr. Cleamon Moorer and his journey of being a college flunk-out to becoming a university professor and dean. He shares his own insights, experiences, but ultimately his personal walk of faith and trust in God. Like all of the books I read and post on Revealed8, I encourage you to pick up and read too! Here are some nuggets from the book that transformed me. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

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  • The promise comes from within; it has to be harnessed, cultivated, manifested, and then realized.
  • We, the conquerors, undergo a series of setbacks only to be set up for the promise that God has in store for us.
  • Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
  • …I would hate to see you waste your talent; you can be anything in this world, if you push for it.
  • Can you envision what you want to do next?
  • Asses how your current environment serves as an inhibitor or as catalyst to the fulfillment of your goals.
  • God will show you your heart’s desire, and he will also provide you the means to fulfill your dreams.
  • Beloved, I encourage you to keep making those steps toward pursuing success.
  • When you begin pulling and searching for things that you don’t have, remember that you have God. He is, and owns EVERYTHING.
  • If you really want something worth having, you have to sacrifice for it. It may require bleeding, sweating, and even crying to get it. Just ask the Lord to help you out along the way. Take breaks, but don’t break away from it.
  • Merit and success are great to achieve. Success coupled with humility and integrity is even better.
  • Our dilemmas are God’s opportunity.
  • Understanding that God has to be the source of our strength, hope, and determination changes everything.
  • Never give up in your pursuits.
  • In your attempts to move forward remember to help bring others forward with you.
  • Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. Luke 17:33
  • POWERFUL: preparation, opportunity, will of God, enter, receive, faithful, unlimited love
  • When God calls you, you will know it, and you’ll never be able to forget it.
  • One often has to do what they have to do in order to do what they want to do; however, if you only do what you want to do, then you will never do what you have to do.
  • It is unacceptable to take a deaf ear and a blind eye to the world’s poor, sick and diseased.
  • Our greatest failure would be not to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to forgo the responsibility of making this world better than how we found it.
  • You can go as far as your faith will take you.
  • Most people who are committed to continuous growth and change will find that transformation is a life-long process.
  • My future and realizing my full promise was contingent upon my OBEDIENCE to God.
  • The pendulum does shift. Trouble can’t and will not last always.

 

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~ Winston Churchill

Today is the day! No Excuses!

Focus

FOCUS.

Set your gaze on the prize and don’t let it go.

Your destiny is too important not to lock in to what sets your heart on fire.

So I want to encourage you to make every step count.

That may require you to let go of somethings, some people, even the good….

so God can take you to great.

The word FOCUS has been buzzing around in my ear for some time now. In this season of transition that I am in, I realize that self-discipline and focus are key to taking me to what is next. I read this book by Brian Tracy called No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline. Here are a few nuggets I got that has been transforming my thinking and has allowed me to refocus in some areas where I lack discipline. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

  • The development of self-discipline and self-mastery is the high road that makes everything possible for you.
  • Most successful people are long-term thinkers. Short-term gain can cause long-term pain.
  • Everything is hard before it’s easy.
  • The ultimate end of life is the development of character, not the things you acquire.
  • Learn from the experts. Read their books. Attend their seminars. Write to them.
  • Be a lifelong student of your craft.
  • Reading one hour per day in your field will make you a national authority in three to five years.
  • If you could spend an afternoon with anyone, living or dead, what one person would you choose? Why? Why would that person want to spend an afternoon with you?
  • You can make excuses or you can make progress. You choose.
  • Don’t delay. Procrastination is not only the thief of time; it is the thief of life.
  • The difference between successes and failures in life is simply that winners take the First Step.
  • Leaders have courage and they have staying power. It is the ability to hang in there and fight after you have gone all in and before you have seen any results or rewards.
  • Before you begin any major undertaking, tell yourself, “I never give up.”
  • Nothing can really stop you but yourself.
  • Develop the reputation for being the hardest-working person in your business.
  • The reason why so many entrepreneurs under-achieve and fail is that they lack discipline and the ability to delay gratification. Don’t let this happen to you.
  • Practice CANEI Formula: Continuous and Never-Ending Improvement.
  • There are no shortcuts. It takes what it takes.
  • Discipline yourself to act every minute of the day as if everyone were watching you.
  • You cannot manage time; you can only manage yourself.
  • Go through your life regularly and practice “creative abandonment.”
  • There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important things.
  • The quality of your thinking largely determines the quality of your life.
  • Leadership is the ability to solve problems.
  • The happiest of all people are those who feel that they are doing something worthwhile and important with their lives. They feel they are stretching and moving beyond anything they’ve ever done before.
  • To be an effective listener, feed back what the other person has said and paraphrase it in your own words.
  • The greatest gift is LOVE.
  • You are mentally and emotionally healthy to the degree that you can freely forgive anyone who has hurt you in any way. Everyone needs peace of mind.
  • The discipline of forgiveness is the key to the spiritual kingdom.
  • You have a wonderful mind. You can use your mind on your behalf or you can use it against yourself.