All posts tagged: motivation

God, Time, and Promotion


The proper time for promotion It is not my time It is not a chanced time It is not premature time It is not an expired time It is God’s time! The key to finding God’s time is twofold: Humility Humble yourself under His mighty power… in due time He will lift you up! Trust Casting all anxieties on Him We are either prideful or fearful in general when it comes to finding success, achieving our goals or reaching our destiny. We often get in the way of the Lord by enthroning ourselves. We are impatient. So we take matters into our own hands. And instead of seeking Him for wisdom we operate on a human level instead of on God’s supernatural grace. The result is fear and frustration. The longer we stay in that state, the harder it becomes for us to step into God’s proper time. When fear begins to rule, we fall further away from seeing God at work in our lives. Fear unleashes in us all forms of anxieties. We shut …

10 Greatest OT Speeches that Moved a Generation


We’ve all been touched and moved by the words of others: A speech by our favorite political icon A sermon by our favorite preacher A lecture by our favorite professor Or, the charisma of our favorite actor. Their words captured our imagination, transported us to another world. Their words made us feel like we could change the world, even if it meant laying down our very lives. My personal favorite is Mel Gibson in Braveheart: They can take our lives, but they will never take our freedom. Similarly, when we look at scriptures, we find some incredibly moving rally cries. Defining moments that moved a generation. Here are my personal favorites. I hope you find them compelling as I do. Elijah Generation “Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent… Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O LORD, prove …

The Strongman is just and Old Man


We are all afraid of something.When it come to dealing with the enemy if our soul, that ancient serpant. We sometimes think he is stronger, bigger and badder. How much of a game changer would it be to understand that the strongman is just an old man. What difference will it make in your approach to dealing with him, if you had an insider’s understanding about what he thinks about you? What matters most in spiritual warfare, is not what you think about your enemy, it’s what your enemy thinks about you. Here is a story that does just that God appeared to him and called him “a mighty man of valor.” In the same chapter, just a few verses between each other,mother Lord commissioned him to “go and deliver Israel in this might that is yours.” God also insisted that “I will be with you.” The Lord established a covenant with him. Yet Gideon did not believe and asked God on two separate occasions to either wet or dry a fleece. Even after the …

The missing piece


I am a firm believer that every one of us have a gift. We are all destined to do something in life that no one else could ever do. Even if we did our best to imitate somebody else’s gift we could never quite deliver like they do. Each one of us are uniquely created and strategically gifted and placed to do just one thing and do it like no one else could. I recently read the story about an eighty-six year old man named Jack Harris. It took him more than five-hour a day for eight years to complete a 5 ft jigsaw puzzle of James Tissot’s painting “The Prodigal Son” – only to find out that there was a missing piece. He looked for that piece but it was nowhere to be found. See, the piece was accidentally thrown away and the thought of not completing the puzzle left Jack really sad. Fortunately, the manufacturer heard Jack’s story about the missing piece and graciously custom-made that piece for him to complete building the puzzle. There is a song that only you could write, …

Like a fire burning in my bones


You’ve been here before, searching, looking, burning the midnight oil, tossing and turning on your bed, searching for answers and still can’t come up with anything. You are looking for that one thing that will turn your life around. You feel stuck and life is dull. You’ve tried everything, yet, you are still bored to death. Your 9 to 5 or 5 -9 isn’t cutting it for you. You want more. You are hoping that something will click inside of you, wake you up and propel you toward your destiny. But, the only thing missing is your definition of the one thing that moves you, the one thing that makes sense, that one thing that gets you fired up. When Michael Jordan turned 50, ESPN Magazine ran an extended essay/interview about Jordan’s continuing obsession (or idolatry) with the best days of his basketball career. The article stated: [Jordan’s] self-esteem has always been, as he says, “tied directly to the game.” Without it, he feels adrift. Who am I? What am I doing? For the past 10 years, since …

Having a Bad Day? Check out what you need to do


Let me be a prophet of doom for a moment. If you’ve never had a bad day, brace yourself; it is coming soon. It is not a matter of if; it’s only a matter of when. We all have bad days, the Bishops do; the giants of faith do, the Apostles do; the Prophets do, Pastors do and most certainly – you will too. The question here is how do you handle those very bad days? This is important because the way you handle a bad day could make or break you. You need to change your attitude and make some spiritual and practical adjustments. Only than can you grow your faith and bring yourself out victoriously. Here are a few things to consider: Take it to the Lord in Prayer Go easy on yourself and don’t be nasty toward others Count your blessings Be grateful for things that are going great Give God some sacrifice of praise, you may not feel like it, but do it anyway Remember to lean on the promises of …

15 Invaluable Laws to reaching your Potential


The Law of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself The Law of Reflection: Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You The Law of Consistency: Motivation Gets You Going–Discipline Keeps You Growing The Law of Environment: Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings The Law of Design: To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies The Law of Pain: Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth The Law of the Ladder: Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be The Law of Trade-Offs: You Have to Give Up to Grow Up The Law of Curiosity: Growth Is Stimulated By Asking Why? The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow This is my personal favorite. The Law of Expansion: …

It is not he who swims the fastest time, but he who can touch the wall first


Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise (smart) as serpents and innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16 You’ve heard it said that the race is not to the swift but to him who endures to the end, but at the 2012 Olympic games in London, we are learning that, it is not he who swims the fastest time but he who can touch the wall the first. The former is about perseverance and taking one day at a time. It’s about getting up when you fail and trying again. It’s about moving forward in the face of detours, and setbacks and adversity. But the latter is about smarts, creativity, ingenuity. It’s about doing what you have to do to outsmart your enemy. It is about learning all the wiles, schemes and tricks of the enemy, and a few of your own to beat him at his game. In 2008 Jason Lezak anchored the US men’s relay to gold by out-touching French swimmer Alain Bernard by .08 seconds. …

Motivate your Favorite 17-year old to Greatness with Poetry


Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Nine Horses (Random House, 2002); Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001); Picnic, Lightning (1998); The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Questions About Angels (1991), which was selected by Edward Hirsch for the National Poetry Series; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video Poems (1980); and Pokerface (1977). This Poem is one of his recent works. Take a listen: In this poem he is scornfully and cynically mocking the lack of achievement of, I guess, his 17-year-old daughter, comparing the achievements of historically very accomplished youths like  Jane Grey, Judy Garland and Joan of Arc to the 17 year old’s strong inclination to playing with her food and her hair. I found this to be a very gentle and humorous way to challenge under achieving teenagers. Instead of having those uncalled for screaming matches. You can listen to this with your teenager and just let …