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Sometimes the things we are most THANKFUL for are things that have yet to happen. It is the very definition of faith – the substance or assurance of things hoped for, the evidence or conviction of things not seen. Oftentimes in life, people pay it forward because they have been blessed and because their love outweighs circumstances. They simply do the things they do for another person’s happiness, even if they may never get to see the fruit of their labors.
I am so THANKFUL for those that have sacrificed, gave blood, sweat, and tears, and have gone above and beyond to lay a foundation so someone else could follow to a better life. From our ancestors as we continue to celebrate Black History Month every day, to our teachers and counselors, to our family members, each of these individuals has shaped our lives in a positive way. Sadly, many of them have gone to glory far too early to witness firsthand the impact that made, but that impact live on nonetheless.
It is said to give people flowers while they can still smell them. While you are giving them their flowers, also tell them how THANKFUL you are for the small and big things, for the way they pushed and challenged you to achieve beyond your own imagination, how they disciplined or counseled you when you fell short not allowing you to settle, and how they prayed without ceasing so that no harm would come your way. Let them know that their sacrifice was not in vain and although you may not understand it all now, just like faith, you are assured all that they do is for your good.
Today I am most THANKFUL for those that gave their all in order for us to have more, who prophesied, prayed, and proclaimed victory for us, when we could not see it for ourselves, and for those who believe in us more than we believed in ourselves. I am THANKFUL for the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, mentors, and anyone who poured into someone else, gave unselfishly, fought for the sake of someone who could never pay it back, not knowing if they would even see their efforts come to fruition. I am THANKFUL for those that had enough faith to cover them and me.
Dedicated to all the angels, especially Gail Turner Bell, who I never had the pleasure of meeting, but has blessed my life in ways never conceived or ever imagined. I hope to pay it forward and be a blessing as she was and continues to be for her legacy shall live on through us all! Rest in paradise and know your efforts were not in vain. We love you!
When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust Him fully because two things can happen. Either He can catch you when you fall or He will teach you how to fly!
Are you familiar with the story of the mother eagle? She provides a nest for her eaglets, nurturing them, feeding them, protecting, and ensuring that they are well taken care of and have an opportunity to grow and experience what life has to offer. But this is not a lifelong setting and soon the realities of life start to unfold. Soon the mother eagle will take her offspring in her mouth, fly out the nest and release them! As the baby eagle begins to descend, she swoops in, catching them and returning them to the nest. The process is repeated over and over and she begins to disassemble the nest in the process as well.
The purpose is multi-faceted:
1.) Encourage the offspring to fly and fulfill their potential. By dropping them, they quickly learn how fleeing life can be and how at a moment’s notice you could be sitting up high and have it all come tumbling down. In order to soar in life, you have to spread your wings and fly.
2.) To show them that life is not about being comfortable and no matter how much others may provide a comfortable environment, at some point each of us has to leave home and discover our own paths.
3.) That no matter how far we fall, those that love us and care about us will be there to catch us no matter what. We all will fall short and at one point or another come crashing down, but there will still be those who care who will be there to soften the blow and rescue us for certain doom.
4.) To not be afraid of our potential and even if we are afraid, to overcome it. We each have to discover who we are and what we are capable of and the only way to do that is my stepping out on faith!
Like the eaglets, many of us want to be at ease, no difficulties, and coasting through life, but it is the challenges of life that shape us and mold us into who we are destined to become. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
The challenge today is to let go of anything or anyone that is holding you back, anything that is stopping your from fulfilling your destiny, anything that is prevented you from spreading your wings and flying. If it is not challenging you, it is not growing you, and anything that is not growing you is causing you to become stagnant and decay. As uncomfortable and frightening as the ledge may seem, it isn’t until you take that leap that you realize you don’t have to fall, but instead roam the sky and discover new horizons.
“In the ashes of adversity, lies opportunity.” ~ S.L. Coelho
Who you see is who you will be. ~ BrotherWord
Vision without action is no more than a dream. Dreams are the beginning of aspirations, illuminating, invigorating, a oftentimes, inspiring. However, a dream that is not followed by work shall forever remain dormant. Dreams are important, but vision is vital. Think of your vision as your blueprint to your destiny and it all revolves around how you see yourself.
Vision is cast as we live in the moment. Sounds crazy, a bit off doesn’t it? How do I prepare for the future and thrive in the present at the same time? How am I supposed to plan for tomorrow if I am supposed to concentrate and focus on today. Think of it as a road trip. You know your destination, where you are trying to get to, but how to get there is the key. Like a map, so is your life. Devise a plan, anticipate roadblocks and traffic, navigate the roads, look both ways, stay alert, and pray for traveling grace. In order to reach your destination, you first have to get into your vehicle (live the dream); start the engine (become fired up about the possibilities); buckle up (the road may get rough and there will be setbacks along the way); make sure the tank is full (pour into your dream and surround yourself with a team that will pour into you as well); and finally, began to accelerate (get moving and start making strives toward accomplishing all you have set out to achieve). In no time, you will reach your destination.
The subconscious is the mirror to the soul and the eyes are its windows. How you see yourself, how you perceive your worth and purpose, will ultimately determine if you reach your destination. We already know that everyone may not align with, support, or last as we make our journey, but we can never forget who we are or why we are doing it. If your subconscious is the mirror, be willing to look within, search your soul for clarity, direction, and courage, and know without a shadow of a doubt that the only person who can steer the course of your life, is the one staring back at you in the mirror. Be willing to dig deep and pull out your best! Let your eyes be the windows to opportunity, open and inviting, and the barriers to block anything unwanted and undesired. But don’t be deceived either by what you see. Remember the grass is not always as green as it may appear and there are no shortcuts despite how enticing either may seem. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Remain faithful that your vision will come to fruition. Who you see is who you will be and when your vision aligns with your work ethic, the reflection will be a magnificent sight to behold.
Today I had one of the most interesting and inspirational conversations with an old friend. As we were catching up and he was filling me in on his life over the past years, I couldn’t help but smile as I could hear how far he has come and more importantly, how much he has overcome. To say I am excited for the path that he is on would be an understatement.
What stood out the most and resonated the loudest was we he began to explain his “leap of faith.” We’ve heard people use this phrase many times, but actually witnessing its manifestation is monumental and can leave one awestruck. It’s not about doubting a person, not believing in their talents, or thinking it is impossible, but our inability at times to see beyond the here and now, past the obstacles. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” When you are climbing the stairs or taking the escalator, do you actually look at how many step are there or do you trust that it will be there one by one as you move along. No different in life.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear,” is a very powerful quote by Jack Canfield. How often how you let fear, doubt, insecurity, the unknown stop you from discovering your greatness. Just like the staircase, if only you took one step, the other step would manifest one after another helping you to continue to climb and reach your dreams. Sometimes, you literally have to walk on expectancy, believing that what you desire is not only possible, but also attainable. Faith will provide and fill in the gaps where provisions are lacking.
Think about a puzzle. Like the picture on the box, you have your vision in mind, you know what your dream looks like. As you began to place the puzzle pieces together, the picture starts to develop. Such as your leap of faith. After you take that first step, trusting and believing the picture will come together, the pieces will begin to formulate on their own, lining up perfectly. People will be drawn to you offering assistance you never thought possible and providing exactly what you need even though you had no idea you need them. Funds will become available, allowing you to not inly sustain, but grow and prosper. Your confidence will expand and the walk up the staircase will become exciting and exhilarating.
What my friend showed my yet again is that when we believe and trust, when we walk on faith, we strive for our hopes and dreams, the possibilities are endless! I can’t think him enough for inspiring me to continue to pursue my dreams and I challenge each of you to do the same.
“We must be willing to let go if the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell
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THE TIME IS NOW! If there is something you have been wanting to do, if there is a thought that has been monopolizing your every waking moment, if there is a dream that has captured your subconscious, it is time to act! Tomorrow is not promised or guaranteed. The time wasted second-guessing yourself or contemplating the what-ifs could instead be used moving into your destiny and purpose.
Do not let the naysayers or doubters convince you that it is not possible or you are incapable of achieving your heart’s desire. Whatever that “it” is, it was birth in you for YOU and is not contingent on someone else’s beliefs or ideals. Embrace the dream, let it permeate your being and ingrain in every fiber of your soul, and do not let fear overtake you or diminish your goals.
It is said that FEAR is only false evidence appearing real. What is most important is how we handle that false evidence. Fear is a great springboard because it forces us out of our comfort zone, makes us confront our insecurities, and ourselves, and ignites our ability to withstand, overcome, and blossom beyond what we thought we were ever capable of handling. Fear is nothing more than another test of Fortitude, Exhortation, Attitude, and Revelation.
Today, right now, is the time to act! Do not waste another moment overthinking or underestimating. You have been ready and are more than capable. Move into your destiny, chase life’s promises, and pursue your destiny with all you have. You will be surprised how much you can accomplish by taking a single leap of faith and trusting no matter where you land, all will be well.
Faith and belief is a personal journey, a one-on-one relationship, regardless of what higher power you believe in. Sometimes that belief is diminished when the object of faith lies in the messenger and not the message. There are many outstanding oracles that serve as vessels of the gospel, but too often the vessel either anoints themselves as the all-mighty or the people place them on pedestals. Remember where the power truly lies and that the person standing at the podium is as fallible as the people sitting in the pews. It’s good to be led, but make sure you know where you’re going! And just in case you have trouble discerning between the two, take a moment to listen to one artist’s take on being on determining the truth. Enjoy and let BrotherWord know your thoughts on faith and religion.
The RockWhen God made you, he already had a plan; He called you to conquer and be ruler of all the lands. He made you king, priest, protector, and provider; He said after Himself, no one came higher. Chiseled from the rock of Gibraltar and laced with the armor of the most holy; He placed on you to be a server of men and savior of souls, so they too could witness His glory. From your rib, thought became flesh and God’s purpose fulfilled; To every man, woman and child, his grace and mercy revealed. You were charged with building families, communities and futures yet to come; No one could imagine the magnitude or the stress, but everyday you rose to the challenge and victory was won. Today and everyday we salute our fathers; Everyday is a new challenge, and everyday it seems to get harder. They say mama’s baby and daddy’s maybe; But just maybe if daddy had his daddy, it would be less maybes and better babies. Being a father has nothing to do with planting a seed in fertile ground; But everything to do with watching that seed grow and sticking around. It’s easy to make a child, two willing partners, a bit of science and God’s miracle is birth; But being a father, going through the ups and downs, nurturing, disciplining, loving, and being a constant presence, is how you show your true worth. F.A.T.H.E.R. – Faithful servant following God’s will and leading and loving his family with all his might; Attentive to all our needs and wants, never losing focus of the bigger picture in sight. Teacher, counselor, and disciplinarian making sure we learn life’s lessons and prepares us for the day we take their place; Hero and healer who protects us from harm’s way and would give their life in an instant to make sure we remain safe. Everything – Her first love, his first example, and the epitome of what every occurrence will be measured against and compared to; Redeemer because when we fail, he will be there to help us up, encourage us to carry on, and remind us that he once failed and that’s how he grew. He is Father by choice and not because of obligation or duty, He chose and accepted his role and has stood tall because to him, it’s God’s greatest assignment and display of beauty. Whether biological or those that rose to the occasion and filled in the gap, A special salute to all for what you do in silence, behind the scenes, when no one else would, to you I tip my hat. Thank you dads for loving us in the worst of times and the best of times each and every day, But no matter what, being a man led by faith, man of integrity, allowing us to grow and catching us when we fall, and being there when we wake up or at least a phone call away. Any man can be a baby’s daddy, make a child, never look back, someone that child will not remember; But it’s takes a man to be a Father, help that child grow, raise an adult and don’t have to look back because they’re always front and center. Immovable, unshakeable, not easily broken, and massive in ways that can’t be measured; You’re our rock and cornerstone and our cherished treasure. © Happy Father’s Day!
Racing to victory is probably one of the most exhilarating feats one man can achieve. Crouching in the blocks, pistol firing, and every muscle in your body exploding in unisonance propelling you down the track. Competing against a field of equally athletic challengers is a true test of mental strength and physical prowess. Crossing the line, victorious, you look up, raise one finger oh so slightly, and thank your higher power for helping you endure and come out triumphant. Minutes later, when you should be celebrating, you’re informed you and your team have been disqualified for that same gesture.
Many may not know the story of Capt. Emil Kapaun, also known as Father Kapaun, a Roman Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army stationed in Korea who served in World War II. Awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award of valor in the U.S. military, on April 11, 2013, 60 years after his death, President Barack Obama states, “Father Kaupan has been called a shepherd in combat boots and his fellow soldiers who felt his grace and his mercy called him a saint, a blessing from God.”