Don’t Quit

Keep going.  Keep moving forward.  Continue to take one step in the right direction each day.  Don’t give up.  Don’t quit.  You never know what today may bring.  You never know what may be around the next turn, around the next corner, through that next door.  Life ebbs and flows.  Yes, we will experience difficulties, struggles, unexpected heartaches, but we will also experience victories, celebrations, and will have so many opportunities to positively impact others.  We have to face today.  Accept what today holds.  Embrace today.  We must learn to go with the flow.  To allow what will be, to be.  No matter what the day may bring forth, we have to keep pressing on.  Continue to grind.  Continue to learn, apply, and grow.  We have to continue to share.  Continue to explore.  Continue to love.  Live boldly.  Live authentically.  Be you.  Don’t quit!

Given to Give

This life is not about you.  This life is not about me.  This life is about others.  Life is about helping others.  Life is about building others up.  Life is about listening to others.  Life is about loving others.  Life is about giving to others, what you have been given.  Each of us have been given specific gifts, talents, and abilities.  Each of us are beautifully different.  We all have a uniqueness that adds to the color of life.  We all have something to add to this world.  We all have value to add to this life.  We have been given to give!  In order for us to give what we have been given, we need to know who we are, we need to know what we have been given, to give.  Take the time to self-examine, self-reflect.  SLOW DOWN.  Take a step back.  Who are you?  What is your identity?  What is your life foundation?  What fire burns within you?  What excites you?  Where are you going?  In order to help others, you first have to help yourself.  In order to understand others, you have to understand yourself.  In order to give to others, you have to know and accept what has been given to you.

Fear

Attack fear.  Run towards fear.  What scares you?  What causes anxiety within your heart?  Deep within your soul?  What is holding you back from pursuing your dreams?  FEAR.  Fear cripples.  Fear hinders.  Fear prevents.  Fear controls.  Fear destroys.  More often than not, fear is just simply a figment within our imagination.  Something we believe to be true or real, but in reality, is not.  The fear that causes so much distress within our lives, is often something we have made up.  Fear has no value, unless you give it value.  Fear can do nothing to you, unless you allow it.  Fear is certainly a powerful force.  Fear is natural.  It is even necessary at times, but to allow fear to control you, to allow fear to hinder you, to allow fear to prevent you from becoming the individual you are meant to become, is ABSURD!  Fear is powerless apart from people.  Fear needs a host.  Someone or someones to allow it to grow, mature, and fester.  Someone who will allow it to have the power it so desperately craves.  How do you overcome fear?  How do you overcome anxiety, nervousness, and all that which is holding you back?  You ATTACK!  You have to attack the fear, the anxiety, the nervousness!  You have to go directly at them.  Face them, head on!  Pursue them!  You have to be willing to fail.  You have to be willing to succeed.  Whatever scares you, whatever creates that fear within you, you have to attack, in order to prove, this fear, these fears, are nothing!  They truly have no control or power over you, UNLESS, YOU, allow them!  Don’t live a life under the influence and or control of fear.  Don’t allow fear to alter your journey.  Your destination.  To alter the path you are supposed to be walking down, to get to your destination.  Face fear.  Face your fears.  Attack them.  Prove their insignificance.  Their non-existence.  No one can face your fears, destroy the power of your fears, for you.  This is your fight.  Your battle.  You have to choose whether you will serve fear, or make fear serve you!  Attack fear.  Run towards fear.  You WILL win.  You WILL breakthrough.  You WILL become who you were supposed to become!  ATTACK!

Entrusted Gifts

I don’t want to waste my life.  I don’t want to waste the gifts that have been entrusted to me.  This is the fuel that keeps the fire burning within me.  I don’t want to waste anything that has been given to me.  NOTHING.  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.  I know it is so easy to slack off, so easy to let up, so easy to slip into, give into, laziness.  It’s so easy to take this life for granted, so easy to take the gifts we have been entrusted with, for granted.  It’s so easy to become complacent, to allow mediocrity to rule our lives.  So easy to waste time, gifts, and opportunities.  We have to fight!  We have to realize what God has given us!  The gifts, the talents, the abilities.  The breath to breathe today, to live today, to serve today.  TODAY is a gift.  This life is a GIFT.  We must fight the natural pull, the natural tendency to live comfortable.  We must fight the natural pull to let our guard down.  This life is so very short!  There are no promises, no guarantees.  We must live relentless.  We must take our entrusted gifts and refine them, work on them, use them!  Use them to help others.  To build others up.  Be thankful for what you have.  Be thankful for what has been entrusted to you.  Live life fully.  Put in the work.  Change lives!

Distracted?

What is the purpose of life?  Why am I here?  Why are you here?  We live in a time like no other.  The speed at which our culture is moving and developing is unprecedented!  We are moving at a speed that is uncontrollable, unmanageable.  Definitely, unhealthy!  Each day we are inundated with information over-load, technology over-load.  We are inundated with so much temptation and distraction.  Distraction.  You are distracted.  I am distracted.  We are distracted.  We have so much, yet so little.  With all of the availability to information, education, medicine, technology, etc.  Our country as a whole, is the sickest, unhealthiest, and most uneducated it has ever been.  We are literally killing ourselves!  Imploding!  We are completely DISTRACTED!  We have lost touch, lost sight of reality.  We think we know, BUT, we don’t.  We think we have it all together, all figured out, BUT, we don’t.  We think we know what’s best for us, for our kids, BUT, we don’t.  We are lost.  Lost in pride.  Lost in the sea of distractions.  We are caught up in ourselves.  Caught up in our families.  Our careers.  Our “guilty” pleasures.  Caught up in the “next big thing.”  Caught up in distractions.  We are dieing.  We are losing.  We are being deceived.  What is the purpose of life?  Why are you here?  You don’t know, because you are distracted.

Struggle

We all struggle.  We all have struggles, and go through struggles throughout our life here on this earth.  We all go through periods of great joy and satisfaction.  We all go through periods of great sorrow and pain.  No matter who you are, where you are from, or what color of skin you have, you struggle.  I struggle.  We ALL struggle.  This social-media culture we are living in is not reality.  It does not portray reality.  It is a mere highlight reel of people’s lives.  We only present the good, happy, and exciting occurrences within our lives.  We only post and allow the world to see what we want it to see.  What we want the world to know about us.  Very rarely, if ever, do we allow the world to see our struggle.  Our hurt.  Our pain.  Our anxieties.  Our fears.  Reality is, our lives are full of struggle.  Full of frustrations.  Full of questions.  Full of searching.  Whether we admit it or not, reality is reality.  We struggle.  We ALL have struggles, go through struggles.  We are human.  We are NOT perfect.  No one has it ALL figured out.  All put together.  Don’t be afraid to share.  Don’t be afraid to share your struggles.  Don’t be afraid to share your hurt.  Your pain.  Your anxieties.  Your fears.  Don’t be afraid to be real.  The real you.  The authentic you.  As you share your struggle, your story, others will relate.  Others will understand, they will be moved, inspired.  Your story may positively and powerfully impact someone else.  You never know.  You will never know if you don’t share.  Whatever you are going through today, don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed.  Don’t allow the struggle to snuff out your light, your joy, or your passion.  This to shall pass.  The end will come.  Keep going.  Keep stepping.  Continue to share.  One day at a time.  Allow your struggles to teach you.  Allow them to grow you, mature you.  Change you for the better.  Always remember, you are NOT alone.  You are NOT the first person, the only person, going through what you are going through right now.  There are others.  People are available to help, even when it seems like they are too busy.  People are available.  People actually want to help, long to help.  But YOU, you have to be willing to share, to be real, to let go of the pain.