Self-Examination…

Everything I'm not…Makes me Everything I am…

My Motivation for Success…Part III

The time had come for me to move back to Colorado. There was no way that I was going to be away from my child and not be there to watch her grow. So after the semester ended, I hopped right onto a plane to head back to Denver to prepare for this baby girl. This was a very scary moment in my life, knowing that I would have to care and be responsible for another life. It scared me to the point that my “MOTIVATION FOR SUCCESS” came back to me.

I was motivated to do something I loved. I just wasn’t exactly sure of what it was at the time. I always had a list of things I would want to do (I still have this list.) but at the time I wasn’t qualified to do any of those things.  I still had to find a way to provide for this baby on the way.

About a week after I returned to Denver, my Godmother had talked to me about taking a job at a middle school as a paraprofessional. I decided to take her up on that offer. Being a server is something I’ve always enjoyed, so I decided to give it a shot.

I put on my interview face, and of course my interview outfit. I didn’t own a suit at the time and I doubt that the interview required one so a button-up and some slacks would have to suffice.  I still had long hair (My father wasn’t very fond of the “braids”) so I had to get my corn-rows freshly done.

I wish I could say that my nice button-up and corn-rows impressed the Principal enough to give me a shot, but in reality, that opportunity may have never come without my Godmother.  I didn’t care though. I was just appreciative of the opportunity.

I do remember the interview well though. The teachers I would be helping double-teamed me. One of the teachers did most of the talking. They would ask me questions that I don’t feel I had the best answers to so I just smiled often and hoped that would get me by.  I tried to pull out every lame interview trick I knew. I went on about how I would work really hard and be dependable.  For some reason I felt like I was getting that, “You’re lucky you are who you are” look. But they continued with their questions and I continued to smile and be honest. It seemed to have worked out for me. They began to smile more and seem more relaxed. I was in there!

What does all of this mean? Not much yet. Just some small details that I wanted to tell of how I’ve become who I’ve become.  You have to wait until part III. I have to hit this rehab session to get my knee better.

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January 28, 2010 Posted by | My Life..., Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Be Who You Are…

Be Who You Are

1 CORINTHIANS 15:10 NIV
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am….

ROMANS 12:2 WUEST
2 And stop assuming an outward expression that does not come
from within you and is not representative of what you are in
your inner being but is patterned after this age; but change
your outward expression to one that comes from within and is
representative of your inner being, by the renewing of your
mind, resulting in your putting to the test what is the will of
God, the good and well-pleasing and complete will, and having
found that it meets specifications, place your approval upon it.

God is a brilliant Creator. He only makes originals — not
copies. According to Ephesians 2:10, you are God’s work of
art.

God made you unique. So be all that God created you to be.

Don’t try to be someone else. Don’t try to be an ear in the
Body of Christ, if God made you a foot. Just be yourself.

This does not mean that you cannot improve, or grow. Growth is
part of God’s plan. And we can certainly learn from others, and
imitate excellent actions and attitudes.

But too many people are insecure and hope to gain acceptance
from others by conforming to what they think will make them
popular or successful — even though they hate it and know they
are not being real.

ROMANS 12:2 PHILLIPS
2 Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own
mould….

Don’t let the world pressure you into conforming.

Express the originality that God put within you. God made you
the way you are for a purpose — His purpose.

This is not to encourage rebellion, of course. But it is not
God’s plan for us all to be identical and do everything in the
same way.

I am not saying you have to try to be different. Just be who
God made you — without fear.

Not everyone may like you, or what you do. But that is normal.
You can’t always please everyone. Make it your aim to please
God by expressing what He made you.

ROMANS 12:2 NLT
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let
God transform you into a new person by changing the way you
think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you
will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.

The Bible reveals many truths about who we are once we receive
Jesus Christ. We actually receive new life, a new standing with
God, and new ability. As you feed the Word of God into your
thinking, that new life will be able to manifest more and
more.

SAY THIS: I am what I am by the grace of God. I will be what
God made me and fulfil His plan for me…

-A Devotion…

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Devotionals | 2 Comments

UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!!

I want to apologize to all of my readers for my being away for so long. I’ve had a lot going on but I am back now. I just want to update everybody on what I have been doing for the past month. My luck Sean Whitehas been up and down lately but I am still doing “Better than I deserve!”

As most of you may know, me and my fellow VOLS ended the season with an overtime victory over Kentucky and began our bowl preparations for our game against Virginia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. That didn’t turn out so well.

Because of the foot injury that I suffered early into the season, I missed most of the season and had a chance to come back for the bowl practices. Unfortunately, the day after I returned to the practice field, I was injured again, tearing my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in my left knee. This was a devastating injury and it is making me consider hanging up my cleats and putting my business suit on for good. I stayed around for the bowl practices but did not go to Atlanta for the game. I made the decision to go home and spend the holidays and bring in the New Year with my daughter and the rest of my family.

After the New Year, I returned to Knoxville for surgery on my knee. I am about two weeks out now and I am well ahead of schedule. I have been doing rehab for 3 hours a day with what I believe is the best medical/training staff in the nation.

Classes have now begun and I’m preparing to launch another business.

All is well and I am still doing “BETTER THAN I DESERVE.”

Part III of “My Motivation for Success” to come tomorrow…

January 27, 2010 Posted by | My Life... | , , | 4 Comments

Respect People…

 Respect People

JAMES 3:9-10 NIV
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we
curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers,
this should not be.

It seems that respect has gone out of style. But God’s
unchanging Word teaches us to treat people with respect.

Not agreeing with someone is no reason to treat them
disrespectfully. Just because they are wrong does not make them
unworthy of respect.

By His death for them, Jesus showed us He considers people
valuable and precious. So, we should not treat people as
insignificant or worthless.

Disrespecting people is actually disrespecting God who created
them.

God considers this so vital for wives, He gave a specific
command to respect their husband.

EPHESIANS 5:33 NIV
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves
himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Certainly, we should respect all people, but God obviously
thought a special reminder to wives was needed.

A wise woman will enjoy the benefits, both now and for
eternity, of acting on this command from a loving Heavenly
Father.

MATTHEW 25:40 NIV
40 “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you
did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for
me.’

The world respects people who are rich, famous, and successful.
Anyone can do that.

But how do you treat those who are thought to be the “least,”
who seemingly cannot help you in any way?

SAY THIS: I will respect people because they are valuable to
God and He loves them.

-A Devotion…

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Devotionals | Leave a comment

Motives…

 Motives

PROVERBS 16:2 NLT
2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines
their motives.

Motives are important to God.

God is interested in WHY we do things, not just in WHAT we do.

Why do you do what you do?

Is it to help others? To please God? Or do you live focused
totally on yourself?

These questions are important to ask ourselves. As 1
Corinthians 11:31 says, “if we would judge ourselves, we should
not be judged.”

However, we must use caution when trying to judge other people.
We don’t know their motives.

PROVERBS 21:2 LB
2 We can justify our every deed, but God looks at our motives.

We often justify ourselves, but judge others harshly. We may
judge ourselves based on our good intentions, but we are only
capable of judging others by their actions.

So, we must be very cautious about judging others in a
condemning way.

1 CORINTHIANS 4:5 NIV
5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till
the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in
darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that
time each will receive his praise from God.

One main reason we are not qualified to judge others is because
we don’t know their thoughts, intentions, and motives. Only God
does.

SAY THIS: Lord, please help me to be aware of my motives…

-A Devotion…

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Devotionals | Leave a comment

The Accurate Message of Jesus…

 The Accurate Message Of Jesus

JOHN 8:31-32 NKJ
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you
abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free.”

The promise of Jesus is clear: the end result of staying in His
Word will be freedom.

So, if you are not becoming more free, you need to examine if
you are accurate in your understanding of the Word of God.

JOHN 8:31-32 KJV
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free.

Whether the Greek word is translated as continue, abide, or
remain, the meaning is clear. You need to stick with the Word;
not stop and start; not try it for awhile; but jump in with
both feet and stay there.

“What do you mean by freedom, preacher?”

I don’t mean a license to sin. Sin produces bondage — the
opposite of what I am talking about.

I mean freedom in every area of life. Freedom from having to
sin. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from doubt.
Freedom from strife. Freedom from confusion. Freedom from
family problems. Freedom from oppression. Freedom from poverty.
Freedom from disease.

Note that Jesus did not promise that everyone who called Him
Master would automatically and instantly be free. Instead Jesus
indicated that time would be involved before those who truly
followed Him would see the full result of the freedom His Word
would produce in their lives.

If you continue….

If you abide….

If you live in….

If you remain in….

Don’t forget the “IF.” And don’t forget the “CONTINUE.” This
Scripture promise is NOT for everyone who claims to be a
Christian. Only for those who are willing to spend the time and
effort required to feed on God’s Word.

While I do not wish to criticize any group of Christian
believers, I do think we should all individually judge our own
situations. If the Bible teachers you have been listening to
are not producing freedom in your life, you should prayerfully
examine whether the message they proclaim is accurate — or
distorted.

Remember that it only takes a tiny amount of poison added to an
otherwise wonderful and nutritious meal to make it dangerous.

SAY THIS: I will continue, abide in, and remain in the accurate
message of Jesus Christ, without ever giving up, and it will
produce freedom in my life.

A Devotion…

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Devotionals | Leave a comment

What Will You Achieve in 2010???

What Will You Achieve in 2010???

It seems as if everyone intends to get fitter or improve some type of performance in the New Year. But to be honest, we all know that by the time the year ends, we will not have achieved much. So why is it this way?

After days, weeks, or a few months, we all usually go back to our old ways and how we were. Then we will look back and say, “I gave up because I was too busy.” We always find an excuse. Blaming ourselves and busy schedules when most of us just have really bad time management.

This may surprise you but I’ve learned that most of the time we fall back, it may not have been our fault. Most of the time when we fail to reach our goals, it is because we have made them too difficult to achieve. We fail to reach our personal goals because they are too time-consuming, inconvenient, or ambitious. The new plan always looks good at first, but when it becomes obvious how much you have to put into it, the motivation goes away.

This is no one’s fault because our time is limited and we can’t get any of it back or create any more.  We all want more, but time waits for no one.

So let’s work on managing the little time that we do have and make the best of it. We can do this by eliminating “black holes” or wasted time doing things like watching television or just getting too much extra sleep.

This year I want to not only get physically fit, but spiritually and financially fit as well. Let’s GET IT!!!

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Encouragement, Fitness and Health, My Life... | Leave a comment

3 Keys to Happy Relationships with People…

 3 Keys To Happy Relationships with People

JOHN 13:17 KJV
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

1. Be thankful.

It all starts with attitude. If you don’t stay on the positive
side, failure is inevitable. You cannot have a happy relationships
without happy people. Have you noticed that unthankful people
are never happy?

2. Express your appreciation.

Let people know by word and deed that you appreciate them.
Be specific and lavish in your praise and thanks. Nothing
encourages people like encouragement.

People love people who love them. If you want people to
love you, the best thing you can do is love them, and let them
know it.

3. Aim to please.

If you make them happy, you will be happy. True happiness is
never found in trying to please ourselves. Fulfillment comes
from accomplishment, and the greatest accomplishment is helping
someone else in their life.

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Devotionals, Encouragement | Leave a comment