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.


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

Be Who You Are…

Be Who You Are

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am….

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

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.

2 Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own

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.

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

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