Self-Examination…

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

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

Life Is Good….

Life Is Good

God says that all He made is good.

GENESIS 1:31 NKJ
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was
very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

The devil wants us to believe that life is bad.

(One way he tries to accomplish this is through all the bad
news reported daily. Feeding too much on bad news is not good
for you. You can get the top news stories without spending
hours every day listening to the bad things the devil is trying
to do in the earth.)

If you think life is bad, you will be depressed, or maybe even
bitter.

If you think life is good, you will be thankful.

No matter what your circumstances are, there are always things
to enjoy and rejoice about. If we focus on the goodness and
greatness of God: all He has created and all He has done for
us, life will seem good. If, instead, we focus on our pains and
problems, we will not enjoy life much.

Even the bad things of life — which are all the result of sin,
not what God did — can benefit us IF they cause us to draw
nearer to God and act on His Word.

God’s main purpose is to prepare us to be fit companions for
Himself for eternity. (See Romans 8 — we WILL be conformed to
the image of Jesus Christ.) What God wants you to do is submit
to Him, feed on His Word, be thankful, walk in faith, and let
Him make you like Jesus Christ.

God’s plan is good.

Marriage is good. If we disobey God by husbands not loving
their wives, and wives not respecting their husbands — it can
be bad. But only because we make the wrong choice, to disregard
God’s instruction.

Work is good. It is satisfying to do a job well and accomplish
something. But when we don’t do our work as unto the Lord, or
try to make our jobs our source, worshiping and serving money
instead of God — work can be bad.

Family is good. Being surrounded by those you love and care
for, and who love and care for you, is a wonderful blessing.
But, when we fail to walk in love, and allow strife into our
relationships — it can be bad.

If your life is not good, then you need to make adjustments
based on the Bible.

When you see your cup as half full, instead of half empty —
life will be better for you. Take time to smell the flowers,
and rejoice in all the goodness of God. Rejoice in all the
beauty of God’s creation — life.

SAY THIS: God made life, and it is very good…

A Devotion…

December 30, 2009 Posted by | Devotionals | | Leave a comment

Let’s Make it Happen Now…

Ok, so 2010 is vastly approaching us all and people are starting to make New Year’s Resolutions that we all already know we aren’t going to stick to. So how about we change that this year. Today I just wanted to post a couple of tips on how we all can make it easier to stick to our resolutions and any other personal goals we may have.

Let’s start off by first having a dream and breaking it into smaller goals that we can commit to so that we can eventually achieve our one big DREAM and/or goal. I believe if you accomplish smaller goals more often, it helps to keep you motivated to do more.

I believe this is the best way for us to be WINNERS. I was always told you can only eat an entire elephant one bite at a time.

So to accomplish your goals and DREAMS in 2010, try to take these steps:

1. Be Specific

     We have to be specific in what we want. We usually make our goals too broad, saying things like, “I want to lose 15 pounds.” Well how long do you want it to take? How do you want to go about doing it? Being too vague will get you frustrated and make you want to give up. Then eventually, you do.

2. Be realistic.

     Our goals should always be measurable and realistic. How else would you be able to accomplish a goal if you’re not even able to measure it?

3. Make the goals PERSONAL.

     Only you know what can make you happy. Don’t spend your life trying to please others and accomplish their goals for you. You can’t please everybody and you’re not going to achieve their goals anyway.

4. Give yourself a limit.

     Limits make it easier for you and can help prevent you from procrastinating. It can also help you set goals that are realistic.

5. Put your Goals in WRITING!

     People underestimate the power of actually putting their goals in writing. Doing this makes it easier to achieve your goals. Not only do you write them down, but you need to review them as well. This keeps you motivated!

I hope this makes your process to SUCCESS much easier. Let’s make all of our “talk” a reality now!

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement | , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Talk Too Much…

Don’t Talk Too Much

PROVERBS 10:19 ICB
19 If you talk a lot, you are sure to sin. If you are wise, you
will keep quiet.

1 PETER 3:10 LB
10 If you want a happy, good life, keep control of your tongue,
and guard your lips from telling lies.

JAMES 1:19 NLT
19 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to
speak, and slow to get angry.

PROVERBS 17:27-28 ICB
27 The person who has knowledge says very little. And a person
with understanding stays calm.
28 Even a foolish person seems to be wise if he keeps quiet. He
appears to have understanding if he doesn’t speak.

ECCLESIASTES 5:3 NLT
3 Just as being too busy gives you nightmares, being a fool
makes you a blabbermouth.

TITUS 3:2 NKJ
2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all
humility to all men.

2 TIMOTHY 2:16 NKJ
16 But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase
to more ungodliness.

1 TIMOTHY 1:6 NIV
6 Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless
talk.

1 TIMOTHY 5:13 NKJ
13 And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from
house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and
busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

MATTHEW 12:36-37 NKJ
36 “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak,
they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
37 “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words
you will be condemned.”

SAY THIS: Lord, please help me to control my tongue and only
say what is acceptable to you…

A Devotion…

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Devotionals | 1 Comment

My Motivation for Success… Part II

Growing up it was a little easier for me than most because I have the greatest parents. Then I got to college and that is when I began to have struggles of my own. To start it off, I had a back injury and I was unable to play football and it all went downhill from there. My parents had done so much for me I began to try to do those things on my own because I didn’t feel that I should be asking them for anything if I’m not trying to help myself. So instead of asking, I just continued to struggle. I had so many jobs not even they knew about. I refuse to even put them on my resume because I think they are dumb and I am embarassed or they didn’t even last long enough. I began to wonder why I was even trying to do this.

One thing I always knew once I got into college was that I would be working for myself one day. One day I would not have to rely on anybody elses success but my own and I would pay my parents back for having such a wonderful childhood. I would tell myself this everyday. But even when I told myself this, I would even have my own doubts about it. I wasnt sure that it could ever happen. All of this time I would just hope that it would work out but I had very little faith in myself or anything else.

I remember living in Los Angeles with 8 friends in a 5 bedroom house. I didn’t even have my own room. I didn’t have a closet. I was living out of my suitcase that everyone knew was mine the whole time. I would be sleeping on an old beat up couch that was even too short for me and my 5’4″ frame. The place had potential, but with the way we lived it wasn’t the nicest place to be. To top it off, I didn’t have a car either. I would go to LenDale’s every once in a while in downtown L.A. so I could find my hunger again because at this time I had begun to develop a lazy personality even when it came to school and it had an effect on my academic progress. I couldn’t let my parents know this and I didn’t want to disappoint them so I had to change this.

At this time, I had also began to gain a lot of weight because I was living off of happy hour food, free meals from credit card offers and anything else I could get. I began to take what my parents gave me and tried to stretch it by using the dollar menu and we all know that menu isn’t the healthiest of them all. I put on 40 pounds in my first year of college. I believe my confidence had been shot now. I was having a little fun, but all in the wrong ways. Believe me, I found ways to enjoy myself. I was living in one of the biggest cities with way more energy than I could handle and beautiful women. The women weren’t even that interested in me with my short stature and growing belly. But that’s another story. I began to grow out my hair and eventually had braids. I was going in the wrong direction and fast!

I always knew I wanted to do something that I loved. I just had no idea what it was at the time and I wasnt as motivated to find it as I thought I would have been. I didn’t feel I was qualified to do anything yet. Then came the call…

I would be having a baby…

Stay tuned for part III.

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Inspiration, My Life... | | 2 Comments

An Update on Me…

Thinking...

I would like to apologize to everyone for not having posted lately. I have had a lot going on so I have not been able to update as often as usual. The season was coming to an end and it was “FINALS” time. As you all may know, I have been out of football since we were preparing for Florida (14 weeks). Two Fridays ago I made my return, only to tear my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) the next day. I will have surgery the first week of January and will be out 6-8 months. I may have played my last down of football after 20 years but I have been through worse so I will definitely bounce back. I guess it is a good thing that football has always been a “PLAN B” for me. However, the injury has given me some time to sit and think about my life.

Recently, I have not been as focused as I feel I should be. I have been busy getting addicted to trying to pursue success. Because of this I have been unable to focus on the things that I need to do. Being a full-time student, an athlete, a father, and an entrepreneur hasn’t been working well with my desperate need for adventure, and its deterring me from my goals. I felt like I had finally hit the bottom and I am bouncing right back up now.

There are so many things that I love to do but the main thing is “SERVING.” Because I love to help people, and there are so many ways to help, I have been stretching myself too thin. My family has been very supportive in helping me understand that I am still in school and that I don’t need to have all the answers right now. So right now, I am putting all of my focus on learning. I’m going to learn, learn, learn. I’m going to learn all I can about my FAITH, finances, health and fitness, and as much as I can about business so that when I do finish school (4 majors), I will have created a base of knowledge so that I am more than prepared when it is my time. I am unsure of when that time will come. But one thing I do know is that I will be ready.

Right now we are preparing for our Bowl Game against Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-a Bowl. The game will be played at the Georgia Dome in  Atlanta, Georgia on New Year’s Eve.  We will be spending the week in Atlanta so I will be letting all of you in on my Bowl experience. Talk about the ultimate bowl game experience! I get to spend New Year’s Eve in Atlanta hopefully after a nice win over a Top-15 Ranked team in the last football game of the year 2009. A game featuring two of the most dominant conferences in college football in the SEC and the ACC. Hopefully Ill get to shop the vibrant downtown area and take in a nice fireworks display. The game had sold out before it was even confirmed that we would be playing in it. You don’t find more passionate fans than those that we have in the Big Orange Vol Nation. PRIME TIME!

I will be posting Part II of My Motivation for Success soon. Thanks for taking the time to read. I’ll work hard to provide stuff worth your time and attention!

December 20, 2009 Posted by | My Life..., Tennessee Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments