Archive for May, 2010
Don’t despise the day of small beginnings. – Zechariah 4:10
When working toward the things we want to accomplish out of life, often times we hit a rough patch of discouragement when we don’t see the results we want. We have to alleviate discouragement during those times and remain optimistic about the end result.
You have to know that when working towards the ultimate goal, your labor is not in vain. You should realize the importance in building a work momentum, even when you don’t see the fruits of your labor.
Your labor should be equivalent to a child jumping on a trampoline. A child may start off reaching low heights, but each time he jumps the higher he goes. You have to shake off that defeatist mentality. Just like the child on the trampoline, if you keep your momentum, before you know it you will be reaching higher heights!
A wise man once said, “The ripest peach is highest on the tree.” You see, in order to get to the ripest one of them all, you had better start jumping now my friend! Before you know it, the ripest peach will be within your reach.
It might look like you’re destined for failure. It may seem as though Read More→
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. – Psalm 119:133
You’ve heard it before, that voice inside that tells you to go left when you would have otherwise went right. That voice that tells you not to go down the street alone at night.
It’s that still voice inside of you. It guides and directs you. Some people call it intuition, others call it fate.
My friend I believe that this voice that I speak of is the voice of God. Well you may say “Jarrod, how can it be the voice of God when it sounds like my inner voice?”
Well, I believe that God reveals Himself much differently today than He did back in the Bible days. He doesn’t ring out of the heavens as a big voice of thunder, calling out to you. He probably won’t come in the form of a burning bush, like He did with Moses the great.
No, He comes in the form of that still yet small voice inside of you. You see, He doesn’t push or prime you, He merely directs and advises you. He nudges you. He encourages you to do right when you want to do wrong.
The voice of the Lord sounds like your own voice speaking to you, don’t ignore it.
Have you ever experienced a time when you were about to do something then suddenly felt strongly inclined to do otherwise? Well, that my friend is a great example of how God operates inside of you. Don’t shun that feeling, for you very well may be Read More→
One can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten-thousand to flight. – Deuteronomy 32:30
Do you live by the “if you want it done right, do it yourself” creed? Sometimes you just have to look outside of yourself and welcome the opportunity of teamwork.
Whether venturing in a dynamic duo or joining in on a team effort, you should place a great sense of value on welcoming the assistance of others. I heard a wise man say, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” I totally agree.
In fact, a wise dream builder knows the importance of a joint collaboration. He knows that just like the scripture says that if two can put ten-thousand to flight, the dream is capable of becoming greater if three, four, or more come into play.
I encourage you today to think outside of the box. There are people all around you who together, you can all put infinite numbers to flight. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish together, if you just open yourself up to the possibilities.
Some of the greatest accomplishments known to man have been done in the form of a joint effort.
I think about a team of people building a house. There is much less strain on each individual when a crew of men are building the infrastructure than there is with just one or two people involved. The more people involved on the collaboration of an idea, the greater the vision and purpose.
The question we must ask ourselves is, why do we feel the need to do things by ourselves?
I think some people feel that they are putting others at a Read More→
We live in a day in time where work ethic is at an all time high. We find ourselves working sixty to eighty hours a week, operating on lack of sleep. We often find that we don’t have the energy nor the stamina to sustain the task at hand. Our bodies just aren’t meant to run twenty hours a day operating off only four hours of sleep.
I’ll be the first to raise my hand in agreement, there was a time when I felt like I was quote on quote “superman.” I thought, “Oh sure I’m 29 years old, I only need a few hours of sleep to recharge.”
With the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules, we’ve placed such a high demand on ourselves to deliver more work. And we place less importance on getting the proper amounts of rest. In fact, studies show that lack of sleep is one of the major contributors to the sense of grogginess that you may feel.
Do you find yourself operating off a minimal amount of sleep in order to meet the demand of the day?
Well, if this applies to you, you may find yourself in what I like to call “the superman mentality.“
An example of someone who has the superman mentality is someone who simply places a high demand on work and less demand on rest. They fit the description of a work-a-holic who runs and runs and relies on their inner power and will to carry them from day to day.
Those who have the superman mentality often resort to high levels of caffeine intake or energy drinks. They intake large amounts of sugar, which in turn leaves hearts racing and possibly even a sense of anxiety. No wonder we’re more stressed today than ever before.
There’s nothing wrong with having a great work ethic, but a problem arises when we devalue the importance of sleep and substitute it by dosing up on numerous cups of coffee and insanely large cans of Red Bull.
Over a period of time, you are doing yourself a disservice and causing enormous wear and tear on the body. You may say “Well Jarrod, I’m strong willed- I may Read More→Share
Have you found that your priorities have gotten out of order and have become extremely mis-aligned?
We may find that overtime, we allow our priorities to take a dive for the worse, as we focus on things that are not so important in life.
Just like we vow to devote to spring cleaning in the spring, we have to devote to our priorities just the same, only much more often.
When was the last time you had a priority check?
From the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules, what is most important for us can easily fall into last place. Here are 3 crucial steps to help bring order back to life:
1. Write down what’s most important to you – Make a list of what’s important in your life, with the most important being on top and the least important being on the bottom. It doesn’t matter how long the list but keep in mind, the shorter the list the more defining it will be.
2. Decipher what it will take to bring order back to your life – After you have made your list, brainstorm on ways to make it become a reality. It may not be as easy as one-two-three. It may end up being something that you have to sleep on or seek counsel about. But this is something worth doing for yourself.
3. Take action – Taking action is one of the more, if not the most, important steps out of the three. It’s easy to talk the talk but you have to walk the walk. Just like the scripture says, faith without works it dead. Sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves, dip into some elbow grease, and break a little sweat.
You may find that life is much easier, once you set your priorities in line. You Read More→Share
You have the great ability to be able to speak words of power into your life. You can speak to the mountains in your life, command that they be removed, and they will be moved.
You can turn any bad trial into triumph by speaking encouraging words over yourself.
I’m reminded of the scripture where men were speaking of stoning David, and as a result he became distressed. But David encouraged himself in the Lord. (1 Samuel 30:6)
God has given you the ability to speak anything that you desire into existence, if you go to Him and ask. We know this because Matthew 7:7 exclaims, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.“
It’s important that exercise faith, after going to God and asking of a need. Realize one of the greatest attributes of faith is believing before seeing.
When you command the mountains in your life to move, they have no other choice but to move. We’re encouraged of this because Mark 11:23 reminds us: “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.“
You see God has given you the awesome power to speak victory into your life. It’s up to you release self-doubt, let go of fear, relinquish the self defeat of your past and own up to your destiny.
You owe it to yourself to speak words of life into your future and believe in your heart and not doubt that you are an over-comer. Just like Mark 11:23 says if you speak that the mountains in your life be removed and don’t doubt- keyword doubt- then and only then will it be done for you.
You may say “This mountain is too big, I just don’t see any possible way around it,” well my friend, that’s where the problem begins. If those are the words that Read More→Share
Do you often find that you put yourself first in things that you do in life? When you wake up in the morning, are you looking for ways to bless and be of help to others? or do you get caught up in making things happen for yourself?
When we were younger, our parents taught us the importance of sharing and putting others before ourselves. It’s a very humbling act to put others before yourself and in doing so, you will find that it leaves you with a sense of fulfillment.
When we do acts that boosts others up by putting them first, we’re displaying one of many examples of what true giving is all about.
I always say that there are more ways to give than just giving money. You can give through time, love, extending a helping hand, and speaking kind words over someone.
It’s important to know that words have a huge impact on how we’re able to give to others.
I’m reminded of the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt,” well I believe the contrary. Words do hurt. You have the ability to speak life or death into someone. As you go along your day, look for opportunities to speak words of life into someone.
They say that an elevator ride with a stranger can be one of the most awkward situations we can face. But it doesn’t have to be. When you find yourself in this so called “awkward” moment, use it as an opportunity to share a kind word with a stranger.
Show love to them by saying something that they will remember throughout the rest of the day, or possibly even the rest of the week.
I always say, we may not be able to change the whole world all at once, but we can change the world one person at a time. Make a choice to extend yourself in order to build up someone today and notice the sense of fulfillment you feel as you charge forth on your journey of life.Share
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
There are times when you may go through life with a sense of worry and anxiety. You get fearful not knowing what the future has in store and you often lose a sense of direction not knowing where life is taking you.
It’s not God’s will that you go around fretful and full of anxiety. No matter what you face, no matter what obstacles come your way, know that God has the master plan in mind. He’s had your life mapped out before you were born.
He has made a way of provision before you were even thought of. He wants to know to if you’re faithful. He wants to know if you believe that He’s guiding you on the right track toward your destiny.
It’s like being on a ship and not knowing the exact coordinates to get to your destination. You just have to trust that the captain of the ship knows the way to get to your destination.
You may not be able to see your way through but God knows the outcome. Allow Him to guide you along the journey to the next dimension in your life.
You may be facing a difficult situation but know that He’s already made a way of escape for you. Like today’s scripture says, before you were formed in the womb you were set apart. It’s not God’s plan for you to be ordinary, He wants you to be extraordinary. He’s appointed you to achieve greatness in your life.
Know that God has your best interest at heart, and as long as you stay in the will of God, you will never go wrong. Don’t allow fear, worry, or doubt to overwhelm you and throw you off track. Let go and let God! Trust that He’s already made a way out of no way and notice a weight lift off your shoulders as you charge forth on your journey of life.Share
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might… – Ecclesiastes 9:10
Today I came across a quote that says, ‘Triumph is just “Umph” added to try.’ When I read this, it pierced my heart. It struck a chord with me because it further confirmed that we should attack everything we do with all our might.
If you read my blog regularly, you know that another favorite quote of mine exclaims, “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work in Excellence.”
Every task that you put your hands to do, do it with excellence. You’ve got to put forward that extra “umph” because giving it all you got is what’s going to cause you to triumph.
Too often we find ourselves with a zest and zeal for something in the beginning stages. If you want to learn a new instrument, you’ll find that at first you delight in sitting down to practice. The moment a challenge comes along, it becomes an excuse for not picking the instrument up again.
You see, at first the instrument is fresh and exciting to us. And anything that’s new, we have an appreciation for. We go after it because the vision is within reach.
The second we lose that umph is the second we stop trying. But it’s important that you keep that motivation sparked up inside of you. You must remain consistent from day to day in order to come out on top.
It’s one thing to go after your passions with effort. But what really matters, is Read More→Share
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: – 2 Timothy 4:7
Are you in it to win it? Are you staying your course? Or are you going about your goal saying, “well… I’ll see how I do. I’ll see if this is really for me”?
Sometimes we have a tendency to start something with the ‘I’ll see if I can make it’ mind-set. This mind-set means that we’re just going with the flow. It means we allow the circumstances of our goal to take charge of us. We operate on the ‘if it’s meant to be it’ll be’ mind-set.
The only problem with this is that, when any sign of pressure comes our way, we run the other way. When obstacles present themselves we don’t fight back, we immediately come to the conclusion that the goal isn’t meant for us. You must understand that obstacles will always be present.
For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight and get fit, you will have those days where you just don’t feel like exercising. Let’s say your goal is to run the mile in 5 minutes, at some point in time, you will experience fatigue.
When you face these obstacles it doesn’t mean that exercise isn’t for you, or that you should just give up trying to run the mile in 5 minutes. No, the obstacles are there to make you stronger. With out roadblocks, you may not learn to appreciate the hard work that you put in to achieve the end result. We have a tendency to appreciate the things that we have to work hard for.
Your attitude should be, “I’m in it to win it.” You should say, “I’m going to keep at it until victory is won.”
You see, you’re already a victor- you’ve been already declared a winner. You Read More→Share