The content of this post was unplanned. It was inspired by a perusal of my Facebook page.

Someone’s inquiry into ’empathy’ prompted a memory. Within the memory resides an invaluable lesson. Hopefully you’ll agree.

At the age of 18, I was adopted into a very privileged family. Though I loved all my siblings (they’re biological) I often felt jealous that they’d never have “real life” so brutally imposed upon them the way that I had.

I sort of poo-pooed their naïveté and esteemed my “experience” and “exposure”, believing that it somehow afforded me greater wisdom, perspective, and empathy.

But then my 4 year old sister taught me a lesson.

Once while sharing matter-of-factly of a childhood experience, I caught a glimpse of my sister in the rear view mirror. She was sobbing, without sound, taking in a visceral experience of the things that I shared.

My heart dropped. I realized that she was fully identifying with my little girl experiences. Her heart was broken for me. I understood then that I had violated her innocence.

She didn’t need to know (at that age) the things that I had known at her age.

From this I learned that there’s no need to experience the tragedy in order to identify with the victims of it.

Irrespective of your background, you possess a treasury of blessing to offer. Don’t discount your privilege or make apologies for it. Likewise, don’t esteem your adversity as though it single-handedly fashioned your character.

Within each of us resides a Divinely appointed capacity to bless and enrich the lives of those around us. When we live authentically, we live from this place of gifting and all that’s within effortlessly bleeds forth.

So, the moral of this story is… Live authentically and the whole world benefits.

How To Get The Bank Of Heaven To Finance Your Dream

How To Get The Bank Of Heaven To Finance Your Dream

Are you a planner? Do you know what you’re having for dinner tonight? Do you know where you’re spending next Christmas?

If you are a planner, congratulations! You’ve taken control of your future.

For those of you who don’t consider yourselves planners, fear not! You can learn.

If you see no value in planning, answer me this: Who’s going to control the next 12 months of your life? Truthfully, the only way to answer that question is with a plan.

What are your goals? What do you want for tomorrow? Next week? What do you hope to see in your life before the close of this year?

The best way to predict your future is to invent it. You can invent the future you want to see with a plan. Plan to become what you want to become. Plan to become what you already see on the inside.

Planning helps you to fulfill the vision and mission of your life; the vision and mission you long to see made manifest.

Your vision and mission didn’t originate with you. They’re products of Destiny’s design. That means Destiny has a vested interest in your future.

When you make a plan, Destiny will always exceed that plan. But if there’s no plan, Destiny has nothing to exceed.

Never doubt the power of Heaven to work in you to accomplish all you see within. In fact, Destiny will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! They will all be outdone!

Did you catch that? Destiny is able to do exceeding, abundantly, above, far beyond all you can ask, think, or imagine. You have a three-part responsibility to ask, think, and imagine. Destiny assumes responsibility for the how.

If you have a longing to see something  particular in your future, then you already have a plan. Your plan is that vision already in your mind.

Destiny’s responsibility covers how the plan will be executed and financed. Your responsibility is simply to ask, think, and imagine.

Are you thinking, “This is too simple. It’s too good to be true.”? If so, you’re not alone. That’s the problem of many. They think the vision originated with them. Because their vision is their ideal, they assume it must be a futile figment of imagination. This is unfortunate because the mark of a plan from Heaven is that it seems impossible, too big, too extraordinary, too good to be true.

Your vision was designed to be big beyond your resources for only then will Destiny’s role become apparent. Your good success and satisfying life are meant to compel others to look to Heaven, prompting them to ask, think, and imagine as well.

This is important because most people believe they have to come up with the resources so they never bother to start a plan. Destiny says, “Stop trying to fulfill what’s my responsibility! Start to plan! Start to ask, think, and imagine.”

Give Destiny a plan and you give Destiny something to work for. Attract the resources of Heaven by starting to plan.

Your plan is Destiny’s showcase of Heaven’s splendor.

As the One who authored your purpose in life, Destiny gives you the resources necessary to fulfill your purpose. Your thoughts are Destiny’s plan.

Release the wealth of Heaven into your life by asking, thinking, and imagining. Plan to see your vision come to pass without needing to know how. When you assume this posture of faith, you honor the One who authored your thoughts, inviting credit to go where credit is due.

Now, tell me again, Who’s going to control the next 12 months of your life?

How To Live A Life Of Purpose & Meaning

How To Live A Life Of Purpose & Meaning

This is the continuation of a short series on Planning.

Planning is the management of that dynamic distance between your birth and your death. That distance varies for everyone. Still, the intended impact of each and every individual is meant to be everlasting.

This begs the question, How can I ensure that my eternal contribution to history an humanity is worthwhile?

The simple answer is, plan. Planning is simply applying purpose to time.

No matter what, Time will persist. Time is always present. Even after you expire, Time will carry on.

Planning is giving purpose and meaning to the portion of time entrusted to you. Does this sound easier said than done?

The truth is, you’re already doing it to some extent. For instance, have you ever made a grocery list for your trip to the supermarket? In doing so, you’ve documented a preconceived determination of how your time in the supermarket will be used.

Have you ever designed an itinerary for your travels? If so, then you’ve documented a preconceived determination of how your time traveling will be used.

Planning is your documentation of your preconceived determination of how your time will be used.

Time will come. Time always comes. However, when you put your plan to paper you make a declaration of how that time will be used as opposed to allowing Time to tell you what to do.

Without a plan, we can easily be persuaded to squander or waster our time. Without a plan, pointless conversations trail on. Without a plan, the route to our destination acquires pointless stops and detours.

To plan is to allow your clear sense of purpose to give meaning to unused time. You have a purpose and vision. You’re going somewhere. It makes sense, then, for you to harness and leverage time.

Let’s consider tomorrow. What will you do do with tomorrow? It’s unused at the moment. You’re not there yet. So, what are you gong to do with the 24 hours that begin at 12:01 tonight? Have you determined what that 24 hours will do in relation to your purpose?

Let’s reconsider our question from earlier, How can I ensure that my eternal contribution to history an humanity is worthwhile? Simple. Every day, plan at least one thing that will move you toward your purpose in life, your vision for the future. Maybe it’s a phone call that needs to be made or an email that needs to be written. Perhaps its a conversation with someone who has pertinent information. Whatever it is, let your time be determined by your purpose.

Time was designed to be our tool and resource. But for some of us, it’s become our dictator. Put Time in it’s place. It’s time you told Time how it’s going to be used and how it’s going to serve your purpose.

Harness the time that you have to draw you closer to your desired destination.

How do you plan to use today to move you closer to a life of purpose?

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Rejection’s Most Guarded Secret

Rejection’s Most Guarded Secret

Have you ever experienced rejection? I have.

With my father already out of the picture, my biological mother gave me up to a coworker at the local diner when I was only a few days old. Later, at the age of 4 1/2 and without explanation, that family returned me to my mom.

Unfortunately, she was far too absorbed in her own unmet needs to find purpose in fulfilling those of her child. Her interest in me was transitory and typically overshadowed by resentment – the life of a single parent is challenging, after all. My mere presence compromised her personal life, proving her quest for love to be a quest in vain.

Much to my disappointment, I found Rejection lurking at the doorstep of many life stages. While still in my naivete, I had hoped to arrive to a place in life where Rejection held no ground. Of course, no such place exists.

Rejection is a fascinating foe and particularly keen at administering pain. It cannot, after all, operate independent of another. Perhaps that’s the rub of Rejection – it has to come through someone and, as a result, feels remarkably personal at every encounter. Is that why it’s sting seems to last a lifetime?

I’ve lived nearly 4 decades in the company of this adversary and, thus, come to know it well. Let me unveil it’s most guarded secret…it doesn’t know you.

Rejection’s sentiments, in truth, betray nothing of your value or worth. Rather, they expose the inner torment of the one resigned to deliver Rejection’s message.

What does it say of someone that they’ve yielded themselves to these administrations? Can the appraisal of such an individual be trusted?

When someone forsakes you, rest assured they never knew you.

When confronted with magnificent opportunity, Rejection’s former sentiments seem to arrest perspective. We diligently replay the broken record of false accusation and fallacious assessment and, as a result, progress halts, our knees buckle, and opportunity threatens to pass by.

What if we choose differently next time? What if we choose to pay little mind to these untruths that plague our progress?

Every time we yield to Rejection’s whisper, we strengthen its resolve and weaken our own.

Personally, I’ve come to a place of deliberate disregard for Rejection and its message. You might say that I’ve elected to reject Rejection and I invite you to do the same.

As you know, I’ve recently embarked on a new venture. I’ve engaged the boundless digital economy as a first-time online business owner.

Rejection said that I didn’t have it in me. It said that success would elude me. Rejection was wrong.

Don’t let Rejection’s flawed assessment hold you back from the infinite possibilities inherent in you. Pursue your destiny. Live the richly rewarding life for which you were intended by fearlessly confronting the lies of this faithful foe.

How Much Are You Worth?

How Much Are You Worth?

How much is this worth?

Thats right, $100…

Now, how much is it worth?

Yes, even after being crumpled up it’s still worth $100…

How about now, how much is it worth?

That’s right, it’s still worth $100.

How about you, how much are you worth?

Do you recognize your worth as inherent and unalterable?

Life experience often crumple us up. Tragedy rips us in two. And, as a result, we feel less than.

Experience tells us that our missteps, mistakes, and mistreatment devalues us and we often agree.

How is it that we permit trashed paper to retain it’s assigned value, when we don’t extend that same courtesy to ourselves?

When we acquiesce to the flawed valuations of others, we resign ourselves to a lesser life, to a life of mediocrity and commonness.

You are not common.

Inside of you is a gift to history and humanity. Destiny has purposed to do extraordinary things through you.

Your only task in life is to agree with Destiny’s high estimation of you and, subsequently, submit to the high calling placed on your life. It’s a calling of great joy and good success.

The life you’re meant to live is a good one, designed to honor you as a priceless product of heaven.

How might your life change if you chose to honor Destiny’s valuation of you irrespective of your missteps, mistakes, and mistreatment?

We honor the assigned value of paper. How much more ought we honor Destiny’s assigned value of ourselves?

Today, let your actions and words be in line with who you truly are as Destiny’s priceless design.

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