Is Education The Answer?

Is Education The Answer?

Have you heard it said, that “education is the answer”? I’ve heard it multiple times.

What’s the answer to generations dependent on the welfare system? Education.

What’s the answer to the drug problem? Education.

What’s the answer to low self-esteem? Education.

What’s the answer to homelessness? Education.

Is it true? Is education the answer?

Allow me to share a story…

I was born to a single mom. A brilliant woman, with an extraordinary education. She came to this country to teach at one of our highly respected state universities. She spoke and taught several languages. She was a genius. Her mind and abilities were surpassed by few.

Even still, I never knew her as a professor. I only ever knew her as a waitress, a gardener, as hired help and as a personal assistant. Her capabilities always far surpassed the ones to whom she was employed, but that remained irrelevant.

If education is the answer, then why wasn’t she the employer? Why was she beholden to so many? There was hardly anything she wouldn’t do for money.

Her capabilities were forever overshadowed by her self-hatred, low self-esteem, lack of self-worth, and poor self-concept.

How is this relevant to you? Like my mother, you received some level of education using some form of curriculum and the raw material for that curriculum was the mentality of the students. So, the objective of the curriculum was to impact the mentality of the students. But, what was the impact of that curriculum on the student who possessed a flawed mentality?

Allow me to elaborate…In the homes of my mother’s employers, were children who witnessed success. They only ever saw bills paid. When they flicked the light switch, the lights always came on. When they opened the refrigerator, there was always food waiting. There was usually a mother and a father in the home and they sat as a family for meals. These children played sports, they participated in plays, they joined clubs, and they were invited into student leadership.

What’s the mentality of a child who only witnesses their parents in a position of influence? What’s the mentality of a child who’s parents prioritize their team events and other extra-curricular activities? What’s the mentality of a child who’s wardrobe is well furnished and who’s bed is always found to be safe?

Aren’t they the ones who know they’re somebody? Certainly they are. They know they’re somebody because they’ve been sacrificed for and their interests have been prioritized. They understand that they are significant. Their expectations of life and of success were crafted according to what they witnessed and how they were valued. They see themselves as destined for a role of authority. They’ll be boss because that’s what they’ve always seen and, consequently, come to expect.

If you have a child who’s already secure in their self-concept, know their self-worth, and is convinced of their self-esteem then all you have to teach them is to read, to write, and how to do arithmetic. They don’t need to learn how to love themselves, how to believe that they’re awesome and capable of anything. They already believe all that.

But, what if you have a child who hates themselves, who has no self-concept, no self-worth, and no self-esteem? What is the reading, writing and arithmetic going to do for them? It’s not going to make them the leader. It’s going to make them better servants to the leaders.

But, what if these children advance in their education? Will that help? What if they acquire multiple degrees and a slew of certifications? What then? Well, then they have multiple degrees and a slew of certifications along with self-hatred, low self-esteem, no self-worth, and no self-concept.

I was told by my mother to do well in school. There was so much fear tied to my academic performance. The admonition was, “do well in school and you’ll get a good paying job”. I’m sure she heard the same thing as a child, “do well in school and you’ll get a good paying job”.

She did do well in school and she did get a good paying job, but she didn’t keep it.

Today, I wonder if the outcome of her life would have been different had the admonition of her childhood been different. For instance, what might the outcome have been if she had heard, “you are loved. You are worthy. Value yourself and you will do well.”

Is education the answer? If so, then what about all the highly educated self-haters? What about them?

I don’t mean to denigrate education. I simply intend to show that it isn’t the answer.

What if we traded in the traditional 3 R’s (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic) educational formula for self-concept, self-worth, self-esteem? What difference do you suppose that would make? What difference would that have made in your life?

Is it too late? Absolutely not!

Reconnect yourself to your source. Reconnect yourself to Destiny. You were created to show off the splendor of Heaven. You were crafted after the image of divinity. You’ve been endowed with special gifting and a unique purpose. You’re destined to impact history and humanity in a very particular way, totally distinct to you.

Your abilities and your potential are not tied to your education. They’re tied to Destiny. The One who authored your story has also already authored your success. You’re brimming with potential and once you align with Destiny, you’ll begin to see the outpouring of your magnificence. You are not one in a million. You are one in infinity – the rarest of gems.

The Closer You Align With Destiny, The Louder The Voice Of Fear

The Closer You Align With Destiny, The Louder The Voice Of Fear

Are you familiar with the book of Job in the Christian Bible and the Jewish Tanakh?

Job is an excellent example of someone who was highly developed in fear.

Job so feared that his children might sin against God that he made it a habit to regularly construct altars and offer sacrifices on behalf of his children, seeking forgiveness and reconciliation from God.  Job did this continuously simply as a precautionary measure. He sought to prepare for the worst and, in so doing, invited the worst into his life.

Remember, when you allow something to consume your thoughts, when you envision it in your mind’s eye, and imagine it as a reality you make room for it in your life. This is true of both negative and positive circumstances. That’s why I’ve so often encouraged you to meditate on the vision that Destiny placed inside you. As you do, you bring your whole being and entire life in line with Destiny’s plan for your life.

As we meditate on Destiny’s design for our life, we actively align our human will with the will of heaven. Similarly, when we meditate on visions fueled by fear we align our human will with the prospects of fear. When we agree with the lies of fear, we acquiesce the power of our will to the intents of fear. Allow me to explain, years ago I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue. The mention of another diagnosed malady was more than I was willing to accept after a childhood of abuse and trauma. Something inside me said, “Enough! I don’t accept this! You’re wrong, I don’t have Chronic Fatigue”. I refused to align my will with fear that day and I’ve never looked back. As a result, all of the symptoms that suggested I had Chronic Fatigue have dissipated and disappeared.

Just last night, I was driving home from an event in a city not far from our home. As I drove, a thought came to me, “it’d be so easy to just crash into that divider. It could be all over. I could rest”. Immediately I identified the thought as the voice of fear. Fear of overwhelm. Fear of failure as a mom. Fear of failure as a wife. Fear of failure as an entrepreneur. The tricky thing about the voice of fear is that it speaks to us in the first person. It say’s things like, “I’m no good. I’m a failure. I’m so unattractive. I’ll never succeed”. The thoughts sound very much like our own, but really they’re the deception of fear. As that thought came to me, I immediately recognized it as a tactic of fear and with that arose excited anticipation. If fear desires the end of me, it could only mean that I am right where I’m supposed to be, doing what I’m supposed to be doing. The closer we come to Destiny’s design for our life, the greater the threat we become to the motives of fear.

Now, back to Job. Job’s continual sacrifices were motivated by fear. His behavior was fear-based. He was motivated purely by the voice of fear. I imagine it sounded something like, “I bet she…He probably…He’ll never….If she…I better…What if I don’t…” Job became so preoccupied with the prospects of fear that he then gave himself physically to the building of numerous altars, further validating and strengthening that voice of fear. He totally surrendered himself to cultivating and yielding to the voice of fear and, as a result, he became highly developed in fear.

In fact, Job became highly developed in fear to the point that he saw the physical manifestation of all that he had imagined. Job lost everything. He lost his extravagant wealth. He lost his perfect health. He lost each of his children. He lost absolutely everything! Just think of how dramatically different his story would’ve been if he had given himself as earnestly to meditating on the promise of Destiny written on the lives of his children and on his own life.

Remember, the most powerful force on earth is the human will. The will that aligns with the design of Destiny will see the favor of heaven manifest. The will that aligns by acquiescence with the prospects of fear will see the unfavorable manifest.

When we tolerate the voice of fear in our life, we contaminate our faith for Destiny’s promise. When we tolerate our fear of elevators, of spiders, of large trucks, of airplanes, of different cultures we strengthen our faith in fear and yield greater strength to the prospects of fear for our life. We cannot afford to tolerate fear!

So, then, how do we actively resist fear? It’s simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. Meditate on the vision that Destiny has painted on your heart and mind. What is it? Don’t degrade it. Don’t call it childish. Don’t call it ridiculous or wasteful or materialistic or selfish or vain. Yield to it. What you don’t realize is that wrapped in the splendor of Destiny’s vision for your life is your priceless impact on humanity and history. All you see is a pretty picture. What you don’t see is the process of refinement that will prepare you to receive that manifest reality. Within that process of refinement is your blessing to the world. Your destiny is a vehicle to impact countless lives for the better. Cultivate the vision. Starve the fear.

Today, set aside 15 minutes to yourself. Maybe that’s in your car during commute. Perhaps its in the bathroom as you get ready for work. Maybe its a solitary walk on your lunch break. Whatever it is, make sure it’s to yourself. In that time, relinquish your heart and mind to Destiny. Allow Heaven to take captive your imagination so that you can sit with visions of your intended future. Every good and perfect gift comes from your Creator above. If, as you meditate, something other than good or perfect surfaces just reject it and move on. Like I did last night as I drove home when that thought of suicide entered my mind. Remember, as you gain clarity of your vision you threaten the prospects of fear for your life. So, if disturbing thoughts surface acknowledge them as confirmation that you’re on the right track. Reject the thought but acknowledge the confirmation.

Stay blessed!

Today Is A New Day & A New Beginning

Today Is A New Day & A New Beginning

Today is a new day and a new beginning. That means we have another opportunity to succeed, to do well, to gain a sense of satisfaction from a job well done. In order for this to be so, we mustn’t allow yesterday’s shortcomings and mishaps to bear consequence on our expectations for today.

Oft times, we carry yesterday’s guilt or failure into the new day. Yesterday is closed and done. Our former performance determines nothing of our present capabilities unless, of course, we allow it to.

For this reason, it is imperative that we choose a gracious and forgiving manner towards ourselves. Let the night wash away the impurities of a defeated conscience. If you carry a sense of failure or disappointment into this new day, you will find your competencies handicapped and your creativities constrained.

Understand that you are more than your performance. Understand who you are apart from your achievements. Understand your inherent worth before you apply yourself to this new day. Your triumphs, in no way, add an ounce of value to you. Likewise, your blunders detract nothing from your worth.

From this place of clarity, enter into this new day postured to receive great joy and good success.

Choose Self-Love

Choose Self-Love

Do you know the secret to healthy relationship – personally, socially, and professionally?

It’s the relationship you have with yourself.

The most important person to know and cultivate relationship with is yourself.

The average person on this planet knows very little about themselves. They keep putting on other people’s images and live other people’s expectations. They allow society to create them. So, instead of having a self-concept they have an other-concept. They live by someone else’s picture of them.

The most important person for you to love is not someone else. It’s you.

Say it, “the most important person for me to love, is myself”.

The primary cause of stress in our life is the fact that we don’t really know or love ourself.

Many of us focus more on loving others than we do on loving ourselves and we think this is the way it’s supposed to be.

Did you know that the capacity you love yourself determines your capacity to love others? It’s true. You cannot love someone beyond your ability to love yourself. Is it true, then, that it’s selfish to cultivate self-love even before you cultivate love for another?

To love others before we love ourself causes hurt and disappointment. It places too much of our self-appraisal and self-value in the opinions and valuations of others. When we go into a relationship looking for love, we relinquish total control over to the other person. We make them the source of the love we feel so if they withhold or withdraw their love, we’re left destitute and heartbroken. No one should have that much power over our life and wellbeing.

We need to come to a place where we can honestly proclaim, “If you don’t love me, I still love me. I am loved.”

Fall in love with yourself first and the measure you love others will increase.

The same is true for everyone. So, if someone tells you, “I love you,” consider responding with, “but do you love yourself?” That’ll reveal more about their love for you than their proclamation. If they don’t love themselves, they can’t love you.

So what is it to love yourself? What is self-love?

First, and foremost, self-love is the result of self-discovery. Discover yourself and you’ll never lack love for yourself.

Self-love is a result of self-source. Discover where your self was sourced. Source determines value. Allow me to elaborate…If I take a diamond and cut it in half, what am I left with? That’s right, two diamonds. Now, if I cut each of those diamonds in half, what am I left with? Yes, four diamonds. Even though I’ve cut the diamond, I’ve maintained the inherent integrity of the source. The original source of those smaller diamonds dictates their inherent value. They will always remain costly treasures because their original source was that of a costly treasure.

Self-love is the result of self-worth. You can never give yourself worth if you don’t know where you came from and you can’t know where you came from if you don’t discover yourself and discover your source. Like the diamonds, when you know where you came from, you understand your inherent, unalterable worth.

Self-love is the result of self-esteem. Esteem means, how much we estimate our worth? For some people it is so low that they’ll just give themselves away at a subpar job or in a loveless relationship. When you realize how much you are worth, you fall in love with yourself. For example, if I gave you my son’s hand-me-down, pink, Barbie, battery-operated Jeep and then gave you a brand new BMW X5 which one would you love the more? Which one would you keep in the garage? Which one would you care for? Self-estimation makes you treat yourself with garage-type care. You value yourself so you set standards that honor and respect your value and self-appraisal, your self-esteem.

Self-love is the result of self-concept. How you picture yourself determines how you treat yourself. And that picture comes from your discovery of where you came from. A diamond is a diamond is a diamond is a diamond. In other words, once a diamond always a diamond. So, your picture of yourself shouldn’t come from other people. Even if no one tells you that you look good, you should know that you look good.

When you have a sense of self-concept, other people’s opinions won’t touch you.

Self-love is the result of self-identity. Once you know who you are you fall in love with yourself.

Self-love is the result of self-value. How much do you value yourself? Your value for yourself gives you your love for yourself. If you believe that you are valuable you fall in love with yourself.  Just like that Barbie Jeep and BMW X5. You perceive the BMW as more valuable than the plastic Jeep so, if given both, you would love the BMW more highly than the Jeep.   Discovery of your identity determines your attitude towards yourself and that determines your measure of love for yourself and that determines how much you can love someone else.

Are you totally in love with yourself? If no-one ever loved you, are you still loved? Loving yourself means that you are your best friend.

What will you do today to cultivate this most important relationship in your life?

How To Accelerate Your Purpose On Earth

How To Accelerate Your Purpose On Earth

As you continue embarking on the discovery of your purpose on earth, allow me to offer this perspective…

Access to certain resources can accelerate your purpose on Earth.

Destiny is the author of provision and, therefore, desires to see us graduate from the natural operations of survival into the supernatural operations of abundance.

Many of us, myself included, have identified with a scarcity mindset for so long that we have to actively assume a new perspective concerning certain resources, namely money, before we can begin to live and model a healthy financial life. In the words of Dave Ramsey, You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.

Every country and every people group is looking for resources and money to solve significant problems. Without exception, finances are an accelerant to solving problems. However, to gain a solution of permanence, we must also rely on relationship to solve problems.

The world yearns for the love of Heaven. Finances and resources help us to be effective conduits of the tangible affection of Heaven in individual lives. This is effective relationship.

We have a responsibility to create and multiply resources in our lifetime, bettering the quality of life for those who follow. However, many of us are not thinking of risking, investing, multiplying, and leaving a real inheritance. How might our attitude and approach towards money change if we began to live as though we’ll never die! Perhaps we’d be inclined to grow and invest the resources divinely entrusted to us for the betterment of history and humanity. In the words of Robert Kiyosaki, It’s not how much money you make but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for.

The world around us is waiting for people who have the resources and connections to finance growth. Producing and offering the resources that solve society’s problems is how we can actively participate in the design of Heaven to bless history and humanity.

Even before you have monetary wealth, you possess the most precious commodity – time. You can value both the poorest and the richest in your circle with your time.

But, If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it. – Kim Garst

Once you gain a proper appraisal of yourself and of your time, people will understand that they are blessed to be gifted with it. To illustrate my point consider this…Imagine that it’s time for your 20 year high school reunion. You’re in Bloomingdale’s looking for a dress. You find a beautiful one. It’s on sale, marked down to $100 from $250. As you continue to look around, you find another lovely dress. This one is also on sale for $100, marked down from $1000. You try on both dresses. They both fit well and are extremely flattering on you. Which one do you prefer? Which one do you buy? Of course, you buy the one that originally cost more. Why? Because the price tag revealed it’s high value, which compels you to value it highly as well. Like the original price tag, our attitude towards ourself reveals our self-worth and, in turn, informs the world around us how to value us too. Be your own promoter and help the world appropriately relate to you so that when you have time to give, it is highly valued.

Choose Generosity

Choose Generosity

Jack Welch, one of the most famous business personalities in history, was asked how he knew when someone was ready to be promoted to senior leadership or management. He responded, “I look desperately for the generosity gene. A characteristic of people who love to see others promoted, love to see others grow, love to see others’ ideas come out and don’t ever steal them. You will do so much more for the people who care about your career and have your interests at heart.”

Think about who you want to entrust yourself to and follow. How’s their relationship with generosity?

Generosity plays a pivotal role in the lives of many highly satisfied and highly successful business leaders.

Generosity keeps you grounded in your love for others and it helps realign your priorities.

When we give to someone or something, our heart becomes captured and remains present in what we are giving to. Consider this: if you were paying to belong to one of the nicest golf clubs in your area, your heart would remain wedded to the progression of your golf game even if you were forced to take some time off for illness or injury. Why? Because you’d be paying a price to be a member and to play. That tying of your resources to your golf game, incentivizes you to make different choices in other areas of life that directly impact your game, like diet, wardrobe, follow through, and exercise. With every temptation that threatens the progress of your golf game, you risk violating your monetary investment. Without the investment, the incentive to practice, eat right, and exercise wouldn’t carry as much weight.

In short, it is within our best interest to live a generous life because it makes us present with the issues we give to and the reality of goodness.

What issue can you commit to be present with by giving to the cause?

This post was inspired by Shawn Bolz’s, 8 Keys To Kingdom Resources.

 

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