Affirmation

Affirmation is a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oat. It is the act of affirming, asserting or stating something. Sometimes this could be positive or negative depending or the reasoning for the affirmation. However in the true sense I would look at affirmation in it’s simplest form of giving credibility to something or someone. To be affirmative is to give positive connotations; bring a cense of good will to the recipient.

We live in a society where it is easy talk negative and seek to pull down each other over the simplest of things. No wonder we fail as leaders even when we are trying our best to make good on our promises of not following the status quo; carving a path of our own while leading the way with honesty dignity and respect. Instead of always looking at the negatives we should spend some time with affirmation. It is good to be affirmed especially when you need it most. When you are in a situation that causes you to the think that you are all alone and no one cares. Just a kind word of encouragement would be a gesture that would make a difference and help in setting someone ablaze with possibilities helping to motivate and inspire them to greatness. When you affirms you give confidence to the one who is being affirmed. This might be the moment when you help to turn the tide breaking the bonds of destruction from their paths. Many great souls die for lack of affirmation and encouragement, they turn away slowly in despair not hearing words to lift their spirits.

Recently I was challenged by the story of a woman. She displayed strength in moments of hopelessness. A nation was under siege. It was a time when everyone was looking for leadership that was seemingly no where to be found. She was a one of a kind woman who inspite of being a wife did not seek to put herself first but but seek guidance in leading a nation being a judge. By now you would have guessed the name but just in case you are still wondering, her name was Deborah. She was not afraid to speak the truth while guiding a man who was complacent and unwilling to take up the challenge with the courage to defend a nation. She was a mother in Israel who would go to all lengths making sure her people was delivered from the evil and bondage of their oppressors.

Speaking the truth over and giving confidence to who you are and what you can become. Although she could have taken charge of the situation, she called on the man to wake up and see the indignity of the moment. He did not have the courage to go alone, he was motivated by a woman who was a tower of strength a trail blazer for justice. Her affirmation caused freedom to come to a people in distress.

Today we ask, are there any who would guide us while setting the paste for guidance and freedom. It is strange how we seek to tear down those who are trying their best to bring change while motivating others to greatness! Just a little affirmation will go a long way in turning the tide while blowing a breath of fresh air to our present situation. “Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.”

At this present moment we need an affirmer, one who doesn’t use his office to tear down and belittle but one who is a great motivator for good. It seems we have fallen to a low that will be difficult to recover from. In a moment of distress and chaos we need someone to light the lamp of dignity, triumph and honor. We need to raise the standard and raise it boldly awakening the future generation to greatness in the place of despair. Give us the affirmation and encouragement we need to last a generation. How will we look back at this moment in history? How do we want to be remembered? If we count the cost, we would be setting good examples for the youths to follow!

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Shifting Sands

In a moment of ideas and differing views we have seen the shaking of times as we strode in times of unrest and social injustices. Times are shifting; moments when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Never before have we seen so much disrespect for life, dignity and human culture. It is sad to say this but the writing is on the wall and there is no one capable of interpreting it. Everyday things are shifting and the moments of madness has caught us in a state of compromise. It’s time to stop look and listen to the signs that has emerged. We are traveling in a direction where the pendulum is swinging and the sliding pole has taken us into a place of the unknown. We listened to the clips as the comparisons are made; we are not far from those day of turmoil that was vowed never to return. However, I believe a great climax will take place; be prepared to advance into a time and season with hope and fulfillment. We are living in times of shifting sands.

The era of tweets and talks into Siberia silence where we will not meet the confronters face to face. There is hope for a brighter tomorrow and a peace that will surpass our imagination. Let us build our hope on the rock of all ages and rise up out of the dreads of a low life and living; off the shifting sands of time on to the rock of hope and promise.

The word is “Shifting Sands.” In life we must to be prepared to build. It might be things but at this point we want to focus on lives. Let us build our lives on a rock where we will not be shaken. Those who build on sands will be quickly removed and blown off course. A wise man build on rocks. Therefore they will not be shaken. When the storms of life comes because our foundation is deep we will stand firm. The foolish build on the sands and is being moved by the times and seasons. May God help us to be grounded on the rock that will withstand the pressures of time and into eternity!

Look at the times we live in! It is truly disturbing. Everyday there’s another school shooting. It has now become a norm. The empty promises are overbearing because there is no one willing to take a stand. Have you ever encountered a sand dune? It is a ridge of sand created by the wind and is found in deserts or near lakes and oceans. It is that moment when one find themselves sinking into a hole that seems to be without end. When we find ourselves in this condition we usually cry out for help hoping that there is someone or something too hold on to. Moments like these are very testing because only then we find out what we are made of or who our real friends are. We should never attempt to ride the shifting sands alone; we need codependency; someone to help us out of our mess being careful not to be blown too far off course to a place of no return.

When a nation is in the state of decline, it is on shifting sands and need a stabilizing force to hold it together. Who is going to be that anchor to carry us through the storm? We all have to decide because no man is able to take us to that place of comfort and ease. As much as we are afraid to admit it, God is the only true source of help. Only he can help us now! It is time we let go of our insecurities and hope in the shifting sands of time and trust in the rock of all ages to take us to our place of comfort and joy. Let go of the “Shifting Sands.”

Reckless love, choices we make.

Love is a word that evokes emotion, sometimes exotic and sometimes calm but strong. However, it can be dangerous when one become fanatic and things spiral out of control. It is the source of our existence; we were created to love. Love is not always easy but we owe it to ourselves to love without limitations and distraction. We can become slaves to the feeling we hold dear when surrounded with demands we are unable to fulfill. However, what ever happens, love is a word that demands actions and affection. Circumstances sometimes hindered us from achieving or living up to our true potential; love suffers with agonizing pain and frustration. It hold our minds hostage; we prefer not to be bothered with life’s challenges and look to the simpler ways of life. In a pensive mood we stop and think of life and it’s circumstances; where are we going; what does the future hold and what happens inspite of love. When we fall short with our obligations and love is hard to come by.

I recently heard a song which caught my attention. Though simple in its meaning it seems to be creating controversies and discussion about the meaning and what the writer innocently used to describe his thoughts and ideas. However, it is only because of reckless love we are able to survive in a world of challenges and despair. Who would dare to lavish love on one who is unlovable?

Reckless love! What is it that causes us to get in a frenzy about a word used in innocence. This causes me to examine the thoughts behind the lyrics! Reckless love is the act of abandoning all preconceived or known notions; loving without any regards for circumstances that would throw us off course. Loving despite difficult personalities. Acknowledging that you are not always acting within the guidelines of “safe”. Loving without the fear of being hurt. Purposefully finding uniqueness. Loving beyond the point of healthiness. Continuing to love despite not being loved or appreciated in return. Loving to a point that you act without letting anything effecting us or negativity even crossing your mind.

I love this song because it speaks to the personality of God. There is nothing that we could have done to make Him love us but He abandon everything and made the sacrifice to show his love for us. I don’t know what you would call it but to me that is reckless love! These lyrics draws you into a state of consciousness in that you have to think of a love so great that even when we are not worthy He gives himself for us. He showed reckless love!

The lyrics:

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me You have been so, so good to me. Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me;You have been so, so kind to me.”

Who would be so kind as to love me and give himself for me? There is no argument that is worth the discussion to determine the love God has for us. You might not accept it but it took love beyond measure for him to love us that he gave himself for us, that is reckless love. A love so unconditional that we call it reckless. There is no need to even think of it any other way.

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine. I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me. You have been so, so good to me. When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me You have been so, so kind to me

And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

It is overwhelming to even think of such love. Who would have thought that we’re so precious that we are on God’s mind? He did whatever it took to bring us back to him. It does not matter if you believe it or not; this is reckless love and there’s no doubt about it! He leave the ninety and nine to go after that one who goes astray even those who betrayed Him!

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine And I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

Wow! No other love could do it. It took reckless love to achieve such wonder!

No time to stop the chaos

It seems like a wild thing coming out of the old stories of medieval times; sometimes a struggle to love, hate, of disguise and betrayal but who cares? No one! However, chicken will come home to rouse and only then will the untold truth of stories come back to haunt us. The stories of horror, the agony of agonizing and the times of distress frustration and fear will all calumniate into a season of disgrace as we pass the time ignoring the symptoms never stopping to glance at the past. The pain of persuasion interaction and inaction will lead to influences but inadequacy has caused the mobility of the immobile to fail. However ignorance is of no excused i am told.

Never before in my wildest dreams could we have imagined times like these with all its ups and downs imaginary faces and places; we sucomb to the wild and fancies of a promise not kept. Emboldened by the battle of words succinct in the fantasy of imagination only Twitter will be able to explain. Only time will tell the stories untold as darkness springs to lighter the clouds that tries to shade our intelligence. The brightness of time will prevail through all eternity where it might find its resting place. Looking back at the past has caused us to wonder about where we are going. Though impossible to see, only our imagination can give us the eyes to peek into the future. All we see is frustration and disgust. What’s the point of even trying when the boulders are large and overpowering without any to help in moving such monuments.

As we march through time, we will fulfill destiny only when we become like a child who is simple and without a sense of hate. No more time for chaos and disgrace it is the time to motivate and spread hope to the hopeless who are in constant distress. The time is now but who is willing to take a stand that will effect change? A child shall lead them; even in skepticism a movement has started and a wind of change is coming. No one will be able to stop the motor as it revel into full speed. Those who has become skeptics will be left behind trying to catch-up only to have already lost their way. Let’s stop the chaos, stop the shame that surrounds us. The pain of the moment is too great to bear but we have an opportunity to make a change only if we use it!

Open Doors, a path to success or failure

In the midst of the hustle and challenges that we face in this season, there are opportunities that comes our way which set a precedence for how things will shape our lives for the future. There’s no need to be stressed about the future because opportunities can be doors to progress or retardation; this depends on how you choose to look at what’s before you. However, we are the determining factor that will cause us to succeed or fail. Please put first things first and leave the rest to God; He will determine what will succeed.

Jesus says “I place before you an open door that no man can shut.” Just think of the opportunities that is ahead of you in this new season. Think of the many blessings you are afforded coming into a new year with so much potentials. As we enter into this new year and a new season we will have to make up our minds to go through these doors that will lead to self connectivity and spiritual renewal.

Doors are built in different sizes because they represent different challenges and opportunities. However, we must be careful of the opportunities presented. If we fail to recognize the path to success, we can spend the rest of our life’s searching in regret. Opportunities lost is hard to regain! Procrastination we are told is the thief to time; therefore it is urgent when opportunities presents themselves we take up the challenges and go through the doors that are open to us.

The year is already started and well on it’s way. Soon we will hear the refrain, “where did it all go.” The question is, did you make use of the opportunities presented or are you still waiting for that so call right time to use the resources that you have been blessed with to fulfill your potential and make the commitment to an open door of self advancement? There no more time for procrastinating; now is the time for commitment and devotion to a cause that is greater than anything that has been a challenge in the pass. Determine to do something great. Make a difference by walking through the doors that are open to success. It does not matter how difficult it might seem, God will make a way if you are committed to him. By doing so we are assured of opening the door of success.

The power to influence

Peter was fed up with things as they were. He had a close relation and association with his boss but suddenly, he was gone, taken by a crowd of people who thought he was a traitor. After considering all his options he then made the decision to go back to his old stumping ground, the way of life he knew. He said to his friends, I️ am going fishing. They followed his lead without any question. They were in dismay and despair; their hope for salvation and a future of promises was taken and there was no one who could help, no one they could trust. They held on to anything which seemed a source of strength in moments of despair. They held to things which seems to be of help but that to leave them in a state of uncertainty. Peter was the influencer the one who had the power to control. He knew how to manipulate the situation twisting things for his own advantage.

In life we are constantly confronting situations that forces us to choose. Being in such place of challenge causes us to ask, where to do we go from here? Everyday and in some way, we are constantly being influenced by persons places or things. It might not be so obvious however, as we look at the facts the truth will be exposed. We are being influential by the media, things we see and hear, the places we go, the friends we keep etc. The desire for thing is the result of their influence on our lives. The call for us to spend what we do not have? We buy things we do not need. We are trapped with lifestyles we can’t afford all because of the things we see and seek after. The influence and the perception that guide our lives. However, we must choose the path we trod.

The power of influence can be a dysfunction a source for good or evil. It can turn a bad situation into positive result or a good situation into negatives. It can help to improve situation and circumstances which in turns can improve society, help us to gain self respect and change the world.

Let me try to define influence base on my research: It is the power to influence someone or something. When we have an influence on someone or something, they are changing a person or thing in some indirect but important way. I would like to ask a very simple question. How have you been influenced? Was it in a good or bad way? How has it affected you in your decision making? Did it leave any mark on your behavior or perception of others? How are you dealing with the residue that remains? As you look inwardly these are questions that only you can answer. Be gracious and kind but you must also be true to yourself with the answers you give!

There are differing aspects of influences. We have social influence: this can be psychological which is being exhibited in relationships; for instance, minority influence which affects the behavior or beliefs of the minority. You are also affected by what you see, the perception you have about your encounters. What influence you to buy the car or truck you buy. These are some of the thing that affects us daily; they do more to direct the decisions we make than we might want to admit.

I know that there are more we can discuss on this matter, but time will not allow me to state more. The fact is we are constantly being influenced in very significant ways. We might not be the person we are had it not been for the influences which surrounds us from day to day. In our rolls as Leaders everything we do is about influence, it is not just a title or something that is designated. God seek to influence humanity in doing the right things just as much as a mother or father extends their spheres of influences over their children. One more thing to consider; our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything that we do! Never forget the power of influence and the effects is has on our society!

The insignificant

There are moments in time when people, places and things have been overlooked because they are simple; it seems that they are of no value, their worth is not essential. No one give an audience or pays any attention, but their values lie within. Some things in life aren’t meant to glow or shine but they have the value of a diamond. Just like the pearl of great price, they are waiting to be discovered. However, these things or people are more important than we think, and they glow in the dark when no one is taking note. They are content to be on the side line waiting to be discovered. No matter how much we try we cannot exist without these insignificant things.

What are we talking about? Our bodies are made of many parts, we appreciate those areas that are seen but the ones that are not seen we ignore. Can you imagine the significance of the insignificant? The Bible speaks of the comely parts and the uncomely parts. However, they are just as important as the areas we magnify! Think about it the next time you want to discriminate. We are a part of the whole and are as important as the rest.

Look at the meaning of this word. (Insignificant) Too small or unimportant to be worth consideration. Unimportant, trivial, trifling or negligible. If these seems to be things that you have encounter, then you might be surprised to know that you are not alone. Everyday and in some way what is important is being ignored for what we think is of more significance. How tragic! This is what we encounter daily. The pearl of great price was buried until someone sought it and brought it to the forefront; now the thing that was unseen and without value is the most valuable.

On our jobs or places of business we are overlooked as not worth the while listening to then the moment come when only you have the answer to their dilemmas. You now become a reference when the perpetrators hit the wall of blockades not being able to think outside the box and having no place to go or no ideas of their own. What is it that causes us to act in this way? I wish I had all the answers, but I don’t. The significance of the insignificant.

The concept of the insignificant to me is an understatement of pride. That is what I think! When you think that the other person or things are unimportant because of what or who they are, that is pride. Even the body is a lesson of what it is to think this way. Our body is wonderfully made but there are parts that we would think is more important than the other. However, they are just as important. Stop look at yourself and then make a comparison of the different parts and you will see the significance of every part.

We like to use the words, insignificant other. I think it might be insulting to even consider knowing the true meaning of the words. When you are referred to someone as insignificant other, you are saying that they are not important, has no value or does not really matter. You only keep them around in the background for when all else fails. Whatever is important for you to get through the moment; when everything is going well push them back into the background again.

It does not matter who you are; where you came from or where you were born in Gods eye you are a pearl of great price that is worth fighting for. We the people are a significant breed with great value!