In the midst of the storm

As the clouds hang low we brace ourselves together in anticipation of what is ahead. We must stop look and listen for the sound of the abundance of rain; it tells us the direction the wind is blowing and and from where the storm is coming. Although this might be just a metaphor, we have to look at it closely in light of our present situation. In a storm we bond together,lay low and wait until the turbulence is past before emerging from seclusion.

This is a storm of unprecedented proportion the magnitude of which will change our world and our lives forever. When the Bible says nation will be against nation and kingdom against kingdom we sometimes look at it with skepticism but the truth is on us and we have to prepare for what is ahead. Everything is pointing to one direction, if you look very closely it will cause you to stop a second and ask yourself some very serious question. What is it going to be? Are we prepared for the next wave? This is serious and if we are not ready for it, we will be left behind! So I say to you, the storm is coming be prepared for the road ahead.

The cases has risen and everyone is in a state of confusion. This is being augmented by the lack of leadership at the helm. There are too much mixed messages, added to this, the lack of preparedness and basic supplies for health professionals to operate comfortable. It’s time we look away from those who are driving this train; look for other ways forward. We must unite as one if we are going to succeed in overcoming this pandemic. Let us not get comfortable, the urgency is upon us to act as individuals to protect our selves. How did we arrived here? This question needs an answer!

It is very important how we move forward if we are going to survived and overcome this pandemic. Although it might seems we had been blindsided, there is no doubt things could have been better if urgency was given to the call for action. Hoping and wishing was not the thing to do. Looking at everything as a hoax will not cause things to go away. The reality is, we have to stop, look and listen; pay attention to the signs and the calls for action. Thing could have been better had there been leaders with foresight, one who cares and understands the plight of a nation and not individualism.

We have been overwhelmed. Cities, state and counties are crying out in distress. Who do we look to for help? However, in the midst of pain and confusions there is help but it is only available if you accept it. Our help comes from the Lord maker of heaven and earth. The time is now, look to Him for your help. Now is not the time for sarcastic behavior. However if you have a better idea I would like to hear about it; maybe then we could all try it but until them; “The Lord is your light and salvation; a very present help in times of trouble.” We are in trouble, the earth is crying out for help and we are powerless to do anything about it. Lord have mercy!

There is good news! In the midst of a storm there is always a calm a silver lining and there is a light at the end of the tunnel! The eye might be passing but make no mistake and don’t be caught off guard. In the eye there is calm and quietness. The back of the storm is sometimes more dangerous. However, when the storm is passed the calm is great and it brings relief and refreshments. Rebuilding will not be easy but where there is a will there will be a way. Don’t give up hope!

It is time to refocused and for repentance! We should not take this lightly. The world has never seen anything like this before. This is just the start of what is to come. The signs of the times are everywhere. Prepare for the turbulence, this is just the precursor. Those who are ready and prepared will make it through. There’s help even in the midst of the storm!

The Power of Vision

In anticipation of the future and the power that it holds I will build a scenario of my future goals. Being able to look at the situation and in anticipation turning the future outcome into a progressive tool for moving into the new millennium; this is the power of vision.  I am sensing what it will take to move ahead in the future therefore I have the foresight to look and believe that I will succeed at the things I set out to do.

Looking at the common things that we take for granted each day with the impact that it creates will give us a sense of what it is to dream. The power of vision is the driving force behind nation building, be it individualistic or corporate. What does the word says: “Without a vision the people perish.” I would like to add that without a vision the world with all of its great buildings and global forces and economies will come to a stand-still.

Why is vision essential to life? Individuals need it. Corporations need it, Nations need it. Every successful organization needs it. A vision is a driving force for existence! Just imagine building a business, a corporation or anything for that matter without a vision; where would you start? A vision is a road map that leads to your desired destination.  There is a saying; “Eyes that look are common, eyes that see are rare.” When God created man he gave us eyes that see, therefore we walk this planet earth knowing the direction we are heading. Take a look at your vision and see where it is you are heading. Because you can see does not mean that you have vision. Sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart. When you have a true vision of where you are heading it gives you hope and confidence. This is the power of vision!

The power of vision impacts human history. I can look at the events and accomplishments of the past and see the lasting impact that has been engraved into history because of the vision of one. When our forefathers set out to build this great nation it was because of the vision of someone. They struggled through the pains and discomfort of the moment but look at where we are today. This is because of the positive impact on human history: we have a constitution that we can be proud of and a government of, for and by the people. Debatable or not this is the power of vision!

The magnet for commitment, the motivational stimulus; corporate or individual discipline is the key for great vision. It does not matter who you are, if you set out without a vision you will not get far. You need a compass and a guide to navigate these changing times. There is no need to try being self-reliant because believe or not we all need each other to succeed.

Are you a business person, a wife, student or a president? Whoever you are, your dreams can become a living reality because of the hope that is in you and the vision you carry. Try to discover the purpose in life and understand why vision is important to your destiny. Don’t just exist, develop a plan for your future, set out to overcome the obstacles that you will encounter and don’t be afraid to fail; this is the thing that visionaries are made of. It does not matter how many times you fail the difference is the final outcome; that one time you succeed!

Success does not depend on what others think of you, it is your ability to stick to the task you set out to accomplish. Many have been called nerds because society judge them wrong and did not have eyes to see what they see so they were labeled. Take a look at those nerds; they are the millionaires and billionaires of today because they understand the power of vision.  Your present circumstance might be messed up but that does not matter. You can overcome any obstacle once you develop a specific plan to achieve your purpose. It does not matter where you are or who you are, you can overcome the obstacles that are before you and look through the eyes of success. God has placed in you the power to succeed, the force to accomplish your goals and aspirations through the power of vision.

Don’t look through the vision of the eyes, look through the vision of the heart; that inner spirit that speaks to you. Look into the future and believe in who you are! Put your trust in your creator he will help you to understand the power of vision.

Are you part of the team?

The team is composed of people with common goals and ideals or purpose. They should complement each other. When you form a team it is a part of a very complex organization which come together to tackle common issues and create solution to whatever their task, goals or vision. The goal of the team should always be to win, to carry out successful task with strategies that reflect results that are tangible.

In life there are different types of team. However which one you might be attracted to is a matter of choice. There are independent teams and interdependent teams. The concept is what sets them apart; how we view them depends on our ideal of the team and the spirit with which we become attached. In my view teams should set themselves apart from the ordinary! They should be focus and steadfast and diligent in what they do. Be it independent or interdependent.

We all know of the power of sports and the individualistic nature in which we become ingrained with our support for the same. Everybody wants their team to win however it takes support and team spirit and effort for them to win. With much organization and guidance from a coach and manager the team will succeed. However team spirit is also important! If the members of the team is not in harmony and conflict is brewing there will chaos and division. This in itself will be the downfall of any structure since coöperation will be a thing of the past.

What are the qualities of a good team and how do we judge what we see or know about a team? I must take a look at a team that we might tend to overlook but I am most interested in knowing much about. Please pardon my bias but I choose to use this information for my reference. For three and a half years this fellow built a ministry and chooses twelve men who would go with him as trainee for future mission. How did they do? I would say very well under the circumstance which they work. These men were from different background and social status but they were able to put their differences aside and look at the bigger picture.  They created such influence that it is still impacting the world today. They were interdependent and they knew the art of being a team player.  However looking back on their influence, they accomplished such because of their team leader and their willingness to carry out the task assigned. These men acted with confidence and were willing to learn everything.

Whenever you have to choose a team member I believe it is important to look for persons who will fit the makeup of the team. Ask yourself; what are the qualities that fit the organization? Depending on what is to be accomplished you would make your choice base on the information that was presented.

First and foremost I would pick someone who I can count on; someone who is reliable and committed; one who follows through and finishes assignments. I was a part of a band that plays music; one of my greatest disappointments was dealing with members who were not committed. When there is no commitment it retard progress and eventually leads to abandonment of the vision.

If you want to be a good team player and a leader, you have to be willing to speak up and express your thoughts and ideas clearly, honestly, and with respect for others. In other words you have to communicate constructively!

I know this is an era when everyone wants to be heard and we are all clamoring for first place but you have to be willing to listen. Be a good listener! When I go on the job and I am given an assignment by the boss, I listen actively to understand the instructions given. Don’t be quick to hear and slow to listen because you could miss the mark and fold up the instructions given. There are times when because of lack of understanding and communication arguments brews that could have been avoided if the team was actively listening.  Listening first and speaking second helps to creates meaningful dialogues.

Looking back at the twelve men who turn the world upside down, one thing could be said of them; they were active participants. They followed instructions and fully engaged in the work of leading men and women to their leader. They help to make things happen; they were not sitting on the side line waiting to see who would make the first move. They shared everything in common. They were gatherers together and not separators. It was we and us instead of me and I!

Take a look at the contrast. Independent teams don’t accomplish as much. Yes, they try and some have made huge success of their independence but you must always remember the saying: Two is better than one because if the other falls someone is there to pick him up! I would like to endorse the interdependent team because it helps to create a unique atmosphere for coöperation, progress and responsibility!

It might be said that they were only men of low esteem but they stock with their leader and help to make things happen. They traveled far and wide delivering the message of hope and love turning lives upside down. The crowd followed their every move some were even fed when there was not enough food to feed the crowd.

They cooperated in the work acting together to carry out the task they had to fulfill. I am sure they had their differences but they push those aside to make a difference with the team. They help to solve problems and stay in tune with their leader even under much pressure. As team players they remained flexible and adoptive to change! They were committed and engaged and they gave their very best.

My question is as always; are you a part of the team? This is the time to think about your commitment and get up off the fence to join forces. We are an army of survivors marching to the finish line. The battle is raging but the victory has already been won so join the team and take control of your destiny!