Friends

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Friends

In the movie High School Musical there is a line at the beginning of the movie that people need to understand. “A mountain cat is cute, but you don’t pet it.”  This week I’ve had multiple discussions with a lot of people who have made some poor choices in friends. It happens! But the important thing is this, you have to learn from it. And make better choices with who you choose as friends. A little while ago I was on Facebook and came across on a friend’s page this.

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If you want to be a great friend and at the same time attract great friends, follow this advise. As you do this, you will lose friends. But you will gain much better friends. Have a great weekend!

Moving Up and Moving On

This week I’ve had 2 very different conversations with 2 people that were connected but now aren’t. But these 2 people have 1 major thing in common. They both have been diagnosed with autism. But here is the thing: one is going after their dreams and making them a reality, where the other isn’t. Both of these people are in my life permanently. I was in special education when I was growing up. But that has not stopped me from going after my dreams and making them a reality. I have to work a little harder, but that has not stopped me EVER from doing what I want. And that is always a good thing. Sometimes because I learned what NOT to do. But I learned from it. You can not let a learning disability or physical disability stop you from going after what you want! One of my favorite saying from Reggie Cochran & Mary Colbert is that if I do what I can, God will do what I can’t. But you don’t know what you can do unless you start. You have to get off your butt and get started! If you have an issue like autism you may have to get some extra help, but there is nothing wrong with that! We all do! I am going to reach Crown Diamond in Max International! I’m not letting having special needs stop me from going after what I want! And no one should! You can have the life you want! But you have to go after it. People have issues. But you have to make the decision to not let it stop you! If I can do it, anyone can! So just get off your a**** and do what needs to be done!  The bible says in Philippians 4:13 that “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!” You aren’t doing it alone, but you have to get started! We all have things we want to do and make a reality, only a few will actually get up and do it! Are you going to do it or not! No one can do the work for you, but if you get started, you will have people come up and support you! For clarification: if you don’t have arms you will have to get help so you can write. If you don’t have legs, same thing. Rant done, for now…

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Confidence in Myself through Christ

Hebrews 10:35-36 says “Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” There is a lot of debate in the Christian community about confidence. But Hebrews says very clearly not to throw away our confidence! So why the debate? I think it is because some have confused confidence with being arrogant. If our identity is in Christ, as it should be, then we will be humble, not arrogant. I think of it this way, Christ was an incredible leader. He was humble. But he also walked in confidence. If we look closely at this passage it says not to throw away our confidence, which has a great reward! It goes on to say that we need this for endurance. Or in other words, we need to know in ourselves that we will be successful! If we have the confidence that we will be successful then we will be. I have said before that Napoleon Hill said “What the mind can conceive and believe it will achieve.” If we look at anyone who is successful in any capacity, we will see that they saw in their mind that they were successful way before the world saw it. Do you see yourself as successful? Do you look in the mirror and see a winner? If you don’t then no one else will either. You have to see yourself as being successful. You have to believe it. Growing up I was told many times that God didn’t create no junk! And I know that is true. When God created man in the Garden of Eden, then he said for the first time it was VERY good (Genesis 1:31). So what can we do to have confidence? This morning I watched a video on GodTV via Roku. I watched an episode of “The Leon Show” This video had a new to me writer on it. Her name is Renee Swope. She has written a book called “A Confident Heart” which I plan on getting tomorrow and reading right away. She gave two excellent suggestions. One is to write a letter to myself. In this letter, I have to congratulate myself on reaching a goal or more than one goal. I have 3 main goals I’m going to put in it. One is reaching Crown Diamond in Max International. A second goal is becoming a black belt in Martial Arts. A third one is speaking at a TEDx event. These are some major goals for me. I do have smaller goals, but those goals are set up to reach the big goals. A second idea she gave is to write out what I’m good at. I can tell you now some things I’m good at. One, I’m good at talking to people in public confidently. Two, I’m good at learning new things and putting those lessons to work. Third, I’m good at writing. There are other things I’m good at. But those are three things just off the top of my head. What are you good at? Write it out. And then thank God for showing them to you. Being confident doesn’t mean you are arrogant. What is the difference? In confidence, you know within yourself that you can do what God has called you to do. But if you are arrogant, you well, rub it in everyone’s face. I am better than you. We all have come across people who are this way. And that is not the person I’m talking about being. I’m talking about the person who knows that he is good at something. If you know you are good at something, such as a doctor who knows what he is doing. it will be obvious to everyone he meets. He won’t have to say “look at me, I’m better than you.” Until next time…

Confidence

Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous; do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with your wherever you go.” And Luke 18:27 says “Jesus replied, What is impossible with man is possible with God.” This morning I started a new devotional on this subject. Confidence is something I struggle with and has held me back many times from doing something I wanted to do. What can be done? I’ve been thinking today about that a lot. Stepping out and trying something new takes a certain amount of confidence. But here’s the thing: once you take that step that requires confidence, you will be amazed at the outcome! Recently I posted on facebook that I needed some help in a specific area. That took confidence! But the outcome has proven to be worth it. I have a friend who is now helping me. That wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t had the courage to step out in confidence and ask for help. 2 Timothy 4:17 says “The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.” If that doesn’t give confidence, then nothing does! The same God who created the universe, stands at my side. So what are we afraid of? For me, nothing now! So, take that step of confidence. The next several steps of confidence will get me to where I want to be. Will they be easy? No! But I know that with confidence I can and will do it. How bad do you want your dream to become a reality? I’ve talked about this before. What will it take for you to take that step of confidence? Do you feel like you need permission?  Well, as long as you aren’t doing anything harmful. You have permission from me. I’m not a professional. But I do know a few things. Most of which I’ve learned from experience. Or from reading. And in other ways as well. Take that step of faith. Step out in confidence and do what God has enabled you to do! If you want help. Ask me! If I don’t have the answers, I will get them from my own leaders. Dreams do come true, but you have to ask for help and be willing to step out in confidence to make it a reality. Until next time…