This week in the Purposed Driven Life we talk about a “New Jack” innovating mentality. With emphasis on being proactive with change in our lives and embracing young, fresh ideas. Enjoy this new jack edition of The Purposed Driven Life: New Jack Innovation.
“...for the Lord your God will never leave you nor forsake you.”
1 John 4:10a
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us...”
I’ve found myself throwing around the word “Love” too often. I realized this and then it began to bother me when I heard others throw it around. Love - what is it and what does it mean? How is it represented? For some it’s seen in actions, others words, materials, relationships, or sex. Pondering these ideas I go to the Bible, which for me has always been a source of answers. There are two scriptures that help explain what love is and how it should be displayed. The first scripture, Deuteronomy 31:6 the second scripture 1 John 4:10a. Deuteronomy shows God being God to us no matter what we do. And 1 John shows us even if we don’t love God, that He loves us because it’s who He is. I say that to say this, God is love, it’s not something that He does, it’s who He is. We sin, a lot of time willingly and He still loves us unconditionally. The greatest demonstration of love isn’t attraction, it’s loyalty. Daily we fall short of perfect and yet God loves us, never to leave usbecause our faults won’t stop Him from being who He is.
One thing I don’t want you to be is society’s sheep, meaning I don’t want you to be mediocre and settle for average. Prove to yourself that you are a wolf among sheep, prove that you will take life for all it is giving, and prove that you are willing to give all the potential you have been granted in life to move to places that you can control.
Black excellence was in full display on yesterday's episode of FOX's underrated sports talk show "UNDISPUTED". UNDISPUTED features two anchors; the LeBron hater Skip Bayless and the black history making, durag wearing, black empowering, black & mild smoking, YAK drinking son of a gun *Insert a “WOOOOO” in my best Ric Flair impression* Shannon Sharpe. He is a proud, woke black man who continues to showcase that every day and has proven time and time again that he is not only unapologetically black, but that he also stands with the African American community. Learn from Shannon! Be unapologetically you!
"The stone that the builders rejected has become the capstone..."
Looking at the life of Jesus, much of his interaction with his "peers" or "colleagues" was filled with judgement and doubt for not only who he was but for what he was capable of doing. We walk through life, looking for purpose and then looking for ways to fulfill such purpose. Along the way we find that not everyone is welcoming with open arms or good intentions. They try to plant seeds of doubt and fear, attempt to downgrade you or your work. Jesus, for me always serves as a perfect example of how I should live. Not only spiritually but everyday interacting with the people I come across. Whether it's a co-worker, a neighbor or whomever it is. Jesus lived life with all eyes on him daily. Every move he made was watched and criticized and that was without him having to post it on Twitter. As he lived his life in ministry, opposition came. He took it and responded. Never losing his cool, remaining true to who he knew he was, a child of the King. They doubted him, he still worked miracles, they laughed at him, he still preached loud and proud. They spit on him, he continued to carry the cross. He knew who he was and he knew his purpose. It didn't matter that they didn't understand or accept him. It didn't matter that his own people didn't accept him as the son of God. All that mattered is that even though he was looked at as the rejected stone, he knew that he was the only stone that mattered. He knew that he was the foundation. So as you go through the week, accept that people will talk about you, laugh at your ideas, throw dirt on your name. Remember who and who's you are. For some you're the one that rejected, for others you're the cornerstone.
I was on spring break this April when I had an anxiety attack while driving on the highway. I came home took my meds, and on the couch I stayed for 4 days. Saying goodbye to them was like ending an abusive relationship. I looked in the mirror and decided I was worth fighting for.
I refused to let the "help" kill me!
So with The Talented 6 having thrown our first professional’s networking event last week, here are a few tips for the average millennial who have either never been to a networking event or who may have been like me when I attended my first event, frightened! These five tips will help you dive deep into your networking bag! This that special networking cloth talk!
I recently saw a commercial on television that was meant to be in jest, but my overly active mind decided to take it further, and in this case, I came upon some interesting thoughts that I believe are worth sharing about keeping it 100. Honesty must start within oneself first. Being honest with yourself has three main components to it.
I was 22 years old when the girl I had been dating off and on at the time said the three words I never thought I'd hear at that age.
"Will, I'm pregnant."
I couldn't believe what she just told me. Well, actually I could believe it, I just didn't think it would happen to me. There was no way fatherhood was in the cards for me yet. I was about to graduate college and was super-focused on my own endeavors; where was a baby gonna fit in? We were barely holding it together as a couple, how were we going to make it as parents??
So, my oldest nephew is graduating from the 8th grade today, and only three words keep running through my mind. I'M GETTING OLD!
This morning while I was on my way to work, I thought long and hard about the reasons why I love being an uncle. As countless reasons flooded my brain, 3 stuck with me on my walk into work.
With graduation season underway, this is for everyone who is not graduating on time (for the first time or again) for any reason! Here are 10 things that I realized along the way to my goal of graduating that has kept me encouraged over the last 6 years! I hope these reminders will encourage you as well