Monday Motivation

Mark 12:10
"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.
 

NetworkSZN: Five Networking Tips for Millennials

NetworkSZN: Five Networking Tips for Millennials

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!

Keep It 100...

Keep It 100...

 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.

A Message To All Dads On Father's Day

A Message To All Dads On Father's Day

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??

Uncle Ben: 3 Reasons Why I Love Being an Uncle

Uncle Ben: 3 Reasons Why I Love Being an Uncle

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.

10 Things I Learned From NOT Graduating On Time

10 Things I Learned From NOT Graduating On Time

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

Monday Motivation - God Speaks

Last week I visited my parents in Cleveland. While sitting in the living room I heard my mother call me from the kitchen. Not hearing completely what she was attempting to communicate, I begin to make my way towards the kitchen. The closer that I got to the kitchen, the clearer her message was to me. The clearer the message, the easier it became for us to communicate. Looking back at this experience two things stood out. Having relationship with the one communicating helps us to position ourselves to better hear and relationship determines the value we put on what's being communicated. With God, we must put value on what He is communicating to us, enough value that we are sure to consistently be in a place open enough to hear clear and respond correctly.

Monday Motivation

Judges 6:12 "When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, "the Lord is with you, mighty warrior."

While reading the book of Judges, I kept returning to this particular scripture. Why did the angel not just call Gideon, Gideon? Why "mighty warrior?"  Could it be that Gideon needed to be reminded of who he was? Of what he was capable of doing? And isn't it just like God to offer that boost of ego right when he needed it? This week, God calls you Mighty Warrior. Through Christ, you are fully equipped to overcome every obstacle that presents itself. May you operate fully in the grace that God has made available to you.