Jul
13
2009
1

Even the Shortest Hurdler… Can Make It!

At 53 tall... Gail Devers was a championship track sprinter who DESTROYED her competition at the high hurdles. She didnt allow her lack of height to stop her from clearing hurdles... and neither should you!

At 5'3" tall... Gail Devers was a championship track sprinter who DESTROYED her competition at the high hurdles. She didn't allow her lack of height to stop her from clearing hurdles... and neither should you!

The following is a guest post by Wayne M. Reynolds… a good friend of mine from junior high, who went on to win the State Championship title in the hurdles in high school… and then later went on to be a championship caliber hurdler at the collegiate level.

At about 5’8″ in height… he pretty much defied the odds for what people typically envision a “championship hurdler” to be. Listen to this speedster, as he shares some insight… on how you can overcome “hurdles” in life:

I’ve been running hurdles for years, and now beginning to coach more and more. The one thing I realized, is that even the smallest hurdler can teach you something about how we get through life. In High School, I was usually one of the shorter hurdlers in the 110 and 300 hurdles…but that never stopped me from going to practice or being coached to do better. In the beginning, I didn’t even want to go out for Track, but my father, eager to see his son display what he saw in his mind and heart, pushed me.

He had a prophesy in his heart, to see a state champion. A scared, nervous, short and weak stomach little boy was going to be THE STATE CHAMPION???

I sat and looked at him…thinking “I’m not good enough, strong enough, or TALL enough, to do that.” Well, when you’ve been around the block a couple times, and let wisdom season your thoughts. You can read some things like a book (one of them being a person-me).

So the question is…how can a man lead people out of a land that has enslaved them, to a dead end ( an ocean ) with angry soldiers ready to kill them (behind them)??? How can a tender small town-beauty-athlete, fall in love with a big city-mysterious-creative-athlete???

How can a couple of brothers that have only seen birds fly, think that people can one day do the same thing with pieces of metal and plastic ??? How can a man born from a woman that is still a virgin, lead the biggest revolution in history, when he comes from a place considered to be lesser than the worst Reservation or Ghetto???

How can a woman, go from a loving girlfriend and singer to wife who is physically abused, then leave her husband and become an iconic singer??? How can a man who was cut from his high school basketball team end up the most influential basketball player in NBA history, and franchise owner???

Also, how can you go forward, if you have brothers, sisters, just your mother to raise you, drug addiction in your family; the only one to graduate college in your family, won conference/regional championships multiple times and back to back National Championships???

Last but not least, in a world where everyone wants things to make sense, and everything has to be logical, how does the shortest guy on the track, run faster, smarter and with more confidence than the taller hurdlers in high school, and college where they raise the hurdles, regardless of you growing or not???

Even the shortest hurdler can overcome the odds, so you can too.


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Jul
10
2009
2

Having the Mindset of a Millionaire #3 (Believe in Yourself)

Believe in Yourself!

Believe in Yourself!

Happy Friday to you!

Today is the third post in our Financial Fridays series… in which we will devote this blog to covering wealth, finances, and money… all from a Godly perspective.

On the previous Friday, we talked about having a Millionaire Mindset… and the 4 IMPORTANT principles I personally have used to help my household attain financial freedom.

(1) Not Going Back to Crap!
(2) Educating Yourself!
(3) Believing in Yourself!
(4) Taking Action!

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Believing in Yourself

“As a man thinks (believes) in his heart (mind), so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).

If you think negative thoughts… you will have a negative life overall… and if you think positive thoughts, you will have a positive life.

There is NO changing that formula.

That is why it is so vital for us to get in the right mindset about our finances and business pursuits and BELIEVE in ourselves.

Just because you feel like you don’t have the “right ingredients” to become financial successful and wealthy… doesn’t mean you can’t become wealthy!

Who says you need a 4-year business degree or a M.B.A. to start a multi-million dollar business? Ask college dropouts Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft) or Steve Jobs (founder of Apple)… and they’ll tell you otherwise!

Who says you are not old enough to be a success financially? Ask Ashley Qualls (founder of WhateverLife.com) who was making $70,000 a month… by the tender, old age of 14.

You see friend, it doesn’t matter if you are not “qualified” enough… nor does it matter if you are not “gifted” enough.. or even “smart” enough.

The only thing that matters is that you BELIEVE in yourself. Believe in the power, the annointing, and the favor that is resting on your shoulders… by your Heavenly Father, who believes in you, more than you could ever believe in yourself.

Don’t listen to what naysayers or doubters may say about you… or how they may shoot down your ideas… or how they don’t believe in you. They’re probably broke and unhappy themselves!

Believe
that you can become wealthy… and even become a millionaire.

Show faith in your belief, by getting ready for the blessings. Get educated and read books in the area of business or in the career that you would like to pursue.

Many times, God will bless me with an INCREDIBLE idea… but then it’s up to me to act on it! If I don’t act on it… it will be a blessing lost. Whenever God gives you an idea WRITE IT DOWN… and act on it, or somebody else will!

Have a GREAT weekend, and until Monday… be blessed and walk in God’s abundance for your life today!



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Jul
09
2009
0

I believe in God– Even when he does not speak.

Sweeping across Germany, the Allied forces, in the closing days of the Second World War, search the farms and houses of the countryside looking for snipers. It is a dangerous job, and every precaution is taken. They search everywhere, no matter how unlikely a place may be to contain a sniper.

This particular house is one of those. It is abandoned–in fact, it’s not much more than a heap of rubble. Surely there can be no sniper hiding here. But the soldiers search anyway. They go through what was the living room, kitchen, and so on. No sign of a sniper.

Then one of them notices what looks like the entrance to the bowels of the earth; a square hole surrounded by crumbled bricks and leading into sheer blackness. Some of the searchers get flashlights and prepare to enter the black hole. When the light penetrates the darkness, they can see that this was, in another time, the basement of the house. Being in the dark, they are very cautious lest an enemy soldier be hiding there.

After a while, they find no one and are about to leave when one of the searchers sees something on one of the basement’s crumbling walls. Walking over they see a Star of David scratched onto the wall. Underneath it, in rough lettering is a message:

“I believe in the sun–even when it does not shine;
I believe in love–even when it is not shown;
I believe in God–even when he does not speak.”

A victim of the Holocaust had died in that dark place. And that person spoke to the living of faith; a faith that somehow was maintained even as all seemed lost; as they were sinking in a sea of hatred, violence, and war.

Amen.

by Terrance Bell



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Jul
08
2009
1

Smash Your Way through Walls… by Smiling!

Many of you will agree with me… we live in an unhappy generation, where people tend to gravitate towards being cold towards others… and are all about self.

But there is a SIMPLE way that we can melt through some of the coldest hearts… and demolish through some of the thickest walls that people raise around themselves.

This can all be done by smiling.

You don’t need to talk… or take alot of time… or even know a person to smile at them. A smile is not intrusive… a smile is not offensive… but a smile is one of the QUICKEST ways we can smash our way through emotional & personal walls that people raise up.

People naturally open up to people who smile. You bless others to have a good day when you smile at them. If someone is having a bad day… your smile can bless them. If YOU are having a bad day… your smile can encourage yourself, and literally “trick” you into having a better day!

A simple smile is so POWERFUL… Dale Carnegie listed it the first of 6 ways to get people to like you… in his Best Selling Book… “How to Win Friends and Influence People“.

Check out this poem written by Barbara Hauck, age 13:

She smiled at a sorrowful stranger.
The smile seemed to make him feel better.
He remembered past kindness of a friend and wrote him a thank-you letter.
The friend was so pleased with the thank-you letter that he left a large tip after lunch.
The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip, bet the whole thing on a hunch.
The next day she picked up her winnings and gave part to a man on the street.
The man on the street was grateful; for two days he’d had nothing to eat.
After he finished his dinner, he left for his small dingy room.
(He didn’t know at the moment that he might be facing his doom.)
On the way he picked up a shivering puppy and took him home to get warm.
The puppy was very grateful to be out of the storm.
That night the house caught fire.
The puppy barked the alarm.
He barked ‘til he woke the whole household and saved everybody from harm.
One of the boys that he rescued grew up to be a President.
All this because of a simple smile that hadn’t cost a cent.

Until next time, be blessed and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Inspiration,Joy,Relationship | Tags: , ,
Jul
06
2009
0

What is the PURPOSE of Life? (The $10,000 Question!)

What is the Purpose of Life... and Can We Find Some Type of Instructions on How to Live?

What is the Purpose of Life... and Can We Find Some Type of Instructions on How to Live?

Whenever you buy or get something expensive in life… whether it is a new car, a entertainment stand you have to put together, or anything valuable… one of the FIRST things you typically do is READ the instructions that the manufacturer gives you. (unless you’re a true alpha male like your’s truly & don’t need instructions – LOL!)

In some cases, instructions give you a way to build something in the shortest amount of time…  and in other cases instructions tell you how to use something correctly, so it won’t BREAK down on you.

Instructions help us to figure out the complicated… and to build or use the unknown… so that we are not confused, lost, bewildered, and puzzled… because we know EXACTLY what to do!

I believe the same is true with this life that we live. There are MANY brothers and sisters in Christ out there who are lost in life… they are depressed by circumstances around them… they are puzzled at why they have not gone further in life… they are confused at why life is SO unfulfilling for them.

Why are many people like this leading “meaningless” existences in their own eyes…? I believe it is because they lack PURPOSE.

If you do not know what your purpose in life is (from the manufacter’s point of view)… then you are like a huge ship that is launched from a harbor without any navigation or compasses. Sooner or later, a ship like that will either (1) wander around aimlessly and NEVER reach it’s destination… or (2) crash into something.

Too many of us are wandering around this life without a compass… and we are wandering around aimlessly in life… and perhaps we are crashing and colliding into painful objects along the way.

But what if I were to tell you that there is a map that we can follow in life? What if I were to tell you there are instructions that we can receive that will lead us into our purpose?

When God (our manufacterer) originally created Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:26)… He BLESSED them… and said that they were GOOD… and He created them with 4 main purposes in life. You ready to hear what those purposes were?

(1) You are created in God’s image to have RELATIONSHIP and walk with Him. (Gen. 1:26, Gen. 3:8)
(2) You are created to have DOMINION & authority over the earth. (Gen. 1:26)
(3) You are created to WORK (Gen. 2:15)
(4) You are created to have FELLOWSHIP with people. (Gen. 2:18-21)

If you understand these purposes… life WILL be fulfilling. And don’t get scared at the WORK part. It is important for men and women to do meaningful work that they enjoy… and not be confined to soul-killing jobs that they hate!

Let me know what you think with your comments… and until next time, be blessed and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Jul
02
2009
3

Today is a Blessing to you… from Your Father!

Today is a day of blessing for you! One way to kickstart your day in a good way... is to get out into nature, and do some running.

Today is a day of blessing for you! One way to kickstart your day in a good way... is to get out into nature, and do some running.

This is the day the LORD has made… let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it.”  (Psalm 118:24)

No matter what trials or difficulties you have been facing all week long… remember that yesterday is gone… and know that TODAY is a new day.

Today is a day not like the day before… but it is truly a blessing for you to be alive… and you should be JOYFUL about this blessing!

Many times, we tend to get caught up with the junk and the mess that goes on in our lives, businesses, home, and workplaces… and as human beings, we tend to CARRY the weights and burdens with us on a day to day basis.

But now is the time for you to relinquish that load and that heavy burden. Don’t allow the things that happened yesterday (the past)… to negatively affect you in the present moment that God has made for you.

I am not saying for any of you to forget about yesterday… or not learn any lessons from what happened in the past… but what I am saying is this: DO NOT allow your yesterday to negatively impact or destroy your day today.

This is truly a beautiful day for you… wherever in the world you are located at… and no matter what is going on in your personal life. We are only blessed with so many days to walk on this earth, so it is definitely in your BEST interest to live life fully, without being weighed down by your past.

If you are feeling tired and worn out in the morning when you wake up… or if you feel depressed or highly stressed about the day that is yet in front of you, try some of Dr. Daniel’s remedies and tell me how it works out for you:

* Get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed around 9pm-10pm on weekdays… get a good 8 hours sleep, and wake up around 5am-6am. You will feel REFRESHED in the morning!

* Talk to God EARLY in the morning. Pray to God to give you strength and peace for your day today… and thank Him for the beautiful day that He has blessed you with… and thank Him for what He has already blessed you with (good health, beautiful family, roof over your head, etc.)

* Get the Daily News… Gospel News that is. I recommend getting a One Year Bible, that allows you to read the whole Bible in one year. If you are strapped for time in the morning… just read the New Testament section, Psalms, and Proverbs each day.

* Get Fresh Air. Try to get out after your 15 minutes of prayer & Bible time and get some fresh air. Get out into nature early in the morning and go jog… and get some good air into your system. That will invigorate you for the rest of the day!

* Declare What Your Day Will Look Like. Make a declaration with your mouth on what you EXPECT your day to look like… and more times than not your day will look exactly as the words you speak.

If you have any questions about God, the Bible, or life in general that you would like discussed next Thursday… please e-mail me at Daniel [at] TodayAbundance [dot] com… or leave a comment on this post.

Until tomorrow, be blessed, and walk in God’s abundance for your life today!



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Jul
01
2009
2

NEVER Allow Circumstances to Run Your Life!

Make your OWN choice today! Dont allow circumstances to run your life.

Make your OWN choice today! Don't allow circumstances to run your life.

Every day that we are blessed of God to live on this earth, we have decisions to make. Some decisions are easy to make and some decisions are difficult to make. Even when we decide NOT to make a decision… we are still making a decision.

Usually 99.9% (don’t quote me!) of the difficult and hard decisions that we make in life, are impacted by external forces, such as the bad economy…  negative people talking in your ear…  our past pains & failures…  our education…  misunderstandings…  fear, etc.

But I’m here to tell you today friend, that I have good news!

IF you ever wish to do something GREAT… or to be somebody GREAT in life… and you wish to achieve the FULL potential that your heavenly Father has put deep down in you… then you must realize that it doesn’t matter what the circumstances around you are…  it doesn’t matter what people may say to you…  and it doesn’t even matter what the economy looks like or sounds like.

All that matters is the fact that you serve a God WITHOUT limitations… and you are created in His image and you are blessed with FAR more potential than you could even fathom or think!

Listen to what George Bernard Shaw, a famous playwright in the 19th century said:

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I DON’T believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who GET UP and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, MAKE them.”


NEVER allow circumstances to control you…
NEVER allow circumstances to dictate your future…
NEVER allow circumstances to stop you from reaching your goals…
NEVER blame circumstances for your failures. Accept responsibilty for your actions & learn from your past!

You are the master of your destiny… and are blessed by the Best to succeed in everything that you set out to accomplish! Sure, you WILL fall at times… you will lose a few battles… the road will get tough at times… but if you persevere, “All things will be possible for you, if you believe!” (Mark 9:23)

Be blessed this week… don’t allow circumstances to run your life… and walk in God’s abundance for your life, today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Encouragement,Inspiration | Tags: ,
Jun
24
2009
3

You are Christ’s Ambassador!

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

This word of God came through Paul (way back in the day) to the people living in Corinth. He was telling them that they are ALL called into the ministry of reconciliation… which means we are called to help “re-establish the relationship with God and people”, anyway possible.

When you think about the word ‘ambassador‘… what comes to your mind? The biggest thing that comes to my mind when I think of what an ambassador is a scene out of the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” with Keanu Reeves!

In one particular scene, Keanu, who is playing an alien from outer space visiting the earth… comes here to decide whether us puny earthlings are even worth being saved from destruction (the aliens from above saw how much damage we were doing to the earth & wanted to crush us like little ants).

Keanu’s character is abused, shot, mistreated, and finally handed over to the Vice-President of the United States, Sarah Palin… err… I mean Kathy Bates.

V.P. Bates then starts to diss the alien (Keanu)… and finally a frustrated Keanu asks her if she is a representative of the whole human species…. and does she speak for all of mankind.

Bates foolishly answers ‘Yes’… and because of her claiming to be a “representative” of the whole human species… Keanu tells his alien cohorts that the humans are evil and will not change their ways… so destroy the WHOLE planet!

Wow! Because of one person acting badly as a representative for 6+ billion people on this earth… the alien saw the “worst side” of humanity and passed judgment!

The same is true for us in our relationship with Christ Jesus and people. When people know that you are a Christian… you are viewed by them as an ambassador for God, and a representative for the Kingdom.

You put a face to God in front of other people… whether you want that responsibility or not!

That is why it is SO very important for us to handle ourselves in a respectful and wise way when we are around other people. You NEVER know who is watching you.

That is why it is SO very important that those that God has entrusted as leaders of His Kingdom here on earth (ex. pastors, priests, evangelists, teachers, writers, artists, etc.) and are in the public spotlight must stand tall and put Jesus in a good light.

Like it or not… we don’t ever want anyone to fall away from Christ Jesus, because of our actions. We are ambassadors for the King of kings and Lord of lords… and we MUST not take that responsibility lightly!

I do not want to die and go to heaven… only to have Jesus tell me 20 people went to hell, because they saw the “bad side” of me.

We are God’s Public Relations firm. Check out what my friend, Jasper Nhira, wrote on God’s P.R. on his blog the other day:

A successful campaign, actor, and business all have one thing in common; Great PR (Public Relations). Gandhi once said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” I believe that many people feel this way about Us (Christians).

I don’t think we get it, we are the only JESUS people will see on this earth and its sad that we take our divine mandate so lightly.

The Merriam-Webster definition of Public Relations is, “The business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution.”

Are you inducing the public to have an understanding for and goodwill toward God? Better yet is the church you attend living up to the definition of a good Public Relation firm?

Unfortunately, we often sing and preach about the lost but when we’re presented with the opportunity to be Gods personal PR representative we either don’t show up or we don’t do a good job.

Jasper Nhira once said, “When You profess to be a Christian people will not only judge your actions against you but against the one that you profess Lives within you.”

Lets Profess each day that we will become the best PR Representative that God has called us to be. You can do it. It just takes one step at a time.

Jasper Nhira
Know God For Yourself!
Let’s Discuss This. Comments Appreciated.

Until tomorrow, be blessed… and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Faith,Inspiration,Joy | Tags: , ,
Jun
23
2009
3

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Garage!

A very messy garage (not my garage!)

A very messy garage (not my garage!)

Earlier this week on Monday, I spent almost 8 hours cleaning out my 2-car garage in blistering, 100 degree weather. (I can thank my pregnant wife for forcing me into that job – LOL)

Oh and get this… when we had moved from our previous house to this one… we pretty much just threw all the junk from the old garage into the new garage, and the new garage hadn’t been cleaned since we moved in (almost 2 years ago).

Yeah, I would’ve rather spent my time counting the holes in the ceiling… or maybe watching paint dry…

But isn’t it true in life that we do the same thing? Don’t we at some point or another… take the EMOTIONAL trash, junk, and baggage that we should be leaving at our OLD house (our past)… and then pack it up and bring it with us to our NEW home (the present)?

In Matthew 25:31-46… the parable is told by Jesus about how at the end of time… He will have a flock full of sheep and goats.

The parable continues to say that Jesus will separate the SHEEP (those of us who were kind & hospitable to others)… and put them into a beautiful kingdom prepared for them… and He will take the GOATS (those of us who were selfish, cruel) and toss them into an everlasting fire.

The sound of being thrown into an ‘everlasting fire’ makes that hot garage  I cleaned up seem like a deep freezer now that I think about it…

In essence, what Jesus did was He took those people who were garbage and useless to Him (the goats)… and He got rid of them. Why? There’s no sense in keeping around stuff that has no value to you and only weighs you down… and prevents you from having a CLEAR house.

There are many ways, attitudes, and personalities that we ALL have that are goats… and we should just go right on ahead and ‘toss them into the fire’.

Some of us get angry very fast. It’s a goat, toss it in the fire!

Some of us are quick to get a nasty attitude with people very fast. It’s a goat, toss it in the fire!

Some of us are prideful and think that everyone else around us must bow down and to our every demands. That attitude is a goat, toss it in the fire!

On the practical side, some of us smoke or eat the wrong sorts of food… or perhaps don’t get enough sleep each night… or maybe even stress over things that are not in our control.

Some of us have detrimental relationships that need to end. Partnerships that need to be broken. It can be sad when this happens… but sometimes we need to leave the old behind… so that we can step into the new.

Because I’ll tell you… there was an incredible sense of joy and peace I had when I had cleared out this ‘demon’ that had been in my garage for the past 2 years… and thrown away ALL that junk that was in my garage.

I have room now… I can move freely… I can allow people to go to my garage without being embarrassed of all the clutter… Life is GOOD!

What are some things that you need to ‘toss into the fire’? Let us know on the discussion board or on the comments section… and then go ahead and get your arsonist on… and burn that junk out of your life.

Congratulations everyone, we now have over 600+ members on this group and on the blog… and we have some new stuff that is going to be introduced to all of you in the next month or two. Keep on inviting all your friends to this group  (o:

Until tomorrow, be blessed… and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Jun
22
2009
0

Focus on What is Ahead of You!

Focus on What is Ahead of You!

On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick was on her way to becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She had already conquered the English Channel. The world was watching. Chadwick fought the dense fog, the bone-chilling cold and the sharks. She was striving to reach the shore but every time she looked through her goggles, all she could see was the dense fog. Unable to see the shore, she gave up.

Chadwick was disappointed when she found out that she was only half a mile from the coast. She quit, not because she was a quitter but because her goal was not in sight anywhere. The elements didn’t stop her. She said, “I’m not making excuses. If only I had seen the land. I could have made it.”

Two months later, she went back and swam the Catalina Channel . This time, in spite of the bad weather, she had a goal in mind and not only accomplished it but beat the men’s record by two hours!

Many times in life… we need to put “blinders” on. Blinders were commonly used on horses so that they could keep their vision on the road or the racetrack that was AHEAD of them… so that they wouldn’t get off track.

As people of God… we too must learn to put blinders on. When you have your blinders on… it will help you keep focused on your destination and what is ahead of you (your future)… so that you don’t focus on the junk to the side of you, or your past that is behind you.

Be blessed today and walk in God’s abundance today!



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