"Start by praying and saying, "Lord, please guide me in Your knowledge and wisdom, as I seek to build my support and community. If there is anyone in my planned selection, who doesn't support my improvement, please reveal this to me. In Your Son Jesus Name, I pray, Amen."
This Sunday, I watched as Jimmy Johnson, the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, was informed of his pending induction into the NFL Hall of Fame as a member of the inducted class of 2020. In the process of telling him, those in attendance cheered gleefully, and it was clear that he was undeniably emotional. Former players like Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman all looked on, as Coach Johnson did his best to compose himself and express appreciation for this great honor.
"At some point, we’re going to have to take a look in the mirror, dig deep, and begin to ask ourselves the hard questions. Questions that will (and should) begin to expose what prayerfully, the real problem could be."
I’ve heard it said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. If that’s true (and I’m assured that it is), then I pray you’d allow this next statement to serve as the sugar.
Fact: it takes great courage and a very resilient spirit to keep trying a thing over and over again. To look at a task and make a convicted decision that, in spite of a number of failed attempts, you refuse to give up or accept defeat. J.K. Rowling had a manuscript rejected dozens of times until it was finally accepted by a London publisher. The title you ask? Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.
"This means, as I step into the New Year, if I plan to overcome the old barriers of productivity, I have to consider how I ruined my plans. And, after consideration, I must implement new measures to minimize these failings."
If you’re reading this, then you need to celebrate.
Not because you’re reading this, although if that’s celebratory for you, I won’t stop you.
"I have the power to change, improve, overcome, and win in Christ Jesus. After all, I am more than a conqueror (cf. Romans 8:37)."
Yesterday, I had to remind myself of a very important fact. A fact that is as old as it is dependable and as dependable, as it is necessary. It’s not a flashy point. In fact, it’s very blunt and direct. However, if you receive it, IT can change your life.
Are you ready for it? Okay, here goes:
"They’re sore from yesterday’s workout, tired, sleepy, and ready to go to back to bed. However, they won’t, they refuse. They are chasing a dream, and the dream of tomorrow, demands the work of today."
"Here is a fact, your AP will be the person who steps into your most vulnerable place. They will know your success, secrets, and shame. Therefore, making a sound and good decision on who you allow your AP to be, should be the highest priority."
"Question: how bad do you want it? This answer is crucial because the response... will make or break your dream. If you have a goal and you only dedicate 2% of your life to it, it’s never going to come to pass."
"Keep in mind that the most important task isn’t solely determined by its assigned due date. Rather, your personal success must be factored in the decision."
"I believe that there are some relationships in our lives not because they give us what we want. Rather, they teach us what we need."
"This is because life gets busy and before you know it, if you’re not intentional about your pause, you’ll unintentionally become negligent in your willingness or even desire to resume. "
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
I'm just an imperfect guy, serving a Perfect God, and doing my best to share Him with everyone I can.