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Being Thankful

Being Thankful

November 25, 2020

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving season, I believe that it is important to reflect on what it means to be thankful and the ways in which we can express our thankfulness to God.

 

To be thankful is to appreciate the many blessings that you have in your life while refusing to focus on what you do not have.  To be thankful is to be joyful where you are, and to decide against being mournful over where you are not.

 

You know…being unthankful is like little kids who ignore the fact that their parents just took them to buy ice cream, but are unhappy because their parents told them that they could not eat the ice cream in the living room.  Don’t you realize that daddy just bought you the ice cream that is in your hand?  If you focused on that, you would realize the immense joy that is literally at your fingertips.

 

To be thankful is to say thank you for ice cream dad, I don’t need the living room in order to be happy at this moment.  I have the most important piece of the equation.

 

Likewise, we have life today.  For many of us, we have a roof over our head, we have family, we have resources, and we have LOVE in our lives.  We have Love to give and we have love to receive.  Let’s be thankful for that today, and recapture our joy.  Because when we are thankful, we re-discover our joy and that's what it's about.

 

In addition to this…I believe that we should also think of those who do not have.  Jesus is constantly redirecting us towards the suffering and the needs of others.  Not to simply acknowledge them, but Jesus wants us to put on their shoes and empathize with their realities.  Therefore, it is not enough to simply be thankful for what we have.  We should give others something to be thankful for. 

 

To be thankful is to be joyful, and when you are full of joy, you are the light of the world, and we are called to be the light of the world.

 

Let’s be thankful this holiday season, and spread our joy at home and in our communities.

 

Challenge

 

Write down at least ten (10) things that you are thankful for, and share it with each other.  Share it with your spouse, your children, your friends, or your co-workers.  Invite others into your thankfulness circle and spread more joy today.

Discovering Your Purpose in Life (Part 2)- 7 Ways to Identify Your Purpose In Life

Discovering Your Purpose in Life (Part 2)- 7 Ways to Identify Your Purpose In Life

October 25, 2020

Discovering Your Purpose in Life is arguably the most important discovery that anyone can make in their lifetime.  To know why you are here, why you were born, and the purpose towards which you should direct your time and efforts.  There is nothing more empowering and fulfilling than to know your purpose, walk in your purpose, and to, hopefully, accomplish it.

In part 2 of Discovering Your Purpose in Life, we discuss the.....

7 Ways to Help You Identify Your Purpose in Life.

1. What comes natural to you?

2. What do you love doing?

3. What things frustrate you?

4. What is it that consumes you?

5. What is it that you do that gives other people joy, and builds them up in the process?

6. What would you do for free?

7. What do you see yourself doing?

 

Article "15 Signs That You Genuinely Love What You Are Doing."

 

Discovering Your Purpose in Life (Part 1)- 5 Types of People

Discovering Your Purpose in Life (Part 1)- 5 Types of People

August 6, 2020

The high prize of life, the crowning fortune of man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness.”-

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Discovering Your Purpose in Life is arguably the most important discovery that anyone can make in their lifetime.  To know why you are here, why you were born, and the purpose towards which you should direct your time and efforts.  There is nothing more empowering and fulfilling than to know your purpose, walk in your purpose, and to, hopefully, accomplish it.

In this series, we will discuss the importance of discovering your purpose in life.  We will discuss spiritual and practical sign posts that are there to help direct us towards our purpose and help us accomplish it.

In part 1, we discuss the different types of individuals there are as it relates to discovering our purpose in life.  Which one are you?

5 Types of People: Which One Are You?

  1. Those that have no idea of their calling
  2. Those that ignored it for comfort
  3. Those that know it but are afraid to step out into it
  4. Those that are using their gift for the wrong purpose.
  5. Those that know it, and have given their life to accomplish it.
Monday Morning Inspiration- Trust in the Lord

Monday Morning Inspiration- Trust in the Lord

July 20, 2020

Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

 

One of the greatest promises of scripture is that we will be directed by the Spirit if we will trust and lean not on our own wisdom.  The comfort in knowing that we have access to infinite knowledge, infinite wisdom, and infinite being is more than we could ever hope for.  However, the prerequisite to receiving direction from heaven is for you and me to trust in the Lord.

 

Trusting is a process and we build trust by spending time with God in the Spirit.  We also build Trust by reading stories of our faith she/he-roes in scripture who God led through difficult circumstances and into promising lands and lives of tremendous impact and meaning.

 

Begin your week off right by deciding to trust in the Lord.  Seek God's voice through prayer.  Seek God's wisdom through meditation and scripture.  Step out on what the Spirit is leading you to do and experience God's best for our life as a result of you simply Trusting.

 

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Lessons From My Father: The Call Principle

Lessons From My Father: The Call Principle

July 17, 2020

What if we treated every phone call with our loved one's like it was our last?  What if we approached every interaction with friends, family, business associates, or casual acquaintances like it was our last interaction?  What if we considered every event in our lives as divine, valuable, and as our most precious commodity in that moment? 

The "Call" principle is about my last conversation with my Father.  At the time, I did not know that it would be my last conversation, but in hindsight, I realize that I would have approached that moment differently had I known.    And in most cases, we will never know the significance of a moment until it has passed.  However, there comes a point in our lives when we can no longer live in hindsight and with constant regrets.

Another option is to treat every moment like it's our last.  We have the choice to approach every interaction with carefulness and sensitivity so that we can position ourselves to receive all that we can from that moment.  And if we live a life that consistently values every second, minute, and hour of our day, our belief is that eventually, we will compile a life of triumphant experiences and memorable encounters that matter and have profound meaning.

Please be inspired to consider a higher approach in which every moment is divine.  No matter how large or small or insignificant it may feel at the moment, we consider it to be so.  We never know when it will be our last or their last, and we never know how a simple phone call or hello can change our future.  Yet, it will always count if we pour our hearts and our spirits into those moments.

What the 4th of July Means to Me…..

What the 4th of July Means to Me…..

July 4, 2020

As we celebrate the 4th of July, the National Holiday of Independence for Americans, we also realize that this holiday evokes a conflict of emotions for black and brown folk representing marginalized communities.  To be a proud American does not mean that certain folk are able to easily dismiss the pain, the anger, and the disillusionment that this holiday reminds us of.  The 4th of July in all its glory also reminds many that this day was not meant for them initially.  It reminds us that some had to fight for independence within a Nation that fought for independence but not for them because they were not considered citizens or humans.  In this episode of the Gift of Love Broadcast, this double-consciousness from the perspective of a black American is explored, and an excerpt from Frederick Douglass' 1853 speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" is read.  My hope is that the discussion of two America's, and the contrasting lens through which this social experiment is viewed are understood and validated as we continue to work towards the realization of these ideals for Americans and the rest of the World.

Frederick Douglass' speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lessons From My Father: The Commitment Principle

Lessons From My Father: The Commitment Principle

July 3, 2020

Commitment is defined as the "state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc."  I also believe is when your mind, body, and soul agrees that a goal or outcome must be attained.  In other words, there are no other options except for the completion of the task.  Commitment is what all of our most successful people and stories possess.  It is when we are committed to a vision, a cause, or a project that we find meaning, purpose, happiness, and fulfillment.  Are you committed to something, and if so, when was the last time that you invested in that which you are committed to.  Recount stories of commitment in your life, and remember the joy of accomplishment.  All of our great spiritual teachers were committed to their spiritual potential, and we too are committed to Love and the full expression of our divinity within. 

Lessons From My Father: The Community Principle (Re-published)

Lessons From My Father: The Community Principle (Re-published)

July 2, 2020

Community is one of the most important resources that we have at our disposal in our quest for spiritual evolution and realization.  We are designed and created to be in community and to be connected with other people.  And not just other people who reflect our experiences and worldview, but a diverse collection of inclusive community is the path to reaching our human and divine potential.  In this episode, we are encouraged to emphasize and prioritize connecting with other people through intentional community building.  Jesus, our greatest teacher, began his work by creating community as a first priority.  This communicates to us that we are bound in community, and our health (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical) and success are often tied to the degree of community that we are engaged in.

Lesson Points:

How Can We Create Community?

1. Join an organization

2. Ignite Past Relationship

3. Nurture Family Ties

Lessons From My Father: The Cure Principle

Lessons From My Father: The Cure Principle

May 24, 2020

"The Cure Principle" from the series "Lesson From My Father" is an inspirational message about overcoming our own hurt, pain, grief, or unhappiness by focusing on curing someone else's pain and unhappiness.  When we turn our attention away from what we need and use that same energy to meet the needs of someone else, we not only provide a cure for them but for ourselves as well.  I believe that we were designed to be communal, and being communal means being the cure for each other.  In a world that often advocates for individualism as a life worldview, this Lesson and the teaching of many of our great Spiritual teachers show us that becoming 'Others' centered is when we tap into our true potential.  To focus on a cure for someone else is to find a cure for ourselves.  'Give and it shall be given unto You."  "Cure someone else and you shall be cured."  "Your Healing is found in the Healing of Others."

Article mentioned in this Episode: Here

Lessons From My Father: The Context Principle

Lessons From My Father: The Context Principle

May 22, 2020

Context is very important to understand the full meaning of, and/or have the appropriate perspective of most events.  Having context is to have clarity and truth.  For so many of us, like we miss the context of a statement or a sentiment expressed, we also miss the context of life.  As a result, our understanding and clarity in life are greatly diminished.  In Lessons From My Father: The Context Principle, Lyndon shares how he arrived at a greater clarity of life and purpose through grief, loss, and tragedy.  God wants us to have an aerial view of life.  God wants us to see the big picture of life, and the spirit is the lens through which we can.  We can learn something valuable in each of our life events, and Spirit can increase our understanding, wisdom, and clarity in our darkest hours if we seek it.  If you enjoy this podcast, please rate us on #itunes, #podbean, or #spotify and leave a comment.  Email us at thegiftoflovebroadcast@gmail.com if you would like to contact our show.

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