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?
- Those that have no idea of their calling
- Those that ignored it for comfort
- Those that know it but are afraid to step out into it
- Those that are using their gift for the wrong purpose.
- Those that know it, and have given their life to accomplish it.
July 20, 2020
"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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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.
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
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.
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.
How Can We Create Community?
1. Join an organization
2. Ignite Past Relationship
3. Nurture Family Ties
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."
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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 email@example.com if you would like to contact our show.
May 20, 2020
As a result of the recent tragic case and death of Ahmaud Arbery, Lyndon Batiste, Host of the Gift of Love Broadcast, shares his sentiments and feelings for navigating this tragic event and the impact of it on our social realities. Our belief at the Gift of Love Broadcast is that Love should motivate us to speak to issues that threaten our humanity and that diminishes the value that we all inherently possess. Love is a force of change that confronts social ills and that stands in resistance to the projectiles of evil. God (Love) cannot and does not tolerate or co-exist with social ills such as racism, sexism, classism, nepotism, and all that threatens our divinity and human potential.
May 14, 2020
Join us on a powerful and insightful journey through pain, grief, love, and healing in our latest series “Lessons From My Father.” In this series, Lyndon recounts his journey in grief and being led by the Spirit to learn 7 eternal and lasting principles that can help propel you into a greater love walk and spiritual maturity on your earthly journey. Allowing ourselves to be perfected by our pain, and taking the opportunity to grow in the midst of grief can be transformative and rehabilitating to those who choose to do so.