I really hate when I hear preachers or christians in general telling people “If you give your life to God, you won’t have to worry about anything every again, all of your days will good from here on out”.
What is all of that about?
If you’ve been a christian for any amount of time, you already know that this is not true. Bad days are inevitable. No one is exempt from them. They come to good people, bad people, rich people, poor people, black people, and white people. You may come across people who appear to be living the perfect life and everyday seems bliss for them, but behind the scenes, I assure you that they have bad days too.
Even me, as a personal development author and youth mentor, who teaches people how to live a better life, I have bad days all the time lol. But there are a few things that I do to turn my bad days into good days and I want to share them with you below: Click Here to Keep Reading..
I’ve finally had time to read and respond to a lot of my reader’s emails this weekend and to my surprise — the most common issue I came across from reading your emails were people asking me how to be happy?
Normally, when I read my subscriber emails, the most common questions I get are how to overcome an addiction, how to start a blog, or how to develop more faith in God — but never how to be happy.
I guess that’s because 95% of my readers (YOU) are Christians. And as Christians, we have a tendency to front and pretend we are happy because the joy of the lord is suppose to live within us at all times.
But what do you do when you love the lord with all your heart and you’re still not happy in life? Click Here to Keep Reading..
What do you do when you hear an idea or belief that’s different from yours?
Do you reject it and write it off as non-sense or do you check to see if there is some merit?
Most people are very stubborn when it comes to their beliefs, especially us christians. All of our lives, we’ve been trained to think a certain way about God and told that if anything differs from what we’ve been taught — it’s a sin. And most of us carry these childhood beliefs into our adulthood, without ever challenging or attempting to discover what christianity is all about for ourselves.
I’ve known many people, some who are much older than I am, that go to church every single day without ever missing a service, but still don’t know who God is. They just go to church because that’s what they’ve been taught to do and they don’t want to disappoint their parents. But they don’t ever read their bibles or spend anytime with God so they don’t know if what the pastor is preaching to them is actually in the bible or not. Therefore everything they do in Jesus name goes in vain because they don’t have a real relationship with God.
Crazy Huh? Who would want to live like that? What’s the purpose in going to church or calling yourself a christian if you don’t really know God. That’s like calling someone your wife or husband, and being faithful to them, but you’ve never meant before — it doesn’t make sense. But this is exactly how many people who call themselves christians are living today. Click Here to Keep Reading..
As christians, we have a tendency to portray false images of ourselves to make non-belivers think that we have it all together. We do this because we think this is the only way for us to lead people to Christ. But It actually turns people away from him. When people think that you are perfect and flawless, they assume that they have to be perfect and flawless too in order to be accepted by God. And that’s not what christianity is about at all.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross for perfect people, he died on the cross for imperfect people. If we were perfect and flawless, then there would have been no need for him to die for our sins. In knowing this, there’s no need for you to front like you have your life all together when you don’t. Being fake doesn’t help anybody, being real does. When you are able to be vulnerable enough to admit your flaws and weaknesses to others, not only does it help others relate to you more; it frees you from having to wear a mask over your sins.
God knows you have a sinful nature, because He created you. That’s why he sent his son, the perfect one, to give you strength in the areas where you are weak. See, Christ is made strong in our weaknesses. Where we are sinful, He is righteous. Where we are struggling, He is prosperous. Where we are dead, He is alive. So we don’t have to be perfect for God, because Jesus already is; and as long as we are living through Him, we are in perfect standing with God.
It took me a while to realize this for myself, but it has been the most freeing revelation I’ve ever had. Many people read my articles today and think that I’ve been saved for years, but I’ve actually only been a christian for about 2 years now. Before that, I was a drug dealer and a thief, amongst many other things that I’m not proud of. So it wasn’t too long ago, that I was lost and in desperate need of a savior. This enables me to reach you on your level because I know what you are going through. Click Here to Keep Reading..
As the new year approaches and everyone is coming up with new years resolutions that they know good and well they won’t follow through with — I want us to do something different this year. I say “us” because I’m doing it too!
Instead of coming up with self-centered resolutions that only help ourselves — I want you to come up with some ideas of how you are going to make a difference in your community this year. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, praying, and chatting with other people lately about why, we as christians are not thriving and living purposeful lives like the old church did in the bible days and the reason is because we are not doing what God has called us to do.
We are doing what we want to do, and putting our needs and wants before God. We spend so much time focusing on pleasing ourselves that not only are we not pleasing God, but we are also not fulfilling our life’s purpose.
Life is not about us, it’s about being of service to others and giving glory to God in everything we do. When people see us, they should see a glimpse of God’s character. When people talk to us, they should hear the love of God come out of our mouths. When people hang out with us, they should feel the presence of God in the atmosphere. This is why God created us — to be the light this dark world needs. Click Here to Keep Reading..
Today is my birthday. I’m 27 years old now. Knocking down the door to 30 (smh at getting older). But it’s all good. I’m happy to be a year older because I’m so much wiser than I was last year.
And that’s my goal as each year passes — to be a better and wiser person than I was the year before.
I think every person should think this way. No one should be the same person they were 5 or 10 years ago. A life that doesn’t change is a life that stays the same. (Tweet that)
And God doesn’t want us to stay the same. We should always be evolving. We should always be growing. We can’t accomplish the mission that God created for if we don’t become the person He created us to be.
That’s why I take my personal development very seriously. I don’t want to leave this earth without reaching my destiny. And apart of me reaching my destiny, is helping others reach theirs. So I want to share with you some VERY important “life tips” that I learned this year, as well as years past.
Last year on my birthday, I shared with you 26 lessons I learned from 26 years of living. This year I’m sharing with you 27 words of wisdom that I learned along the way. Read and Grow… Click Here to Keep Reading..