Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jumpman Jumpman Jumpman Jumpman


When I was younger, a Nike commercial truly inspired me. I had to own a pair. When my mom purchased them for me, I was convinced that those shoes would help me pivot, run, and JUMP like the athletes who wore them. I put them on and commenced to running through the house jumping and extending my reach to smack the top of everything.

Recently, my son was given his first pair of shoes. He can’t walk or even JUMP. Nevertheless, he has some fancy kicks! The funny thing about these shoes is that he owns a pair that at nearly forty years old I have never owned! (side bar: teach your kids to hop now so that they can JUMP later) He owns Jordans! A four month old with the JUMPman symbol on his feet…

2016 is a leap year and I believe that with enough focused energy and the right foundation you will find yourself leaping to great heights. #jumpforit

The Message version of Matthew 14:28-30 says, ”Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!””

The part that excites me most about this passage is that Peter JUMPED out of the boat. In a place of complacency, common fear is apparent. Despite the fact that misery loves company – someone has to have the gumption to say, “I will do better than this!”  One man had the audacity to challenge his visibly uncomfortable reality and leap into an uncertain future.

Jesus sees what we can’t see and will encourage us to go where He has already made a way. Don’t you know that God is excited to see you color the canvas of the dreams He outlined for you? You have the intestinal fortitude to JUMP for it. You have the foundation to JUMP for it. How long will you slide your way through life with ifs and maybes? Jesus has already guaranteed it for you. JUMP for it!

We have a giant staircase in our home. My oldest child has the ability, on his own, to easily get down the stairs. He will either walk the steps or slide down on his bottom. But when I, his father, am there, he prefers to JUMP into my arms.  My son knows without a shadow of doubt that his daddy will not only catch him but also carry him. Your Heavenly Father hasn’t left you and He wouldn’t encourage you to jump without being certain about safe landing and determined future.  You could do it on your own, but it is more expedient to JUMP with your Dad.

Hebrews 11:1 New King James Version
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

“Now” faith says, I don’t need to challenge what Christ has told me. I’m going for it completely and not looking back!

My mom told me an interesting fact about the African Impala. This powerful animal has the ability to leap distances of nearly 30 feet and jump 10 feet. Yet, they are kept in enclosures with walls far shorter than their jumping abilities. The reason the impalas never jump out of their enclosures is because they are uncertain of their landing. They will not go where they do not see. Even with their awesome ability - freedom lies right beyond their own vision to achieve it.

God has given you a vision and although you cannot detail every step of your future – the very fact that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you should be enough spark to put a spring in your step. If you stumble while walking, your Good Father will be there to help you back up. With faith, you can jump for your unseen expectations and obtain the God Ordained purpose for your life!


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

It's worth to learn from experience!!!

Learning by Listening

My favorite scriptures on how to LISTEN!

I often wonder what thoughts are processing in my youngest child’s mind. He is only five-months old and although he cannot form words or create formal sentences, I know he has a lot on his mind. Maybe it’s the funny looks he gives his brother and I or possibly it’s the strange utterances that leave his mouth, but I believe he is learning from looking.

It is typical that the second child will perform certain actions quicker than the first child. Walking, talking, self-feeding, and unassisted potty time (my favorite) is often achieved with greater ease.

Did you know that the same letters that spell SILENT also spell LISTEN?

Do you remember taking the hearing exam as a child? They would put you in this box with a set of headphones. You then had to either raise your hand or click a device when you heard a small beeb.

In order for you to hear properly, we must not only be silent physically, but also mentally. Quiet the distractive thoughts that are impeding your proper hearing.

Proverbs 19:20 New Living Translation
Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.

Experience is the greatest teacher – every experience does not have to be your own…

While attending a CPR class, the instructor said something that stuck with me. She said, “Don’t create two victims!”

The premise is that you must survey the situation and protect yourself before you go to administer CPR or any assistance. When we learn to look and learn before we move and speak we will make better decisions.

There is a reason we have two ears and one mouth – listen more than you speak!

Here are a few of my favorite scriptures on the importance of listening.

Matthew 11:15 New Living Translation
Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

James 1:19 New Living Translation
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

Proverbs 2:2New Living Translation (NLT)
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

Proverbs 18:13 New Living Translation
Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

Proverbs 19:27New Living Translation (NLT)

If you stop listening to instruction, my child,  you will turn your back on knowledge.

Look. Listen. Learn.