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Here’s an unconventional post with an unusual title. It’s important that I write some entries this way. One reason is to deliberately twist the standard way of thinking. Another is to grab your attention. Third, and most importantly, is so that you can delve deeper into the meaning of the title, and apply some of this stuff to your life!

What is ‘This’?
With that said, I feel the need to answer a question that begs for an explanation: “What is this?
'This'

'This'

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Excuse me for being selfish, but this post is all about me. Just kidding, it’s actually about you too, but the title refers to me. Please see the Bible verse that follows:


3Jn 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
You see, this is not simply a Bible verse to me. It speaks volumes and empowers me whenever I read it. Why? It’s simply because I know the context of that scripture.
What’s Your Name?
However, more importantly, I know what ‘beloved’ means. It means David, or rather the name David literally means ‘beloved’.

 

 

 

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Holiday Traditions

That special time of year arrives again. Christmas and the holidays are here and many of us wish it lasted forever. We get presents for each other and spend a great amount of our time with family and friends, exchanging gifts, eating, sharing, laughing, and so on. We have a special spot reserved in our hearts, schedules, homes, and at our tables for the people we’ve classified as our family.That’s what the holidays are all about right? Not entirely.
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The substance of things hoped for, based on KJV Hebrews 11 in the Bible. See verse one below:

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Going Deeper
I want to analyze this verse further. Do you see what I see in the title (before we even get to ‘the substance of things hoped for’)? What I’m referring to is, ‘Faith IS’. ‘It’ is. Everything you want or desire IS. Faith is knowing ‘it is’. It is what? It is there! Your victory, your breakthrough, your accomplishment is there by faith.
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Allow me to clarify the title. I will do so in this brief story:

In Prayer
One day a few months ago I was praying for a breakthrough. I literally asked God to ‘just’ give me a victory over my circumstances. I immediately came to the revelation that God is not a ‘just’ God. He does not just want to meet our needs. The fact is our needs are already met. We breathe. We eat. We drink. We have shelter. See KJV Luke 12:16-32. God wants to do more for us than we can ever imagine we could have received from Him. In fact, I believe He is sitting in Heaven waiting for somebody to get out of the ‘just’ box, and receive the good things He has prepared for them.

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Your beginning is finished. Your end is promised by God. Your present is already worked out by God to get you to that promise. All things will work together for your good.

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  • Stay tuned for more posts that will lift you up and empower you to achieve the unimaginable.

 

Be encouraged,

David

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Blood, Sweat, and Tears

I am writing this post primarily for all of the professionals, business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs out there. Business is a daily grind and if you are like me, you know that it is much easier to envision your success than it is to actually succeed. In the same manner, it’s probably easier to draw a blue print for a building than it is to build it. I second that by saying that if you are trying to ‘build’ Rome, rest assured that Rome is not already built–it takes a lot of work, time, and other resources to get there. But if you’re confident in your ability to achieve your vision, and you work hard (never giving up), you can succeed.

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To Believe

Nothing moves God more than finding a believer who really believes. This statement sounds confusing, but let me clarify it. Many people believe there is a God. It seems the term ‘believer’ has become synonymous with ‘simply believing God exists’. I contend that believing goes much further than that. Believers should be people that not only believe there is A God, but they should also believe IN God.

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Take Chances Worth Taking

People that are afraid to fail seldom live up to their full potential. Why? Because they don’t take many chances. They stay in the box that the world is content with them being in. In life, we have to take some chances to be successful. However, failure comes before success (even in the dictionary).  Here are a few pointers that can get you over your failure:
  1. Rest assured that you will fail. Now that that’s out of the way consider this: You will fail at some things in life, just as many people do. But failure teaches you how to improve, and revise your strategy and actions so that you will eventually succeed.
  2. Some things in life are worth failing at. For example, bad ideas, activities that don’t build on your strengths, and projects that may not benefit society or may be unprofitable are probably better left undone. Don’t be afraid to scrap the ‘losers’ and start over with a ‘winner’.
  3. Find a ‘winner’ and stick to it. Do what you believe in your heart will get you the success. Qualify your ideas and goals with research, tests, practice, and other things. Go with it!

Learn from the Best

Finally, be inspired by these famous individuals that persevered through failure to achieve greatness:

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waterboy

  • The ‘Waterboy’. Played by actor Adam Sandler, the waterboy worked the sidelines of his football team, running drinks to the players. He eventually discovered he had a great tackling ability and soon became a member of the team.
  • Albert Einstein. He was a physicist who did poorly in school, and whose parents thought he was mentally retarded when he was young.
  • Michael Jordan. He was cut from his high school basketball team for ‘lack of skill’.
  • Thomas Edison. When he was young he was told by his teacher he was too stupid to learn anything. He eventually tried more than 9000 experiments before he created the light bulb.
  • Bill Gates. He was a Harvard University dropout before going on to develop Microsoft.
  • Abraham Lincoln. He received no more than five years of formal education. His family and neighbors considered him lazy growing up. And he had more than 12 major political failures before he was elected the 16th President of the U.S.
  • Sir Isaac Newton. He was one of the greatest mathematicians/physicists/astronomers of his day, and was renowned for his theory on gravity. However, he did so poorly in grade school when he was younger his teachers thought there was no hope for him. He was not born a genius as many believe!
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (‘Beethoven’). He was told by his music teacher he was ‘hopeless’ as a composer (prior to launching his career). During his career he lost his hearing, but still created great music!
  • Steven Spielberg. He dropped out of junior high school. He went back and was placed in a learning disabled class before completely dropping out of school for good. Now he is one of the greatest directors in American History.
  • Henry Ford. He failed at his first two automobile companies before he developed Ford Motor Company. He became one of the top three most famous and richest people in the world in his day.

Next Steps

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  • Encourage someone else by sharing this on Twitter, Facebook, or your other social networks.
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  • Stay tuned for more posts that will lift you up and empower you to achieve the unimaginable.
To the greatness in you,
David

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