What Are You Willing To Do?

What Are You Willing To Do?

There’s a great Jerry Rice quote that goes like this: “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” I love the sentiment behind this quote because it embodies a concept we see all too infrequently these days — Delayed Gratification. The idea that the work we put in today will somehow be compounded by time and we will eat of the fruit of our efforts in due time. In today’s culture of “fast forward everything” it seems nearly stupid to wait for anything. And yet, I want to argue that there is still tremendous value in planting, watering, tending and eventually harvesting the seed of expectation and vision in your life. I’m a Christian and I like to read the Bible. One of my favorite books to read when it comes to this idea of delayed gratification is Daniel. Daniel was a Jew and a prophet during a time in history when his people were exiled to Babylon under a pretty harsh king. And yet Daniel was selected to serve in the royal court and lead a band of magicians as he divined dreams and gave the king heavenly advice. Daniel was also aware of certain promises that had been made to his people. Promises that involved going back home. And as the appointed time drew near for this promise to come to pass, Daniel became discouraged because of certain peripheral goings on in the kingdom where he currently resided. Because of this, chapter 10 tells us that Daniel goes into mourning and the Bible says he begins to fast. No meat, no...
The Waiting: When It’s Not Happening

The Waiting: When It’s Not Happening

I am writing this blog post from home today, but I’m not supposed to be here. I’m supposed to be in San Diego attending a national conference with my church family, but I’m experiencing a digestive flare and I wasn’t able to travel. When things like this happen it rocks me a bit. Here I am, a health coach and a minister of the word of God, unable to rise above the circumstances I’ve been dealt and just get it done. But life’s like that sometimes, and we can’t deny who we are made to be simply because we’re suffering through something. Suffering is something we go through; it doesn’t identify us. It may mark us, but we don’t have to allow it to steal our destiny. It’s times like this that my worst enemy comes out to mock me. It’s that thought that asks, “Who do you think you are? How is it that a health coach who teaches others can’t find a way to make themselves better? You must not be very good at your job.” Wow. It sounds convincing, right? But I’ve learned to fight back. The circumstances I am experiencing don’t have to dictate where I am going or where I will wind up. I actually don’t have to listen to the voice at all because my success as a coach and motivator has nothing to do with whether I can fix myself or not. My success depends on carrying out the mission I’ve been given — to help others find breakthrough and victory in their lives when it comes to finances, health, relationships, and life issues. My illness...