A Motivational Meal of the Week- Cast Your Cares

Have you ever gone fishing before? If so, you know how important it is to bait your hook and cast your line. These are two of the most important steps, because they’re key to attracting fish.

If you bait your hook, but fail to cast your line, guess what? You will spend a lot of time waiting for fish that will never come. Similarly, if you cast the line without any bait attached to your hook, you will produce the same outcome.

Most of us are familiar with 1 Peter 5:7. We’ve read it in church, probably even quoted it in our prayers, but how many of us can say that we’ve mastered the execution of this scripture? I know I haven’t. In fact, just recently I realized that I wasn’t really casting my cares and anxieties; I was playing tug-of-war with them. Through prayer, I would cast them and 3.5 seconds later, I would be devising a plan to remedy those same cares and anxieties. How does that work?

The Greek word for “cast” is “επιρριψαντες” and it means “to throw upon.”

It’s important to note that throwing our cares and anxieties on God doesn’t render us incapable of contributing to the solution. For example, if one of your anxieties is around paying your bills, you cannot cast that care and just expect God to pay the bills for you each month.

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When you cast your cares and anxieties, you’re really casting the worry and fear that’s associated with them. You’re stripping those cares and anxieties of their power to steal your peace of mind and your joy. You’re saying, “I need help figuring this out, God, please order my footsteps.”

 

Remember- You cannot cast what you’re afraid of letting go

This is where trust comes into play. I trust that if I don’t cast my cares and anxieties, I’m going to jack something up. Lol, just kidding, not really. I trust that if I can rid myself of the stress, fear, worry and doubt that I can make wiser decisions and better navigate whatever challenges I’m up against. I trust that being properly aligned with God will position me for victory no matter what.

With trust comes surrender

It’s okay to stop playing tug-of-war with God. It’s okay to cast those cares and anxieties in full trust that God will equip, guide and strengthen you for the journey ahead. I believe that it is possible to live a life free of worry, a life free of stress, but it all starts with one action. Who’s ready to truly cast their cares and anxieties this week? I’m in, are you?

 

A Motivational Meal of the Week- Build Your Own Table

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Build your own table. 

I know it’s easier to wait. I know it’s easier to hope that someone else will make decisions with your best interest in mind. It’s easier to strengthen your network in hopes that opportunities will find you.

It’s easy, but ask yourself, “Is it what’s best for you?”

The most precious gift of all is time and it is limited. Why would you want to waste your time at the foot of someone else’s table receiving crumbs when you can build your own table and enjoy a feast?

A Motivational Meal of the Week- “Don’t Compete, Collaborate.”

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Happy New Year!

I hope 2016 was a great year for you and that 2017 is even better! As we plan our year, I want to encourage everyone to consider how you can help someone else become successful this year. I think a lot of people are afraid to shift their focus from their dreams and aspirations to help someone else achieve theirs. And that fear is usually strengthened by the ‘What-if’ questions. You know the ‘What-if’ questions I’m referring to- “What if I don’t achieve my goals?” “What if that person becomes more successful than me?” “What if that person betrays me or wastes my time?”

I have a better ‘What-if’ question

What if helping others become more successful is the key to your success? For true, sustainable success, you will need help from others. It’s a cycle. Someone helps you, you pay it forward by helping someone else. We all win. We all eat. So instead of competing, instead of fighting over the crumbs, collaborate and share the feast of success.

There’s room at the table for everyone. 

A Motivational Meal of the Week- Do Your Something

Aleppo.

Donald Trump. 

Vladimir Putin.

Police Brutality. 

Racism. 

Homelessness. 

Climate Change.

This dismal list goes on and on and it appears that it grows each time you log into your social media accounts or turn on your television. Another person of color becomes a hashtag, more evidence surfaces that proves Russian interference in our election, more homeless people, more unpresidented (fix it, Jesus) tweets, snow in Hawaii, I mean it’s truly a lot to process, right?

You grab your cape… 

Only to realize that you don’t know where to start. You’re only one person, how could you change the world? If you’re not careful, you’ll cave under the weight of trying to fix everything for everyone.  And you’ll miss an opportunity to do your something.

Do your something. 

As someone who has a heart for helping others, I completely understand how easy it is to want to fix everything for everyone. We see a problem and naturally we want to play a role in identifying the solution. But what happens when you try to assign yourself all of the world’s problems to solve? You burn out. You get overwhelmed. You lose your focus and thus misplace your power. Instead of going with what’s behind Door One, let’s select a different approach.

What if we focused on our something?

Your something can be as simple as you need it to be. For example, maybe your something is giving every stranger you meet a compliment. Or maybe it’s organizing a food/clothing drive for a local homeless shelter. Your something is personal and it’s your contribution to humanity. It’s your way of saying, “I see this, it is wrong and I want to play a role in making it right.” It’s important to note, again, that your something can be simple. We often think that our somethings, our contributions, have to be these elaborate sacrificial offerings and that’s just not true. Instead, I believe that the force of individual somethings is great enough to shift the direction of our world.

We are moving into a year of unknowns. People are afraid. All over the world, people are hurting and they rise each day from these hurt places searching for hope. They rise each day from these hurt places searching for a reason to trust in the goodness of humanity. Our individual somethings are their hope. Our individual somethings can save someone’s life. Our individual somethings can tell someone, “I see you, I see your pain, it matters and I’m going to love you through it.”

Do your something. The world is counting on it. 

A Motivational Meal of the Week- Jump!

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“If you want to be successful, you have to jump, there’s no way around it. When you jump, I can assure you that your parachute will not open right away. But if you do not jump, your parachute will never open. If you’re safe, you’ll never soar.” -Steve Harvey

Jump. 

Look pass the what ifs, mute the doubters, stop creating excuses to keep you within your comfort zone.

Jump. 

Contrary to popular belief, some of the best decisions you make in life are made when you don’t have all the answers; when you haven’t planned out every detail and assessed all of the risks. It’s true. Some of the best decisions are made when you trust the unknown.

There will never be a perfect time to jump. Fear will always try to talk you out of jumping and there will always be distractions. Jump anyway.

Jump because you’re tired of just existing. Jump because you’re tired of settling for crumbs when abundance is your birthright. Jump because you’re determined not to allow complacency to suffocate your greatness. Jump because you’re afraid of waking up one day only to realize that you’ve drifted through life unfulfilled.

There is a dream planted deep down inside of you. A dream that seems impossible. A dream that scares you. A dream that is whispering, “Jump already!”

In the picture above, I am the one wearing the fashionable elephant floatie. Do you see the look of excitement on my face? I couldn’t swim one bit, but I was fearless. You know why? Because I trusted that elephant floatie with my life- literally. I wasn’t afraid to jump, because I knew that floatie wouldn’t allow me to drown.

God is our elephant floatie.

And He will not allow us to drown. When you jump in faith, you cannot fail. This I know for sure. When you jump in faith, when you say, “My dreams are worth it. I am worth it,” you can be as excited as I was in that kiddie pool, because you know that what you’re jumping into will be so much better than what you left behind.