Have you ever felt as if you had it all figured out to later realized that you actually knew nothing at all? Well when I first began my podcast I assumed that this was simple and I knew it would come easy. Boy was I wrong. Take a read so you don’t make the mistakes that I made. Now 160 episodes later, I have learned a lot!Read More
Research shows that collectively Americans check their phones 8 Billion times a day, wow! I want to challenge you this week heading into the Fourth of July. Take a little bit of time and try to detach yourself from your phone just for a minute.
1. Start a conversation with those whom you may not know all that well.
2. Enjoy a meal with your family without it being plagued by chronic cell phone usage.
3. Have the opportunity to laugh with one another and enjoy the people who are all around you.
Although we know technology is a wonderful thing. We must understand that we should enjoy these things in spurts.
The worst thing that can happen is....
I just had this random flashback. I began to think back to when I was younger and I always felt embarrassed and ashamed of my scars growing up. Is there anything that you were ever ashamed of, or that you didn't want anybody to see? Let's be honest.
There has been something that each and every one of us has been embarrassed or ashamed of at some point in our life or we are currently dealing with.
I just wanted to let someone know today that there's power in your vulnerability. I always tried to figure out ways to cover those spots and marks when I was younger. Although I continued to get older it was no longer the marks but now it was my flaws that I may have felt. It was the regret of past decisions that I didn't want others to know. These things began to tear me up from the inside out. Until I got to a place where this was too heavy for me to bear. Today, from this day forth I want you to say no longer will I allow my past to deter me from my future. Just think of how your strength in sharing your testimony could free another from their bondage. Just knowing and seeing they aren't the only one struggling in this arena, it makes a world of a difference.
Mark 15:21-32 discusses the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross, they hung him high, stretched him wide, for us he died. But the crazy part about it all is that he was hung and humiliated, spit at, jeered, showing his scars and his pain for all of mankind to see so that we might have freedom.
Do we have to withstand the pain of being crucified on a cross, not necessarily to that extent, but we have to bear our own cross (Luke 14:27). Understanding that we have suffered or may still be suffering but just like Pastor Mahiri Takai shared on Sunday "There's power in knowing that God is still working on me."
The funny thing about it when I covered my scars no one knew they were there. So, in turn, this meant that nobody could help me get the proper treatment or remedy I needed. The direct application here, if we never allow ourselves to be vulnerable and show others we are hurting how can we get prayer. How can we seek guidance or understanding around this very situation we have found ourselves lost in? So as you go through those storms of life and you feel that you should cover it up or be ashamed take that opportunity to give it to God or connect with someone in your inner circle. So that you can get the help, support, and guidance so that you will not be left alone to face these battles in your solitude.
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What’s the goal you have for your life? I know it can be so easy to look into the future and see yourself in the big house. Or you might even see yourself graduating with a four-year degree. Lastly, happily married to the guy/girl of your dreams with kids and the house on the hill. These all sound great in the dream world, now let’s bring it back to reality real quick.
To accomplish any of those things that I named or any other dream, you guessed it you have to work! Everybody wants to wake up one day in the house of our dreams with no worries of how we get there. But somebody has to pay that mortgage every month. Getting a degree in college will definitely not just happen without work and my fellow millennials know it involves late nights, early mornings, pulling all nighters and study groups. We had to make sure we get that degree walking across that stage so mom and dad would be able to say, “That’s my boy”.
The million-dollar question is: “How do we get to that life goal?” I thought you’d never ask. It’s simply two things that can apply to any area of your life.
Without consistency you can kiss your dreams goodbye.. I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare was naturally faster than the tortoise but the tortoise kept on moving.
Despite what people say to you about chasing your passions despite what your situation may look like, you have to remain consistent. Focus on being consistent and in due time you will see results. Even in relationships, consistency pays. I’m no relationship expert but if anytime things get hard and you are quick to leave rather than be consistent in your efforts to work on your relationship, I’ll bet that the relationship won’t last long.
Next, we need to understand that we have to…
Consistency + work = results.
Far too often we want things or have goals and dreams that we expect to just happen over night. We don’t necessarily say that but we think it sometimes, let’s be honest. Just because we are so and so’s son or daughter, life is supposed to be a breeze. Wrong!
Even the Bible tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “…The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." We’re not really talking about the dreams; we’re talking about survival! So if you don’t put in the work to eat, the bible says you don’t deserve to eat, yikes.
Think just for a moment of someone that you view as being extremely successful. If you truly track their success you will see our equation above applicable to some point in their lives.
Now let’s think about you, it’s your turn. Somebody somewhere is looking up to you, seeing how you are pursuing your dreams. Seeing how you will respond when things don’t work out the way you thought they would the first go round.
Somebody needs you to be successful because you are someone’s role model. So now decide. Are you going to be the hare with so much potential that you take it granted and feel like you’ll start that business later, you’ll comeback to school or that young lady you’ve been eying will wait around for you forever. Or will you be like the tortoise and no matter what the situation looks like, no matter how you may feel, no matter what others say, you are determined to show up consistently and work daily. You will no longer allow time to pass you by. I know for me I was tired of seeing everybody else winning. I knew that it was time for a change to occur, but I learned that I had to step up and make the decision to consistently work.
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