Monday, December 23, 2013

What Resolutions? Now Is The Time!

The creator created people, gave them words for communication and thinking, settled them in the fertile valley at the foot of the mountains, gave them longevity and started to observe, how they will aspire to the development. 
The time passed, but people did not develop.Their feet did not go beyond their village and they did not climb up the mountains. Their eyes did not look at the sky and they did not look in the Heart.So they became old.The Creator decided to find out, what was the matter.He became a man and came to them as a traveler. Before sunset the people gathered at the square to talk with the traveler. He described to them a life beyond the horizon and suggested:"Do you want me to lead you there, and you will see how people live in these places?""Oh!", they answered sadly, "it is late, we became old" ..."Then come with me to the mountains to look at the world from the top!""Oh!", they replied, "it is too late, we have no energy."
They answered again:
"It is late; our minds will not understand your story."
The traveler became sad. He decided to cheer-up the people.
"Let‘s sing a song!" he said.  As he was getting ready to sing first, the people noticed that the sun went down.
"It is late," the said, "it is time to sleep." and so off they went to their huts. The traveler shouted them:
"People, when life is continuous and infinite, it is not late for any achievements!"
But they did not turn back. Then the Creator told himself:
"I will take away all words of limitation from people: "late", "not", "impossible", "far", "high", "hard", "will not understand", and I will place in their hearts the joy of infinity. Maybe they will perceive my Law: nothing is late, because there is no end, there is only the beginning!"


"Look at the sky," the traveler said to them, "and I will tell you about the life in the Kingdom of Heaven!"
He did so and waited for the morning: will people change and will they go with him to the mountains?

It's never too for a new beginning.  As the days begin every twenty four hours and the weeks every seven days there are as many opportunities for you to start anew.  Don't wait until the "New Year" to make new plans, make those resolutions daily and work at them one day at a time. Those small changes are easier to make.  Don't wait until it is too late.  Begin today - begin now!

In all things may you prosper and be in good health.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Don't Miss Next Week's Blog

Our next blog will be posted next Monday, December 23.

See you then and as always have a blessed week.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What Inspires You

To inspire others you need first need to be inspired.  What inspires you?



Have a blessed day.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Changes

Thank you everyone for making this blog a weekly source of inspiration.  To serve you better a number of changes will be made in the coming weeks.  First, the blog will be bi-weekly.  So there will be no publication next Monday, November 25th.  Second, we will be hosting more seminars and workshops.  So if you would like us to do a seminar at your church, in your community or for your employees, in the future please feel free to contact us.  You may do so through the 'contact us' link on our website - www.hughrowe.com.  Thirdly, we will be enhancing our coaching sessions.  To serve you better we will be making changes to our current program.  Our coaching sessions are geared towards individuals seeking to make changes in their lives and desire a coaching program that is economical.  Fourth, we will be partnering with non-profits whose mission is to uplift the lives of individuals in ways that compliment our mission.  Fifth, look for changes to our website, www.hughrowe.com.  It will be user friendly and informative, regarding our mission, seminars and book signings both locally and internationally.

The coming year holds more challenges than ever for everyone.  Our mission is to help prepare for these challenges.  Your success will depend on your ability to adapt to these challenges.  Joseph was given a dream and daily he worked so as to prepare himself for the task that he was chosen to perform.  Today the writing is on the wall and you need to prepare yourself for the changes that are coming.  Faith alone will not help if one neglects the action step.  Too many people have faith but no 'works' and end up dying a spiritual death.  We are here to inspire you to make those changes and be better equipped for the future.  This is our goal, mission and ministry.

Thank you for making us your source for inspiration and as we assist you in your spiritual journey to success, in all things we pray that you may prosper and be in good health.   

Monday, November 11, 2013

Facing Your Giants

Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado



Have a blessed week and as always, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Your Self Image

Your Self Image by Earl Nightingale



Have a blessed week and as always, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)

Monday, October 28, 2013

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Dr. Diane MD Banner
The road to success is not as difficult as many would like to portray it.  It is unfortunate that many equate it with riches instead of by personal fulfilment.  This flame is often being fueled by many preachers for personal gain.  Matthew 7:20-21 (NIV) states; "So then, you will know them by their fruits.  Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter."  We are encouraged to live a life reflective of our Heavenly Father and not one for selfish gain or display. 
     Mark 10:17-27 tells the story of the rich young ruler who wanted to know how he could be saved.  Reading his heart Jesus told him to sell all he has and give it to the poor.  Jesus was only testing him as he knew that he was too attached to his worldly possessions and this is getting in the way of him making the right decision.  Disappointed the young man turned and walk away.
     One of the secrets to success is being charitable.  Paul mentions this in 1 Corinthians 13:1, 13; "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." Charity is important as this demonstrates our love for God and each other.  In creation God created everything and gave it to Adam.  To save the world and give us eternal life; God gave us his only begotten son.  
     The rich are always giving and therefore are becoming richer.  The poor claim they have nothing to give and ultimately become poorer.  You do not need a million dollars to begin the process of giving.  Luke 21:1-4, tells the touching story of a poor widow who gave as much as she could afford and did so discreetly in relation to a rich man who came in previously and made a display of his giving.  Though he gave more the widow's mite was regarded with more blessings.
     The poor has no possession to give, how can they begin on the path of success?  John D. Rockefeller Sr. began giving when he was poor.  He kept meticulous records of his spending because he repeatedly told himself God would bless him with more to give away.  Mahatma Ghandi did not have much to give but he gave of his time.  He envisioned the fight for freedom of his people a task more lucrative than gold.  There is also the story of Diane Thompson.  She has a heart of gold and truly is a symbol of success.  She is by no means a millionaire, however, after receiving her medical degree she wanted to do more than helping one patient at a time.  I am sure she gave it a lot of thought and felt nervous before she began her current task of tackling health issues by educating the public on how to prevent seeing a doctor.  Her show speaks of health and other issues the public currently faces and does this through her weekly program;( http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drdianethompson)
     In hindsight, one may think she is on the path of putting herself out of business.  If you think that; you definitely don't know Dr. Diane Thompson.  It means more to her to give you a clean bill of health than treating your disease.  She does not have a million dollars to give, however, she gives of her time and time is money.  I have never heard a dying person wished for more time to work a another dollar but wished he/she had it to do more good for their family, friends or humanity.

ACTION STEPS
If you are seriously thinking of being successful think of ways you can start giving back.  It may not be a dollar.  It could be an hour of your time each week to a child who needs guidance or the elderly who needs help around the house.

Remember success is not in the acquisition of things but the person you become in the process.  God indeed loves a cheerful giver.

Have a blessed week and as always, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)   
          


Monday, October 21, 2013

The Practice of Discipline



I am sharing with you an article from professional speaker and trainer Brian Tracy.  Enjoy.

Discipline yourself to do what you know you need to do to be the very best in your field. Perhaps the best definition of self discipline is this: "Self discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not."

It is easy to do something when you feel like it. It's when you don't feel like it and you force yourself to do it anyway that you move your life and career onto the fast track.
What decisions do you need to make today in order to start moving toward the top of your field? Whatever it is, either to get in or get out, make a decision today and then get started. This single act alone can change the whole direction of your life.


Seven Steps to SuccessThere is a powerful seven step formula that you can use to set and achieve your goals for the rest of your life. Every single successful person uses this formula or some variation of this formula to achieve vastly more than the average person. And so can you. Here it is:


Decide What You WantStep number one, decide exactly what it is you want in each part of your life. Become a "meaningful specific" rather than a "wandering generality."
Second, write it down, clearly and in detail. Always think on paper. A goal that is not in writing is not a goal at all. It is merely a wish and it has no energy behind it.


Set A DeadlineThird, set a deadline for your goal. A deadline acts as a "forcing system" in your subconscious mind. It motivates you to do the things necessary to make your goal come true. If it is a big enough goal, set sub-deadlines as well. Don't leave this to chance.Make A ListFourth, make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal. When you think of new tasks and activities, write them on your list until your list is complete.Organize Your ListFifth, organize your list into a plan. Decide what you will have to do first and what you will have to do second. Decide what is more important and what is less important. And then write out your plan on paper, the same way you would develop a blueprint to build your dream house.Take ActionThe sixth step is for you to take action on your plan. Do something. Do anything. But get busy. Get going.Do Something Every DayDo something every single day that moves you in the direction of your most important goal at the moment. Develop the discipline of doing something 365 days each year that is moving you forward. You will be absolutely astonished at how much you accomplish when you utilize this formula in your life every single day.Action ExercisesHere are two things you can do to put these ideas into action immediately.

First, decide exactly what you want, write it down with a deadline, make a plan and take action - on at least one goal - today!

Second, determine the price you will have to pay to achieve this goal and then get busy paying that price - whatever it is.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Copies of Joseph's Memoirs donated to Merl Grove High



I am back from a short business trip to the wonderful island of Jamaica, to promote my book.  One recipient of copies of my book was the Enid Kerr Library at the Merl Grove High School in Kingston.  I worked at Merl Grove for some time before migrating to the United States.  Donating the books was my way of giving back to an institution where success through hard work is taught by a dedicated staff.  On hand to receive the books were Mrs. Carol Alexander, principal and J. Beckford head of the student body. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Mouse, Pig, Cow and Snake


A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package; what food might it contain?

He was aghast to discover that it was a mouse trap!

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, "There is a mouse trap in the house, there is a mouse trap in the house."

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell you this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me; I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mouse trap in the house."

"I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse," sympathized the pig, "but there is nothing I can do about it but pray; be assured that you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow, who replied, "Like wow, Mr. Mouse, a mouse trap; am I in grave danger, Duh?"

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected to face the farmer's mouse trap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught.

In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital.

She returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

His wife's sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well, in fact, she died, and so many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat.

So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you, remember that when the least of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Time and Money

   


     Personal goals can be divided into two categories; time and money.  Amazingly, few people I know have ever taken the time to carefully examine where they spend their income and their time.  They do take the time to browse their paycheck.  If they are salaried they glance at the 'Net Pay' line and if they are hourly, they browse the 'total hours worked' and the 'net pay' lines.  Few are concerned with anything else and are ignorant of the percentage withheld for taxes and other deductions.  Outside of work they spend their time as they please; unaccounted for.  They do wish to get ahead, however, they do not see it necessary to plan for the future.
     As children of the most high God we have a responsibility to know as much about our paycheck and time as we possibly can.  We are all familiar with the idiom, 'time is money' but how many of us hold ourselves accountable.
     Our Heavenly Father is the master of time and money and requires us to give an account for how we spend both.  In Proverbs 11:9, the young man is admonished to 'Rejoice in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgement.'  One may say God has OCD as 'He is perfect' (Matt. 5:48) and requires us to hold ourselves accountable because He will.
     This is nothing new as employers hold workers accountable for their time at work and their yearly reviews are based on the perception of their productivity.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also holds us accountable and has the law on its side to ensure it receives its fair share of income earned.  He wants nothing more but for us to enjoy the life He designed for us before sin entered into this world.  To do that we need to hold ourselves accountable.
     The wise King Solomon wrote, "that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is a gift of God," Proverbs 3:13.  He wants us to "enjoy the fruits of our labor", however this can only happen if we hold ourselves accountable and either live within our means or find honest ways to increase our means.

Action Steps
Get your paycheck and look at your deductions.  What percentage of your gross is your deductions?  How are you spending your time?  Are you spending enough time with God and your family?  If not, what are some of the things you need to change?  Make a list immediately and begin making the necessary changes. 

Have a blessed week and as always, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)

Monday, September 23, 2013

What If You were Told ... ?

Today I share with you an inspirational video from Steve Jobs.


May you continue to have a blessed week.

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Meeting of Minds

By Roger Darlington
Martin was returning to work in his London office after spending two weeks with his brother over in New York. He was coming back with a heavy heart. It was not just that it was the end of a wonderful holiday; it was not just that he invariably suffered badly from jet lag; it was that Monday mornings always began with a team meeting and, over the months, he had grown to hate them.
Martin was aware that colleagues approached these meetings with hidden agendas; they indulged in game-playing; and he knew that people were not being honest and open. The meetings themselves were bad enough - but then there was all the moaning afterwards."The usual people saying the usual things." "I could have improved on that idea, but I wasn't going to say." "I was thinking of making a suggestion - but I couldn't be bothered."
As this morning's meeting began, Martin braced himself for the usual moroseness and monotony. But, as the meeting progressed, he became aware of a strange background noise. At first, he thought that he was still hearing the engine noise from the aircraft that had brought him back to London - he had had to sit over the wing and the droning was terrible. But, as he concentrated on the noise, it became a little clearer.
He realised - to his amazement - that he could hear what his colleagues were thinking as well as what they were saying. As he concentrated still harder, he found that he could actually hear what they were thinking at the same time as they were speaking. What surprised him, even more than the acquisition of this strange power, was that he discovered that what people were saying was not really what they were thinking. They were not making clear their reservations. They were not supporting views which they thought might be unpopular. They were not contributing their new insights. They were not volunteering their new ideas.
Martin found it impossible not to respond to his new knowledge. So he started to make gentle interventions, based more on what he could hear his colleagues thinking than on what he could hear them saying"So, John are you really saying..." "Susan, do you really think that …" "Tom, have you got an idea on how we could take this forward?" He was aware that his colleagues were unsettled by how insightful were these interventions. They looked at him mystified. In truth, he felt rather proud of his newly-acquired talent.
Emboldened now, Martin forgot his usual misery at participating in such meetings and began making comments of his own. However, he became aware that some of his colleagues were looking at him quizzically. One or two even had a gentle smile playing on their lips. Only gradually did it dawn on him - they could hear his thoughts and he was not really saying what he was thinking.
As the meeting progressed, Martin became aware of changes to the tone and style of the event. It was clear to him now that, one by one, each member of the meeting was learning how to hear the thoughts of all the others and this was subtly changing how they inter-acted with one another. The game-playing started to fall away; people started to speak more directly; views became better understood; the atmosphere became more open and trusting.
The meeting ended. As people left the room, Martin found that he could still hear what they were thinking. "That was the best meeting we've ever had." "All meetings should be like that." "In future, I'm going to say what I think."

Monday, September 9, 2013

Anita Carman is Inspiring Women

This week's blog is a wonderful story written by Laura Leathers.  Thought I would share it.   

Obstacles! There isn’t a person in the world that hasn’t faced them. It is the seemingly insurmountable obstacles which tend to stop us dead in our tracks and give us the hardest time. Is it here that our plans and dreams tend to die or do they just begin? 

A messenger of hope is born
Anita Grace Lie Carman, founder and president of Inspire Women in Houston, Texas, who was born in Hong Kong when it was a British Colony, knows firsthand about facing all kinds of obstacles. In her book, When Dreams Won’t Die, The Autobiography and Birth Story of Inspire Women, Anita writes, “…God allowed the suffering of the real world to enter my private world so that He could one day send me out in His name with the message of hope found only in Jesus Christ.”   

A childhood of fear
Growing up in the sixties when there were communist uprisings in her city, Anita’s nights were shaken with riots and the sound of mobs and tear gas exploding in the distance. In the morning, in her pristine white uniform, she ran as fast as she could past the gate of her mission school. There was violence in her neighborhood. Innocent children were abused, a close friend was raped. When she walked past a puddle of blood on the street covered with newspaper, she heard someone had lost hope and jumped from a building. “There were days,” she recalls, “when I felt life was backing me up against a wall and that the fear of life would destroy me.”

When dreams won’t die
In the midst of all of this, God was preparing Anita for a unique ministry to women from all backgrounds. It began with the dream her mother had for her children to live in America. It also began through Anita’s childhood prayer in the heat of the riots, “God, if you can see me, if you can find me among the millions in my city, please help me reach the free land of America.” The dream was realized in the summer of 1974, as Anita, 17, and her older sister packed everything they owned into four suitcases and boarded a plane for America. But it was not without heartache.

Five months before their mother’s dream was realized for her daughters, she took her own life. Anita arrived in the U.S. feeling like an emotional orphan. “Even when all hope for fulfillment of a dream is gone,” Anita wrote, “our heart secretly longs for the dream that refuses to be buried. How do you live with the events that robbed you of your childhood, your health, and your loved ones? How do you restore the years the locusts have eaten?”   

God’s plan begins
“It can’t be done” is not a statement you will ever hear from Anita. Instead you will find prayer, perseverance, passion, praise, promises, and God’s power. These words are the pillars of Inspire Women, a ministry which God started through Anita to “inspire women to connect their lives to God’s purpose and to fund scholarships to train God’s servant leaders to serve in missions and ministry.” God used Anita to establish the Inspire Women’s organization in May of 2003. All of Anita’s past was just preparation for the future God had in store for her. God allowed the pain to stretch her heart to have more compassion so she would be able to walk alongside and give hope to women who are beaten down by life like she was. God wanted her to give women God’s Word so they could discover His purpose in their lives – “a purpose that no human or event could ever rob from them.” This is Anita’s heartbeat, her passion, and her mission.

The dream unfolds
Training and educating women spiritually is at the heart of Inspire Women.  Anita’s education excelled just as her mother had hoped. She attended and graduated from the University of Mississippi, finishing a four year program in two years, at the age of 19. Next, she earned her M.B.A. from the State University of New York. From there she headed for her first management consulting job in Washington D.C. and later held a job with Exxon in New Jersey. It was here she met her husband Bob Carman. While climbing the corporate ladder of a top management consulting firm, she first sensed God redirecting her life. Bob was relocated to Houston, Texas. Anita said, “When I arrived in Houston, I thought, ‘I’ve lost everything I built in corporate America. God was thinking, ‘Now the story can begin, The Founder of Inspire Women has arrived in Houston, Texas!’”

Inspire Women is born
After graduating top of her class from Dallas Theological Seminary, God showed Anita the need in women to be inspired to live God’s dreams and to have the funds to be trained in the programs that will best prepare them for their calling. In May of 2003, Anita established a ministry which had zero in the bank, no office space or infrastructure but had a clear vision from God to inspire His daughters across ethnicities, denominations, and economic levels for maximum missions and ministry. To date, Inspire Women resides in over 2,000 square feet of donated space, reaches nearly 15,000 women, has funded over 200 scholarships, and invested over one million dollars to empower God’s servant leaders to step into their divine appointments.

His dreams won’t die 

Anita knows what it’s like to build a dream while having no resources or prominent family name that can help. But she also knows what it’s like to have God Almighty by your side and watch the flood waters part and to hear how one word from His mouth silences the most turbulent storms. There are no obstacles for God, His dreams won’t die and it is a true privilege when He invites us to come along for the ride.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Focusing On Our Youth To Succeed

     


     As I returned home on Sunday, from a wonderful and successful seminar that I hosted in Brooklyn, New York over the Labor Day weekend, I could not help but notice the number of churches I passed, with a "For Sale" sign on their front lawn.  Of course I have written on the increasing number of church closures in the past, however, seeing these signs as I travel across the country is troubling.
     Some attribute the reasons to terrible money management skills by church trustees. Some have blamed the economy along with a decrease in membership for their demise.  Others have failed in the implementation of the church's mission; "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost". (Matthew 28:19)  We interpret this verse as making disciples.
     Many congregations are faced with the challenges of catering to the new generation.  That generation have an entirely new concept of religion and sees religious institutions as being outdated and have now prescribed to the theory of individual spirituality.  Recently, NPR conducted a series entitled Losing Our Religion in which a panel of young people spoke with the interviewer regarding their struggles with the role of faith and religion in their lives.
     This issue didn't suddenly appear.  It was in existence for years but everyone kept ignoring the problem.  The result is the exodus of young people in the eighteen to thirty-four year old age group.  Churches are closing as the memberships are not being replenished as fast as members are leaving.
     Some churches have taken steps to address the problem by consolidating congregations.  Onlookers see this is as a short term fix.  Others have begun using a diagnostic approach and have been experiencing long term results; taking a hard look at the underlying causes and applying various solutions. Some have implored parents to spend more time with their kids at home teaching them from the bible.  Some churches have establish  children and young adults church and bible classes with instructors, like myself, as guest speaker and trainer.  They have become aware that although everyone needs Christ, people still have problems relating to God's purpose for them in a modern society.    
     Applying Christ in your life is not difficult.  The book, Joseph's Memoirs: Life Lessons For a Successful You shows relevance and hope in a modern world using the story of Joseph, son of Jacob.  The book is a wonderful resource for principles individuals have adopted in their lives and businesses to become successful and achieve balance.



     

Monday, September 2, 2013

Due to the Holiday

Due to the Holidays the weekly blog will be posted Tomorrow.  Enjoy the Holidays!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Simple Act Of Kindness


A man was driving his car, when he saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road. He saw that she needed help. So he stopped his Pontiac near her Mercedes and got out. 

He smiled, while he was approaching her, still she was worried, as nobody had stopped for hours. Moreover, he did not look safe, as his appearance was so poor and shabby. He could see, how frightened she was, so he tried to calm her: "I‘m here to help you, don‘t worry. My name is Bryan Anderson". 

The tire was flat, so he had to crawl under the car. While changing the tire, he got dirty and his hands were hurt. 

When the job was done, she asked how much she owed him for his help. Bryan smiled. He said: "If you really want to pay me back, the next time you see someone, who needs help, give that person the needed assistance. And think of me".

That same evening, the lady stopped by a small cafe. The place looked dingy. Then she saw a waitress, nearly eight months pregnant, wiping her wet hair with a towel. The waitress had a sweet friendly smile, although she had spent the whole day on her feet.

The lady wondered, how someone, who has so little, can be so kind and giving to a strange. Then she remembered Bryan.

The lady had finished her meal and paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress went to get change and when she came back, the lady was gone. She left a note on the napkin: "You don‘t owe me anything. Somebody once helped me, and so now I‘m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, do not let this chain of love end with you". The waitress found four more one hundred bills under the napkin.

That night the waitress went home earlier. She was thinking about the lady and the money she left. She was wondering, how the lady knew, how much she and her husband needed it? Especially now, with the baby on the way. She knew, her husband thinks about it alot, so she was glad to tell him the good news. She ran to him, hugged then she kissed him and whispered, "Now everything will be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson". 


May you have a wonderful and blessed week.







Monday, August 12, 2013

What's My Purpose?

Photo by Marlon Ming
          One day a dear friend of mine looked at me with a puzzled look in her face and asked, "Hugh, what's man's purpose?"  "How long have you been struggling with this question?" I asked.  "For a while," she responded forcing a smile.  "Don't worry, many people including Christians, are struggling with that question," I said.  "So what is the answer?" she asked.  "Our purpose is to simply praise the Lord." 
     For this reason we are all given special gifts.  Sadly, it is often used by a few to magnify self and accumulate much wealth.  When this becomes burdensome they become depressed and at times see suicide as a means to an end.  For those who hold on live empty lives.  Praise and glorification is not ours to keep.  It is okay to accept the gratitude of others, however, when they "idolize" you; you are treading on dangerous ground.  Here you are being viewed as a subject worthy to be worshipped.  There is only one worthy of glory and praise and that is God himself.
     Finding one's purpose is not difficult to do.  King Solomon wrote in his book Ecclesiates 9:10, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."  You will only find your potential when you put your all and your heart into it.
     In the book, Joseph's Memoirs: Life's Lesson's for a Successful You, I wrote about Abraham's great grandson, Joseph.  He was promoted to the second highest position in Egypt because he did not allow his situation to dictate his attitude towards doing his best at and giving God the glory.
     My photographer, Marlon Ming, also comes to mind.   Attaining a PhD. in physiotherapy brought him joy, however, his discovery of photography a few years later gave him fulfilment.  He is marvelous with this instrument and I adore his work.  He uses this format to magnify his love for God.  This might not get him get him promoted to a high position on earth, but it sure puts him on the road  to a higher place. (You can see his work for yourself at www.marlonming.com).
      Our purpose in life has nothing to do with us.  If it did, that would only make us selfish, however, if we find a way to serve others and give glory to God in the process - not only would we be successful, we would also be happy and fulfilled.

ACTION STEPS
What can you do that will allow you to serve others and not think about yourself?  What do you enjoy doing all that and you never get bored doing it?  What can you do that will bring happiness to others and glory to God?  Take time to write the answer to these questions.  If you find the answers, then you have taken a major step towards your purpose. Have a wonderful week and as always: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)
 


Monday, August 5, 2013

Plan to Succeed

     

After being left idle for years, land in a nearby community overgrown with trees and shrubs was being cleared for development.  Heavy equipment was trucked in to remove trees with huge trunks and clear the topsoil.  I found the process fascinating to watch as the crew began preparing the site.
     A trailer was brought in that was the designated office from which the plans were made and instruction to the crew were given.  It also acted as the administration building where workers would clock in and receive the checks.  Daily as I drive by the site, workers were observed doing their individual tasks.  The tree-cutters were cutting the trees and loading them unto the back of huge trucks while others were surveying the site or driving pegs into the ground as markers.  They were different task with one goal in mind - completing the project as per specifications drawn on a blue print by an architect.
     Watching these men work I could not help but wonder how few people take the time to plan their lives.  Everyone wants to be successful but few take the time to plan the steps.  Success occurs by design and not by accident.  If you wish to achieve success you need a plan.  This plan is the blueprint you put in place to ensure that you are moving in the right direction.  I once heard a speaker mention that those who fail to plan work for those who plan consistently. Every plan will not give you a successful, nevertheless, if it fails it brings you one step closer to your goal.  Thomas Edison who is regarded as one of Americas greatest investors, failed ten thousand (10,000) times at his attempt to invent what we know today as the light bulb. After each attempt he revised his plan as he viewed each failure as a way that his invention would not work.        In the book Joseph's Memoirs: Life's Lessons for a Successful You, the first chapter of the book of Genesis highlights God at His best planning the creation of the world.  Nothing was done at random.  Perfection spoke and it came into being.  If a perfect God took the time to plan His daily activities why not His earthly children?

ACTION STEPS
Take the time to make a plan of what you wish to accomplish.  Include God in your planning.  Divide the plan into daily tasks.  Review each task daily and make adjustments for the following day. If you fail to plan you are leaving yourself for what life has planned for you.  The results of your worst plan is better than that of no plan at all.  
     

Monday, July 29, 2013

It's Not That Hard To Understand

     


     Mathematics and I have come a long way together.  In elementary school we were good friends, however, the relationship soured throughout most of my years in high school.  No matter how hard I tried, we could never get along.  The "D's" and "F's" were frustrating and never looked good on my report card.  I knew I needed a passing grade to further my education and gave it all I thought I could; needless to say I pulled it off.  When it mattered most I was able to muster up a "B".
     The summer appeared to go by quickly and it was almost time to face the "Math Monster" once more.  Though I had planned for the worse God has a way of intervening when we need His help.  On the first day of math class the professor walked in and with a reassuring voice he said, "I know many of you here are experiencing difficulties with the subject, however, over the next few months that will change."  Hearing that I felt relaxed and became attentive.  I was not sure how this man would change my relationship with the subject but if it means mending my friendship with an old friend, it was worth the time. 
     "It's not that hard to understand," he continued, "the thing is you do not spend enough time with it to understand it."  "Where is he going with this?" I asked myself.  Perplexed, I continued listening and observing.  Who knows; he may be unto something!  "If math was a lover you just met, you would want to know as much about him or her as you possible could.  You would devote the time to the process because you had a purpose in mind.  Find a purpose for doing math and treat it like a lover with whom you would love to spend as much time as you could and you will never fail the subject again."  With that he began teaching and from that moment onward my relationship with Math also changed.  I took the professor's advice.  Math and I became 'lovers' from that moment onward.  The "A's" followed and the relationship became stronger.  I have never forgotten that professor and over the years have applied his words of advice to many aspects of my life including studying the bible.
     There are many who claim the bible is difficult to understand though many translations exist.  Like everything else in life, if your approach is incorrect, of course you will be turned off.  My approach to Math was incorrect and I was setting myself up for failure without realizing it.  The moment I changed my approach and attitude it became easier.
     The bible was written and dedicated for our purpose.  It was designed by an all-knowing God for the benefit of instruction for His children in how deal with every aspect of their lives.  A thorough understanding of the word for the purpose of knowing about God is important if you are seeking the path to success.  "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life" (John 5:39-40).   The claim is often made that the bible is irrelevant.
     Though written centuries ago, it's lessons are still relevant today.  In the book, Joseph's Memoirs: Life's Lessons for a Successful You, some of those topics are examined through Joseph's rise from slave to the second most powerful person in Egypt.  It may come as a surprise to you, that what Joseph applied to his life to succeed is exactly the same being done by ALL successful people today.

ACTION STEPS
     Pray for Divine guidance before you begin reading the bible.  Develop a purpose for wanting to understand the bible.  Make the decision that you will create a positive change in your life immediately.  Find the reason that will make you want to spend more time analyzing and understanding it.  Write this time in on your schedule so it becomes a daily routine (remember, a plan not written is only a wish). Have a blessed week and as always "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)
 
     

Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's Not About The Money


"It's not about the money, it's the principle!" is one of the many iconic phrases (for me) made by English actor Jason Statham who played the role of 'Parker' in the movie of the same name which was released in January 2013.

In the movie, Parker is a professional thief who is double-crossed by a team which was put together by his mentor Hurley (played by Nick Nolte) after they successfully carried out the job, simply because he refused to join them for their next enterprise.  Due to his refusal to join them for the next job the leader of the crew, Melander (Michael Chiklis), decides to kill him.  This resulted in Parker being shot and left for dead at the side of a lake.  Parker, though a thief, plays by certain rules; he doesn't steal from the poor, hurt innocent people and lives by principle.  Not being paid for a job well done is one such principle.

Found and taken to a hospital by a family who were passing by, Parker recuperates and discharges himself before the police arrives to investigate his case.  He meets up with his mentor and relates the story.  Hurley, offers Parker the money he would have gotten for his share that the others took.  He flatly refuses the money and adamantly responds, "It's not about the money, it's the principle!"

Many people wish to climb the ladder of success and are stuck simply because they fail to realize that tithing is one of the rules of success.  They claim, "God does not need my money and I am not giving my hard earned money to a church for the pastor to live a luxurious lifestyle while others starve."  I am not blind to the fact.  I see numerous ministers using what is offered by members as their tithe and offering to do terrible things with it, however, God wants you to know, "it's not about the money, it's the principle!"

Money is needed by the organization to do many things which include doing missionary work both locally and overseas.  Some churches build schools, hospitals and orphanages.  When there are natural disasters around the world certain church organizations such as ADRA and list of others on the Christian Charities Services website, are on the ground and caring for those affected before other world renown charities are there.  Let God hold them responsible for their misappropriation of funds they gather in His name.  Do not allow His blessing to be withheld from you because you wish to help Him decide who should receive your tithe.

In the book 'Joseph's Memoirs: Life Lessons For a Successful You', the story is told of Jacob who tried to assist God in getting his birth-right with the best of intentions. However, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8 NIV).  Malachi 3:10 further states, 'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.'  Don't lose your blessings.  

Action Steps
Decide to be a faithful tither and 'put God to the test'.  If you are having trouble with this practice keep reading my blogs as more will be written on this subject. Tithing is one of the major keys to living a successful life.  Have a blessed week and as always, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)
  


Monday, July 8, 2013

If You Want To Be Successful .......


 



Have you ever wondered how Oprah, Donald Trump and so many other successful and wealthy individuals get so much work done within a twenty four (24) hour period?  They are at the helm of so many businesses and yet they still find time to simultaneously live an active life compared to your  life and you seem unable to cope with one job, family, friends and the rest.  I am sure you have asked yourself at times - "how do they do it?"

In the first chapter of his book "Trump: The Art Of The Deal", Donald Trump gives readers a synopsis of his typical week.  He meticulously outlines his schedule in regards to day and time.  He packs as many activities as possible into his day by knowing ahead of time what his tasks are and how much time he needs to spend on each task.  If anything unexpected arises it is dealt with efficiently and effectively.  No time is given to playing video games during the time designated for working on his various endeavors.  This ensures that the different aspects of his business gets his attention while still making time for friends and family at the end of the day.  Trump relies totally on time management to ensure his success continues.

Is time management restricted only to the likes of Donald Trump?  Was it a discovery of a life coach? The answer is no on all accounts.  As a mater of fact the principle of Time Management was developed by God for our benefit.  In my book, "Joseph's Memoirs: Life Lessons For a Successful You," I explain how God used it during the creation process.  Trump followed the writers of the Bible by outlaying it in chapter one.  God could have created the universe and everything in it by His mere thought, however, it would have left us with too many questions and no blue print of success to follow. He made it simple for us not only to understand but to implement in our lives so we could be successful while having time to worship Him daily.

Here is a simple exercise you can begin immediately to get the most out of your days.

Start planning your days the night before.  Set clear tasks and list them in the order of priority ensuring the most important ones get done first; this includes setting a time for daily devotion.  Attach a time limit to each of these task as God did during creation (and the morning and the evening was ...) ensuring each minute counts.  If you begin doing this simple exercise you will be amazed how much more you are able to accomplish. Now try this for thirty days and note the increase in your productivity.

Have a blessed day and as always, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)      

Monday, July 1, 2013

May You Continue to Prosper


Today many are struggling to find a life balance.  They wish to serve the Lord with all their heart, however, the fact is life itself sometimes get in the way.  We wish to live a life that's pleasing to our King but there is family, finances, friends and the list goes on and on.  How can one find balance?

The bible is filled with solutions, however we are required to read it.  I know what you are saying right now .... you wish you could but you don't have the time.  We find time to get our degrees because we look at the short term goal; it increases our earning potential.  We find time to go to work because we have to make a living.  If you ask me, we have our priorities wrong.  

God does not want us to go hungry and be naked.  As a matter of fact Christ asks us to, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?" (Matt 6:28-30).  He later reminds us, "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things." (Matt.6:31-32)

God has giving us a blue print to live a happy, successful and fulfilling life.  I will continue to share with you what I have learnt and applied to my own life so you can live the life of your dreams as well. I will make my blogs as short as possible yet rich with the information you need to practice to succeed on a weekly basis.  You can not continue doing the same things on a daily basis and expect to have a different result; that is the definition of insanity.  

God wants you to be happy and successful and use this to attract others to know about Him.  We will begin next week by looking at the two things he requires us to master to begin on the path of happiness and success; these are TIME and MONEY.  

I am excited and I thank you for following my blog and sharing your feedback.  And as always, "Beloved , I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2) 

Monday, June 17, 2013

When Life Throws You a Lemon - There's A Lot You Can Do With It.

It is the beginning of another work week.  If you are having a bad day so far you need to watch this, if you are having a great day so far you need to watch and deposit this.  Happy viewing!






In all things I pray that you may prosper and be in good health.  Be blessed.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Little Spark: The Christopher Columbus Syndrome of Success

The Little Spark: The Christopher Columbus Syndrome of Success: Christopher Columbus             There are many people today who suffer from the Christopher Columbus Syndrome.  A form of success...

The Christopher Columbus Syndrome of Success

Christopher Columbus
     


     There are many people today who suffer from the Christopher Columbus Syndrome.  A form of success derived from a false feeling of attainment with a lack of fulfillment.    
     Christopher Columbus was born in the Republic of Genoa, Italy in 1451.  He was an explorer and Navigator who would be credited with "discovering the New World" in 1492.  Ironically his intent was never the discovery of a New World but rather a new trade route between Spain and Asia.
     For years the Muslims dominated the trade routes through the Middle East.  This made travelling to India and China, from Spain difficult by land.  This route was used many years prior by Marco Polo, a fellow explorer who was admired by Columbus.  Reading about Marco Polo's many explorations, Columbus figured he could avoid conflict with the Muslims by devising a plan to sail west across the Atlantic.  This would allow him to arrive in the East not only safer but quicker.  
      His proposition to the King of Portugal was rejected and not one to give up that easily sought the aid of the Spanish monarchy in 1486.  Again he was rejected; however, he never stopped lobbying until his break came in January 1492 when the monarchs agreed to finance his expedition.  Six months later, in August 1492, Columbus left Spain in the Santa Maria with two other ships; the Pinta and the Nina for the East.  The rest is history.  
     Many people are like Christopher Columbus; they are constantly in search for the riches of "the east".  However, instead of following the route left behind by those who have successfully accomplished the mission, they figure there must be a better way; which will get them there safer and faster.  Instead of using their energy to face their fears they chose to remain in their comfort zone and plan an easier route through uncharted waters.  
     Most things we enjoy today were taken from advancements made from things that existed previously.  Bill Gates did not invent his program (MS-Dos), he bought it and redesigned and sold it as his own.  Gates saw the challenge in going farther than his predecessor and took it.  When Sir Isaac Newton was being honored as one of the "greatest men of his time", he humbly replied that contrary to what was said, he viewed his greatness as being attributed to those upon whose shoulders he stood.     
     Everyone wants to be successful, however too many wish to take the easy road.  Though many books about success are known to exist, few people have taken the time to read them.  Instead of reading they make excuses, "Oh those people inherited their success" or "to be that successful you have to be a crook".  Those who fail make excuses and learn nothing while the successful take responsibility for their actions and learn from them.  The easy road most times turn out to be more difficult than originally perceived.   
     Do not get infected with the Christopher Columbus Syndrome.  Learn from the lessons of those who have succeeded on the path you have chosen to pursue.  Avoid taking short cuts and the lure of easing your way to success.  Know where you are going and when you get there, know where you are so you can leave a trail for others.  
     Until next time; Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.       



Monday, May 20, 2013

I Hope You Dance

The bible often records the children of God praising Him with song and dance.  David at one point shed his clothes as he danced in praise.  Recent research has shown that dancing has a number of health benefits.  These include boosting one's memory, reducing stress, increasing energy and helping the heart.

The thought I leave with you for this week is the song of reflection by Lee Ann Womack.  Throughout the years I have always found it inspiring.  When your days seem to have no end and your troubles no solutions, pause for a moment to pray and maybe take a few minutes to even ... dance:



Have a blessed week.  

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Secret to Success




Today I will share with you someone whose lessons on leadership are invaluable.  As you watch this video may it leave you with hope:


Until next time - remain hopeful and in all things may you prosper and be in good health.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Suffering and Success

   


     Before the power of the atom was discovered, science had to devise a way to smash the atom.  The secret of the atom's immeasurable and limitless power was in its being crushed.
     Some of the most godly people I've ever known were men and women who were called upon to endure great suffering.  They could have grown bitter and resentful .. yet, because they knew Christ and walked in the joy of His presence every day, God blessed them and turned them into people who reflected Christ.
     Dr. Edward Judson, at the dedication of a church in New York City, said, "Suffering and success go together.  If you are succeeding without suffering, it is because others before you have suffered; if you are suffering without succeeding, it is that others after you may succeed."
     Admittedly it's hard to "count it all joy" when suffering comes.  But when it does, ask God to sanctify it and use it to make you steadfast in your faith.

Taken from "Hope for each day" by Billy Graham

Friday, April 5, 2013

Churches and Forclosure

As more Americans struggle financially, the effect is being felt by the church.


Reverend Gregory G. Groover is pictured sits for a portrait inside the Charles St. AME Church in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts March 7, 2012. The church is being threatened with foreclosure and a March 22 auction by its lender OneUnited bank, America's largest black-owned bank. The bank says the church, which was founded in 1818 and played a major role in the anti-slavery movement, has defaulted on a $1.1 million balloon loan that came due in December 2011. Groover said the church did not default by missing monthly payments, but is in trouble because the loan ballooned. REUTERS-Brian Snyder
LOS ANGELES
(Reuters) - Banks are foreclosing on America's churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data.  Read more


Monday, March 18, 2013

Joseph's Memoirs First Critical Review



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Joseph's Memoirs: Life Lessons For A Successful You

Joseph’s Memoirs
Life Lessons For A Successful You
Hugh Rowe
ISBN: 978-1-4772-9519-9 (sc)   ISBN: 978-1-4472-9520-5 (e)   ISBN; 978-1-4772-9521-2 (hc)
110 pages (Includes front and back matter)

Joseph, the Hebrew prince, whose father gave him a beautiful coat of many colors, has always been one of my favorite biblical characters.  In Joseph’s Memoirs, Hugh Rowe, the author, has Joseph telling readers about his own experiences in an unforgettable and unique first-person presentation of a “rags to riches” story.  Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers at the age of seventeen, he finds himself  in Egypt where he faces many adversities that include time spent in prison for an offense he didn’t commit.  The young Hebrew never gives up, and the king of Egypt appoints him as prime minister of the land. Yes, incredibly, he becomes second in command. How could this possibly be?  Perhaps, in addition to his unwavering faith in God, he is greatly influenced by the words of wisdom spoken to him by Jacob, his father.  This illustrates the importance of biblical teachings, lessons learned, and family history being passed down from one generation to the next.

As a publisher and book reviewer, I have read many self-help books, but none provide a blueprint for success and abundant life as well as this book.  Rowe displays his creative ability and writing skills by having Joseph switch to various biblical time periods without confusing readers. By doing this, familiar Scripture is often seen in a different and informative light.

Individuals who are struggling in today’s economy often find fault with their low wages or are upset that any money saved is not earning them much interest.  They probably wish they could find a Joseph to help them accumulate wealth—to take over as second in command.  By listening to God and interpreting the king’s dreams, a one-time slave prepared Egypt for a famine which could have resulted in starvation for people throughout all the lands.

Many of us fail to apply the biblical concepts of success that Joseph used, not fully understanding the pathway that God has given us to follow.  Instead of dwelling on betrayal, Joseph forgave, and through faith, planning, hard work, teamwork (think of the trinity), delegation, networking, time management, proper dress code, and perseverance, he fulfilled his destiny.  For this to happen, the right sequence of events had to be in place.  On page 83, Joseph quotes his father as saying, “God never fails and never designed us to be failures.  We tend to sell ourselves at a loss instead of a profit.”

This inspiring, well-written book is definitely on my list of “must reads.”

Bettie Corbin Tucker
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