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;(
     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.

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.