I’m not one to believe that this world is the product of chance. You and I are not accidents, but we are the product of divine purpose, because anything created has a reason for its existence. Simply put, purpose is the reason for which something was created or done, and even though we can’t always see it, purpose is always present. With that in mind, there has always been a creative nature to purpose, producing something that wasn’t there before. To this end, I believe purpose creates passion. (more…)
There is an age-old debate circulating the making of sandwiches, tuna, and potato salads. Mayo or Miracle Whip? While superficially, these two dressings look alike, use most of the same ingredients and operate with the same functions, there are distinct differences between the two. Mayo is typically heavier, and more tangy, and whipped dressings are lighter and sweeter; but you wouldn’t know that until you put it on your sandwich and take a bite. Sure, some people can’t tell the difference, yet the differences are there, and clear to those who take the time to truly savor what they are eating. So no … Mayo is NOT THE SAME as Miracle Whip!
I’m sure you’re asking, “What does this have to do with me?”
Well, you have been given a gift; a function to serve in this world. God gave it to you, for reasons that are all His own. It is very easy to look at what’s been given to you generically, assuming it is the same thing such-n-such, and s0-n-so have been given. Sure, on the surface, there are a lot of people who have the same gifting, but upon further inspecting, you will discover they are NOT THE SAME.
There are subtile, and seemingly undetectable, differences that make you … well … YOU! While you may even serve the same function as someone else, your differences may determine the contexts in which you will flourish. For example, if I may continue my analogy, I prefer my potato salad be made with mayo. I also prefer my tuna salad be made with whipped dressing. However, when it comes down to a sandwich or burger, I can go either way. With either context, mayo and Miracle Whip could be used interchangeably, but their subtle differences suit my tastes differently.
So, don’t get discouraged when you see a gift like yours, functioning like yours, looking and sounding like yours, that is being received differently; you are NOT THE SAME. Don’t think that you deserve the same platforms as similar gifts with a wider reach; you are NOT THE SAME. Don’t assume that someone with the same abilities or comparable styles reflect where you are going; you are NOT THE SAME. Embrace your differences and shine where you are. At the end of the day, God knows what He is doing, so trust the process.
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We tell people all the time, “Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.” “Embrace your own uniqueness.” “There is only one YOU.” Sure we say that stuff, but we really don’t mean it. How many times have you gotten caught up in those discussions about your “top 5 rappers of all time”? People magazine does their “Most Beautiful” and “Sexiest” lists every year, and every barbershop has pitted MJ, against LBJ and Black Mamba. We compare people all the time! (more…)
I can remember as a kid in middle school, we would have the book fair. One of my favorite books to buy would be from the Where’s Waldo series. These books contained illustrations of the main character, a tall guy with a glaring red and white striped sweater, and large round specs, in various, amazing places, doing various amazing things. The purpose of the entire set up is to find Waldo. One would think that locating this tall, skinny guy, in THAT outfit would be relatively easy. However, after scanning the picture for a while you begin to realize that he is a lot less conspicuous than you thought, and can be easily overlooked. (more…)
I can remember going school shopping as a kid, and getting new clothes. I have always had an affinity to dressing well and looking nice, as well as keeping up with the trends. In the early nineties, there were two fashion trends that I desperately wanted to wear to school: one was Girbaud Jeans and the other was Cross Colours. In my neighborhood Girbaud jeans were the dungarees that said you were cool, because unlike Lee’s or Levis, the label was across the zipper panel. Of course being designer jeans, they were pricy, but I didn’t care. I wanted to be cool. (more…)
“Sure I can swim!”
Why, Lord?! Why did I lie like that? Six or seven years old, visiting a friend of my dad’s, I see a beautiful pool in the back yard. Being that it was a hot summers day, and my parents would always let me get into the pool at hotels, I thought it was perfectly fine. So unbeknownst to my parents, I was given some swim trunks and instructions to have fun; so I cannon-balled in! (more…)
There is so much in a name; more than many of us realize. Whatever you call anything is vitally important. The ancient Hebraic cultures understood this principle very well. There is a prophetic activation that happens when we name anything. In other words, it will become whatever you name it. (more…)
Driving down a main street in my town, I noticed a real life junk man. He had his spread there on the side of the road, in true Fred G. Sanford style, arranged in what seemed to me to be no particular order. Everything from old street signs to rusted antique farm equipment was right there on the side of the road, and I was truly amazed. I was amazed, first because I had never actually seen anything like this before. I really didn’t know that junk men, like Sanford and son actually existed. I also marveled at the fact that he actually had customers; several people browsing around the lot, one can only assume, trying to find treasure in the midst of trash. Who knew that all this was actually a real thing?! But it goes to show you that what others deem insignificant, and easily discarded, can be very valuable to someone else. (more…)
Everyone has flaws. I think it is all agreed, that no one is perfect, but I think we only tend to recognize that fact after making mistakes. It is important that you and I fully identify our flaws, and NOT do the following : (more…)
Last night, after church, my kids and I were riding through the city. I had discovered a new song by an artist that my kids love, so I put it on, so they could hear it. When the beat drops, my youngest son immediately goes into the familiar cadence of “hey … hey … hey”, found in a lot of today’s music, with his hands waving the air, then dropped into a full “milly rock”. He was feeling it, just like I thought he would. (more…)