Living Life On The Right Path

Can you imagine living 187 years and the only thing that is said about you at your funeral is that you were born, had children and died? There is no mention of any success, victories or accomplishments. Whatever you do, make sure that is not ever said of you. It is a travesty for a person to live and never discover his true purpose before crossing into death. That person will have lived a meaningless rather than a meaningful life.


We have been talking about purpose a great deal. We all have a purpose and a destiny. The vehicle is your purpose and your destiny is the route you take to accomplish that purpose. For example, my purpose is to help others discover their purpose, I choose to fulfill that purpose by writing books, public speaking and executive life coaching.

No matter what you have faced up to this point. God is waiting to help get you on the path to destiny. When you have tapped into your purpose. You have discovered the reason for your existence there is something very exciting that happens to you. You began looking for vehicles to get you to your destiny.

When you plan a trip there are several crucial questions that should be asked
a. Who is going with us?
b. Where are we going?
c. How are we going to get there?

#1 Before you go anywhere you have to evaluate ‘who’ is going with you.

Sometimes we get into trouble because we try to take people on our path to destiny and we don’t have room for them. Then other times, we are trying to do it on our own when we need others to bear the load with us.

Next, after you determine who is taking the trip the next consideration is: Do we all agree on where we are going and the best route to get there?

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3 NJKV

If you match gifting and abilities but don’t have agreement you still will ultimately not reach the desired location. The people who take the trip with you must agree on the “what”/ the “who” and “how.”
#2 What responsibility are you prepared to handle?
Before you select the people and mode of transportation to achieve your purpose you need to evaluate how much responsibility can you handle. Sometimes we don’t fail because of our planning, we often fail because we weren’t prepared for everything that the trip requires.

#3 Are you ready to do whatever it takes to accomplish your purpose?
Sometimes you achieving your purpose is simply a matter of whether you are ready to make the tough decisions. You need to be ready to take the people who need to ride and leave the people that need to stay. You need to be ready to sacrifice some things that you really want in order to achieve—it is called delayed gratification. It is so hard in the beginning, but so worth it in the end. Finally, you have to be ready to give. You aren’t going to go far if you aren’t ready for it to cost you something.

Don’t hold onto something today that you will wished you were able to give up today to achieve your purpose and live your outrageous life!

Your Dream Will Work—If You Work It!

Work On It!

Have you ever been in the store and watched parents with their children or this may have happened to you if you have children yourself…the parent is putting items on the register, and is counting the costs of every item going across the scanner?

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It seems that the parent has a set budget for the amount of items that he or she has placed in his or her cart. Yet there is a child standing nearby trying to get the parent to buy something that is completely not on his or her list. It may be a ring pop, it may be a magazine, it may be a candy bar, but that item is not on the parent’s radar at all because it is not on the list.

Often, we adult believers associate with lack so much that we treat God as though He is the parent at the register, but we don’t respond with the faith of the child. We treat God as if He has only a set amount of blessings that He can give us. We treat Him as if He is standing there counting how many miracles He has given out today, and He can’t give out anymore.

God wants us to treat Him the same way the child treats the parent. The child has no idea that there is a limit; the child just believes that the parent can get him or her whatever he or she wants. Well, in our case, our Father can! He just wants us to believe and back up our belief with our positive actions.

Back to our original example: some parents deny the request of the child because the child’s desire isn’t in their budget or on their list, but often, a parent will sacrifice one of the items in the cart or dig up some extra change for the additional purchase that the child has requested.

The first rule of dreaming is doing. You have not because you ask not. You have to get out there and start moving. There is no time to waste. You can’t sit around and idly wait for it. You wait for the bus, you wait for your car’s oil to get changed at the dealership, you wait your turn at the doctor’s office, but you don’t wait for your dream. Your life can’t be an incidental endeavor.

People kill their dreams because they don’t have the courage to step out in the effort to actualize them or bring them to any kind of semblance of reality. You have to be deliberate about your dream. One way to jumpstart your dream is to stop doing what you hate. People go through life trying to pursue things that they were never designed to pursue, because they have concluded that this is the “Plan of God” for their life, but that thing brings them no fulfillment and no joy. If you have been living this way, I am coming with good news. You don’t have to live a life and pursue a career that you don’t enjoy.

God wired us to be connected to our purpose. It should actually be something that you enjoy doing. When you love what you do, it almost doesn’t feel like work. I encourage you today to pursue your dream with everything within you. Your Father is not limited like the parent in the beginning of the story. Your Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Now, it is your job to trust like the child: ask your Father for what you need, and then be bold enough to pursue your dream today.

Never forget, even though we were created by an all-powerful God; He saw fit to make every single one of us an original—to forsake your originality is an insult to your Creator. You owe it to Him to live authentically!

A Note About Faith

When most people hear the word faith, their minds run to some mysterious spiritual place. They might define faith as “believing in something or someone bigger than oneself.”Faith gives them hope and some form of stability.  

But I am here to tell you that when I revisited this Scripture from Hebrews a few years ago – and looked at it with fresh eyes — it ignited a fire in my mind. Here’s how Eugene Peterson’s The Message presents Hebrews 11:1 and 2:

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. 


Here’s what grabbed me about this translation: First, my foundation of faith in God supports everything I will accomplish in my lifetime. My ancestors, including my grandparents, gave me a tool that I would need to succeed in life. Faith is fundamental, at the core of all I will accomplish. 

Isn’t that amazing! Everything you need to accomplish in life is built on the foundation of faith. Faith has to be your core. It must be central to everything!

Date: October 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event: Prophetic Encouter
Sponsor: Pastor Marshall Blackmond
Location: Wilson, NC
Public: Public

We are bringing the Living Outrageous Book Tour to the DMV area! Looking forward to worshiping with Bishop Eugene Reeves and the Life Church.

Date: September 13, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Event: Sunday Worship Service
Topic: Living Outrageous Book Tour
Sponsor: The Life Center
Venue: CD Hylton High School
Location: 14051 Spriggs Rd,
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Public: Public