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It’s a Selfie!

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I’m amazed how many people take pictures looking in the mirror. Do you think they wanted to have their picture taken so badly that they couldn’t wait for someone else to do it? I don’t think that it is the case because sometimes there is more than one person in the picture.

This year “selfie” receives the honor as Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries. A selfie is, according to Oxford Dictionaries, “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Although the word selfie made its advent by an inebriated man in Australia in 2002 who fell, busted his lip,took a self-portrait and sent it his friends labeling it as such, it has gained more popularity within the last couple of year. Now millions take selfie photographs and post them all over the Internet—Facebook, Instagram, etc. They have even gotten some high profile people in trouble.

Words fascinate me primarily because they appear to have a life of their own. I think that we take them for granted because they are a part of our everyday vernacular. We use them without much deliberation about their origin or their impact. We may hear someone use a word and over time it becomes a part of our everyday usage, like selfie has done.

It is fascinating watching children learn new words. Parents are so excited when they say their first words which are usually “Mama” or “Dada”. The way the parents act you would think they have just given the presidential address. Quickly young children evolve from the one word chants impressing their parents to incessant chatter causing the parents to say, “Could you please be quiet?” Weren’t these the same people who were ecstatic that this child identified them?

Words invade our lives in such a way that we are not aware of their invasion. I’m always intrigued about the algorithms of words and how they appear to attract each other. This law of attraction has become more apparent over time. I may say a word or may be reading, and all of a sudden someone on television will say the exact word. This has happened too many times for it to be a mere coincidence and sometimes it is such an odd word that it makes me say, “Uhmmm.”

Our words have power. Life and death are inherent in words. We’ve all heard that whatever you say is what you will attract. There is something to be said about the words we use and how we use them. Like a selfie, our words illustrate a snapshot of who we are for all the word to see. In essence, we are what we speak. Negative words result in a negative snapshot; as positive words result in a positive one. You determine the snapshot of yourself. Do you want a dirty mouth or a clean one?

The usage of profanity has become so widespread that the notion of proper etiquette was thrown out the window a long time ago. From the young to the old you hear expletives hurled like nobody’s business. These profane babblings have a negative effect on our lives. It appears as though we have become insensitive to them as more and more people, regardless of age, race, gender or ethnicity, cavalierly toss them around.

I’ve become very sensitive to the words I use, even in idle conversation. Our words frame our world and they are a representation of the image we want to project. Our daily vernacular either builds us up or destroys us. Faith words bring life and fear-based ones don’t. It is as simple as that.

What selfie will you snap today? Negative or positive? Life or death? Faith or fear?

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Scriptures

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and false words: under his tongue are evil purposes and dark thoughts. Psalms 10:7 (BBE)

Keep your tongue from saying evil things and your lips from speaking deceitful thingsPsalms 34:13 (GW)

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. Prov 15:4 (KJV)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.Prov 18:21 (KJV)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. Prov 21:23 (KJV)

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 1 Peter 3:10 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, You stepped out on nothing and created a world with Your words of life. Bless me to respect others with my words and refrain from cussing in front of youngsters, the elderly and others. Bless me to create a world with life generating words that build up and do not tear down. Every word I utter will be a snapshot of an abundant life of limitless possibilities.  Amen.

Seasons of Transformation

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Okay I’m sitting here trying to decide what to write and I have to admit I’m clueless. I keep gazing out the window in hopes something will trigger my creative buds. So I just decide to write anything and let it rip. Every so often I glance at the transforming trees as they are no longer green as they were during the Summer; yet they aren’t even their brilliant colors of yellow, red and orange inherent with fall. Every time I look at them I can’t help but think about how change is taking place.

Howbeit it may not be the anticipatory change, yet change is here. Fall is the time of year when we inevitably know that winter is coming. The majority of people, especially in snow areas, do not anticipate winter. Could it be that we misunderstand the inherent hope of winter.

Winter is what faith is all about. It is when the vision is given and the mandate is provided. Winter is the bedrock of conceptualization where the bud cannot be visualized. Spring is the manifestation of the new birth of winter. It is the evidence of faith hoped for. It is in the trials and tribulations of winter where we painstakingly endure to the sprouting and blossoming manifestation of spring.

Summer is a time just to enjoy. There is a lackadaisical attitude about summer because there is just way too much to do—that doesn’t mean what you need to be doing. There is not much sowing and planting. It is just being and enjoying. Before you know it, fall is here again with its arrays of colors reminding us of an abundant harvest.

Seasons are fascinating. God knew we needed seasons of transformation. No different than the seasons of transformation from spring to summer to fall and on to winter, we need indicators letting us know when one season has ended and one begins. Just like the environmental seasons, the seasons of our lives overlap. Just as we are harvesting and reaping all that we have sown, something may be taken away from us. It is called life.

It is the vicissitudes of life that keeps us moving forward. It is the vicissitudes of life that make us stronger to endure the fluctuations inherent in every season. One thing that we have to realize, even with the seasons of our lives, absolutely nothing stays the same. Every aspect of this temporary world is forever in a mutational state of transformation, including us humans.

That is what makes it exciting—everyday life is changing. Every day something new is being birthed and something is going into hibernation. Embracing change is what makes life meaningful and intriguing. If we did the same thing day-after-day, we would all just wither away. No one would ever fulfill their potential and we could never celebrate the differences that make us one.

Well I guess I did have something to write about after all. In essence, my season shifted from idleness to creativity.

Whatever season you’re in, learn to enjoy the harvest! I would love to guide you to your season of abundance. Contact me for a complimentary coaching session @ The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute.

Scriptures

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Eccl 3:1 (KJV)

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Eccl 3:11 (KJV)

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. Dan 2:21-22 (KJV)

As for man, his days are as grass: his beautiful growth is like the flower of the field. The wind goes over it and it is gone; and its place sees it no longer. Psalms 103:15-16 (BBE)

Prayer

Father, Bless me to rejoice in every season. Each season holds its own nuances of creativity and abundance. Give me the strength to endure those seasons when I don’t understand all that is happening, but bless me to weather each season with strength, courage and perseverance.  Amen.

The Welcomed Mouse

douglas-carl-engelbart-mouseRecently while flipping through my Flipboard app on my Samsung Galaxy 4 I became intrigued by obituaries of noted individuals. Many names I didn’t recognize, but one thing for sure each of them had made contributions in making the world better.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are household names, but Douglas Carl Engelbart is not. Yet his efforts contributed to Gates’ and Jobs’ success with the advent of the computer mouse that is used every day in homes and offices around the world.

We interchangeably call it the Microsoft mouse or the Mac mouse, never giving much thought to who created it. The mouse has become a welcomed member of our households, and for me as so many others, I can’t live without it. We search, write and design with it. Engelbart’s contribution to humankind forever changed how we live, work, worship and play.

The mouse is a small thing. Every idea starts small and gains momentum. At first it is conceived in the mind, good or bad, and then manifested into reality. No doubt Engelbart may not have been the only one given this vision, but one thing for certain he was the one who embraced it and would not give up until it was invented.

Passion drove Engelbart to walk away from a steady job because he wanted to make the world a better place through computers. What are you holding on to that prevents you from living your passion and realizing your dreams? Inherent in your ability to surrender the familiar for the unfamiliar is your true destiny and purpose for being.

Many are afraid to walk away from perceived security and venture into the unknown abyss of following your dreams. Faith frightens us. We talk about it and exclaim we walk in it, but it is hard to truly exercise it. I relate it to my not having glasses or contacts on at night. I can see the lights but I can’t make out any shapes because each light bursts out like fireworks—wow my very own fireworks. Okay, let me move on. If I am riding with someone else, I am reassured that as long as I keep moving forward I will reach my destination.

So it is when we have faith in stepping out and living our passions. God desires to give each of us witty inventions to make a difference. You cannot hold back because you don’t know whether or not the vision God has given you will make a worldwide difference or not, but for sure if you do nothing it will not. It is not about notoriety, fame or fortune, but it is about fulfilling the mandate on your life and everything else follows. Yes, these witty inventions, or your intellectual property, are seeds that enable you to make money and generate wealth.

When Engelbart invented the mouse he only glimpsed the magnitude the computer mouse would have on our lives, but that didn’t stop him. He was not even driven by fame or fortune and it didn’t stop him from pursuing and living his passion in making the world better through computers. Because of it, it caused us to open our doors and welcome the mouse into our lives.

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Scriptures

They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Prov 8:9-12 (KJV)

In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. Eccl 11:6 (KJV)

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Eccl 9:10 (KJV)

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Romans 12:10-12 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, You have blessed me with witty inventions to make this world a better place to live, work, worship and play. I will not be afraid to pursue the passions You have placed inside of me because I know that these witty inventions are more for others than they are for me.  Amen.

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