In the midst of the excitement for God’s plan for the marketplace leader, we cannot neglect the importance of the local church. Many are recognizing their calling to the marketplace but forget the vision they once had within the local church. I’ve preached that we must break out of the four walls of the church to be a relevant voice to the community, but we must guard against the temptation to neglect the local church.
I am not naïve to the fact that we live in a fear-driven world; you don’t have to look far to see that it is sorely infected by an epidemic of mistrust. With that being said, I cannot allow my highest and best to succumb under the weight of pessimism and cynicism....
Navigating these conflicts is the hardest thing we face, but it also can be a catapult to internal and external success. Our healthy preparation and wisdom-based leadership will result in internal peace in the midst of chaos.
Emotional hijacking is the condition when a person’s emotions overtake their cognitive reasoning. Scientifically, it is where the reward center of the brain overrides the executive portion of the brain. Put simply, it is when emotions take the wheel.
I love the factual accounts of courageous American pioneers as they settled and developed western territories. I learn from the brave instruments of social justice throughout history as well as the behind the scenes stories of present-day leaders who actually care for society’s good. No matter what time in history, pioneers face fear’s tyranny; they also embody a determined belief that they can accomplish more while serving humanity in a greater or more significant way.
Years ago, I was grieving over being taken advantage of over and over again. I hurt because I was surrounded by takers who were self-absorbed in their own needs and never genuinely caring for me. I would trust their words of loyalty, commitment, and partnership until I was slapped in the face with sudden, heartbreaking betrayals...
We may not think that we are hiding. We might even reason that we are taking the higher road in order to avoid the chaos and the drama. But do you ever find yourself afraid to share your ideas, opinions, beliefs or political views? Do you find yourself keeping quiet in order to protect yourself from retaliation or rejection?
Validation sees and initiates worth to the core identity of another person. It is generated from the purity of their heart to your heart! It is the overflow of a soul who knows its own worth. You are a treasure—period. All that you do is celebrated and honored, but never above who you are! Validation is selfless, unconditional, and mature. It is unguarded, authentic, and untainted by personal agendas. It lays a healthy foundation that allows the innocent exchange of life. It is from this place of value that strong relationships and partnerships can be forged.
Even with all of the gifts and talents and abilities that He has put inside of us; even with our unique contribution to the world; and even with the uniqueness of our personality, still there is one thing that supersedes it all.
Sometimes we feel as though in order to love, we must give our whole heart to every person in our lives. The truth is that granting full access to our heart to everyone is really not loving, healthy, or wise. What healthy boundaries do is help us to keep the bad out and to let the good in. We know that God has called all of us to love unconditionally. When we can determine boundaries in our heart, we will actually be able to do this in a healthy way.
Sadly, life has not been fair for any of us. We all have experienced injustices, abuses of power, being taken advantage of. When injustice happens in our lives, we are not left without an advocate. We can run to the God of justice! In Genesis 8:25, the Bible says, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” When we arise and cry out to the God of justice, He will arise on our behalf. He will bring recompense and restitution. He will not only restore what was stolen from us, be He will give us so much more than what was stolen. Our God is a God of a double portion.
One of the greatest acts of humility is being an instrument of justice on behalf of another. There is so much injustice in our world. To fully understand what justice is, we must look at what injustice is. Put simply, injustice is an abuse of power; it is when a person takes their own influence, title, wealth, or leadership and they use it to take from another what God destined for them to have. When there is usery, or abuse, or taking advantage of another, that’s injustice! However, there is another way! We can be instruments of justice in this world!
C H A N G E. God began to speak to me that this is a season of change. But it isn’t just any change; it isn’t a change initiated out of my passion or desires, goals or dreams. The change of this season is a change that is initiated by Heaven. Rest assured that when God initiates change, it always has the power to succeed. It is already sanctioned by Heaven. Angels are already on assignment. It is already blessed! When we partner with Him in this, there will be a supernatural grace that empowers us to walk in those things that release Heaven in our lives, and in our spheres of influence.
In this short video blog, Dr. Melodye shares the three types of relationships that every person needs to be successful in life. We cannot only have those who are pouring into us and likewise, we cannot only be investing into others. The first relationship is: mentors. We all need mentors. In fact, the highest form of honor you can give someone is to receive what they carry. Timothy had Paul; Elisha had Elijah. We never outgrow our need for mentors and for people to invest into us...
Years ago, I was teaching on bullying in a public school and approaching the subject from a realm of neuroscience. You see, scientifically, the words and/or the actions that I project will feedback into my own brain and establish memory there. This takes place whether what I say and do is healthy or unhealthy. Simply put, what I speak towards others will in-turn affect me. As I spoke to these high school students, I explained that when we bully another—whether in big or small ways—it ultimately hurts us. As I shared this concept, one young man rose up and said, “I don’t want to do that anymore!” He was recognizing that his actions towards others were actually hurting him.