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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Misquote-correction

The quote that I mentioned by Nelson Mandela was actually a misquote. Marianne Williamson is the owner of that quotation. I checked her out, and she’s got some pretty good stuff. My very good friend pointed this out to me. Thanks for the clarification. See, I made a mistake, but it's okay!

Our Deepest Fear from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3

Way to fight back!

I am so glad to hear about all the things my last post did to encourage you! I was SHOCKED and pumped just from reading your responses. Thanks for all the personal emails too! You all really made my day. Wow! I don’t mean this in a bad way, but it is really good to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. We’re all in this together, and I hope that we can continue to use the Internet to express ourselves.

Okay, so today was awesome. After yesterday’s loser experience, I was determined to kick some hippopotamus. I had a presentation at 8:30 AM to a group of 11-17 years about preparing for college. Boy, kids are a tough crowd! One kid asked me, “Is it true if you go to a party in college, you shouldn’t drink the punch?” I thought that was too funny. I told them all, “Absolutely! Do not drink the punch!” It was cool to be able to get away from the office and do something different.

You see, my circumstances had me so blind that I forgot how much I actually enjoyed talking to young people. What a relief! I’m on point again.

Then I got to work, and I remembered…I have the coolest freaking job in the world. I get paid to help kids make academic progress and build their self-confidence. I hated sales until I got to this job. Now, I can’t wait to get on the phone to make lead calls or take walk-ins. Shucks! I’m about to give someone’s kid an academic makeover! I love the kids I work with. If you ever want to know who you are at the core, ask a kid.

Keep following your dreams guys, and don’t forget about the little people when you make it to the top.

Peace out,

Kidd Grown

p.s. Tomorrow I think I’ll post about the gas prices and the speculations of energy wars on the horizon. I haven’t hit any political hot buttons lately, but I feel a governement email campaign coming on. These gas prices actually had me thinking of trading in my car for a motorcycle.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I'm Gonna Knock You Out!

Friend,

The first time I heard T.D. Jakes preach, I was 23 and living in Atlanta. I had just rededicated my life back to Christ, so my faith was pretty lukewarm at the time. Within 2 weeks of that sermon, I was moving to Dallas because of his sermon, “Do What you Do!” I thought, “Surely God created me to do something and that something starts in Dallas, Texas!” For the past five years, I’ve been on a quest to do just that...whatever “that” is.

Along the way, I’ve honestly gone back in forth in my mind on who I am and what exactly is this “mission” supposed to be about. With that, I’ve had many great successes and of course, many great failures in every area of my life trying to accomplish my mission. (I think I have a testimony for every category that could possibly exist.)

Some days, months and seasons, I’m on point. And others...well, I can’t even find a point to begin with. Sometimes I’m “popping my collar” because I know “I’ve got it going on”; yet other days, I feel like the biggest idiot that walked the face of the planet (like today). But in spite of it all, I still know one thing – “The party ain’t over for me!” So, why am I sharing this with you? Because it ain’t over for you either!

It’s 10:45PM, but God placed it in my heart to encourage you, if you have been feeling like me lately (let’s be real, like a big ol’ loser). But, I’m sorry. I’m not a loser, and neither are you. We are both winners, and every great winner knows that it’s okay to fail and/or to make a complete fool of yourself when you’re trying to do yo’ thing. It’s okay to hope, only to have your dreams shattered right before your eyes. It’s okay to go to bed crying to God, “When? When will it work for me?” At least you hoped. At least you tried, right? And at least you KNOW that all things (good and bad) are working together for your good – even though it doesn’t look so good.

(Put your hands in the air.)

“If you believe that you ARE God’s workmanship AND that you are created in the image of Christ Jesus AND that good works have been prepared in advance (and are waiting) for you to do..then make some noise!!!” (Raise the roof.)

Now is not the time to place limitations on yourself or God, my friend. This is the best time to be in the rink-when you’re the underdog, and you’re down for the count - “...Eight! Nine! Te—Ladies and gentlemen, (your name right here) is up!” (The crowd screams!!)

Just remember that you are good enough to be in the fight. No three time world champion enemy can beat the fight that is buried deep within you. It (whatever “it” may be for you) will happen because you’ve got a secret – God’s power is made perfect in your weakness. “So go’n and open up a can of ______. (No time to be professional today people, I’m in a war.) Don’t feel second best, and never settle for second place. You are POWERFUL beyond measure. You are a champion! You wouldn’t be my friend if you weren’t. :-)

I leave you with my second favorite quote of all time. It’s by the great Nelson Mandela.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?" Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


Round Three!

Kidd Grown
Col. 3:23