How Consequence Awareness Leads You To Success

The brain prefrontal cortex is responsible for decision making. Understandably it is only fully developed after the age of 25. This is why teenagers engage in so many poorly thought situations. They really don’t understand the consequences. But after we develop our brains choosing the wrong path becomes something different.

Even a dog understands consequences. My very smart Golden Retriever knows exactly what he did wrong. He has a very distinct guilt body language. But if a dog understands consequences, why do they do it anyways? OK a dog has about 530 million neurons but, how about humans with 16 billion neurons? Why do we select the wrong behaviour? 

Studies show that people tend to “do the wrong thing” when the consequence is not severe enough.

I’ve talked to a number of inmates for my 2nd Chance documentary project and I learned that for some prison is normal. I heard once: “Almost all my family went to prison, so prison is not that bad”. I work with a nonprofit that helps at-risk kids (kids that do poorly in school) and 99% of the time the kid does bad in school because the parents did bad in school or don’t value education, so bad grades are not a severe consequence. It is also easy to see that people become a lot more aggressive when they are behind a computer. People that normally would not be mean and rude feel comfortable doing so when they believe that there won’t be consequences for their venting. This is also why people lie. They don’t want to face the consequences of the truth, and so on.

I remember my mom telling me that as a toddler I was fascinated with power outlets. I always wanted to stick something in the openings. I don’t remember if I got spanked or yelled at, but whatever she did was not enough to deter me from that dying desire to stick a bobby pin in the power outlet, until the day I did. By the grace of God somehow I managed to short circuit the outlet and I was not harmed. But a loud explosion, a blinding flash and a house blackout came immediately after my “experiment”. That was enough. I NEVER stuck anything into an outlet ever again.

You see that when the consequence is severe enough there is virtually no bad behaviour. I have not heard of any person who was aggressive towards a grizzly bear or intentionally stepped on a rattlesnake tail. Have you? If there was, they are dead now. 

For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.” Colossians 3:25

Now, If you believe in Heaven and hell Are your stakes high enough (on both ends) to guide your actions?

Are you considering the consequences of your actions in terms of eternity? If you died today, where do you think you will end up? I’m not trying to use scary tactics here as some priests love to do. I know God is love and I know God wants you in Heaven by His side, but you need to make up your mind because ultimately YOU are the one who chooses where you will end up.

And sorry to break this up to you, but death is a one way ticket. There is no free trial offer. Once you die, you will be dead for good. You can’t ask for a 2nd chance. But you can change your behaviour now. Please read Romans 12:2

I would love to hear from you. How do you fight temptations? How do you raise your stakes?

The Perfect Planning Tool

God give me patience, and give it to me NOW!

I remembered my days of corporate IT. 20+ years working developing IT solutions for Sales and Marketing. Very dynamic to put it nicely. Everything needed to be rush, rush. Everything was last minute and extremely important. CEO would ask us for a solution, we would tell him 12 months, he would say “I need to be done in 3 months!!” We would say, IMPOSSIBLE! They would hire consultants, charging a buckload of money, promising to be done in 3 months. I remember working 80 hour weeks for months, just at the end to have an obsolete solution done after 12 months (despite the hype from consulting firms) simply because there was no planning AT ALL. Trial by fire. 

I remember a funny colleague of mine saying he constantly wanted to take his pants out, paint his butt red and run down the halls yelling FIRE! That is pretty much how we felt. No one thought about planning long term. And I understand why. CEOs are paid in bonuses and if you don’t look like you are making progress you don’t get a bonus. And after a few dozen million dollars in bonuses if you get “fired”, who cares. You go pretend  you are making progress someplace else.

OK, sorry I’m being overly bitter here but this is somewhat how we conduct our lives. We have this constant internal pressure to be making progress, to pay the bills, to move forward.

But what if forward is not the right direction?

In management training I heard many jokes. One that really stuck to me is as follows: “A group of people was braving through a forest. Chopping branches, clearing the path so the rest of the group could walk through. The guide stopped the group, climbed on a tree to look at the terrain. He suddenly yelled – WRONG FORREST! The group below went quiet for a while and then yelled back – SHUT UP! We are making progress. So we are trained to make progress, to make money, but not to stop and think if we are making progress in the right direction.

But if you Trust the Lord for progress we dread God’s timing, right? 

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.

Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.Habakkuk 2:3

At least for me it always looks like everything happens at the very last possible second. Always!!! Why Lord, why? The reason is simple. When people that knew what would take to get something done say 12 months, it will take 12 months. Don’t matter how much money and effort you put into it, it can’t be done in 3 months. And we are talking about an infinitely smaller operation that involves a few hundred people and some dozen locations. To get all people, all systems in all the locations ready and right, takes time. It’s like a giant puzzle.

Now think of your own desires. “Well, that is different. It’s just me!” – No it’s not!!

Everything you want to accomplish in your life depends on other people. EVERYTHING!! Think about it. And each person that may be involved in your life project depends on other people and so on and so on. Think of The Butterfly Effect where an insignificant change in a remote location can have a devastating impact elsewhere. Now think of God’s Plan complexity where thousands if not millions of people will somehow be affected by what you want? He can’t afford leaving things to chance, so He crafts His plan for things to happen precisely at the very last possible second because if He does not all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6

But you CANNOT abandon your way.

If you do all His efforts that took an incomprehensible amount of time to create all goes to waste. 

“But I don’t know if I really want this?” Well then it is not God’s problem. It’s yours. Find out what you really, really, really want. Plan to achieve it. As God for wisdom on how to achieve it and work for it diligently until God’s promises come to pass.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.James 1:5


Do this with all your might and God will give you the desires of your heart.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.Psalm 37:4

How To Get Anything You Want

“You can get anything you want, if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar

Sorry, I had to put this one here based on the catchy title. And yes it is true, if you help enough people, eventually people will start to help you. But the real secret sauce to success is faith. And funny it is that this belief is expressed in all fields, athletic, business, medical, you name it. They just call it different things.

For Athletes is common practice to visualize how the competition will go. Michael Phelps attributes his athletic success to visualization. But he does not just dream of Gold medals, his visualization is very detailed. He “sees” every detail of the competition and how he is excelling in every one of those details. Sports Psychologists say “You are quite literally fooling your brain into believing that what you are mental rehearsing is real. This is the power of visualization—the brain has great difficulty distinguishing between real and imagined events.” And it shows. Harvard conducted a study where two groups of students were tasked with a set of bodybuilding exercises. Although one group they just had to imagine doing the exercise. Don’t be fooled. The imagination group were thought to visualize doing the exercise exactly how they would do it in real life, in every detail. They were thought to “feel” the weight, to feel the muscle burning, to feel the pain, etc. etc. After 30 days the imagination group showed 30% of muscle mass increase while the “real” group showed 60% of muscle increase. And I may add that only 30% because they were probably cheating and not really imagining every detail.

The military report stories of how combat soldiers have been shot repeatedly but were not aware of it until the fight was over all due to mental preparation which some call combat mindset. Moreover, I met soldiers that told me the only way they survived being shot was to have a strong belief that they were built strong enough to sustain the injury and that they would recover fully and quickly.

You heard countless stories of sick people that were told by their unbelieving doctors that they were terminal and nothing else could be done, and miraculously they survived. But why only a few do?

Because faith goes both ways.

The book How Full is your Bucket? By Tom Rath and  Donald O. Clifton starts with a brief history of a North Korean POW camp which held 1000 U.S. prisoners.  The prisoners had adequate food and shelter. They were not physically tortured. And yet, this camp had the highest POW death rate in U.S. military history. The weapon of choice was subtle psychological warfare, which eroded trust among fellow prisoners and broke their sense of hope. In essence, the cause of death was extreme negativity. 

The book goes on to describe that some prisoners would go to a corner, cover their heads with a blanket and die in 2 days by the simple belief that life was so miserable that it was not worth being alive. No suicide, their minds would kill their bodies.

And doubt is so powerful that even Jesus was affected by it. In Matthew 13:53-58 and Mark 6:5  says that Jesus was unable to perform miracles because the people in his own city doubted he could do such things. The people’s doubt impacted Jesus (Tha man!) to do miracles.

Folks, look at what is happening now? Extreme negativity everywhere and yes many people are dying mostly because they don’t think they can survive. People are committing suicide at alarming rates because they don’t see a future. It is happening right now! 

But yet again, the reverse works. If you believe, you can achieve. But you have to believe, and VERY IMPORTANT people around you need to believe it too. 

The power of God is turned on, permanently. 

There is not a proper way to tap into it, not a specific time and place. It is ON ALL THE TIME. And all you have to do is to accept it and believe in it. Call it what you want. Visualization, Combat Mindset, Faith they are all the same and it works, surprisingly enough even if you don’t believe in God. It’s on, all the time.

Now, if you do believe in God this power takes a whole new level.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23

So, what are you going to believe in?

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

Are Riots Justifiable?

Racism is something I never understood. I was born in Brasil, but raised “around”. My military dad travelled a lot so part of my childhood was spent in France, US and Brasil and I had a black nanny, which is my 2nd mom. So maybe I’m not the typical person that was raised in anger against another race and for that reason it is very, very hard for me to understand racism. And I guess I have “genetically” infused this sentiment into my daughters. My older one was six (some 14 years ago) and I was reading her a book about the differences in the human race. Tall, short, skinny, fat, red hair, blond hair, black, white, yellow … then she interrupted me (remember she was six) and asked:

Daughter: “But Dad, what is the color of their hearts?”

Dad: “Red, I guess. They all have a red heart”

Daughter: “Well, then people are not different, after all”

So if we are all the same, why do people hate each other? Moreover, why would Christians hate at all? When Jesus was asked “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Mark 12:28

The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:29-31

The Coronavirus situation has amplified anger in ways I’ve never seen before. And anger just generates anger. So riots will only generate more riots, more violence, more discord. So Christians are called to amplify the word of God as never before. We can’t bend and hide now. We need to raise above this turmoil and show all what the truth is that we are ONE and we are of God.

And how can we show this? By showing love, indiscriminate and all encompassing love.
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:17-18

And you can do it in simple ways. Instead of just liking a post on Facebook or Instagram, write a few kind words too.
Write them an encouraging short letter and email or PM someone. (Ziglar has the I like you because cards. Very powerful)
Say hi to your neighbors. 
Pet someone’s dog and praise it’s beauty.
Compliments someone’s fashion, but be sincere.
Pay for someone’s coffee or lunch.
Offer to help someone that does not need help.

Do something nice to someone and like a virus this microscopic gesture, in the big scheme of things, will grow and eventually infect the whole world with love. But you need to be persistent and you need to be consistent.

Remember 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (my favorite Bible verse) “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [b]puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 

What is one simple thing you can do to show love and appreciation to someone? I would like to see your comments. Be blessed.

How Successful People Use Delayed Gratification

Delayed gratification is the process of postponing small “rewards” to “save up” for a bigger reward. The easiest example is money. Successful people save. Successful people understand that $10 here $10 dollars there will add up and if you hold off on senseless spending you will have money for much bigger things.

Dave Ramsey talks a lot about Delayed Gratification. One of his examples is to buy an old and beat up car, not have car payments for 4 or 5 years and save up to buy the car you want cash, no financing. Easier said than done, right? And I know the sales people are jumping up and down with rage about this because people perceive you by how you look, especially in sales where driving a luxury car is almost mandatory, even if you are dead broke. (Someone in sales disagree? Would love to have your opinion about this).

Another example is the marshmallow experiment. You put a bunch of 4 to 6 years old in a room, you give them one marshmallow and you tell If they refrain from eating it you are going to give them 2 marshmallows later, but if they eat it, they won’t  be rewarded. It’s fun to watch the little kids itching to eat the marshmallow because they can’t really see or process the future reward. They just want the reward now! What if it does not happen in the future? I can have this little thing right now and I’ll be happy. Why wait for something that may or may not happen? I don’t know what the future holds? I don’t even know if I’ll be alive tomorrow, why should I deprive myself of this simple pleasure now?

Now, what does this have to do with a Christian Blog? (Read Isaiah 40:30-31) Everything. Delayed Gratification is what successful Christians should practice, and no I’m not talking about driving a beat up car your whole life. I’m talking about sin. Just like the marshmallow, sin happens when you can’t see or believe in a future reward from God. We all know what is good and Godly, but we sin because this little “pleasure” now is in reach, is tangible while the long term gain is not. Food perhaps is the most abused little pleasure that exists. Its “cheap” is readily available everywhere and no one will condemn you for having a little treat. 

My battle is with processed sugar. Ice cream, cake, chocolate, however you want to disguise it is delicious, pleasurable and truly feels like a reward. The problem is it does not last at all AND it harms my body. I have mild (very mild) arthritis. And every time I do a sugar fast my joints feel much better. And I spoke with nutritionists and doctors that confirmed the fact that sugar is highly inflammatory, yet I can’t seem to be able to stop eating it. Why? Because I can’t really see or I don’t allow myself to see the long term reward versus the little pleasure I’m going to get out of it.

I let the enemy dupe me with that crap talk above from the marshmallow experiment. Oh is just a little chocolate, I’m stressed, I’m tired, I’m this or that and this little piece of chocolate will make me feel better, and it does! But it is in detriment to my health. But because the harm is so faint, so long term is hard to BELIEVE in it. And this is the whole point. Until you don’t BELIEVE in it you won’t fight or embrace it.

So in order to fight sin you have to believe that this is something bad, that sin upset’s God and that sin may prevent you from going to heaven. If you keep believing that “God’s grace will forgive me for all my sin and God loves me and is patient with my wrong doing” you really will never stop doing it.

I never quite understood what “in fear of God” meant. Why should we fear God? God is love, we should never fear God. But this is not what it means. It means respect God, it means I better put my best behaviour forward, always. I need to “police” my actions and thoughts because I don’t want to upset the guy. Read Romans 3:9-18

But how do we know what is harmful when it is not absolutely clear? How do we know that we should or should not do something? Really simple. If you want to live a Godly life the ONLY question you need to ask is: “Does it glorify God?”

If you don’t quite know if the action you are about to take is selfish, harmful or demeaning just ask yourself, will this Glorify God or just satisfy me? Ideally it should do both, right? But if it only helps you … 

So, what are the actions you are taking to Glorify God in your life? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Dealing With Difficult People

They are everywhere! At the groceries store, on the roads (disrespecting your right of way), at work and even at home. It is irritating and sometimes infuriating. Psychology defines a difficult person as having  many of the following characteristics: selfish, the owner of truth, remorseless, addicted to bad behaviour, rude, not a team player … in summary an a**h**e.

But sometimes this troublemaker is your relative, your child! I have two that constantly wobble between the categories of angels and a**h**es. Sometimes (sometimes) I just want to spend quality time with them, but they rather be with friends or watch YouTube videos. Or when I’m cooking dinner and I like their help but they are “too busy” doing homework.  And do I have to ask my daughters to help clean the table after dinner, everytime, several times, while they “lounge on tick tock”, every single dinner? Or when someone tells you, you can count on them for a job and bails out the very last minute? Or when you do bless someone with a favor and they don’t acknowledge your efforts? Or when they see you need help but choose to ignore you? And the worst, you give them a gift and they openly don’t care about it. You know that person you dread buying anything for because they will sneer at you?

Let’s look at sports now. Think you are the head coach and you need to pick your team, are you going to pick the very talented but extremely difficult (a**h**e) athlete OR the one that plays for the team, works with you to improve and gives you assurance that he or she will be there for you no matter what?

Important to remember that while dealing with difficult people: “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.1 Thessalonians 5:15

Psychology today has a good article (click here) on how to deal with difficult people, but I’m not going to spend time on this. I wanted to make a point about difficult people. They disregard you. Are we on the same page about difficult people?

So here is my question to you, how difficult are you to God?
What do you do when God wants to spend time with you?

Have you ever helped God prepare dinner for his less fortunate kids?
Does God have to ask you to help “clean whatever” every day, do you have the initiative to help Him?
Can God count on you for a job?

Do you acknowledge God’s blessings and favors daily?
Have you ever offered God help?

Do you sneer at God’s gifts?

So, how difficult are you to God? As His child, are you behaving like and angel or an a**h**e?

If you Love God your father and you believe God can give you anything you want, “ If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for youJohn 15:7 why aren’t you being less difficult? What behavior can you change to please God more? Do you want to be on God’s team?

Be thankful, be present and be joyous of His presence, always. Be less difficult to Him and I assure you His blessings will pour into your life.

Is Anger a Good Thing?

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth”. Romans 1:18

Can you imagine if the powers that be would understand that suppressing the truth angers God? How current this is for the times we live in … I digress.

The bible is filled with passages where God is angry, but we also have been told that we need to love everyone all the time. Is this an oxymoron? Could anger be a Godly emotion? Could anger be of any good, after all?

Let me tell you a story; When I was young (a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …) I used to run 4 to 6 miles 3 to 5 times per week. Then I got married, moved to the US and worked as a computer programmer sitting down from 12 to 18 hrs per day 6 days per week.

When I turned 50 I realized how out of shape I was and decided to pick up running again. It took me 5 years to go from almost dying after walking 100 yards to running a 5k in 36 minutes, which is the average for my age group. 

And many of you know marriage is the ultimate test of patience and anger management one can endure, and I have been to the test for over 22 years. Most of the time we are good but sometimes we get really angry. It was one of those days I had PMS (my wife’s explanation for my wrath) steam blasting out of my ears and I heard God tell me: “Go for a run”.

I don’t want to run now, I just want to be angry! But I complied. Got my running shoes and darted out. I ran a 5k in 33 minutes and 18 seconds, completely obliterating any other records. This is a 15 to 20 years younger age group 5k time! And then it hit me: “Could anger be used for good things?”

There are emotions that athletes identify to help them, being anger by far the most common. But it is a fine balance. In competitive sports if you get angry at your opponent you lose objectivity, but if you get angry at yourself, then you push harder, you will go further and most importantly FEAR subsides. 

When I was running a 5k in 36 minutes I feared that I would pass out or bust a knee or something stupid if I pushed harder, until I got angry and fear disappeared. 

If you fear your future, you won’t face it. If you are complacent with your present you won’t push yourself harder. So a healthy amount of anger is key to winning. And the biggest tool the enemy has on you is doubt. Healthy anger can shatter any fear and doubt out of the way. “Just do It”.

Very important to understand is that you CANNOT violate someone else’s rights. You CANNOT! The minute your anger violates anyone’s space, rights, opinion, beliefs, etc. YOU ARE WRONG, very wrong. If you do this you are not leveraging anger to advance. You are just a bully.

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, Ephesians 4:26 NKJV

Being angry (not mad) with a loved one or yourself can be a Godly thing.
And no, the opposite of Love is not Anger. The opposite of Love is Indifference.

Why Do People Suffer?

The Katana sword is considered one of the most rigid swords in the world. It was the ultimate weapon against the enemies at the hand of a skilled samurai. Indestructible, powerful. But to get there there is an unimaginable amount of “suffering”.

The Katana is not just a piece of metal. The Katana has 65,000 (sixty five thousand) layers. What is a layer you may ask?

To build a Katana, in the old days, it would take as many as 30 craftsmen over a full year to build one single sword. They would collect the purest materials, iron sand, carbon and charcoal then they melt those to get the first block of steel. It takes continuous forgin at very high temperatures for 72 hrs for the first block!

Then they begin folding. They fold the sword to create two layers to extract impurities and to give more strength to the metal. This steel block is put in extremely high heat and hammered thousands of times, then cooled briskly and heated, hammered and cooled again and again and again.

They fold the sword 16 times to get 65,536 layers! And then they shape, polish, sharpen and decorate to finally be a weapon against the enemy.

Why all this? Because iron in its raw form is brittle. It breaks easily, very easily. Even Steel if not purified is not strong. To become the strongest metal on earth it needs this purification and forging process.

But bcn you imagine if the iron had consciousness? Can you imagine the suffering and pain it would be going through? Put into a 1000 degree furnace, then beat up relentlessly, then cooled down violently, then heated again and pounded again and again and again. Can you imagine the iron agony while going through this process? He would be saying: “Why Lord? Why all this suffering? Why do you allow me to go through this endless suffering?

But if the iron saw how powerful it is becoming it would certainly endure the suffering with joy. If the iron understood that it was being molded to become the ultimate weapons again the enemy it would all make sense.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

And we know that people that went through hell on earth but kept a positive outlook and never lost sight of their goals made big. Every self made millionaire has a story of suffering. Virtually every single one of them. And all agree that that suffering made them into the person they are today.

But what if you are like me, I don’t like suffering. I’m weak. I really don’t like to suffer. 

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hopeRomans 5:3-4

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.” 1 Peter 4:1

We don’t have to grow only by physical suffering we also grow by helping and loving those who are suffering. By emphasising with their problems and lending them a hand you will also grow and become a powerful weapon against the enemy.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”. Hebrews 6:10

So think ahead, don’t focus on the pain, the doubt the suffering.  Think how strong you are becoming and how powerful, indestructible you will become. If God has you under distress is to strengthen you. If God has put you in a painful situation is because he sees your potential. He trusts you will become his most powerful weapon against the enemy.

You Are Under Attack

A manager was leading a group of employees through a dense forest. They all had their roles. Scouts, water guards and the chainsaw leads chopping down the path for others to proceed. Everyone was happy, they all had a purpose, they all were working in harmony.

The manager decided to climb a tree to see what lays ahead. When he reached the top he was shocked! He screamed down, STOP! STOP! We are in the wrong forest!

After a while the ground team responded: “Shut up! We are making progress.”

God has a purpose for you and the enemy’s task is to divert you from this purpose in any way he can. If he can destroy you through addictions, vices, drugs, disease, it will. If it can shame you, doubt you, worry you and most certainly anger you, it will. And perhaps the most deadly form is through success. Yes, success. It can make you be busy like a bee making money but ask yourself is this success helping me bring people together? Is this success the path God planned for you?

I was very successful working in the IT industry as an international PMP Certified project manager. I would travel between the US and Europe to coordinate projects. I managed developers in India, UK and Australia and I was making 6 figures. I was successful, BUT I hated it. Something inside me was constantly telling me that this was not my purpose, certainly a part of my path but not my destination.

And I had to fight this like “hell”. Who am I to dislike this blessing? People are dying to have a job like this, and I have endless financial obligations. I have no right to dislike this job. But that pain, that doubt of “what if I did something different” would never leave me until the day I ended up losing my job. I panicked for a week then this peaceful thought entered my mind: “why don’t you explore the what if?” That was 2007 and God has been faithful ever since.

And through my new journey I became a LOT closer to Him, and I now understand that it is all about loving people. And this is how you can help others. When they look at you and they see you have confidence, joy and peace they will be drawn closer to you because ultimately this is what everyone looks for. Joy, love and peace.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

And the good thing is that God gives you all that freely. You just have to believe and ask.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit
.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

So understand that the enemy’s first line of attack is your thoughts, police your thinking and you will be way ahead in your game.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”. Philippians 4:8

Does God Help?

Would you play in the NFL? Run the olympics 100 dash? Build the next Amazon? Solve world poverty?

What is your wildest achievement dream?

Mine? To create films that inspire people to love, achieve their wildest dreams and honor God.

Do you believe God helps people achieve their wildest dreams? A very cited Bible verse Matthew 7:7-8

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Give the impression that you just need to ask and you will get it. But that does not work, right? But if God is not lying, what is the hidden message? What is the secret?

If you are in a hurry the short answer is: God won’t give you anything that can detour you from His plan. His plan, not yours. 

And also remember we already spoke that God will fuel those who work for Him. So if you are not working towards God’s interest and it detours you from His plan, sorry it won’t happen. The good news is that God’s plan is not that complicated. He really only wants us to keep some basic things in mind and love each other and Love Him. That’s it. Really!

So how you choose to do this DOES NOT MATTER. If you want to be a filmmaker, go for it. An NFL player, great! A successful business owner? Fantastic! And God will fuel your path to more you fulfil his plan, which again is simple.

BUT HERE COMES THE HARD PART

In baseball who God helps, the pitcher or the batter? Which NFL team God helps? ( I just know He does not seem to like the Cowboys, he he). Who will God give favor to? When you ask, who do you ask? God alone? God knows what you want. How do you seek? And where do you knock?

I’ve been fortunate to film and/or interview countless successful people and the story is very similar if not identical, no matter what field they became successful at. They all tell me: Success is continuous hard work. Not victores, not brilliant inventions, just continuous hard work. And I have countless stories to tell. If you are interested, just ask me. Will be glad to tell some to you. But for the sake of this short blog Matthew 7:7-8 only works if you continually do it. Ask, seek, knock. Figure out what went wrong and Ask, seek, nock. Figure out what went wrong and Ask, seek, nock. This is called the never ending cycle of improvement or PDCA. But note this cycle HAS NO END. It is an infinite cycle that you need to master in anything you want to do. But the more proficient you become, the bigger the blessings God will pour on your path.

Going back to sports. If you don’t ask to play (be present), no one will let you. If you don’t seek to improve (learn constantly) you won’t go anywhere and if you don’t put the effort in, knock (work hard), nothing will happen. There you have it, the secret. 

Now what will you accomplish?