Humbled…

All too often, we roll thru our life like a freight train. Seeking our own concerns and desires. Our focus is finely tuned on our individual goals. But, in this pursuit, God reminded me that the ministry He has for me is still in full effect.

You see my “Why?” for being a promoter isn’t to get rich, be a successful superstar and help as many of my friends become superstars as well. Nope. All of that is a side effect of my Why which is to “be a catalyst of change helping people to heal not only physically, but spiritually and, mentally.” My approach to my business is ministry.

I signed up a new promoter the other day and decided to celebrate by going to Bob Evans for lunch. While there we met a young lady (let’s call her Bea), who served us. Bea was fantastic. She was full of energy, vibrant and enthusiastic. So, of course, I shared the Challenge with her. She was definitely interested and when I followed up with her the next day she was even more excited. So, I invited her to a party, even tho she told me that she couldn’t afford to buy anything right now. (Sidebar: Don’t discount people because they don’t have the finances, yet. There’s always time!)

So, I invited her to a party and she came. While at the party, she shared with us part of her life story while showing us family photos and stuff. That evening, we decided to go and visit her at her newly acquired 2nd job. When we walked in… She was blown away! We had to eat anyway AND we wanted to show her our support. What happens next is crazy…

The next day, I get a text from Bea that said “Hey there. I have a question.” My response was a simple, “Ok”. She says, “Umm….. Can you pray for me? I fell on the ice today and landed on my back and wrist. I’m in the ER right now. Waiting on x-rays”. I am brought to tears… I just met this lady two days ago. We’ve never spoken about God, the church, or religion. She is currently in the ER and thought to reach out to ME for prayer… Words just cannot express how I feel about that…

As Christians, many of us get wrapped up in what I call, “Building Ministry”. Building Ministry is just what it sounds like, ministering inside the church building. Check this out, God didn’t call us to minister inside of the church building. He called us go into the ‘hedges and highways’. We’ve gotten it so messed up that we miss these golden opportunities. What’s amazing to me is that all I did was show her genuine love and concern for HER situation and life.

Calling all Ministers (which is every believer)…
Let’s get off of our Seat of Wait. Seat of Wait? Yes, Seat of Wait… Waiting for your next time to preach in the pulpit. Waiting for God to send you some world changing prophetic word or sermon. Waiting for your next promotion is church. Waiting for God to move… Guess what? He’s waiting for YOU to move!!! You see, you don’t need to have the title of a deacon, mother, minister, elder, bishop, prophet or apostle to do Kingdom work!!! Do you believe? If so, then Stop Waiting and Get Busy!!! There are people assigned to YOU and all you have to do is share His love with them.

The funny thing is that whenever God places something in your heart to do, He will make sure that it happens by allowing various situations to occur in our lives. Watch this… Since we were introduced to home-based ministry over a decade ago, we’ve always had a heart to continue it. Recently, we were involved with a church that was going to start home-based ministry and for whatever reason it never happened. But, thru our business (in the home), we are able to share HIS message by OUR love. You never have to say “Jesus Christ” or “God said”, throw a Bible at people or even, have a huge prayer meeting. The simple message of Love is a Lifestyle and people are drawn to it…

We help people not by giving them a new diet plan but by showing them a different way to live!! As a businessman, I want you to Join the Challenge. As a Believer, I want you to share in His love… Either way, YOUR LIFE WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER!!!

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

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What does it all mean?

The Bible says this in Mark 9:23-24 NKJV…
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

This story refers to a father, who brought his son, that had a mute spirit, to the disciples to be healed. Unfortunately, they couldn’t heal him but Jesus did. Most of the time, when dealing with this passage, the focus is on the “all things are possible” section; or the inability of the disciples to heal the child; or Jesus healing the child and his rebuke of the disciples. But, I’m writing this morning as the father.

My entire life has been centered around church. Growing up in the 70s, we ‘had church’ almost every day of the week. We were always there. We attended Sunday School, Bible Class, Evangelistic services, Youth meetings, Prayer meetings, Conventions and, in the summer, Vacation Bible School. I’ve been taught the foundational truths of God, the devil, Heaven, Hell and earth. I believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the reason for it… to save humanity. I believe in baptism by submersion. I believe in all of this stuff but when dealing with life, it doesn’t seem like enough. A lot of times, I feel like Thomas, a believer that needed proof.

As different things have happened in my life, they have caused me to question my beliefs, to question God and to question what it’s all about? My question is about purpose. What is the true purpose that we are all here? Why do we do what we do? What is the final outcome of all of this? And better yet, when will we know?

These questions, and countless others, have plagued our minds for millennia and the interesting part is that these questions aren’t only for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists or whatever… These are EVERYBODY questions. We’ve all determined, according to our beliefs, an answer that meets us where we are. But honestly, if YOUR answer was THE answer then, why is THEIR answer DIFFERENT?

By no means am I discounting anything that I was taught. My question is that of faith. Like the father in the story, he believed enough to take action but there was still doubt. But what makes this man one of the most powerful figures in the Bible is this… he recognized where he was and asked for help. Too often, we don’t do the second part and that is ask for help. We will believe all day long but not all of us have reached Paradise, Nirvana or even seen a glimpse of Heaven. We need — strike that — I need help.

Every person is given a measure of faith. My question to YOU is what is our purpose? I’m asking because I really want to know…

I love you ALL!!!
Stay blessed,
Jackie

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