Keep Praying

This is a heart warming video in which a family that was having an extremely hard time financially was “adopted” by a couple in an Atlanta Church. As part of helping them they had started a GoFundMe account to raise funds as they were being evicted from a slum home and had no where to go. 2 Chainz found out about their situation through his TRU Foundation and stepped in to help.
So many rappers have the negative reputation of drugs, violence and the over the top opulent lifestyle (expensive cars, flashy jewelry, mansions, etc). I love it when people break out of the box to show that they are not just all about the money, but want to pay it forward, helping those who need it.
The 38-year-old rapper created the “Dabbin’ Santa’ sweater; a screen-printed cartoon Santa Claus doing the dab with snowflakes falling which was highly demanded last Christmas. He made a whopping $2 million in sales and he decided to use the money to give back to the society in collaboration with his TRU foundation. The house the family with 9 kids lived in before now was a rat-infested apartment with no heat and mold growing all over. 2 Chainz discovered their situation through a fundraising website set up by Atlanta’s Progression Church and bought the new home for them.
He shared the surprise on Youtube. “I’m looking forward to seeing their smiles,” he said before the big reveal. “I’m looking forward to the kids growing up knowing that Uncle 2 Chainz came through. […] All you gotta do is pray. Keep praying. You gotta have faith. You gotta believe.”
This isn’t the first time he has given back to his community. There are YouTube videos where he paid the rent for 1 year for a disabled veteran. He has also given a mini van to a family so that they could transport their brain damaged son back and forth to the hospital. He also paid the rent for a year for another family.

Heart of Gold: Rapper 2 Chainz buys a new house for a family of 11

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Fire & Faith

“Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it – likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.” – Viktor E. Frankl

This sentence really sneaks up on you, because you really have to give it some thought and exploration. You would think that any fire, of any size would be extinguished by a storm. But then it dawned on me that what he was referring to was the wind itself in the storm. A strong wind will blow a weak fire out as it roars by. But a strong fire is whipped up by the fire to even greater heights. A strong fire actually creates a wind within itself.

So someone with a strong faith will do things that they never thought possible, even risking their life to save others. The hero is actually birthed by the strong faith. This isn’t necessarily a faith in oneself or a higher spiritual being, although both of those play into it. It is a strong faith in the idea itself that is being defended. It is the passionate belief of the individual along with those other things that are always talked about.

The woman who lifts an automobile off her child doesn’t have strong faith in that moment that she can lift the car, and probably doesn’t even have a thought about how heavy the car is. What she has strong faith in, is that she will do anything to protect that child and at the moment that means, lifting hundreds of pounds like it is a sack of potatoes. If asked she will say that it was a miracle of God, or that she doesn’t know how it happened.

In Viktor Frankl’s time it was what motivated people to save people of a different religion that they didn’t know, at the risk of their lives and of their families lives. That strong faith could have come from a religious belief; from saving the children who were at risk; from the value of a human life – no matter whose life it was; from a combination of these things and others that they were personally passionate about. But the strong storm of the Nazi regime was the motivating wind of destruction that struck a cord within them that said, “no more” can I stand by and do nothing.

Today in your life, what are you willing to give thought to and apply that strong faith to, and change in your life or the lives of others from that same place?

Faith

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you can’t see the whole staircase” Martin Luther King

I always think of the scene in the Indiana Jones movie when they step into the air with faith that the bridge is there, even though they can’t see it. Anyone at the time of the civil rights movement, or the movement that Gandhi started would have said that the bridge was missing. That is wasn’t possible to do what they did. But they both stepped forward into impossibility and made it possible.

There are things in my own life, that coming from my background, that many would have said, “it is not possible to have the position and success I have”, without the formal education.

What I have come to realize is that every excuse that we come forward with – each proof that we can’t do something – is just that we don’t yet have the faith to see the bridge or staircase. It is always there, we just don’t see it. Fear keeps us blind. Faith removes the blinders and helps us see clearly that we just need to take the next step. One step forward at a time and with faith we make it across the bridge and up to the top of the staircase.

We are all on our own hero’s journey. It is a journey made by faith. When you hear about someone doing something like lifting the car off a child, or bringing someone out of a burning building, they all say the same thing. When asked weren’t you afraid? They say, I just saw something that needed doing and I did it. I didn’t think about it.

When you think about something, you engage fear. Don’t think about it, just take the next step in faith and surprise yourself. Once you see that you aren’t falling down the ravine, it is easier to take the next one.

And remember, none of the hero’s in the stories are perfect, perfection isn’t what is required. What is required is to just do something that needs doing. As the Nike commercial says, “Just do it”.

Faith

“Fear of failure and fear of the unknown are always defeated by faith. Having faith in yourself, in the process of change, and in the new direction that change sets will reveal your own inner core of steel.” – Georgette Mosbacher

I love that the fear of failure and unknown is defeated by having faith in me! That it is really about understanding that failure is simply an opportunity for a change in process or direction. The unknown becomes known by simply moving forward.
I think about my great great grandmother setting out across the U.S. to find a better life. I am sure she was afraid for herself and her family, afraid of failing them. Afraid of the unknown – wild animals, nature, weather, outlaws – Yet they went ahead and faced their fears and the hardships of the journey. They were looking for the same basic things, a home, a better way of life, a chance to be a success. I come from a long line of strong pioneering women and I have faith that I also have that strong inner core of steel that will see me through the changes of direction to the success I am reaching for!

Faith

REMEMBER you are here for a DIVINE PURPOSE. Know that you are here to magnify the glory of the divine by delivering value to others through your talents, gifts & incredible business, it makes the day to day “I have no idea how this is going to turn out” issues seem less important. You put your FAITH in your divine birthright and work from FAITH. You don’t coast, you work from faith.