You have to experience the lowest of life in order to appreciate the highest of life. Be thankful for your life regardless of where you are. If you trust in God, He will see you through.
Simone Biles is an American artistic gymnast who won the 2016 Olympic individual all around, vault, floor and balance-beam. She is the most decorated American gymnasts of all time. On November 3, 2018, she became the first women, in 30 years, to win in all 6 events at the world gymnastics Olympics. With all these credits under her belt, she still pushes herself to perfect her craft. When she was asked what drives her, she said "My grandfather used to say, 'Let tomorrow find you better than you are today'".
As you open the gate of your life and great each day, may you tell yourself that you are going to be even better today than you were yesterday.
Looking back from eternity, would you say that you lived your life in such a way that you impacted heaven?
Let me tell you about someone who is fit to say "yes" to that. It is none other than the CEO of one of the world's largest tech companies, VMware, with more than 19,000 employees. He is a great father, husband and a sold-out Christian who gives 50% of his salary to promote the gospel and for charity. Pat Gelsinger is a down-to-earth humble man who I admire greatly. It is beautiful that when God blesses us with a talent that we get to use it for kingdom work so we can impact heaven.
Why I love Christmas - because it reminds me of God's awesome love.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
~~Dr. Maya Angelou
The picture you have of yourself will always be fuzzy until you get a clear picture of God.
~~A paraphrase from A. W. Tozer
God gave us Jesus Christ to show us what sacrificial love looks like. He gave us dogs to show us what unconditional love looks like.
Photo by Naphy Joiner
Model: Sir Fritzer
Santa, how can I ask for anything for myself this Christmas when my fellow Californians have lost everything, including their lives, in the fire? My wish this Christmas is that you take good care of them.
Photography: Naphy Joiner, photographer extraordinaire
The measure of true faith
If God asked you to leave your comfort zone and follow Him without telling you your destination, will you do it?
"By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed .....and he went out, not knowing where he was going." Hebrews 11:8
Sehin Belew, Former Miss Ethiopia's Smart Guide to Beauty, Health and Fashion (Annotation Press, 2008)