Many Hats

How many hats do you wear?  No, I am not talking about actual hats.  I am referring the many hats you might wear in your everyday life.

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I am pretty sure that we all wear many hats at the moment.  Just looking at myself only, I am a husband, father, son, provider of our home, entrepreneur, IT manager just to name a few.  Whether you believe it or not, each of those are different hats that I have to put on daily, even at the same time.  Is there even a such thing as having just one hat to wear in your lifetime?  Do you know who really worn many hats = JESUS!  Think about this for a second, He wore the biggest hat of them all as the son of GOD.  There are not any hats bigger than that!  Jesus knew what His purpose was and that was to die for our sins, even though He did not commit any sin.  He helped many people along the way through prayer, healing, opening blind eyes, being a role model, and much more without a blink!  Could we have done the same thing already knowing what our end is in the natural?

I remembered when I was a young teen that I would ask my parents, why do you wear so many hats?  I know how hard my parents work and what they had sacrificed as well.  In my view, I saw them tired, sometimes struggling and it played with my mind at that age.  This is what my mother told me at the time:

As you get older, you will have much greater responsibilities than what you see as a young boy.  I wear many hats because I am supposed to just like our Lord and Savior did.

Trust me, I understand that now with my very own family.  Is there a such thing as wearing too many hats? It can be, depending on what you have going on in your life.  You do not want to wear so many hats that you have no life, no spare time, no “me” time.  That is not the life that God wants us to live!  That is not his design purpose for our lives to overcrowd yourself having many different things going on in your life.  When will you have time for Him? 

If you have time today, sit back and evaluate the many hats that you are wearing.  Figure out does each hat you wear serve a purpose in your life and how much do you hold accountability for it.  I guarantee that we all have many hats and also have too many hats at the same time.  If there are things that you have no business doing, get rid of that hat.  And vice versa, if you know you do not have a hat assigned to a role in your life, add it!  At the end of the day, this is being accountable and responsible day in and day out. 

Let’s be like JESUS and become the very best we can be in each hat that we wear!

There is more to this Referral

How many can say that every time you refer a customer to a company, that company sends you a check for $100-$200?

Well, my hubby and I can! For every customer, we referred to Vivint (and they signed up for service)… Vivint sent us a check for $100 – $200. Now, I know you are wondering

HOW??

I will tell you how. My husband and I are independent business owners with the largest Direct Seller of telecommunications, energy, and essential services. In our business, we are partnered with some well-known companies like Vivint, DirectTV, AT&T, Verizon, and a few others. And whenever we refer someone to get their services through us with one of these companies, we get a percentage of our customer’s bill as income, in addition to monthly bonuses.

I know what your thinking, this is Network Marketing isn’t it? I have to sell something, I’m not a salesperson??? I have tried network marketing before… Yeah, yeah, yeah. I said all the same things you are saying.

But, here is the caveat. I’m not a salesperson either and have no desire to be one…what I can do is make referrals. Matter fact I do it all the time, and so do you! Sometimes subconsciously… let me give you an example. You eat at a really good restaurant.. and then you tell all your friends and family that they have to go to this restaurant. A few of your friends go, they eat there and love it, and because you referred them the restaurant sends you $100 –  plus they give you 10% of every referrals bill. Sounds good right!!!  Well, that’s exactly what we are doing but not with restaurants, we are doing it with services we use every day like cell phone, gas, electric, TV, and home security.

I have come to the point where I realize this is more than just a referral. I have to share this opportunity with as many people as I can because this can change someone’s life. I just saw a post the other day that said there was a time a family could live off of one income. The man worked, the woman took care of home and the children (which is a job as well), and they lived comfortably. Fast forward to today, and one income is almost detrimental to a family household. Even two salaries are not enough in most cases. An additional stream of income could make the difference in losing or keeping your home, paying for college tuition vs. student loans, going on vacation vs. staying home… and the list could go on and on.

So, your last question is why are you doing this? I’m doing it for a few reasons. The first reason is the most obvious, and some may find generic, but I am doing this for my sons. I want them to have a future that is financially sound. I don’t want them to worry about student loans, having to borrow from others or just the feeling of them not knowing how to pay for things.

Second, I am utilizing this additional income to further my dreams of becoming a doctor. I am currently pursuing my doctorates degree, and I see myself independently creating programs that educate on health and wellness in poor communities across the country.

Lastly, I desire more time. I know that one may seem strange but time and money go hand in hand, you need one to obtain the other. And, in most cases, you desire more time with family and friends… more time for volunteering and vacationing, more time in church and more time to just DO WHAT YOU WANT! But where is your time, it’s in your 9 – 5, for some its the midnight shift, and others may even work weekends.

This is more than just a referral, this can, and I have seen it –  change people’s lives.

I am ready to give you this referral and let’s watch our dreams and desires become a reality!

Why Be Divided

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“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.”  — Luke 11:17 KJV

What a world that we live in today.  In my thirty-four years of life, I have never seen our country so divided, whether that’s become of the president or even the mindset of people.  I mean sure, we have always be a divided country, I’m sure our parents and grandparents has many stories they can share with us on harder times.  Why does it feel like we are moving backwards as a country and as a people?  Why are we trying to use sports as a way of division in my mind?  Why is there some churches trying to use their platform for division?  So many questions…so many different answers!

I was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan (YOOPER!!) until aged six.  My father was in the Air Force for some years and was moved to the base there from what I have been told.  I remember our home right on the corner of an intersection and across from this huge toy store (seriously, what kid would forget that!).  There was not a lot of African-American children where we were but my parents did not try to divide me from the environment that I was in.  It was an opportunity to learn about other races, even at a young age.  Sure, my father and mother wanted me to be around more kids of my skin tone but everyone got along so it forces the parents to do the same.

When viewing Jesus Christ, He was the ultimate “divided” person in the land.  He did no wrong, but people found ways to dislike, torment and hate him in spite of all the GOOD that he brought to many.  Even within the twelve disciples, you had one (Judas) who was so jealous that he turned against our own savior!  Luke 11:17 verse really is the essence of what our country is facing today.  Our very own people, whether same race, sex, ethnicity, you name it are divided more than ever.  And because of this, the subject of racism and hate crimes are trending up each day.  As the full story of Trayvon Martin begins on Paramount Network, his death was the re-introduction into racism and hate crimes as we know it.  Maybe we were just envious…I don’t know.

Even with all that is going on in our world, the question I ask is “why be divided?”  Jesus himself tried to help everyone around him, not dividing himself from anyone.  He helped those that loved him, those that dislike him and even those that would eventually turn against him!  Are we above Christ? NOPE!  When I answer this question, I HAVE to look at the example of Jesus and know that if He did not believe in dividing then I am not going to do the same.  ALL OF US have different issues and obstacles that we face each and every day, the last thing we should have as Godly people is to divide ourselves against one another.  What purpose is that serving in doing this?  What joy and happiness is this bring in your life?  Think of this, how are you affecting the person that you are dividing from?  You might be the close friend that they need in their life.  The one voice that could stop them from destroying themselves or others.  GOD did not create MAN and WOMAN to just be about US only!  We were created to bring life, to spread joy against each other and to grow HIS kingdom.

To my brothers and sisters, let’s stop with this dividing spirit and start supporting and loving each other just as God always wanted!