More: Living Out Your God-Given Potential
I am married to my wife, Amber, and we have a son, Aaron James. We enjoy spending time out in nature, traveling, and trying new coffee houses.
We enjoy being active and keeping busy during the week. Even though we do keep busy, we are more on the quiet side of life.
I currently serve at a church known as Impact Christian Church in Victorville, where I serve as a Worship and Youth Director.
I began reading books, listening to audiobooks, and taking online courses to improve my life. Over time, I did start to see changes occur in my life. As this was happening, I had more and more of a desire to share in the knowledge, information, and wisdom that I was learning.
This is where the book comes in. I am a firm believer in the idea that as you learn, you should teach. Even though I started this journey to change my life, I have found fulfillment in serving others. I have found such joy in helping people reach their God-given potential.
To help people, even just a little bit is a dream of mine and I hope to accomplish this in this book.
I remember when Dane and I were working on a bulletin, and there was this image suggestion of raising hands in the air looking out in the distance. I loved this image, even though the picture did not make the cut, this image, to me, was inspirational. The image was similar to the book cover, but the idea is the same.
I felt that this image, the book cover, is a great representation of the realization that you are made for more. You were given potential, and you should live it out.
I work with David, and getting to know him, he just goes out and does. He keeps quiet about what he does. I imagine he does this to eliminate naysayers and negativity.
He writes horror stories; he would publish audio on YouTube and get voiceovers to make his vision a reality. The fact that he just went out and did it, inspired me.
I would talk and talk about writing, but never really did it. Then I met David, someone who said and did. He encouraged me to write, and because of his influence, he helped me make this book.
There have been people in my life, friends, and family who have a perfectionistic mindset and attitude in life. These kinds of people you can never please them. Sadly, I listened to people who were unhappy in their lives, and I internalized that unhealthy mindset.
I had to realize that no matter how good or bad my work is, no matter how excellent I perform, there will always be people who support you and people who do not. You simply cannot please everyone. You must move forward regardless of who or what is against you. If you are that serious about doing it, do it.
So, my struggle was with the "not good enough" mindset. Good enough for whom? Good enough for what standard? What specifically qualifies as good enough?
To me, we will never attain perfection. We can attain excellence in all that we do.
You are made for more.
You are given life, time, abilities, and talents, and opportunities every single day to become who you are meant to be.
With all that we are given, we should take ownership and responsibility of our lives and live life to the fullest. We should be mindful of what we think, and the things that we put into. Change your input; you will change your output. Do everything in excellence. Respond with ability. Never give up. Keep moving forwards in everything, love. Decide to find meaning in your life. Become. In becoming, be a light in this dark and broken world. Be empowered by your God-given potential to be who you are meant to be.
You are made for more.
When you are young, you are taught by friends, family, and culture to follow a specific mold. You are taught that you should go to school, get good grades, graduate, and then work in a 9-5 job. From there, you put in your time, get married, have kids, and eventually retire.
Some people are happy with this mold. Others are not. I wrote this book as a potential beacon of hope for young people. May they realize that you have a choice. You are in control of your life, and you should seek happiness and fulfillment in your life. Life is fleeting, so live it.
I wish I had people in my life, letting me know that the emptiness inside of me had to do with a lack of vision. To pursue an unfulfilling life is foolish. Young people should see to it that they find their meaning and go for that. Life is too short of seeking things that are unfulfilling and meaningless.
It is the realization that money, material possessions, pleasure, that there is much more to this life. That is the greatest success in life.
Many people make life complicated with words and actions that are hard to understand. This should not be so.
I desire to be a writer that makes things easy to understand, so that many may understand.
When you combine this simplicity with positivity, you get a person who is positively simple. That is what makes me different. I am positive in my mindset and simple in my living.
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