Morning Cup of Joe – A Blessing for Joe

IMG_3529 Recently, on my way to the metro I passed a man asking for spare change. I told him I didn’t have any change but I would gladly get him something to eat if he would like. He happily obliged. Conveniently enough, we were standing in front of a 7-11 so in we went.

I asked him what he wanted and he said he only wanted coffee and a donut. With eyebrows raised and a surprised look on my face I asked him, “Is that all you want?” He bashfully responded “Yeah, that should do it.” I then asked him about what he planned to do later when he became hungry again. He looked at me a bit puzzled probably thinking that he doesn’t want to overstep any boundaries or overextend my generosity. Picking up on his non-verbal cues, I said, “why don’t you grab something for later.” He went back for a sandwich and a 2 liter orange soda. I took the liberty of throwing in a couple of bananas, trail mix and some chocolate chip cookies.

After we checked out, he smiled uncontrollably as if he had just won the lottery. I asked him his name, and he said “My name is Joe.” I was shocked that we shared the same name and in that instance I saw a little bit of myself in him. The fact that we shared the same name was proof to me that we were meant to connect. Before I departed, I asked him if we could take a picture so I can remember him, and he happily agreed. As I walked away, I remembered that I still had $10 from a cash-back transaction at CVS earlier that morning. I quickly turned around and walked back towards Joe. As I approached him, I handed the money over to him and said, “This is for later. Just in case.” With his eyes starting to well up with tears, he softly said, “Thank you.” I quickly responded, “No. Thank you and God bless you.”

There are 3 primary groups impacted by an act of generosity. The obvious one is the beneficiary of the generous act or deed. The person who receives a gift clearly benefits. Second is the gift-giver; it feels good to be able to provide for someone else especially when you do not expect anything in return. Thirdly are the witnesses to the good deed. Witnessing a good act or deed has close to the same effect as being the recipient. All in all, it feels good to give and good to receive.

When you respond to a need with generosity, you feel good. When you feel good, you feel God. Helping others is as close to God as you can get. In fact, what you have is meant to be shared not hoarded or locked away for safe-keeping. You are blessed for the purpose of blessing others. Who are we to walk past God’s children and not feed them when they are hungry, clothe them when they are cold or provide shelter to the homeless? What other reason are you here on earth if not to serve others?

Meeting Joe reminded me that underneath the surface, a human being still exists. I experienced homelessness in my teens and I wished more people would have come to my aid. When you see a homeless person asking for help, help them if you can. $10 to a working man is like $100 to a homeless man.

There are no chance encounters. We meet people we were meant to meet, just remember to be a blessing to everyone. If you want to be continuously blessed start by being a blessing to others.

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Joe Paul

Joe Paul is an American author, life coach and keynote speaker.

Morning Cup of Joe – Humble Yourself

Sometimes God has to humble us before He blesses us. Maintain the understanding that it is easier for God to lift us up when He finds us humble. The challenge many people face is that they are too prideful. There is some truth to the idiom which states that pride comes before the fall. What that simply means is that if you are too confident and are ostentatious in your ways, it is inevitable that something will happen to show you that you are not as great as you think you are. It is better for you to learn humility on your own than it is for God to teach you.

The more humble you are, the easier it is for you to receive your blessings. There is a man who was unemployed and was in search of employment for several months. He was an executive at his former company and felt as if he needed to find employment that was comparable to his last opportunity so he restricted his search to higher level employment opportunities. He solicited the assistance of temporary agencies in hopes of casting a larger net. One day a temporary agency called and offered him an opportunity to serve as the receptionist. What do you think he did? Do you think he took the job? Would you have taken the job or would you falsely believe that the job was beneath you?

Well, he accepted the opportunity because he fully understood that where you start isn’t always where you finish. He also understood that sometimes God puts us in places and situations so that we can learn humility. Once you fully understand and accept this premise, then and only then will you be ready to accept the blessings He has waiting for you. This man had credentials that rivaled with the best in the corporate world yet he did not hesitate to accept a job to serve as one of the frontline positions in the company.

One thing you must understand about opportunities is that God opens doors for those who are humble. God opens the door but it is up to you to walk through it. After working as the receptionist for a short while, he received a call to interview for the opportunity he’d been waiting for. A few weeks later, he was offered a job with another company making over triple his salary as a receptionist. He was blessed to have learned a lesson in humility while working as the receptionist and was ready to receive the blessing of the job he’d always wanted. Do not limit yourself because you think that you are too good to accept a job that is “beneath” you. Do not restrict yourself from blessings God has for you simply because you are too proud to accept an opportunity that will get you where you need to go.

Remember, every time we humble ourselves, we position ourselves to receive God’s grace and blessing.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – How God Blesses Us


You ever wonder why it seems like some people never worry about anything. All of their needs and even some of their wants always seem to be met. Please understand that it’s not by coincidence. It’s simply based on the fact that they are givers. When we serve as a blessing to others, our blessings come seamlessly. The people who have and will continue to experience increase in their lives are the ones who are not afraid to give without regret. When we bless God’s children unselfishly, God blesses us unselfishly.

We have all heard the old adage “To whom much is given, much more is required”. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who subscribe to this concept. Most people subscribe to the idea that the more they have, the more they want and the more they should hold on to. They never consider the fact that they have been blessed with what they have in order to provide for others. The more we provide for others unselfishly, the more we will be blessed with to provide.

Walk in the understanding that your gifts are meant to be shared. The more you try to hold on to them, the less you will have. And besides, you can’t take them with you when you expire out of your earth suit anyway so why not share your gifts with the world while you can. Here’s a little secret; the more you give, the more you will have and the more you have, the more you should give. If you haven’t been experiencing increase in your harvest, try giving some of it away to someone in need. And almost like magic, your storehouse will begin to overflow.

God truly blesses those who unselfishly bless others.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Blessing in Disguise


There are times when we are so hurt that we restrict our minds ability to shift the focus to anything else but the pain. We have differing degrees of pain which require differing degrees of remedies. Some people choose to dull the pain, others run away and the rest of us face it head on. What most of us never do is search for the blessing in disguise.

Most of the time when we experience a loss, there is a blessing hidden in there somewhere; you just have to find it. Understand that the blessing may not be apparent at first and almost never is. While some people are able to move on faster than others, most of us may have to experience all of the different stages of grief before we are able to clearly see the blessing in disguise. The stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Your ultimate goal should be to skip to the final stage of acceptance as quickly as you can. That is typically where the blessing usually presents itself. Obviously, this is not an easy task but one that is necessary if you are to move on with your life. Do not delay the inevitable simply because you may be too afraid to accept reality. Commit to memory the fact that most blessings don’t look like blessings initially, they are usually hidden until you’ve accepted the fact that life goes on and so do we.

Most of the time the blessing is right in front of you; the quickest way to find it is to look in the mirror.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Blessings Flow


Many people sit and wonder why they don’t have much, questioning God about his distribution of blessings. They watch as others seem to enjoy life and all of the wonderful things that come with having a strong faith and belief system. Most of the time, they will never receive their blessings because they are too occupied watching others receive what is rightfully theirs rather than working on creating their own. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Commit to memory the fact that God blesses those who bless others. I’ll share a secret with you. Several years ago, I learned that the law of reciprocity is real. Real as in authentic and actually works! I always test a theory to see if it works and I expect you to do the same. The Law of Reciprocity subscribes to the thought that whatever it is you give out is what you should expect to get back. It makes complete sense to me.

If you are a selfish person, the world will respond to you in the same manner. Conversely, if you are a giving person it is important that you recognize that this is the real reason why you haven’t wanted for anything. That is the reason why it seems like all of your needs are met and even some of your wants. It is all because you have chosen to give.

Learn to be a constant blessing in the lives of others and watch as your own life overflows with blessings. I am living proof.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Too Stressed


I have been alive long enough to know that our time on this earth is limited. We are constantly reminded of how blessed we are when we open our eyes each morning. Each time God wakes you up, always remember that there are some people who weren’t so lucky. We tend to think, if not believe, that our problems are larger than they appear. We allow these same problems to create an incredible amount of stress in our lives.

Life is too short to be worried about anything; you ought to be convinced that you are too blessed to be stressed. Conversely, you leave no room to receive your blessings if you are too stressed to even recognize them when they’re coming. Know that you can overcome any obstacle if you are on this side of the dirt. Spending time thinking about your issues instead of focusing on solutions will only create additional obstacles.

Do not allow your problems to stress you out to the point that you leave no room for God to enter. Your focus should not be on how big the problem seems to be or how difficult your challenges appear. Rather, focus intently on the fact that God is bigger than the sum of your problems and He created you for a purpose. Yes, your life has purpose. Your purpose will increasingly become obscure if you continuously focus on your problems rather than possible solutions.

God brought you this far, hasn’t He? There is a reason for that. Trust Him and start giving less authority to your problems and more authority to the fact that every problem has a solution; that is the only way you will position yourself to receive your blessings.

Now ask yourself, Are you too stressed to be blessed?

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Comparing Blessings


I finally have gotten to the point where I no longer compare myself to others. I no longer compare my blessings to the blessings bestowed on others. I no longer question God’s intentions and trust that he made us all uniquely special in his image. Trust me, it is not easy and sometimes we really can’t help but to compare our “stuff” to others but we all know it is not healthy. When you compare your blessings to others, yours will never seem enough.

Commit to memory that you have gifts that are specifically yours to be used to create abundance. You have many gifts and talents. If you have trouble discovering what your gifts may be, simply figure out what you love to do and time seems to fly by. Watching television is not one of them. What is it that you do better than most people? What do you love to do? What would you do if money was no object? What specific skills do you have that are marketable? What are you passionate about? Answer these questions and you’ll be miles ahead of the competition.

Speaking of competition; commit to memory the fact that you are and always will be your greatest competition. Currently, you may be guilty of having a “comparison mind-set”. The type of mind-set where you tend to measure your success based on the successes of others. That makes as much sense as comparing apples to cows. Learn to compete against yourself to be better every single day.

You have what God intended for you to have, now put it to use!

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Power & Authority


There are so many people who truly don’t understand the amount of power and authority they give to their problems. The power they give to their problems is so much greater than the power they give to their blessings. In many cases, the blessings bestowed upon you up to this day are far greater than the problems you’ve experienced yet most will give their problems more authority than their blessings. When you compare the two, I would dare to say that you have had more good things happen in your life than bad. Focus on the good.

While we may be doing many things right, for some, all it takes is one bad thing to interrupt the ebb and flow of the pursuit of perfection. Always ask yourself, “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” When negative things inevitably happen to us, it is critically important that we spend as little time as possible focused on the problem. Most people allow their problems to seem bigger than they really are. The goal is to redirect your attention and focus to what matters most; self-improvement.

It is imperative that you invest as much time and energy into counting your blessings and as little time as possible on things that you constantly worry about and cannot control. After all, worrying doesn’t change nor solve anything. Worrying about your problem is certainly not going to fix it. Worrying about your problem is not going to change the fact that you still have a problem. The goal should be not to waste precious time worrying when you could be using that same time and energy to find a solution to your problem.

Do not allow one negative event to overshadow all the positive ones in your life.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – My Brother’s Keeper


We have all been uniquely blessed with specific gifts and talents. There are some who have yet to recognize their gifts as truly gifts. Your gift is the “thing” that you are able to do almost better than everyone else. Once you’ve recognized your gift, it is imperative that you begin focusing on how to share this gift to the world. Sharing our gifts with the world, if executed correctly, is exactly what will yield us financial freedom. In essence, when you do what you love and love what you do, the money will come in abundance.

Many of us are past the stage of recognizing our gifts. For the most part, most people know exactly what their specialized talents are yet a majority of those people will not do anything about it. For those of us who do, we must not only find satisfaction in earning but equal, if not greater, satisfaction in giving. We are blessed in order to be a blessing to someone else. What good is a man’s treasure if he cannot share it with the world? I’ll tell you, it’s worthless.

To whom much is given, so much more is required. You have used your gifts to receive your blessings but the transaction is only half-way complete; the final piece are the blessings you give to others. Most people don’t realize that their blessings come from blessings others; which explains why less and less people give. Understand that we are all connected. And since we are all connected, it is imperative that we understand that we all have a humanitarian obligation to support one another. You are absolutely your brother’s keeper.

If God has blessed you with increase or abundance, the expectation is that you will return the favor by being a blessing to someone else.

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Joe Paul