Morning Cup of Joe – Blessings in Disguise

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For most of us, our pride restricts us from recognizing clear and apparent blessings. During a recent conversation with a friend who is actively searching for a job, I was able to discover a fundamental error in the way he was viewing his circumstances. He expressed to me that he has participated in over twenty job interviews and has received over nine offers but none of them matched the salary he felt he should be paid based on his years of experience and his advanced degrees. He feels as if they were insulting him by offering him the opportunity at such a low salary. After he shared this story with me, I scratched my head and thought to myself “he turned down nine answers to his prayers”.

Sometimes you have to take one step back in order to take 1000 steps forward. Just because an opportunity doesn’t perfectly match your expectations doesn’t mean it isn’t the opportunity for you. Opportunities are such that you can autonomously mold it into what you think it should be. For example, had he taken one of the nine job offers, he could’ve easily changed the scope of that opportunity by putting forth maximum effort no matter the circumstances. This action will always yield positive results. So what if the salary isn’t up to your standards, the fact of the matter is the salary they are offering is much greater than the nothing you are currently earning. You never know if the opportunity that gets you in the door is the same opportunity that will help you climb the ladder. First you must accept the opportunity then make it what it should be.

Stop turning down blessings that are specifically meant for you. Many of you are guilty of not accepting blessings then blaming God for not giving them to you. Learn to recognize when your prayers are being answered. Just because the opportunity doesn’t appear to be fruitful, it is an opportunity nonetheless. Remember that cream eventually rises to the top; even if you accept an opportunity that doesn’t meet your standards work as if you are the President of the corporation and inevitably the title will catch up to the work. Do not decline opportunities because you are too proud; your pride will keep you penniless and hungry.

It’s not the opportunity that is offered to us but what we do with that opportunity that matters most.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Compare & Contrast

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We are all built differently. Our minds, our motivations and inspirations differentiate from one another. How we process particular functions are different. We are all individually wired to produce the explicit outcomes we have become accustomed to producing. We are all independently created with specific talents and specific gifts. Although we breathe the same air and share the same space, we are not the same.

While we are not the same, we are still one. Learn to condition your mind to believe that your blessings are preordained. The outcomes you have in your life are a result of your actions and/or inactions. Your results are based on your contributions. Never compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do. The measure of success is intended to be independently defined. You cannot realistically compare someone else’s results to your efforts. That’s like comparing apples to cars; no comparison.

The sooner you realize that we are all uniquely blessed, the sooner you can stop comparing your blessings to the next persons. What you consider just another day, a terminal patient considers a miracle. You have what it takes to be what you want to be. If you continue to focus your energy and attention on others instead of yourself, they will continue to be ahead of you.

Focus on yourself, maximize your potential and walk in the understanding that God made you in his perfect image.

You are truly blessed.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Fighting Alone

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Some people act as if they are fighting their own battles. So much so, that they neglect to notice the real reason why they haven’t lost a battle. We cannot reasonably say that we have lost any battles in our lives to date, especially if we are on this side of the dirt. The fact that you are alive today is proof that you haven’t lost the battle. Keep fighting.

We all go through trials and tribulations but none of us have to go through it alone. That is a choice most of us make, thinking that we are fighting a one man battle employing the concept of “me against the world”. News Flash! The real reason why you haven’t lost a battle is because you haven’t been fighting alone. Some people may think that they are the reason why they haven’t experienced a loss but they are sadly mistaken; God is the reason.

Understand that some battles aren’t yours to fight to begin with. I know a King who has never lost any battles. Would you believe me if you told you that you are a child of that King? If you believe that then what does that make you? You are exactly right, you are royalty. And royalty has its privileges. Remove from your mind the idea that you are the reason you’ve been winning. Give credit where credit is due.

If you truly understood the power your Father has, you would walk a little taller and embrace more challenges. You would also understand that you possess those same powers to overcome almost any obstacle.

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Joe Paul

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 – The Tables Turn

Many people make the cardinal mistake of comparing their blessings to others. Understand that we are all uniquely blessed with specific talents and gifts to be used for the betterment of mankind. When we compare our blessings to others, our blessings will never seem enough.

In addition, comparing your blessings to others only distracts you from focusing on your own gifts. Be thankful for the blessings you currently have and not the ones you wish you had. While you are focused on what you don’t have; your gifts remain unwrapped and your potential untapped.

It takes a special person to celebrate others successes as if they were their own. When you celebrate others unselfishly, your celebration is inevitable. By default, many people respond to others successes with jealousy and envy. Some may even hope and pray that you don’t succeed. While this may true, continue to genuinely support and celebrate others successes often.

Celebrate others successes and watch how the tables turn. Like my father used to say, “Don’t you worry; your day will soon come.”

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Blessing In Disguise

One morning I woke up unmotivated; imagine that. I woke up and really did not feel like facing the world. I think most winners are entitled to at least one or two of these types of days per year. The key is to snap out of it the second you’re being drawn in. Simply, as soon as you start feeling down, press the proverbial pause button, gather your thoughts and do not accept the negative path that your subconscious mind may be trying to lead you. Press pause and regroup.

That same morning I had a meeting to attend. It was not a mandatory meeting but it was certainly one that I should attend. Still feeling unmotivated, I gazed at the ever ticking clock hoping there was a pause button for that too. Finally, I decided to drag myself out of bed. I knew I was going to be late but I decided to show up like I promised. This wise decision would end up changing my life. After the meeting, a person who has a connection with the paper came up to me and expressed how they heard that I write a blog and wanting to do a feature on me.

The message I’d like you to take away from the aforementioned experience is that even if you don’t show up on time, it is better to be late than not show up at all. There are divine appointments that have already been set for you; your goal is to simply meet these appointments half-way. Had I not shown up to this meeting, I would’ve not been able to connect with my divine appointment. The person that was specifically sent for me based on what I asked of God through prayers coupled with His omniscient understanding of our hearts desires was right there waiting for me to simply show up.

No matter what you do, show up. Ninety percent of winning is simply being at the right place at the right time. The right time is when you decide to show up, even if it’s a little late.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – The Oak Tree

You may not be around to see the tree it will inevitably become but that shouldn’t prevent you from planting the seed. Most of us make the serious error of not investing simply because the return on our investment may take a little longer than we’d like. The investments I speak of are not the same kind of investments you would see on Wall Street yet the mathematics is the same. Invest your time and effort towards improving the lives of others and you will yield incredible returns. Just like investments, some of your returns may not be great and others may take time to get there yet that should not deter you from investing.

Sometimes we have to trust the teacher within. Trust the teacher so much so that you are confident that you have imparted the necessary knowledge that will take the student to the next level. Oftentimes as the teacher we restrict from teaching because we are not sure if the lesson will stay with the recipient. Ask any teacher you know and they will tell you the same, just because a student is not willing to learn doesn’t mean I shouldn’t teach them. In the same token, just because someone is not willing to accept the gift of your efforts doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it to them anyway. You are your brother’s keeper.

Trust that your efforts will make an impact. Trust that what you invest will always yield incredible results. The world needs seed planters like you. The world is starving for folks who aren’t afraid of seeing the promise in someone even if they don’t recognize it themselves. Do not be afraid of putting in the hard work even if someone else is going to get paid. In the end, since we are all connected, we all benefit. If you are not someone who gives of themselves as often as they can, make the conscious effort to change that today! We cannot reasonably expect miracles to happen if we aren’t involved in the creation of the miracle ourselves.

There is so much fertile land amongst the human race and countless people do not recognize the incredible contribution they can make to the world. This is implicitly why we should plant a seed in others with the faith and understanding that one day, with the necessary care, effort and attention, it will grow into the tall oak tree it was destined to become. First, plant the seed.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Be The Gift

There are so many people who need help in the world. Most people think that it is impossible to help them all. Yet if we try to help one person that may very well open the flood gates that will allow countless others to receive help. Our action can lead to subsequent actions if we pay it forward. Most of us are fortunate enough to have food to eat and a roof over our heads. Unfortunately, that is not a fact for a greater part of the world. That may sound extreme but you truly don’t realize what you have until you see others living without it or until it’s gone.

Never think that what you are able to give won’t make a dent in the problem; not giving at all is so much worse. Some people restrict from giving because they think that the “little” they are able to give won’t make a difference at all. I am here to tell you that every little bit counts. There is something special that occurs when we give. When we give, not only do we open ourselves up to we receive but we begin a cycle of blessings that begin to trickle down. What we receive may not be the gift given but the satisfaction in knowing that your gift will change a life should be blessing enough. Be the gift that changes a life.

The Law of Reciprocity is such that what we give, we absolutely should expect to get back in-kind. Not giving anything will yield similar results; you get nothing. Do not give because you now know that you can expect to reap what you sow; give because your heart tells you to give. I give because I love. I give because I understand that we are all connected. I give because I know that my gifts will change a life. I give because I never know if I’ll ever be on the receiving end. I give because I feel it is my duty to give simply because to whom much is given, so much more is expected.

There was a time when I needed help and help came to me. That is one of the reasons why I give without thinking twice. I challenge you to give your time, your treasure or both if you can. Giving doesn’t just have to be restricted to money; you can give your time to improve the lives of others. Believe it or not, your time is worth more than money. Volunteer your time to improve the lives of others.

If you are not giving back, essentially you are taking from.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Cherish The Day

The sun begins to peek its head through your window all the while you prepare to press the snooze button for a record ten times. This morning, like so many others, you lack the enthusiasm necessary to face the day. You slowly drag yourself out of bed with little excitement. Your sloth like movements is an indication of how your day will inevitably turn out. Slow and steady may not win this particular race you have to get up and chase it.

What so many fail to realize is that there are countless people who didn’t make it to see this day. It is critically important that you are thankful for each day you are “gifted”. I say gifted and not given because each day truly is a gift and not a promise. No one is promised tomorrow which is why it is imperative that we maximize our minutes daily. We certainly don’t know what lies ahead yet if we are enthusiastic about whatever it may be, the thing that lies ahead will respond reciprocally.

Embrace the day with enthusiasm. When you wake up, pardon me, if you wake up remember to greet the day with a feverish exhilaration. Wake up with excitement, jump out of bed and say thank you! You clearly have a purpose in life if you make it to see another day. The discovery of your purpose will be delayed if you continue to exert negative energy towards the universe. When you find yourself lacking excitement, remember the ones who were not as fortunate to make it to see the day you are taking for granted. It’s not the amount of time we are given on this earth that matters, how we use that time is what matters most.

Although sometimes we don’t deserve it, God thinks enough of us to give us another chance at getting closer to our dreams by waking us up daily. Treat every day like the gift it is and unwrap your purpose.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Grace To The Humble

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 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 as well in order to cast a larger net. One day a temporary agency called him and offered an opportunity with a company 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 lowermost 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. 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.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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