Morning Cup of Joe – One Man Army


There may come a day when you reach out and call someone but they do not answer. There may come a day when you really need help but no one is around to hear your cry. There may come a day when you are at wits end and just need a friend but no friends are available to come to your rescue. The world can be a lonely place sometimes. When that happens, learn to depend on the only person you’ve been able to depend on your entire life; yourself.

Having to fend for yourself is not easy; trust me, I know. Obviously you can be more effective if you have “back-up” or at least one more soldier on the battlefield with you but that will not always be the case. Some battles are simply yours to fight and certainly yours to win. When you start to feel as if you are the only person who cares about your situation, although you can’t see Him, you are not alone. In essence, even if it seems as if the world has given up on you, God never will.

Learn to depend on yourself. You cannot realistically expect for others to forever be there for you during your time of need. Sometimes we have to pick ourselves up from our bootstraps, dust our shoulders off and keep on truckin’. Please understand that you are not going to enter every war with an army. There may come a time when your entire military consists of an army of one; you.

When it feels like the world has turned its back on you, walk in the understanding that you serve a God that is capable of anything. With God on your side, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Accountability


Have you ever reached out to someone and asked for help but the person didn’t come through? Have the roles ever been reversed? There is nothing worse than someone no one can count on. Many of our relationships have been severed because of this very reason while countless others are ticking time bombs waiting to detonate. You can serve as the diffusor if you do your part. Doing your part simply means holding up your end of the bargain by doing what you said you would do. The fact of the matter is you’ve got to be someone others can depend on.

If you are someone who cannot be counted on, it also means that you are someone who makes it difficult to gain the trust of others. Building rapport is key. This makes sense because if you drop the ball on a particular request, it makes it increasingly challenging for the requester to trust that you won’t drop it again. The people you can depend on most are those who give without the expectation of getting back. There are those who assist because they know their part is critical to the overall accomplishment of the common goal. We do it because we know you’re depending on us and want that same security if the tables were turned.

Your word is and shall forever be your bond; be a person of your word. If you say you are going to do something, do it. Make no excuses. Don’t make empty promises when you know you aren’t going to follow through. Save yourself and others some time, effort and trouble by declining the offer immediately. But of course that route is too easy. Isn’t it? Saying no increases your chances of missing an opportunity to experience a miracle or help influence one. When a person in need reaches out to connect to someone who is trust-worthy, dependable, accountable and incredibly responsive, be sure you’re on the other end of the conversation.

Are you someone others can count on? If not, what are you going to do to change it?

To The Top!
Joe Paul