Morning Cup of Joe – God Has A Plan


There is a clear difference between your timing and God’s timing. Your timing deals with hours, minutes and seconds while God’s timing specifically deals with what I like to call “blessing readiness”. Basically, blessing readiness is when you have worked tirelessly towards accomplishing a goal while trusting God to meet you half-way and help create the miracle. Be ready to receive the blessing when God is ready for you to have it, not necessarily when you feel you are ready. This is when your patience is most tested. This is when most people give up, usually three seconds before the miracle happens. I have learned that miracles happens right after the storm. You have to make it through the storm to see the sunshine. Keep pushing.

A common problem some people have is when they try to force a particular desired outcome. If it isn’t meant to be, it just simply won’t be. Learn to accept the things you cannot change. You cannot force something that is not destined to happen. That is like trying to force a square peg through a round hole; it simply won’t work.

God has a plan and his plan trumps yours. If it isn’t in his plan, then it simply will not be. While you are feverishly working towards achieving your goals, maintain the understanding that you may not reach them when you think you will reach them. In fact, it may be sooner and in some cases later. What matters most is that you reach them eventually. Don’t rush to get what you are seeking and don’t expect to get it overnight.

Nothing worth having ever came easily; it takes an exceptional amount of effort and a significant amount of patience.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Are You Ready?

During my undergraduate studies, I allowed my young impressionable mind to soak up lessons and words of wisdom from almost everyone I heard speak and nearly every book I read. I am a sponge; my daily goal is to try to soak up as much knowledge as I can. As for my collegiate years, one of the messages that stood out the most was “The 7 P’s”. The 7 P’s stand for “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance”.

Let’s break this down a bit. The “proper” in this phrase simply means that the plan you are enacting has been vetted thoroughly through a fail-proof process. Basically, have you thought this plan through? The “proper” ensures that there are very few possibilities for failure. The “prior” obviously deals with being sure to have a plan of action before going into action. The level of your performance is contingent upon the execution of your plan. Your “planning” must not only focus on the big picture. The best plans are ones that are detail oriented. It’s not enough to have a bird’s eye view of your plan; you must learn to drill down to the core of the plan in order to highlight its details. The devil is in the details.

In order to prevent piss poor performances, it is important that you remember to prior plan. We create many of the inevitable pitfalls we encounter by not being prepared. You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready. All plans are similar to roadmaps; while there may be traffic and unforeseen delays, if you don’t have directions, you may not get there.

If you don’t have a solid plan on where you are going, it will be impossible to get there.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Plan

One thing that has stood true throughout my life’s journey is that when I plan something, if it’s in God’s will, things seem to automatically fall into place. It seems like anytime I set my mind to doing something, I receive miracle-like cues to know if it’s the right thing to do. When it is right, you will know because the pieces will fall right into place until you eventually complete the puzzle. Miracles will happen that you will not be able to explain; that’s when you smile and thank Him. That’s when you’ll know it’s the right thing to do.

Before I relocated to Los Angeles from Tallahassee, I wanted to make sure that everything was in place. What I quickly learned is that sometimes you have to take risks. Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. I ditched the plan and bought a one-way ticket to LA. I didn’t have a single family member within a thousand mile radius, no employment prospects and I only had one friend. I literally knew one person in LA when I arrived with my suitcase and little brown bag filled with hopes and dreams. With those types of odds, one would expect immediate failure. How can you blame them?

What you should understand is that rewards come to those who take risks. The greater the risk, the greater the reward. Had I chosen not to move to LA when I did with what I had, I am certain that I would not be the person I am today. I came to LA with a sword which was sharpened through my diverse experiences. Each experience helps to shape our view of the world around us. The only reason I survived was because I understood my choices which were between two simple options; I could either sink or swim. Against all odds, I chose to swim. To me, it seems like the obvious choice so I choose to make it often.

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Joe Paul

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