I am a Business Consultant, Counselor, Father, Writer, Martial Artist, Football Fan, and a Man of Faith. My ikigai is to enjoy life and try to launch each day with purpose, navigate with principles, and explore with passion with the priorities of that to pour love & wisdom into my children and make a positive impact in the lives of others for the cause of Christ.
My contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org twitter: @__ikigai__
I have many interests and hobbies. I like writing & research, boating, camping, cooking out/grilling, cycling, motorcycling, Martial Arts, golfing, playing computer games, listening to good music, watching live music, live sports, and good movies…. But my favorite thing to do is invest time with my children, family, and good friends.
My professional career has had a diverse range from telecommunications & information technology sales and sales management to business banking and Residential Lending. From retail sales management and marketing to outsourced human resource services such as employee leasing.
I have served on the board of directors for non-profits as well as serving in several church roles and ministries. I have also invested several years teaching Martial Arts to children and adults.
I have enjoyed writing all my life. I remember as a child that I would often keep a journal and even enjoyed poetry. It was often a “stress relief” for me, and a way to reflect and “escape” sometimes. That progressed into great grades in writing and literature in high school and college, as well as in broadcasting, not because I was some sort of prodigy, it was because I loved writing and great literature. I actually enjoyed and looked forward to book reports, research papers, and thesis’. Later I attempted several children’s book and a short book. However I never published anything. Later, within the church I served, I invested that joy into the writing/editing/publishing our church newspaper, along with creating a video & TV ministry that ended up winning numerous awards. I later became a web programmer and published various websites not just for myself but for many businesses. I still write today, but still have not published anything. I do not believe I am quite good enough to do that just yet. So I still journal, write some poetry, and blog as you see here.
I’ve seen and experienced a lot of things in my life. Including trials, tragedy and loss to victories, blessings and even miracles. I’ve learned that life is a journey to be launched each day with Purpose, navigated with Principles, and explored with Passion which takes perseverance, hope, and faith.
Life is a journey, like an expedition, to be launched each day with Purpose, navigated with Principles, and explored with Passion which takes perseverance, hope, and faith
Every day is a gift. It is precious and irreplaceable. Time is the most valuable asset of all and so is your body. You have one life, you have one body. Take care of it and be grateful for each day and everything that you have.
“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
Purpose, Principles and Passion is based on my thoughts, belief system and favorite verse, Hebrews 12:1-3
“Wherefore seeing we also are encompassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3 KJV 1611
The first verse recalls the “Hall of Faith” in chapter 11 of many people of faith who are examples of people who had great faith against much odds, with human challenges and flaws. They are examples. “cloud of witnesses”.
Furthermore in this first verse it says “let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily best us” I believe it is saying lay aside our weaknesses, flaws, burdens, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and shame. The weights of this world that occupy our minds, and drain our strength. We have many examples of human beings in the bible that had many flaws, and challenges but laid aside those things and accomplished wonderous things.
Furthermore is the last part of the first verse; we are to experience life as though it is a race of endurance. It is that we push forward with endurance and strength given by love, and the love for and by God. To live in the present and not in the past. To move forward taking advantage of the life God has given us. As an example, I used to run track, and play soccer in high school. I also invested many years in the Martial Arts. It would get very tough during the race, training, or tournaments. There is a point that I’ve been completely exhausted and didn’t think I had anymore energy. I wanted to quit, but then I would be blessed with a second wind to go farther. To keep pushing forward. To go the extra mile. It took practice and training. It took perseverance. It also took patience but I would finish the race, finish the tournament. Life is like a race, it takes patience, perseverance, and endurance. There is no giving up in life. God gave us His word, and He has given us talents and abilities. Everyone has them and everyone can strengthen them to “run the race” and use them and bless others by them.
In the second verse it is said we should look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith for it was His joy to lay down His life for us and endure the cross for forgiveness of our sins. We are not to forget what He has done for us, and that He loved us that much. God cannot look upon sin, and Jesus endured the cross, death and resurrection and sits at the “right hand at the throne of God making intercession for us. Jesus was the payment for our sinful nature and sits at the right hand of the throne of God. What Jesus did is a gift of eternal life, and a payment for our sins. We are to look to Him in His teachings and wisdom to repent of our sins, and live as “new creatures.” To be “born again” as Jesus said. We live in a broken world, and we are imperfect beings. Jesus is that hope and if we accept Him as that payment for sins, we live a more fulfilling and less burdomesome life. That is why Christians call Him the “Blessed Assurance”.
The third verse further amplifies what Jesus went through, eventhough He may be contradicted, we should not grow weary and give up. Jesus went through horrible torture, and the pain of death by crucifixion for everyone. Don’t get weary, don’t lose hope. He knows each of us, even before we were born. He loved us so much and died so we could live, and have life more abundantly. He gave us the path to eternal life with Him and God.
We all have a purpose. We were all made for God and He wants a relationship with us. Our main purpose is to please Him. He knows it is not going to be easy. Hardship, challenges and obstacles will come. In pleasing Him, we are to serve others, provide for our families, learn, teach, earn, and grow closer to Him. Our purpose is to be more like Jesus. To be merciful, thankful, kind, generous, and ambitious. Our God is a good, good Father. Just as Chris Tomlin sings in his song, “Good, Good Father”. https://youtu.be/iBmwwwiHrOk
“….Oh, and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word
You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Cause you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us…..”
In our hearts, we have always wanted to please our own earthly father. We all want that love, guidance and support of our fathers. Wouldn’t we want that even so much more with our Heavenly Father that created each of us and spoke the entire universe into existence?
Each day I get up, I know I have a purpose. I try to arise in optimism for the gift that God has given to me for the day. A purpose to take care of my body, mind, and spirit. I have a purpose to grow, to improve and to provide and teach my children. My drive and goal is to make a positive impact at my work, in my community, and the lives of others. I am a proud father of three amazing children. My purpose as a father is to love them unconditionally, teach them, provide for, and nurture them. To me there is no other priority more important than doing my best to be the best father I can be, and introduce them to our Heavenly Father. This is my purpose.
Purpose is not by itself. You need a road map I call principles. Those written by God. Those guidelines and compass lead my faith and learning. My principles come from the word of God. It is the compass to life. So are the help of many great scholars, teachers, and “solid” preachers. It is not always easy to follow this compass. That is why it is called “to run with patience that is set before us.” It takes perseverance and endurance.
Passion comes from my belief that God wants to bless us and to live each day with passion. To do what is good and what we love with passion. Your work is to be done with passion. To have a positive attitude that you will “run a good race”, and finish well. You should be passionate in what you do. Whether your a janitor or a doctor, a clerk, or a lawyer… There is so much to be passionate about in the world. New experiences, new joys, fulfillment yet to receive and blessings to be granted. I have a passion for life, helping others that have had similar challenges in life, and investing quality time with my kids, family, and friends.
I want to expand a little more on my own thoughts on passion. I don’t necessarily adhere to a strict interpretation of a specific church’s denominational “rules” and “regulations” that tend to be man made. Jesus set us free to live life with passion. Not a life in bondage of a specific rule to where we may be “judged” if we watch certain movies or listen to music, or dance. I’m not “fundamental” in that aspect. I like music, movies, the arts, theater, dancing,… and I don’t wear a tie or suit to church. I often go to church in shorts, and a T-Shirt. Some denominations may be strict on those things.
I believe that God wants us to enjoy the creative. He is the Creator by all means. We were built to be creative. There is some great music out there, thought provoking theater performances, and good movies to watch, and if you feel like dancing, do it, I say. King David danced with gladness. I believe we should be passionate about what you do and who you are. We just should be respectful, and be guided by principles in our passion focusing on what is good, and acceptable to our Creator.
“Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.”
“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.”
Ecclesiastes 3:4 “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,”
Jeremiah 31:13 “Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”
I feel that Hebrews 12:1-3 is telling us how to sit aside things that can weigh us down mentally, emotionally and even physically, and enjoy life, and live it to it’s fullest. Launching each day with PURPOSE, navigating with PRINCIPLES, and exploring with PASSION.
“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon… must inevitably come to pass!” – Paul J. Meyer
“To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor. Set your goals, create a plan, work your plan, and always be doing.” – Oliver Wendell Jones
“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” -R. G.
I strongly believe if you think this way and apply the truths written in Gods word, you will be happier, and more successful in most everything you do.
This blog will be utilized to share my writings, journal excerpts, encouragement, knowledge of various theological topics, testimonies of victories/overcoming challenges, and life lessons…
Thanks for visiting and reading along with me in this journey.
Allow me to clarify something. I am not yet a psychologist, nor do I claim to be one. My goal is to complete my degrees and become a licensed christian psychologist. I say that is that any recommendation I may have, or testimonials I may share, is not that of a licensed physician. If I present a recommendation or a suggestion, it is simply just that from my own personal experience. No person is alike, nor anyones mind or body is alike. You should always seek the advice, and counsel of a licensed psychologist or licensed psychiatrist before embarking on any course/action to help you handle, manage, or recover over a tragic event, loss, grief, or mental illness.
Blessings and Kind Regards,
“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”