Beyond Blessed: Never Stop Learning

Friday night, May 18, certainly goes down as a memorable life moment that I was honored and privileged to share with fellow graduates, university faculty,  friends, and family. It marks the culmination of years of effort and investment, both on my end, but more importantly on the part of others. I am not a self-made man, but simply the return on investment nurtured by so many incredible people. I was proud to have the love of my life, Sweet T accompany me across the stage at the Amberton University graduation. What an honor to celebrate this achievement with someone who has stood by me, encouraged me, and believed in me. This would not have been possible without you. I think back to all the teachers, recent and long past, who shared their time and knowledge with me. And I recollect the counsel and support of family, friends, and mentors that got me to this point. Without you all, I would not have been able to accomplish this goal and achieve this moment of joy. I am beyond blessed. 

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I’m not one who thinks that college is for everybody or that believes you need to get a degree to be successful in life. I know far too many people who have found success without ever getting a degree. But, for many, a college education opens doors it wouldn’t otherwise. And as one of our speakers noted on Friday night, knowledge and an education is something no one can ever take away from you. Regardless of what you do or what your calling in life is, I urge you to never stop learning. Be a life-long learner.

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It is true that I didn’t take the traditional route to get here. That’s been true for most of my journey on this road called life. I learned long ago that life doesn’t always follow a straight trajectory. Perseverance, resilience, determination, and a ton of prayer can get you from here to there. You just got to find a way to keep on keepin’ on. And you’ll definitely need the support of others along the way.

I am eternally grateful to the sea of teachers, instructors, and professors who helped me along the way. Yours is truly a worthy profession. Thank you. To my myriad of mentors, who the Lord so graciously provided: Thank you. To my family and friends—thank you. To my precious Mom and my parents-in-law–Thank you.

To my bride—Sweet T—Thank you.

With the completion of one adventure another one awaits. While I’m not entirely sure what the next stretch looks like, I do know that God is good and that as the next chapter is written, He will be walking alongside me. Never lose your sense of adventure.

Yes! I am beyond blessed. My prayer is that you may be also.

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2017: Grateful for a Monumental Year!

Through a wave of highs and lows, this year leaves this blogger a ton to be grateful for as 2017 proved to be a remarkable year for the Devotional Guy. The blog saw engagement and audience numbers rocket to monumental new heights with post views increasing 226% and blog visitors growing 192% over last year. In addition to these mind-blowing numbers, this blog saw record improvements as follows, likes, and comments increased.

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Looking back at 2017, here are the Top Ten posts from this past year:

1.       More of Him, Less of me.

2.       3 Things Pastor Mark Jones Taught Me

3.       10 Years Ago Today…

4.       Serenity Prayer

5.       Finding Hope In A World of I Don’t Care

6.       Topsy Turvy

7.       Treating Each Other Better

8.       God Won’t Give You More Than HE Can Handle

9.      The Secret to Cultivating Gentleness

10.     Operation Christmas Child

 

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Other posts that received great feedback and are worthy of honorable mention are:

·       Be Strong and Courageous

·       Why Are People Homeless?

·       God Faithfully Meets Our Needs

·       Today, Remember Forgiveness

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Growing a blog takes time and effort. Most of all it takes you. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read and engage with this blog. I look forward to a fantastic 2018.

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As 2017 Draws to a Close

2017 is winding down. 15 days until the world ushers in the new year.  As we gather with friends, family, co-workers, and fellow believers to celebrate the Christmas season, it’s a good time to celebrate the year passed and mindfully look ahead to the year to come.

What are things you’d like to do differently in 2018?

Is there something you’d like to improve next year?

Do you have any specific goals or objectives you’d like to achieve in the new year?

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But it’s not just about being intentional in your strategic planning for your life. It’s also about being grateful and thankful for what God has provided you. And yes, what you have, the Lord has provided. Make no mistake about that.

What answered prayers have you witnessed first-hand?

Can you list some things you are grateful and thankful for?

Did you experience the Lord walk alongside you during a tough 2017?

What will you do next year with what you learned about God this year?

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In the glow of Christmas lights and decorated Christmas trees, in the midst of shopping sprees, take time to reflect on the year that is now rapidly drawing to a close. Identify what you’d like to change for next year. Celebrate those things you are thankful for in 2017. Remember the lessons you learned in the past year and think about how you will apply them to make an eternal impact next year.

God bless.

I believe in you. 

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