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Losing Our Identity

2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. One of the hardest things to do when you are unhappy, bored or disouraged is to not compare your life with someone else's. Some have called it a comparison trap. Oftentimes when we are idle or restless in our own lives, we seem to notice what is going on and into the lives of others. When this happens we lose our own identity. It's not wise to compare yourself to another person or your life to their life.  Don't fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. You are exactly the way you are supposed to be. Don't let the weakness in you affect the greatness in you. You have been given all that you need to be the success that God desires for you. Settle down and settle in to that best version of you that we all want to see. You are amazing!

Getting Ready for 2017

I wanted to share a few thoughts to my Cup of Joe partners regarding what is on my heart as I pray about moving into 2017. Most of you are aware that I incorporated Cup of Joe last summer as a 501c3 that encourages others through written and spoken word. Presently we do that through a FREE media channel with nearly 700 audio/video files of messages I have shared as a pastor and teacher since 2000, a blog/website at and 7 books, and a variety of consulting opportunities. Everything we do is to encourage and equip others to move towards all that God designed them to be. 

So for 2017 I feel like I am supposed to strategically place some of these resources in places/organizations/events where I can give them away or discount them for the greatest good. It's as if the Lord is saying to me that these words/books/messages cannot help others if they are not afforded the opportunity to see and hear them. 
Strategic partnerships will be the key to "enlarging the vision" and that is why I am sharing this with you. Maybe you work with missions organizations, churches, outreaches or events that could use some of our resources to bless others. Honestly, at this point, I have no clear path to who I am supposed to connect with so I am throwing this out to those close to me.

I feel like we are in a season where people need informations, strategies and encouragement daily and that is exactly what I want to do. Feel free to share your thoughts, forward this note to your leadership or simply pray that the Lord would guide our steps and conversations so that 2017 will be a year where we touch more lives than ever before. You can send me a note directly to
I appreciate you, I am praying for you and I am so excited about what lies ahead. 

Thanks for sharing a cup of joe with me every day:)