One of my cousins sent me a link to watch the recent Bishop T.D. Jakes interview led by Pastor Steven Furtick. It was part of the Bishop’s SOAR! series – How to Build Your Vision from the Ground Up – about having “big dreams” with “little resources.” I immediately subscribed to Pastor Furtick’s YouTube station for near-future viewing but kinda forgot about it along with the other videos and podcasts on my ever-growing to-watch-and-listen list. Barely a week later, the moderator of a coaching group that I’m a member of posted a link to same interview, telling us it was so good and full of valuable gems.
That evening, I settled onto the couch expecting to only absorb a slew of scriptures that often come across as more cliché than inspiring as an attempt to kick-start my drive, which has an awful habit of starting, sputtering and stopping. Instead I was rather surprised to hear familiar, real-life situations from a different perspective such as how we essentially hand over our worth to an employer who assigns us an arbitrary value and we accept it: We’ve turned our income over to someone who has no vision of our needs, Bishop Jakes tells us. He adds: But an employer can only pay us what he thinks a job is worth; he can’t pay us what we’re worth.
Or sage advice on how relationships are our greatest resource and sometimes our help will come from unlikely sources. The ravens didn’t go to church but they fed Elijah, Bishop Jakes says.)
Within a matter of minutes into the interview, I had to pause the video so I could grab my pen and paper to jot down notable quotables in between an occasional yet inappropriate “Oh shit!” Now this is some motivation! Here’s what I wrote: