One of my cousins sent me a link to the Bishop T.D. Jakes interview conducted 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.”
As a creative writer who’s about to tackle her first rather lofty project, I found the topic timely and relevant. So I immediately subscribed to Pastor Furtick’s YouTube station for near-future viewing, which really meant I filed it with the other videos and podcasts on my ever-growing to-watch-and-listen list. Now if only I can find the video that reveals how everyone else is able to watch TED talks and listen to podcasts daily because I can’t manage without sacrificing project productivity.
Anyhoo, barely a week later, the moderator of a coaching group that I’m a member of posted a link to the same interview, telling us it was so good and full of valuable gems.
So that evening, I settled onto the couch half-expecting to only absorb a slew of scriptures that often come across as more cliché than inspiring, which I now realize is simply a function of the beliefs and ultimate selections of the passages a person chooses to recite to me; they’re not always applicable but that’s a whole other blog post.
Instead I was rather surprised to hear words of self-esteem, strength, abundance and worth, contrary to a more familiar message of "the struggle is mandatory." 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:
- Most people are so
busy dating other people, they’ve never dated themselves.
- You can only be fruitful if you are seedful.
- Sometimes we get stuck in what people expect and we never find out who we are because we’re living someone else’s dream.
- The moment you’re exposed to something greater, you drop something lesser.
- In the morning, you should devour the pig; in the evening, you should divide the spoils.
- If you try something and you don’t like it (or it fails), then it’s okay. It might be the thing that leads you to the next thing.
- Look around your life for trees. And then turn them into tables.
- Never adjust your performance to the crowd because you never know who’s in the crowd. Always respect your audience with your best performance.
- Business people don’t fail to do something because they don’t have the money.
- If you plan it with pencil, you can weld it with steel.
- God gives you an opportunity; what you do with that opportunity is your gift to Him.
- Your miracle isn’t in what you have lost; it’s always in what you have left.
- Once I can envision where I’m going, then I can tell you what I don’t need.
- It’s not where you’re trying to go that’s the problem; it’s what is it you’re willing to leave behind.
- There are times you can do the right thing in the wrong wind.
- Despise not the day of small beginnings; great things come out of small places.
- Everyone will attack you first and figure you out later.
- You can’t understand hesitation if you don’t understand rhythm. The miracle is in the rhythm.
- People who are gifted cannot see it.
- Be careful who you have around you because they reflect; they become a mirror and if the person around you has an agenda, they’ll distort the image of who you are.
- When God gives you the next opportunity, move.
- The agony of life is to sit in a place of movement. Frustration is God nudging you, [showing you] that you are sitting in a place of movement.
- Don’t get stuck on the runway and tell yourself it’s alright because it’s not; you belong in the air.