The BEST MISTAKE

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There is a 21-year-old young man in the Dominican Republic who grew up not knowing his father. One day he met his dad who told him he was a mistake. As you can imagine, the son was devastated. However, not long afterward, the son received a letter from a stranger reminding him of his value. The young man later contacted his father and told him that he was not a mistake and even if he was, he’s the best mistake his father ever made.

Words carry weight. How do you see yourself? Do you know and believe that you are valuable beyond measure and no one changes that fact? It’s true and not only should you celebrate your value but you should help others see their own. Why did the father say such a jarringly hurtful thing? How does he view himself? To be fair, many fathers today – like my dad – are caring, men of honor who are excellent examples of fatherhood. Nonetheless, the young man in DR could just as well have been in India, The Bahamas, Europe, the United States, the Middle East, Africa or somewhere else in the world. Location doesn’t matter. Matters of the heart and mind do. Stand tall, believe in yourself, and be the light in someone else’s life. #myheartmatters#knowyourvalue#sonoftheKing, #kirkjohnsonworldwide

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Fear Not

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I am on my knees in a Florida hotel room with tears running down my face.  Honestly, I would much rather keep this to myself but I know someone needs to read this.  I feel a little overwhelmed but not with sadness.  Rather, it’s a sobering awareness of GOD’s mindfulness towards me.

The past year and a half was tougher than I have admitted to anyone.  Frankly, there was only so much I could explain with words.  You may know like I do, what it’s like to have limited cash with barely enough money to buy gas for your car and then to lose that car.  You may have an idea of what it is like to face a crisis and feel like you’re quickly running out of options in a world where people are often measured by the contents of their pockets instead of the content of their character.

Although most persons in Orlando are vacationing,  I am not. I’m here on a very important mission that I will tell you more about in future blogs.  Right now, I’m reflecting on today’s devotions.  The words got pass my ears and have reached my soul. My spirit marvels at GOD’s love. “Fear not,” it reads, “for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’

For anyone who has a dream and you are wondering how you will beat the odds, I am talking to you. For that person who is at odds with a spouse, friend, coworker, business partner or family member and wants to find peace and resolve, I am talking to you.  To that teenager or adult who wants to better understand him or herself or forgive herself, I’m talking to you.  To that educator, construction engineer, student, CEO, administrator, carpenter, doctor, and unnamed persons who want to fully understand and complete their life’s purpose, I am talking to you.  For that person who wants to be loved, valued and respected, I AM TALKING TO YOU.

I’m not trying to give you a panacea like the one found in the “Alice in Wonderland” fairy tale. In most circumstances, clicking your heels will not make things better.  Rather, I am talking about forming a foundation of faith that you build on with your actions.  I can only share my personal story and the rewards of my relationship with CHRIST.  I’m not perfect but HE is.

We all have our own minds and hearts and I respect yours even if we don’t share the same convictions.  My heart is not to offend but to remind you that you are valuable, you are worth it. You can push beyond your ‘pause.’ Face your disappointments, even your fear of failure.  “The fears we don’t face become our limits”, says Robin Sharma. If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl but by all means keep moving,” Dr. Martin Luther king Jr.

What you do matters. ~ Kirk Johnson

The World Will Know Your Name

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You’ve got it in you!

Good Day World, I know you’ve been waiting for me. Yes, waiting for my unique talent, personality and GOD-given abilities. I know you know that I am uniquely me and like a fingerprint there is no carbon copy. I am the one and only original. I am Me. I am here and will fulfill my purpose, walk out my destiny. I am joy-filled, confident and at peace.

I am more than an Overcomer. I am a ‘Finisher.’ I am whole. I am here and like a bullet train I will push through to my destination.  It’s not about my ‘title’ in life but my tenacity, integrity and dogged determination to live life fully and in that, my purpose.  I will work diligently to make the difference in my family, community and country and I will begin with me. I will search and destroy doubt, negative attitudes and self-defeating thoughts. I will rest, rejuvenate and educate my mind, body, spirit and soul. I am a Winner. I am a helper. I am a Believer. I Am ME.

I must admit that this mantra inspires me. So much so, that I almost had to ask, “who wrote it?” (Smile) Seriously though, the need to remember your value and life’s mission is a constant need across islands, provinces, villages, states and continents. From Atlanta to Andros, Chile to China, Kosovo to Kenya, Japan to Jamaica, we all need inspiration.  However, while it’s wonderful to receive it from others, it cannot replace the hope and drive that must come from within.

Today I remind you to search your heart and mind for your passion, purpose and dreams. I often find inspiration in the song ‘The Script’ sung by Hall of Fame and Will I Am. I was at a meeting recently and the speaker inspired me with the message ‘Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed’ (Proverbs 16:3). Don’t delay and don’t give up because what you do Matters. ~ Kirk Johnson