Choose To Love

It was a unexpected conversation with a friend. We both wanted make the world a better place and ensure we are living up to God’s desires for our lives, but we weren’t really sure if we were doing it.  We talked about all the signs we had seen, our spiritual gifts. the need we felt to serve others, and the calling on our hearts. The best way I can explain it is that we each felt called to make the world better, to be better, and to do better.  But we had absolutely no idea what that was. For me, it was exciting and strange at the same time – especially since I had no clue what we were supposed to be doing to acheive this goal. For my friend, it was just weird. And different. And strange. And that led us to an interesting conversation with two simple questions.

Is love a feeling or a decision?

The bottom line was that we knew if God placed the same feeling on our hearts, then the very least we could do is explore them and carry out His wishes. Especially since it led to the conversation where we discovered we both had the same bit of confusion about love. And for the record, we are not talking about hearts, roses, and candies that are associated with Valentine’s Day. We are talking about unconditional, agape love. The kind we are commanded to have in hearts. Yes, commanded.

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These Books Will Jumpstart Your Year!

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I.LOVE.READING. It is one of my absolute favorite hobbies. Of all the books in the world to read, though, I love faith-based non-fiction. I’ve written before about my favorite authors and reviewed some of their books…and I think I may have even written about the time I met one of those authors at a local coffee shop here in Dallas.

One of the best books I read last fall was The Power of Purpose: Breaking Through to Intentional Living. Living a more intentional life has been a standing goal of mine. Some days I can do it, and some days I fall short. Last year, I analyzed the numbers in my life in order to gain a greater perspective on intentional living and to say the least, I realized that I had some work to do. I did a lot of things that weren’t aligned with my purpose, my calling, and I wasn’t passionate about. I said yes when I should have said no, and as a result I was miserable. Continue reading

If Mark Zuckerberg is Intentional, You Should Be Too

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I have a confession to make. I’ve been on social media for about 10 years, and until recently I was not intentional in my posting. While I did progress from mentioning trips to the grocery store, I will still haphazardly post whatever I felt like saying. And let’s not even talk about Instagram photos. I would snap, post, and comment — not realizing that all of my posts — every single one of them — is a reflection of my brand, my blog, and my online presence. Until recently, I kind of followed the no cussing or offensive language rule…but social media is so much more intention than that.

And if you think about it, the creators of social media platforms know that. If you follow Mark Zuckerberg’s story about the development of Facebook, you can understand that was and still is very intentional about improving the platforms and expanding its presence on the internet.

Today, Facebook is the world’s largest social media network. Haphazardly product development does not yield those result. Intentional, consistent, and thought-provoking material does.

In the book Think Like Zuck, author Ekaterina Walter explores the five Ps that are critical to the success pf the internet phenom.

Passion. Keep your energy and commitment fully charged at all times by pursuing something you believe in.

Purpose. — Don’t just create a great product, drive a meaningful movement.

People. — Build powerful teams that can execute your vision.

Product. — Create a product that is innovative, that breaks all the rules, that changes everything.

Partnerships — Build powerful partnerships with people who fuel imagination and energize execution.

If you want to build a successful online presence, even if you are only using social media for personal reasons, you must be intentional in your efforts. 

Today I want you to think about your online presence. What do people expect from you on social media? Are you providing a service to your friends? If you manage social media for a business or organization, answer those questions on behalf of the company you are working for.

Tomorrow we will talk about the specific tasks you can accomplish within different social media networks to increase your intentional delivery. And at the end of the day, intentional posts equal more engaged followers. And more engagement is the point whole point of social media, isn’t it?

Have you been following our series on social media so far? Here are some of the other posts in case you missed them.

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Beyond the Big Three

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Debunking the Myths

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