“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!'”
As human beings, we are more alike than we realize. No matter the political issue or persuasion, racial difference or religious beliefs the truth remains the same — most, if not all, people have more in common than not. The human condition is universal. Everyone reading this has experienced pain, joy, success and failure. All parents want to see their child succeed, and not harmed. Many people live a ‘rough draft’ of what their lives could be. I believe this to be true, not only because of the unlimited examples one has at their disposal, but because so few people can honestly answer three basic, yet essential questions:
1. Who are you?
2. What do you believe?
3. What is your purpose?
What is more alarming — and disappointing, — is the limited number of people who seek answers to those three introspective inquiries. The sad reality is that far too many souls spend an entire lifetime experiencing personal defeat after personal defeat, because of their unwillingness to commit valuable time in the pursuit of honest self-reflection. By adequately, or inadequately, answering those questions, we will create a considerable difference in the decisions we entertain and the ultimate direction and destiny of our lives.
There are numerous threads of commonality that weave themselves through our lives. We all have dreams and aspirations, flaws and shortcomings. Some are more noticeable than others. But the threads that so tightly knit us together as one fabric are the ones stitched around pain and crisis. It’s an undeniable fact that every individual on earth falls into one of three categories: currently in a crisis, just coming out of a crisis, or a crisis is on the horizon. The trauma can be in form of a health, family or professional emergency. Disaster and dilemma can also be success-related. Successful young athletes and entertainers are blessed with prosperity yet often face devastating consequences. Many of their problems have been built on the foundation of not being able to answer three basic and universal questions: Who are you? What do you believe? What is your purpose?
I say this with humble confidence, not arrogance. For the better part of my adult life I didn’t know who I was, what I believed, or what my purpose in life was. A heavy price was paid with multiple marriages, multiple children born out of wedlock and financial turmoil and chaos. If I did, for a short time, have truthful responses to those three inquiries, I didn’t have the courage or consistent behavior to abide by them.
The purpose of this book is to start an internal dialogue with the reader surrounding the three most important questions they can ask themselves during his or her lifetime. I will show how acknowledging and answering those three questions dramatically changed my life —and how it can change yours. The good news is that I now know the answer to those questions as it pertains to me. Just as importantly, I understand why it’s vital to have this information to successfully live out my truth, belief and purpose on a daily basis. In the end, this book is not about conversion — but about conversation.
Allow me to share. (excerpt from the introduction of my book entitled; “Allow Me To Share”)