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Go Get It: Getting Your Passion

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“God allowed us to reach this point in order to take us to the next level.”. These were the words of Erica speaking of the relationship with her sister and the eminent sabbatical of the group Mary Mary. I’ve enjoyed watching their show for the past two seasons on WE and have appreciated the position they have taken as a gospel group going mainstream with their edgy yet anointed songs that transform our thinking and motivate us to go for everything God has for us.

Yet in the midst of watching their show tonight titled, “Fight of a Lifetime”. I am sure that it indeed has been a fight of a lifetime for many people. I sense that there are many people in a stage of life where they want to break out from the normalcy that they have been engaged in and return to their happy place. In 2012 Forbes Magazine reported that only nineteen percent (19%) of people were satisfied on their jobs. Many of them often worked from their cubicle fantasizing of the clock striking five o’clock so like Clark Kent, they could turn into their Superman “type” in the studio, at the sewing machine, or in the kitchen.

Whether that happy place is a six figure corporate executive leaving his position to save children on the streets of Cambodia or a medical doctor who decides to become an entrepreneur, or like Mary Mary, it may be that you suddenly realize that your passion for touring and making records has blessed you to arrive to a wonderful place in your life filled with fortune and fame; yet the passion of changing diapers and being a housewife is the calling that you wish to walk in. Whatever your expression, the chains of obligation are slowly falling off many and they are becoming impressed with conviction to follow the road less traveled and get to the essence of getting to their own happy.

From the time we start school, we are taught to get a good education and play sports so we can get a scholarship. Our expression in school may have been art class or baking cookies or for others designing software. Technology and passion have cleared the way for many to develop their successful vocations without stepping foot into the walls of a university. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, to name a few are successful innovators who traveled the road less traveled and the against the opinions of man to follow their dreams.

Mary Mary have experienced an awesome career that has spanned many years and have opened the door to other gospel artists breaking into the mainstream. Despite what they may choose in their path, the decision to follow their peace will be their ultimate success.

P.S. Thanks for reading this post. I hope that you will comment and share your experience. For additional information on developing the power to express yourself, stop by my store for my audio teaching I delivered in Kinston, North Carolina called “The Power of Expression and Knowing God for Yourself.

Love you and God loves you double!

Danita  Ogandaga

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Get Up and Stay Out

ImageThis morning as I was preparing morning Tally and Mommy activity- gardening, I am looking at these flowers we purchased on yesterday and the colorful pots which we will extract and replant in the pot, as well as the bag of potting soil. While in the midst of this I hear, “Tell them to get up and stay out”. I obey so listen up….

Many of you I am sure may unknowingly find yourself in a state of anger, whether it is subtle and turned inward via depression or tossing glasses around the house due to your present circumstance. I am not going to ask you to raise your hand, cause I may not be able to recognize your faces, but many are trying to find your way through or out of your present day circumstance to the things that really hold value in your life.Your purpose.

With the state of the economy and the redlining um….redesigning of communities- whether by your volition or not, many people are on the other side of life in a pasture that is not looking so green right now. I am reminded of the post that my classmate Alicia Bryant wrote several weeks ago, referencing that God told you to go but he did not inform you that you’d have obstacles along the way. Man, if someone would have told me that I’d have to pray my way of out a eternal state of insanity after the death of both parents at the age of 21, I certainly would not have signed up for this journey. Especially then, at the critical juncture of the sealing of my identity- thank God for my brothers and sisters who told me, “Yes You Can”! What about you? I am sure many of you did not expect the doctor to tell you that you’d not be able to carry your child to term or you’d never lose the weight. Or your job will be ending in 30 days- the proverbial manager who informs you that even “his position is up for discussion”- Even with this— all while preparing the gardening activity for this morning, God was speaking to me about confidence. Looking at the pots, bag of soil, bucket of water, apron, tools, etc. God was speaking to me about those of us who are finding their way through and out–with what we now hold in our hands.

If life would come equipped with a GPS– there would be some happy people.. right Lisa? I mean if God could just inform us that okay 2 months from now you are gonna bid for your dream house but someone may try to block the process- I can at least prepare for the blow.. Right? Tommie said that the convenience of a GPS is that is requires no work, set-backs (well maybe a few depending on the brand), it’s 24/7, clear reception, for you to reach a fixed point. Well that may be the case, but we know that life is not a culmination of all those great catch phrases and that in this life, we will have trials and tribulations— we have been told not to sweat because we already won.. We have to know and resolve that our steps are ordered by God and although His process does require seeking him daily for direction in order to clearly hear him tell you where to go to your fixed point.

Remember Genesis- where Abraham was told to pack up and take a Greyhound out of his city— to a place that he’d be informed about ….later… I am sure there may have been some… well what will it look like or as my Grandma Sudie would say, well what do you want me to do then? Many of us have been uprooted from our comfort and are experiencing rootshock–maybe you lost your house due to foreclosure, or went from making $50K to $15k— whatever the lot we have been extracted —like the plant that Talmer-Marie and I are about to touch– and are being re-potted –repositioned.

For years I was a community organizer and social work instructor studying human behavior in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA. I studied the intricate details that led to the population shift in the Hill District community that ultimately bruised the fabric of the community’s economic stimulus and sense of community. With every new plan for change and every promise of hope, people were speculative and some were even apathetic to the process. This statement is not a negative connotation on the community that I love so much; however it is intended to give light to the possibility that many were being guided through a series of processes over and over that often times were a step in a process of other steps.The convenience of a predictable GPS “plan” worked but the plans were not enough to really meet the detailed niche of the community–thus setbacks were created. I wondered during my early days– well why can’t we just go in and fix it—— people are people with situations that need to be fixed– rootshock is systemic and geographical— but our mindset is the pilot. It was not until I practiced the Chinese proverb— Go to the people, learn from them, show them your strengths, they’ll show you theirs, swap weaknesses, devise a plan, and in the end, the people will say, We did it ourselves! We must be active participants to our change.

No matter if the circumstance was caused by your lack of attention or inflicted upon you, you must get up and stay out. Questioning yourself every morning with the How Did I Get Here story will only result in the creation of a famine in your mind and soul. When things around you may be drying up, the last thing you need is a dried up mind and soul. Stress is definitely that culprit because it deforms our physical and mental state and delays our peace and ability to hear from God. We got to get up and stay out.

So Danita, I am not working…..get up in the morning and wash your face, put on some deodorant and take a walk to the public library and search for opportunities. My husband left me for him…well get up and look at that picture of him and begin the process of releasing anger. I have been mad all my life because I don’t seem to be able to lose weight…girl — go and take them skinny jeans off- look in the mirror at yourself and assess your plan for change.

Yes, it may have come–is come to your house right now, but it will not stay for long. God will honor those who get up and stay out —of doubt, fear, scarcity, victimization, and inferiority. Utilize what you have in your hand—in your” potted” state. You may not believe that the “potted” plant has any stability– but God can anchor you tighter than you can imagine!

I love the part in the bible that says, Now it came to PASS…that there WAS a famine in the land.

The vagabond—may have been homeless and in a state of confusion but he eventually went to a new home. So will you