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I’m back from a hiatus of my Mind Flare blog. A lot has happened the last year and I’m all the more excited for what God has in store for my future. I am climbing the ranks of corporate America and realize that now, more than ever, we need God in the marketplace.

It’s a delicate balance. A balance that has been thrown off somewhere in the last half a century or so. The traditional family is no more… all too common we see children being raised by single parents. My question is what happened? I believe that the American Dream happened. Drive a BMW, travel, have a house on the hill with a white picket fence… all at the expense of quality time with family. Eventually… the castle built on sand crumbles into divorce, bankruptcy, and despair. God tells us that we can either serve Him or money… not both.

If working toward the American Dream isn’t the answer in the marketplace… then what is? After all… the average American spends more time with his/her co-workers than with their own family! That’s just a fact of life.

The answer is to reflect God in everything you do. To be the best of the best. To work unto God, not to man.

If Elijah could pray for an abundant rain. If Daniel could pray for God to shut the mouths of lions. Imagine what we can do in the marketplace… after all, these warriors of the faith DIDN’T have the Holy Spirit and we DO!

God wants to turn the wealth of the wicked over to those who love Him but it takes faith on our part and faith without works is… dead. May we shine with the countenance of Jesus. May we blaze like the fire in His eyes. May we work unto the Lord for an eternal reward consisting of gold, silver, and precious jewels rather than the temporal things consisting of wood, hay, and straw. May the fire burn away the dross that we may impact the marketplace for the one true King!

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Everybody has been getting all nimbly bimbly and amped up over “The Secret” as well as other tips and tricks in Eastern Philosophical format. To be honest with you, for our society to fall prey to new concepts as absolute truth is ludacris. I hear stuff like this all the time. Live by this magical formula, take these 10 easy steps, go see so and so, etc. Where is the fruit? Don’t get me wrong, there are books out there that have a wealth of information that lead to success but how far are you really willing to go? The Bible says what good is it to gain the entire world yet forfeit your soul? Why are multi-millionaires often the emptiest people in the world? Why does happiness seem so impossible to obtain in America?

I too have wondered these questions and asked God, how can I find happiness? The truth is I was asking the wrong question. I feel like that Steven Hawking holographic dude from iRobot beating around the bush until Will Smith finally asks the right question. His ears flare up and he finds the key to destroying artificial intelligence… yay, the end, all the robots become friends and human slavery is postponed. Our lives are outside of the lights and cameras and to be brutally honest most of us don’t want to think that far down the road. I think the real question is how can I live a life of fulfillment? Fulfillment always leads to happiness, yet the void remains. Marriage doesn’t fill it. Success in business doesn’t fill it. What is this intrinsic emptiness that longs to be filled?

I searched for years. Drugs. Women. Marriage. Wreckless Spending. Sex. Kids. Some were harmful but some were great blessings! I have found that nothing can fulfill like surrenduring to God. I have found that there is a door in every man’s heart. On the other side of that door lies a void that can only be filled by the master of the universe (not He-man). The God who devised the very fabric of time longs to be the answer. The key to unlocking this door lies in surrender. You surrender your life over only to gain everything. Let’s just be honest here… you could gain the entire world but you will keep craving more until that void is filled. I’ve lived, learned, and made my choices. Today the void is filled and somehow the rest of my life is falling into place.

How difficult would it be to meditate for a few minutes on the reality that you too might have this unexplainable void? The temporary pleasures almost always seemingly come back to that one question don’t they? Welcome to my world.