I am an assistant Professor of Economics and a Minister of the Gospel. I am married with 4 grown children, I live in the Greenville, South Carolina, area of the US.
God has called me to start a ministry in South Carolina, 'Reach Ministries' Int'l.
This is my passion:
To promote personal success at life to all I come in contact with: how to win at life itself is more than just about money, wealth, fame, and power (although these would be nice for anyone to have)! With or without these, you can still achieve personal goals, enjoy meaningful, lasting, fulfilling and positive relationships, and experience 'freedom' over the outcomes in your life.
Some of these are internal to you (your gifts, your faith, the choices you make, the way you think, the way your feel); others are external - taking full advantage of the opportunities in your family, community, and those that your country affords you: education and training, sound financial planning and investing, and engagement in the lives of others.
The Three Pillars are:
"Reach for God - He is reaching out to you in love!" (how you can know God through Jesus Christ, how you can experience the peace, joy, fulfillment, hope, intimacy, and miraculous answers to prayer in your walk with God).
"Reach for your Goals" (You can do it); we teach, counsel, guide, and encourage you to reach your personal, career, and financial goals;
"Reach out to others (to give and to receive); we are created for relationship; you can be blessed and you can be a blessing to others. We teach you how to have successful family, community and citizenship relationships.
I am also interested in Economic Development, Political Economy, Music, and Tennis. I'd like give back to Africa, to do more travel, and teach about the intersection of Faith, Economics and Politics; I play (amateur) acoustic guitar.
‘Chemistry‘ is mutual physical attraction and a shared approach to life,
(see above), unfortunately,
will not be enough for the long haul.
You would not invest in the stock market solely by instinct;
you need additional information to inform your ‘instinct’;
why then would you invest your life based solely on instinct?
‘Live in the moment’?
Only if you have only one moment to live.
‘Take a risk?’
Would you jump out of an airplane
without a parachute and/or
without being reasonably sure it works?
We can do this; Let’s do this!!
Note: I apologies for the gap between the last post and this, Apologies for the gap between the last post and this. My excuse? Life Happened (Work, car crashes in the family, etc.). Email me your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulfilling, loving, mutually satisfying, meaningful, and long lasting relationships boils down to one thing:
both partners in the relationship, without pre-conditions and with 100% sincerity commit themselves to make the other person feel
safe, loved, happy, accepted, appreciated, understood, and
Be “…like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” [Apostle Paul]
To do this requires
(from both sides),
(psychological, social, and emotional);
children are innocent and beautiful to behold
but they can also be incredibly selfish, foolish, insensitive and unstable;
‘man-child’ partners, and ‘baby-girl’ ‘diva’ personalities
find it hard to focus selflessly on others, and
often ruin the chances for long term happy relationships;
trust, and vulnerability, because
to love without pre-conditions is risky, and
to open up to real love means to open up to deep hurt;
the ability to forgive and overlook your partner’s fault(s):
(a generous spirit/heart);
‘The teeth and tongue will get in each other’s way sometimes,’ and
it’s not pleasant when they do, but
they must find a way to work together
for the greater good of the body(!)
(in this case the relationship);
An ever growing record of hurts in a relationship
will crush it.
Let your relationship be like a room,
a pleasant place where you both like to relax
and savor each other’s company; one
that is swept clean daily,
of the dust/dirt
(hurts of past days, weeks, and months),
whose windows and doors are constantly open
to allow sunlight and
fresh breeze through.
“When Somebody Loves You Back”
(Teddy Pendergrass )
It’s so good lovin’ somebody; When somebody loves you back
To be loved and be loved in return It’s the only thing that my heart desires Just appreciate the little things I do Oh, you’re the one who’s got me inspired Keep on liftin’, liftin’ me higher
We can build a world of love, a life of joy Make our goal each other’s happiness I will do for you anything that I can Oh, everyday I wanna do a little more Do a little more, just a little bit more
Said now 70-30 Now 60-40 Talkin’ ’bout a 50-50 love, yeah
More tomorrow! You Can Do This, Let’s Do This!
Note: I have been married 36 years, with 4 grown children, and have spent 30 years in ministry including counselling many couples, at all stages of their relationships. You can say I have been ‘around the block’ a few times.
Email me your questions on relationships and I will answer them as best as I can.
Reach Ministries: Army of Worshipers whose ultimate prayer is that God is glorified in and through each of them, who are passionate about achieving their God-given dreams and aspirations, and who promote and enjoy healthy, meaningful, and fulfilling relationships in community.
Through God-centered worship, sound biblical teaching, practical training in important life skills and by creating diverse opportunities for healthy interactions, relationships and service to others, Reach Ministries will raise an Army of Worshipers to fulfill the vision.
The Three Pillars
Reach Upwards to God (He is always reaching down to us in Love!)
Reach Forward to your goals (Everyone one can achieve their God-given goals)
Reach Outward to Others (To give and to receive; to bless and to be blessed in community!)