Wow. God is good.
Recently I was contacted by Creators.co, a really awesome site that is not only a great blogging platform, but a place for people to come together and share about what they’re passionate about. This site is a sister site to the primary site, Movie Pilot (their bio: “We are a pop-culture digital magazine and social publisher with a difference: our content is created by fans, for fans.”); and is also a sister site with Now Loading (video games), and Champions (Mixed Martial Arts).
Basically, it’s a huge network of awesome and passionate creators from a wide range of subjects. Truly something to get excited about!
So now, the announcement: I’ll be juggling between writing TWO blogs! That means TWICE the content for you all to read! My first featured piece, “Success – What It Is, and What It Isn’t“, can be found by clicking this link or the title.
In terms of what you’ll get over there at my Creators.co blog, it will be generally the same content subject-wise; I’m keeping to my mantra of “faith, fitness, and footwork”. The only difference is that you might see different, completely fresh, new pieces over there, that you can only read from there. There might be some cross posts from F3 For Answers as well, but rest assured, some content will be different.
This is still my primary blog though, so expect this blog to always be updated first and foremost!
Thank you for reading and following my blog, and I hope that as we continue moving forward together, we can continue to enjoy the ride.
Michael “Bboy Roach1” Roach
What’s up? I’ve been noticing some things have been changing lately.
Am I right? Things seem to be heading in a different direction for you—slowly, sure, but they are. You feel happier, even if it’s a tad. There are some positives that you’re taking away in your day-to-day activities. You’re finding more excuses to smile every once and a while. Heck, sometimes nothing extraordinary happens and you just look up to the sky and say, “Thanks, Jesus.” That’s great.
I want you to know I’ve been noticing, and I couldn’t be more proud of you. Really, I know, sometimes we don’t say that enough in our lives—that we’re legitimately proud of someone. Let alone that someone being you. But I am. We all are.
You’ve remained trusting. You’ve never given up on the goals that were laid out before you. You’ve soldiered on even when things were darkest and most bleak. When people said negative crap about you, you dared to say, “I love you, too”. Not only that, but you’ve grown more humble; you’ve gotten on your knees more, opened up more, cried out more, and been wholly content when everything was not-so-optimal. That takes a lot of heart, and a lot of faith.
Even with all the scars, they’re healing, and you’re finding ways to smile. That’s so admirable in its’ own right, because quite frankly the rest of us struggle with that.
God’s given you these blessings; these happy moments; these small blueberry slices of life. Because you’re not getting too haughty and you’re well aware of where and why they come. And that’s why we’re so proud. And I’m so proud. Because you’re truly letting transformation happen—growing and learning as the process exercises itself.
So keep on keeping on! Stay low to the ground to get as high as the sky. You’ve got a lot, a lot more work to do.
I’m proud of you for where you’ve been and where you’re going.
We all are.
In my last piece, “The Real Reason Why – I Work Out”, I wrote the following:
“In my opinion, the best way to get decent at your craft is to practice it a lot.”
And today, I thought I would shed some seriously awesome info with you as to why—and how—practice actually effects your proficiency at any given subject. Whether that be writing as I am now, solving complex mathematical equations, singing, or playing a sport—practice does scientifically help you get better at a skill.
Practice may never lead us to be perfect—we’re never going to reach that bar objectively—but it sure will help us in another big way.
Making us a beast at what we do.
On some mornings—after I get done with my morning routine—I like to browse the internet in search of stuff to inspire me to hit the keyboard and write. In my opinion, the best way to get decent at your craft is to practice it a lot. So for me, that means reading a lot to write even more. Pretty sure I have 3 books I’m juggling reading, all at the same time right now, but that’s beside the point.
I wandered over to Health.com and found this fun little article, “The Real Reason I Work Out? Because I Want to Live in Leggings”. Granted, I don’t wear leggings, and I never will (99.9% guaranteed!)—but the article really made me smile.
The article is nothing comprehensive, nothing crazy deep, and that’s the good thing. Because it’s simple and a point of inspiration.
So I decided to write my own.
This is kind of strange. Normally, I write a draft on Microsoft Word, double check it and proofread it a couple times, and pray for the relevancy of it to at least speak to some of you, the readers. It could be health related, life related, Christ related, whatever–usually it’s a process. One I quite enjoy, might I add.
But today, after some serious morning scripture study and prayer, I asked God this:
“God, I’m not coming to you today to ask for deliverance from my situation. Yes, I want it to be alleviated, but by you. I pray you give me wisdom and patience. I pray most of all, that you come in me today, and give me a sign. Not because I don’t believe in your works or need validation of the truth–but because I know you can reassure me in light of my fears.”
This writing is what he told me, and I’m speaking strictly off-the-cuff what the Spirit is saying in my heart:
“Michael. Son. Here’s your sign. No miraculous material thing, or someone saying to you, just words from a book you read that speaks words directly from my mouth to your soul. I’m giving you the Spirit. The Spirit to be uplifted from these times. The Spirit to be set apart in your community, your friends. The Spirit to push forward and work. The Spirit of patience, grace, and mercy. The Spirit of comfort.
Do you get the pattern here, son? You pray for deliverance usually like this: ‘Give me the strength,’ or ‘Let me work hard for you.'” And I appreciate those sentiments, but you’re missing the point.
Give me all the credit! You do nothing in your own strength–quite honestly, you are weak without me. You have been selfish in believing you were the one doing the work.
I did all those things. I give. And I will do for you. Not you. Me.
I give you my Spirit and I do the work. Your goal is to profess me, and live unashamed for me. These times are trying, yes, I know. But I am building in you a Spirit to do more than you know.
Just rely on me. Truly rely on me. One-hundred percent, Michael. In everything. Patience means trust. It’s not your own strength, it’s my strength.
Give me the credit and watch what I do.”