Gabrielle’s Big Goal & You

Gabrielle Wildes trods the road less travelled and we’ve got to do whatever we can to keep her on it!

When she left high school, instead of joining the herd – like her older brothers – immediately rushing off to University to get white collar, long-tie jobs, without even a sense of the great “WHY” that makes work and living meaningful – she became a missionary.

Gabrielle is all about impacting lives on a global scale for the Glory of God and the good of others! I love what she does and URGE you to consider supporting her to accomplish her goal! (Click this picture to go to her website)
Gabrielle is all about impacting lives on a global scale for the Glory of God and the good of others! I love what she does and URGE you to consider supporting her to accomplish her goal! (Click this picture to go to her website)

She packed up and went off to Youth With A Mission in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She joined their Discipleship Training program. Left her family and went to The Gambia. She shared the message of undying love there, as she has done in so many ways in Jamaica. Continue reading Gabrielle’s Big Goal & You

Discovering Mrs. Daisy Bates

U.S. Embassy, Kingston Documentary Screening Serves Much Food for Thought

Owing to her relentless efforts to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 the United States of America was set on fire.

Eventually an Executive Order was issued by the President of the United States Dwight Eisenhower deploying 10,000 American soldiers to the small town of Little Rock, to uphold the rights of 9 vastly outnumbered and defenceless African-American students.

06 Sep 1957, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA --- Elizabeth Eckford ignores the hostile screams and stares of fellow students on her first day of school.  She was one of the nine negro students whose integration into Little Rock's Central High School was ordered by a Federal Court following legal action by NAACP. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
06 Sep 1957, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA — Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock 9 walks away from an angry crowd that had gathered to prevent the entry of the 9 students from entering the all-white Central High School after a lawsuit brought by the Bates-headed Arkansas NAACP resulted in a Court Order that the school be desegregated | Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

The story is one of a mythical magnitude. The images of the black students, first being turned away by the Arkansas National Guard amidst the vitriolic jeering of rabid racists are harrowing. The images of the Little Rock 9 – the name by which the group will forever be remembered – being escorted by 10,000 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division in full army fatigue still speak volumes.

How is it even possible therefore, that in the retelling of the American Civil Rights struggle and in the popular celebrations of its major contributors, so very little is said or known – if anything at all – about the central force behind the comprehensive protest effort that etched the Little Rock 9 forever in the cannons of world history and paved the way for countless blacks in the United States to attend desegregated schools today? Continue reading Discovering Mrs. Daisy Bates

How To Make A Lasting Difference in the World

Be Mastered – What It Means & Why You Need It

Hurrying down Kings Street, I could hardly wait to see the store. I don’t know what it was – I don’t know how or why the influence of man dead 38 years at the time had come to be so significant to me. What I knew was this: I had seen the Autobiography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a bookstore window and I was determined to have it.

MLKJ BOOK

A big hardcover book with a shiny jacket. To me – at the time – a tome.  I read everything – the front cover, the back cover, the printer’s information – everything!

“How did he accomplish what he did?”  “Could my life have such a significant impact too?” The more I read about his life and impact, the more I read to find his secret.

You can probably relate to the desire I had then as an eager 18 year old reading that book – filled with an ambition to make a meaningful difference in the world. Filled with a determination to not to waste my life. Yet, curious as to how exactly to go about it all.

I think I have found something that may help to guide us.

The more I read and observe those who have made an impact – in whatever field – the more I recognize that  if you want your life to count for something significant, then something extraordinary is required of you: you need to be mastered by something greater than yourself.

The Magnificent Idea

What do you need to know to make a lasting difference in the world? At least 10,000 things right? Maybe not. In Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper says something that hits the nail square on the head –  I think. You and I must be mastered by an idea. He said: 

You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are NOT the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on into eternity, you don’t need to have a high IQ. You don’t have to have good looks or riches or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things-or ONE great all-embracing thing-and be set on fire by them. (Emphasis mine)

– John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life (Read Chapter Online) Continue reading How To Make A Lasting Difference in the World

[Special Post]10 Truths Every Young Adult Should Know About Faith

This is a Special Feature-Length Post. It’s more in-depth than usual, but worth the read. Feel free to read it in parts.

Millions of Young Adults Today Are Having Failing Spiritual Health – You Don’t Have To Be One of The Numbers.

I live in a country where (according to the last CENSUS data), ALL the traditional Christian denominations are seeing their youth numbers decrease. More notably, the youth account for 40 percent of those who are now shunning ALL religious affiliation.

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The spiritual life of young adults in the West. Increasing numbers are leaving not just their church but the Church altogether. | Photo by Art By Doc

That means in my country, the fastest growing religion among young men and women like me is “no religion“.

You may call it unfair, but I deduce from that data, not simply a growing disenchantment with religion, but an increasing neglect of the spiritual life (which then leads to dissociation from religion)Continue reading [Special Post]10 Truths Every Young Adult Should Know About Faith

Guess What? The Best Is Yet to Come!

Awards, Appreciation & How Can Help to Build a Better Blog

This is old news. I shared it on the Facebook page last week, but I think I should write something about the award here on the blog itself – for posterity and all.

MaximizeMyLife.com Won A Jamaica Blog Award!!

September 2011 I started this blog with the hope of sharing a bit of my life and perspective with young adults across the world, just like me, who want to make the most of their lives. Longggg before and even without a Blog Award, I have been amazed at the results of this blog.

Still, the award is very much appreciated. Let me tell you why.

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Continue reading Guess What? The Best Is Yet to Come!