FEARLESS

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Even though I am 22, I can honestly say I’m not the biggest Taylor Swift fan on the planet, however, when you have a 9 year old sister, you can’t help but hear Miss Swift quoted day after day. In fact, I’ve often found myself applying some of her song titles to certain situations. For example, I’ve been in an Ag Mechanics Shop and seen “Sparks Fly” and in my opinion, there are many politicians in Washington who “Should’ve Said No” on many different bills, but that’s for another day 🙂

But there was one particular time this month when one of Taylor Swift’s song titles became more real to me than ever before. You see, a few weeks ago I met my family in Branson, MO for a quick weekend vacation. It was a blast and after 5 years, it was well overdue. The 1st day we arrived in Branson, we settled into our hotel room, and like a fish out of water, my little sister immediately grabbed me and went after the Swimming Pool.

As soon as we got there, my sister got in the shallow side and was content in staying there. While she was there, I ran and jumped into the deep end of the pool. She was Ecstatic to see my big splash and yelled out a big, “Wow!!” She then hopped on the edge, ran and jumped into the shallow end, and made a big splash of her own. She loved it!! She continued to jump into same spot in the pool time after time. However, I could see in her eyes, that she craved to do something more. I asked her if she wanted to an even bigger splash, an Emphatic “Yes!!”, she replied. “Okay,” I replied, “then come jump in the deep section, I’ll be there to catch you.” As soon as I said this, her enthusiasm went from high to low, she then hung her head, and responded in a quiet voice saying, “No, I don’t think I can do that Brandon. I’ve never been down there before.”

I told her she could make the jump if she wanted to and assured her that I’d be there to make sure she was safe. After I said this, she got out of the pool and walked over to the Deep End and looked down. She said, “Ok Brandon, I’m going to jump.” She then counted to 2, stepped back, and said, “I think I’m going to go back to the shallow end.” Again and again, she would go to the deep end to jump and never would do it. Finally, I said, “Sister, you can make the jump, you just gotta believe in yourself.”
“Okay,” she said. She then sat down, thought for awhile, and before I know it, she gets up, takes a deep breath, closes her eyes, begins to run, and JUMPS INTO THE DEEP!
She emerged her head up from the water, gasped her breath, and was so excited! I was so Proud! She got back up and started jumping over and over again into the deep section. You couldn’t stop her and all of a sudden Taylor Swift’s song “Fearless” popped into my head. Because that day my sister had proved that she was Bigger then Her Fear, and became every bit of the word-Fearless.

This remarkable story reveals to me a common denominator in the nature of every person. The fact is we all have things in our lives that we consider as Obstacles, Fear Factors, things that are holding us back from where we need to be. Many of us are swimming in the Shallow, when we should be Diving in the Deep. We may think we are in over our heads, but we are only as in over heads as much as allow our heads to be under water. We have choice: to Live with Fear or Live Fearlessly. The question is, how will we live? Your Life is Bigger then Your Fear and it’s time to show this world the Love in Our Hearts rather than the Fighting that Derives From Our Fear.
Whenever I’m speaking, I commonly hear that many of us are afraid to do something because we’ve never done it before. And its perfectly normal to be afraid of the unknown, we’ve all experienced Fear in some point in our lives, but don’t let that stop you from Fearlessly Impacting Your School, Business, and World. There is a Thrill in Living Fearlessly because it requires us to be UnCommon in our Actions. Fearless Leaders will stand out because it Breaks the Social Barriers in a Fear-Filled World.

When I saw my sister take that jump, she displayed a characteristic that has sadly become a rare trait in our world and that is Courage. Do you want to know the cure to drastically changing our world for the better? It starts by being Courageous. It starts by Being Vigilant. It Starts by Being Fearless. It’s going against the odds, and despite precedence, doing the thing that’s never been done before. It time to Stand Up and Start Something Positive, Uplifting, and Live-Changing.
If there is no Standard, then Be the Standard.
If there is no Dream, then Be the Dreamer.
If there is no Tradition, Then Start the Tradition.
It’s time to be Bold and Inspire Courage.
It’s time to be Brave and Let Nothing Hold You Back.
It’s time to be Fearless by Leaving the Solace of the Shallow to Make a Difference in the Deep!
Choose to Live Fearless. 🙂

“Be strong and Courageous, do not Fear.., for the LORD your God is the One who goes with you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

The Alumni Camp Experience

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They say that, “All Good Things Must Come to an End.” As I sit here, reading my Happy Grams and reflecting on the past week, I can’t help but think of all the memories made at the OKFFA Alumni Leadership Camp. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to witness so many incredible stories and work with so many Amazing SGLs, staff, and teammates. In my time, I’ve seen lives positively changed over a matter of days. I heard the message of YOGOWYPI and it provided me with a new Confidence in Life. I Lit off some Fireworks in a workshop to illustrate that Every person’s life was called to have an Explosive Impact on our World. I’ve seen Courage Develop right before my very eyes as members Conquered their Fears on the Ropes Course. Words can’t describe everything at Alumni Camp, because sometimes the greatest moments ever witnessed can never be expressed by our pen or speech, but felt by the Instant Power of the Experience. As my time at camp comes to a close, my only hope is that a difference was made and a life was Impacted. FFA members, You are an Inspiration! You are More than a Member! You are the Change this World needs! Never stop believing in your impact, because if this guy can make it, then anyone can 🙂 Thank you Oklahoma FFA for the opportunity to be part of your lives! It was a Ride to Remember! 🙂 Stay in Touch! And God Bless!

“Keep the Smile on Your Face and a Love in Your Heart.”

Your Life is a Miracle

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RECENTLY I had a Conversation with an Atheist on the OSU Stillwater Campus on Miracles. Here’s how our Debate went down:

Atheist OSU Student; “Brandon, how can you believe in Miracles? Especially since you never see Miracles happen?”

Me: ” Well, let me ask you a few questions, did you just take a breath of oxygen?”

Atheist OSU Student: “Well, Of Course!”

Me: “You see, we’re never guaranteed our next breath, so that means you’ve just witnessed a Miracle!”

Atheist OSU Student: “That’s not a miracle, I’m talking about like someone getting healed.”

Me: “Well, have you ever suffered from Chicken Pox, the Common Cold, or ever been sick?”

Atheist OSU Student: “Of Course! Who hasn’t?”

Me: “It’s by God’s grace that you and I have both been healed and overcame our sicknesses and we’re standing here today, it’s a gift to be alive, thus being known as a Miracle!”

Atheist OSU Student: “You may think it was a Miracle, but I had good doctors and medicine to get me through. I’m talking about a Miracle that saves people from harm.”

Me: “Have you noticed there has been a lot of Earthquakes in Oklahoma lately?”

Atheist OSU Student: “Yes! Too many!”

Me: “God has protected us from getting hurt by these Earthquakes, our Safety in itself is a Miracle.”

Atheist OSU Student: “Ok, Ok, Ok! All those examples are little things, now honestly Brandon, have you ever witnessed a Big Monumental Miracle take place right before your very eyes?”

Me: “Yes sir. I sure have. In fact, you’ve probably witnessed it too.”

Atheist OSU Student: “Really? What?”

Me: “Well, have you ever found a parking spot on the OSU Stillwater Campus?”

Atheist OSU Student: “Why yes!”

Me: “Then sir, you have Witnessed a Miracle!” 🙂

Point of the Post: It’s all about Perspective! Your Life is a Miracle , the question is, will you allow God to Use Your Miracle for His Glory? 🙂

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