MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION
By Deion Sanders with Tejado W. Hanchell, Ph. D
The commonality that most of us share is that we are not where we want to be in life, and also I’ve found that everyone in life wants something more out of life. Some people desire riches and fame. Some people just want to be able to get up out of bed in the morning without any pain or strain. Then there are those who are solely focused on trying to get their PIECE out of life, and there are those who simply want to enjoy PEACE in their life. Count me in the group with the latter. I know what it’s like to move on up like George and Weezy and get a piece of the pie, but trust me…having your IE means nothing if you don’t have your EA! You won’t be able to enjoy your IE if you don’t have your EA. PEACE of MIND is worth far more than a PIECE of MONEY. If you’ve never trusted me before, trust me right there, but if you don’t…I’ll give you an example. Money expedites who you really are. If you’re a heavy drinker and you’re broke, you’ll be an alcoholic if you’re rich. If you’re an occasional drug user broke, you’ll be an addict rich, and if you’re crazy broke, you’ll be all the way ignorant rich! Now y’all get the picture. You can’t pay for PEACE of mind.
Remember that people can steal your PIECE, but no one can take your PEACE. However, you CAN give it away. That’s why you can’t afford to be giving people a PIECE of your mind just because someone embarrassed, disrespected, lied or hated on you. Every time you give someone a PIECE of your mind you are literally giving away your PEACE of mind! There are some things you don’t even need to respond to. You just need to simply walk away. I’m gonna say that again…with a smile on your face…walk away! I’ve dealt with so much drama in my life, as well as over these past few weeks, that I’ve had to look in the mirror, put some baby powder in my hand and slap myself reminding myself that my PEACE is worth more than my PIECE. My pastor and spiritual father, Bishop T. D. Jakes says, “It’s not a story when the dog barks at the moon, but if the moon barks back at the dog…THAT’S a story!” Remember that you are the moon. You don’t have time to be barking at every dog that walks by trying to provoke you. Just do what you do, stay focused and keep it moving and keep shining in the darkness. I’ve found that it’s hard for the enemy to hit a moving target. So once again, keep it moving, doing what you’re called to do.
Here is a formula for PEACE I’ve found that works for me in my life on a daily basis:
PEACE = Prayer + Expectation + Acceptance + Courage + Encouragement
PEACE begins with prayer. I believe that you cannot have true PEACE without God in your life. The Bible calls Him the “Prince of Peace.” If you want to have PEACE it makes sense to talk to the Prince of Peace. That’s all prayer is; it’s simply talking to God. Prayer is keepin’ it real with God. It’s not just hitting Him up like He’s an ATM or a genie in the bottle. It’s talking to Him and letting Him know exactly how you feel and what you’re going through. He will give you the strength you need to handle your problems and give you PEACE. Just know that people often get themselves into situations over a period of time and want God to get them out immediately.
One of the reasons I can have PEACE in my mind is because I just expect things to work out. I expect light to come out of darkness. I expect the TRUTH to come out of a lie. I expect the best and not the worst. I expect to make today what I want it to be. I expect to always have money…and not for money to have me. The Bible says that all things will work together for my good (Romans 8:28), so I don’t need to get worried…even when things look bad. Another word for expectation is HOPE. I believe in hope so much that I’ve written a blog on it and just released an inspirational video on hope. We all need hope! Hope is the pathway to peace.
Acceptance is the middle of the PEACE formula. It’s the anchor. It holds everything together like krazy glue and duct tape combined. Acceptance is the fraternal twin of expectation. Peace means what while I EXPECT the good, I learn to ACCEPT the bad (but not condone the bad). I may not be happy about it, I may not like it, but I’ve learned to accept it. Without acceptance, our lives begin to become filled with regret, which leads to bitterness and hatred. Acceptance says, “God knows what’s best for me.” Even though I don’t understand it, I accept what God allows. There are some things that I thought I wanted that God kept from me, and there are some things that I didn’t want that He gave me because I had to learn acceptance. Accepting the negative things in life is a key aspect of having PEACE because we will all face negative things in life. How can I accept all this extreme talent the Lord gave me and not accept the extreme challenges that come with it? We don’t have to agree with them…we just have to accept them.
The word courage reminds me of “The Serenity Prayer” I learned in Bishop Alfred Owens’ homiletics class back in 2000 when I played for the Washington Redskins. Every Tuesday night, me and a few of my teammates would go to class to learn how to preach. In the first class, instead of opening the Bible, Bishop Owens made us memorize this prayer and it has stuck with me ever since. “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can…and the wisdom to know the difference!” That prayer is so powerful because it deals with both acceptance and courage. I’ve got to accept what I can’t change and have courage to change the things I can. Courage means I’m not going to settle for bad, when I can have good. It means I’m not going to settle for good, when I can have better. Courage means I’ve not going to settle for a PIECE when I can have PEACE! Courage means I don’t care what you say, think, write or tweet about me, because God knows who I am. Courage means I seek to please God and not you.
The final element in the PEACE formula is encouragement. It’s hard to have peace without encouragement. Well, I hear you saying, “But Prime, I don’t have all the stuff you have or anyone in my life to encourage me.” Yes you do…you have YOU! Let’s forget the stuff and focus on you. Have you looked in the mirror lately? You have YOU! If no one else encourages you, learn to encourage yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to pat you on the back (they may have a knife in their hand), pat your own self on the back. Give yourself a high five. Kiss your own picture. Encourage yourself! I’ve learned that encouragement is contagious. When you stop being so down on yourself and negative and start encouraging yourself, other people will begin to do the same. As a matter a fact, perhaps the reason no one is encouraging you is because you’re so negative, and they think their encouragement would be a waste of time. The Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” You’ve got to love yourself before you can get to your neighbor. You all thought it was arrogant when T.O. shouted from the sidelines years ago, “I love me some me.” I understand it. I just wish you could love you some you. Then his confidence wouldn’t insult your lack thereof. Stop waiting for other people to give you what you need and want…do it yourself. That’s the formula for PEACE!
When we follow the formula, we are sure to have PEACE. When we stop chasing our IE…we will find our EA! I’ve learned never to chase things, because when you get your EA, things will chase you…and you can enjoy them.
Tejado W. Hanchell