My friend Marc, after retiring from the military as a pilot, recently quit his job as an airline pilot with a major carrier and decided to open a bounce house corporation in Vegas. He is working with a few folks that are helping him understand this venture. He is developing his business plan, getting the proper licenses and equipment. I volunteered to develop his website for him. Dude is beyond excited and ready to do something for himself and his family.
My Nephew Ceda (C Every Dream Accomplished) started rapping in 2010 at the age of 15. About a week ago he sent me his latest mixtape. The music, lyrics and delivery are on the level of established rappers. He has this song called “The Real” where he talks about chasing his dream. In one of the dialogues between verses he says, “People use to have me rap and it wasn’t because I was good. It was so they could laugh. Now it’s come full circle and I’m the one laughing.” It’s not often you get a young rapper exposing their emotions or feelings and I listen to this track at least once a day. It’s my favorite rap song right now.
My youngest brother Justin put himself through college to get his degree and then his masters in Divinity. He is a Captain and a Chaplain in the Air Force. He is now on his way to DC to work on his Doctorate in Divinity after he and his wife just had their third child in as many years. In addition to that he decided to start a bakery and is selling cakes at local restaurants in his city.
My friend Gerald’s wife Courtney worked in Corporate America and hated it, so much so that she decided to chase her dream, her passion. Courtney opened CEO Custom Cakes roughly 10 years ago and never looked back. She has a phenomenal and thriving bakery that has done business with all types of celebrities from television to movies and even radio. She has this Patron cupcake that is out of this world delicious.
My friend Ben graduated high school and went to school to get his degree as a Funeral Director. He moved to Florida where he spent years working for a funeral home and when it went up for sale the owner didn’t sell it to him. Ben said ok, started his own and called it Lawson Funeral and Cremation services. He is now one of the most recognized Funeral Directors in St. Pete Florida.
I have a friend named Carlos. This guy has two amazing gifts. He makes very tasty and flavorful all natural fruit juices. When he announces the new flavor it sells out immediately. He is also a master carpenter and can create any custom piece you want for your house or business.
I have another friend named Jamal. This guy also has two amazing gifts. He is a virtuoso with the natural ability to play almost any instrument put in his hands. The most important part is that he has been called to preach. Couple those two gifts together and he will be unstoppable in the Kingdom.
Drake and Dexter are brothers and really good friends of mine. One day they grew tired of the rat race as well so they decided to open a BBQ joint called Hook N Bull. Every night they completely sell out of food and sometimes have to close early.
Each one of these people knows that they have gifts and talents that God gave them. After dealing with multiple attempts to stop them they stood up and achieved their goal(s) anyway. As I watch things in their life happen, much like a television show, I can’t wait to see the next episode.
If someone were to ask you to write your story how would it read? What is the next episode?