Answered Prayers?

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A big storm approaches, provoking the local weatherman to urge everyone to evacuate town. A townsperson hears the warning but within himself says, “I’m not worried, God will save me.”

The next morning the storm approaches and the police are going throughout the neighborhood with a sound truck telling everyone to evacuate. The man says yet again, “I’m not worried, God will save me”.

The rains are pouring down and the town’s storm drains back up and there is an inch of water standing in the street. A fire truck comes by to pick up the man. He tells them “Don’t worry, God will save me.”

The water rises another foot. A National Guard truck comes by to rescue the man. He tells them emphatically, “Don’t worry, God will save me.”

The water continues to rise. The man is forced up to his roof. Not long afterward, a boat comes by to rescue the wet, shivering man. He tells them, “Don’t worry, God will save me.”

Still, the water rises higher. And the man is now forced up to the very top of his roof. A helicopter comes to rescue him, yet he sticks to his resolve and shouts up at them, “Don’t worry, God will save me.”

Finally, the water rises above his house, and the man drowns.

When he arrives in heaven he asks God, “I’ve been your faithful servant ever since I was a child! Why didn’t you save me?”

God replies, “First, I warned you of what was coming. Then, I sent you a fire truck. After that, the the National Guard, then a boat, and then a helicopter. What more do you want from me!!??”

imagesMany have heard some form of this story. I personally like the version from the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, as it demonstrates that even a child can recognize the absurdity of what happened.  And yet, I feel this scenario is all too common.

When I think of it, and yes, I know it’s just a made up story, I wonder what God “saving him” would have looked like. What was in his mind that he was so focused on that he couldn’t even recognize that God sent him the various people to save him?

Sadly, I believe there are many all over the globe today doing the same thing. People are praying for answers, doing their research, searching for something, yet when the answer comes, they don’t even recognize it. Sometimes I think people forget that God almost always answers our prayers through sending people into our lives; people in the form of opportunities, events, organizations, and new relationships. But when God sends the firefighters, National Guard, boats, and helicopters, we are so locked into Him answering our prayers according to our own desires and expectations we miss out.

And sometimes, we are just flat distracted by other things. This parable by Jesus from Luke 14 provides great insight.

Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feas

t and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Anoth

er said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ After the servant had done thi

s, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”

Have you asked yourself lately if you’ve been blinded to the things God is trying to provide for you? Can you honestly say you are open and willing to do whatever He brings across your path? Have you been praying and praying expecting God to save you, yet you’re on the brink of drowning?

Or maybe you are so distracted by work, business, recreation, hobbies, or relationships 2that you are declining His invitation to the King’s banquet of provision and purpose. God does want to save you. And more than that, He wants to lift you up to a life of vision and destiny.

Open up your mind and heart.

Answer His call, for it is the answer to your prayers.

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Have you heard of the App that is changing everything?

We are excited to announce expanded functionality of the Life App!

Coming next weekend at the New Year’s Summit convention, we will be launching Phase 1 of Life’s C4 Project!

Phase 1: Save, Secure, Stack

  • Immediate Savings
    • Gain access to immediate savings at thousands of locations of national and regional brands including movie theaters, restaurants, retailers, and online stores. The C4 app will help you pay and save at places you already know and love!
  • Secure Mobile Payments
    • Shop with several layers of protection against fraud and credit card information theft. Your card information will not be stored on your mobile device, nor will it be stored on our app. Further, with each purchase, the merchant receives a tokenized payment to that specific transaction, so even if their systems get hacked, your information is unknown and safe.
  • Stackable with other coupons and programs
    • Use the C4 app with other coupons, discounts, and credit card reward programs in order to maximize savings.

The app that changes everything!
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C4 Project Launch Event Details

When: 

  • New Year’s Summit Convention
  • Friday, January 18th, 2019 – Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Locations:

  • Kellogg Arena, 36 W Hamblin Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017
  • MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
  • Utah Valley Convention Center, 220 W Center Street, Provo, UT 84601

To attend the launch event or to download the C4 app, contact a local Liferepresentative or leave a comment below and we will follow up and assign someone to you. 

Live the LIFE You’ve Always Wanted!

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Answering Questions About Cryptocurrency

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Fellow collegue and very successful businessman, Dan Hawkins, wrote the following simple blog about cryptocurrency. I recommend you read it and then register for Saturday’s rebroadcast of what was a truly impactful, insightful, and inspiring webinar on cryptocurrency and how Life is bringing it to the mass market. If you have any hope for a brighter more free future, I couldn’t encourage you more to participate in this webinar.

What is a ‘Cryptocurrency’

A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. A cryptocurrency is difficult to counterfeit because of this security

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Is Cryptocurrency the future of money?

feature. Many cryptocurrencies are decentralized systems based on blockchain technology, a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers. A defining feature of a cryptocurrency, and arguably its biggest allure, is its organic nature; it is not issued by any central authority, rendering it theoretically immune to government interference or manipulation.

The first blockchain-based cryptocurrency was Bitcoin, which still remains the most popular and most valuable. Today, there are thousands of alternate cryptocurrencies with various functions or specifications. Some of these are clones of Bitcoin while others are forks, or new cryptocurrencies that split off from an already existing one.

Clear as mud right! You may or may not believe cryptocurrency is the future of money but it will play a part in the future of money no matter what. I would encourage you to do your homework because technology that is this disruptive is something you will not want to look back on and say, “I remember when that was new, to bad I missed it.”

Here is what some are saying about Cryptocurrency:

“Virtual Currencies may hold long-term promise, particularly if the innovations promote a faster, more secure and more efficient payment system.”– Ben Bernanke (14th Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the Central Bank System of the United States)

“There are three eras of currency: Commodity based, politically based, and now, math based.” – Chris Dixon

“It’s bigger than the Iron Age, the Renaissance. It’s bigger than the Industrial Revolution.” – Tim Draper

I am not suggesting you get involved or not get involved, just that you get educated. 

Two of Inc. Magazines Top 50 Leadership experts and New York Times best selling authors will be discussing Cryptocurrency on an upcoming webinar. If you are curious at all about this topic, log in to the webinar and begin your journey into the world of Cryptocurrency. 

Register early, limited spots available!

God bless, 

Dan Hawkins

Here is a simple preview of the rebroadcast webinar coming up this Saturday, November 24 (available all day):

The history of money

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Answering the tough questions to bring cryptocurrency to the mass market

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How Life are the Matchmakers

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Join us Saturday, November 24th, 2018 for the Cryptocurrency Webinar

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Featuring Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward!

Cost: only $10!

Event Details:
When: Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Time: all day, you choose 🙂 

 

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Cryptocurrency as a True Currency? MatchMakers: The Key to Solving the Chicken or the Egg Challenge

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I’ve been involved with the Life Company since its creation November 1, 2011. And since that time, I’ve not been this excited, this enthusiastic, this hopeful. What is being launched in early 2019 is massive. Very few opportunities, if any, of this magnitude come along in one’s life. I highly recommend you take the time to get more information by reading Orrin Woodward’s blog below and decide if you want to be part of making history.

There’s a saying, “Some people make things happen. Others watch what happened. And still others wonder what happened.” You have the opportunity to make something amazing happen in and for your life. This is it. Orrin’s blog gives great detail on what I am writing about. Read it and then  fill out the form for more information. You won’t regret it.

How do MatchMakers Solve the Chicken or the Egg Challenge?

Every payment system platform seeks to serve at least two separate customers, namely, merchants and consumers. The goal is to achieve critical masses where the merchants join for access to the large community of buyers and more people join the community to access the growing number of merchants within the platform. Entrepreneurs must build a proper ecosystem to support both groups and then sell the benefits to all sides. However, the key to the whole deal is to satisfy both groups of customers concurrently or the platform will not reach critical mass.

For instance, when the entrepreneurs talk to the merchants, they proclaim, “I have this revolutionary payments App that makes accepting crypto just as easy as accepting a credit card.” Their reaction is, “Wow, that’s awesome. How many people are using the app?” When the answer back is, “well, not many right now, but we just started beta testing.”  The merchants basically tell the innovators to come back when they have consumers. Unfortunately, the typical consumer conversation isn’t going that well either without the proper ecosystem in place.

After all, the customers seek popular stores in the payment system platform to visit regularly, but in order for the platform to accomplish this, they must talk to the merchants about the tens of thousands of customers they already have in their community. Imagine going to customers and saying, “Hi, I have revolutionary App and and this transformative payments method accepts crypto as easily as credit cards” Their reaction is, “Wow, cool, where can I use it?” When the answer is, “well, not many places, yet, but we hope to get all the big names eventually.” Of course, the customers tell them to check back when they get the bigger merchants on board.

Do you see the dilemma? To satisfy one of the platform’s customers (merchants) requires an abundance of the end customers, but they don’t want to join unless stores and discounts are already present. This is the struggle for all matchmaker models, a struggle to both customers groups simultaneously. For why would the merchants go through the complicated crypto acceptance process at each store, if they are not assured the customers will come? Similarly, why would real product buyers generate or purchase crypto unless they are assured they can buy the things they want from the stores they love? If this paradox is not resolved, the chicken or the egg challenge will flatten another cool idea.

Perhaps the simplest method to cut through the proverbial Gordian’s Knot is for an existing community to partner with an innovative platform to birth the C-4 Project, a project that solves the Chicken or the Egg Challenge. Thankfully, our joint venture partners knew the community they wanted to team up with, a community that has filled stadiums for nearly 20 years now. The founders of this App spent the last year courting us to join their platform and offered us the exclusive right to promote their platform in the Direct Sales/MLM space to help them solve the chicken or the egg challenge to achieve critical mass. This is the specific chicken or the egg scenario, one of the main roadblocks to crypto going mainstream, that is solved through the C-4 Project, marrying content, commerce and community together to benefit all three groups.

In fact, the C-4 Project addresses every known challenge withholding crypto from going mainstream. Imagine a patented payment App that through an innovative algorithm minimizes price volatility, reduces transaction times, and charges no transaction fees.  Further, imagine a network of 70,000 locations growing to over 100,000 by launch date (this is just the tip of the iceberg). Now add in the LIFE community, a community designed to solve the chicken or the egg challenge by bringing tens of thousands of users to the platform overnight, and one has imagined the future. Remember, this platform patented designed can use crypto just as easily and efficiently as dollars so the possibilities around the globe are practically unlimited. The LIFE community will market everywhere!

Who Are Some of the Merchants?

Merchants are being added weekly, but if we go back to our Winston-Salem example, the one where BitCoin had only one merchant in the whole city,, and within six miles of our packed out major function, Life members will soon be able to visit 38 stores to save money and generate crypto:

Dominoes Pizza, Bonefish Grill, IHOP, Krispy Kreme, Carrabas Italian Grill, Pappa John’s, Kmart, Tijuana Flats, Lands End, Cold Stone Cremery, Chipotle, Sears, TGI Friday, Express, Old Navy, Game Stop, Sephora, Gap, Bannana Republic, Aerie, JC Penny, American Eagle, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Outback Steakhouse, Chilis, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Applebees, The Home Depot, Lowes, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ulta, AMC Theaters, Steak & Shake, Staples, O’Charleys.

After six months of asking tough questions, seeking to poke a hole in this, I realized that this is a million people plan in the next couple of years. The C-4 Project solves the blockchain roadblocks to turn the crypto dream into reality. Interestingly, it’s been nearly two decades (1999) since Chris Brady and I heard Michael Dell explain how community was the key to the 3C’s – this is truer now than ever with the Mobile revolution! Content participates because they have guaranteed customers before investing a dime in marketing (they only pay a fee if the customer purchases something). The commerce piece is the joint-venture where LIFE leverages it’s compensation plan along with our partner’s patented payment technologies to reward customers and members. Finally, LIFE builds communities in which products and services flow to enjoy 3-10% off store prices and then generate crypto for participating in the platform.

Notice how the Community leads the entire project, not Content or Commerce, who must serve the community in a FREE MARKET environment! Community members, starting with customers, will generate millions of dollars of real savings and crypto as they visit stores within the platform. Moreover, since we are not beholden to any particular product, any supplier that cannot meet the quality and price will simply be ignored and lose business. Hence, unlike nearly all the rest of network marketing field, who spend millions of dollars to produce generic no-name products, recruit captured-market distributors, and then expect them all to buy the overpriced products, products that allegedly cure cancer, make you look 20 again, or help you lose 50 pounds overnight, all of this from a scientific formula enhanced by rare catapillar fungi recently discovered in the Amazonian jungle :); LIFE is providing real stores, with real savings, and real crypto, all at the best prices. The Free Market is the best teacher to ensure merchant’s truly serve end consumers.

The is a real world use of real world crypto with an immediate demand throughout the payment app ecosystem. There is no Initial Coin Offering (ICO), for unlike so my crypto scams out there, this is NOT an investment in some pie-in-the-sky currency with no real world use. Rather, we are building communities in which the produces and services flow and receive compensation for being the marketing arm to solve the Chicken or the Egg Challenge. This is a game, set, match victory for the LIFE champions who stayed the course and proved that communities could live without being “owned” by a specific content provider. As I have said for years, those who stay will be champions. Community is the key and our model will prove it.

What Part Will You Play?

No one loses in the ecosystem because the profits for all sides are created by streamlining frictions and inefficiencies within the 3C’s and rewarding all groups for fixing them. Now that the reader understands the big picture of the model, one can see why I haven’t slept eight hours straight in over 60 days!  I am so thankful and excited to finally complete our  first mission, reaching one million people, and moving onto bigger and better missions.

What we do in the LIFE community is promote and build the ecosystem for the content, commerce, and community to thrive together in a win-win fashion as we take Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and our Community mainstream. In one App, we teach people the Three Keys to Wealth so they have the opportunity to live Financially Free.

Customers, of course, get the save money and generate crypto part of Literacy for free and those who choose to join the movement, and receive ongoing income for every customer served, can upgrade into the  full Literacy, Leadership and Leverage to chase down their dreams.

Everyone is getting in that understands, whether it be as a customer in January, or a PowerPlayer Ready for the sold out today. The LIFE community is stoked, knowing it’s job is to build depth and numbers (and are they ever doing their job!) in anticipation for the official launch in January. If we have this much growth in the Pre-Launch, imagine the growth when we actually launch C-4 in January?  LIFE is good. 🙂

What part will you play in the financial revolution?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Who are you helping…really?

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“I just love helping people.”

Ever heard someone say that?

I’m sure you have. Or, maybe it’s something you say as I do. It’s actually my passion. But as I’ve met hundreds and hundreds of people over the years, I have had a bit of an epiphany related to that wonderful little sentence. I think that phrase is all too often a cover up for one’s true motivation- to help oneself.

What do I mean? Let me explain by first quoting D.L. Moody when he said, “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t matter.” If you had to take a simple guess at how many people are doing something that truly matters, or better explained as doing something that is truly their passion and purpose, how many would it be? Let’s just say it’s 50% of the population are actually living out their highest potential, passion, purpose, priority, and any other “P” word you can think of. That would leave 50% that aren’t.

So how do these other 50% justify living how they live, when deep down they know they aren’t doing something that matters? They say things like, “I love helping people by…” You can fill in the blank. I was a teacher many years ago. And I felt as though I was truly helping my students and parents, but it wasn’t my highest calling (for many teachers it absolutely IS their highest calling. I’m merely using this as an example in my life). God had more for me (still does). Had I settled for that position, deep down I would know I wasn’t doing what God built me to do, and very likely my justification for not getting out of my comfort zone would be, “I just love helping people. I love making a difference in my student’s lives, etc.” The harsh reality, though, would have been I was actually trying to help myself by easing the pain of guilt I had deep on the inside. Tough? Yes. But I want to help set people free to do what they were created to do. setting people free

Is there anything wrong with being a teacher? Of course not, unless it’s not what I was created for. Is there anything wrong with being a doctor, nurse, police officer, parent, business owner, preacher, stay at home parent, blue collar worker, cashier, office manager, realtor, manager, ditch digger, retiree, trashman, attorney, graphic artist, accountant, financial advisor, networker…

NO!

Unless you were meant for something else.

And in my example, 50% of the population is meant for something else. And your true job is to figure out what it is.

I guess that’s what we do in the Life business. We help set people free by helping them discover and develop their gifts, talents, passions, and ultimately their purpose. And when you are doing what you were meant to do, it hurts to see others settling for less than they were meant for. Thus my reason for writing this.

Maybe it’s you.

Yes, you, reading this.

Maybe you are meant for more. Most likely you are. I’d like to help you discover what that is. Reach out.

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The Illusion of Busyness

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As I was driving to the store today, I found myself taking a “short cut” thinking it would save me some time. But as I made many left and right turns, I figured it probably would have been the same amount of time had I drove the main route to the store.

This reminded me of a recent conversation I overheard between two men at a hardware store. They were discussing how they handle backed up traffic. Both of them agreed that they would rather try an alternate route and take longer to get to their destination than wait patiently in line with the slow moving traffic. The reasoning was, at the very least, they “felt” like they were making progress. The memory of this conversation reminded me of a friend’s Facebook post and my response to it.

A friend of mine posted on her account, “This one hit me hard today. ‘Busyness is an illness of the soul.’ -Eugene Peterson. What are your thoughts?”

This of course set off a pretty good assortment of comments including mine:

“There are no rewards in heaven for being “busy.” We are rewarded for being productive (bearing fruit)…People often use the phrase “I’m super busy” or something like that as if it’s some kind of badge of honor. I’m not impressed with busy people. I’m impressed with productive people; people who are making an eternal impact in the lives of people.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in being busy. I’d like to be effective, productive, useful, fulfilled, fruitful and consistently working towards my God-given hi_so_busypurpose. Does that mean I may find myself “busy”? Likely, but that is where the danger lies.

Busyness can all too often be confused with being productive. But don’t be misled. Productivity and being busy are not synonymous. Like a football player that runs the ball, he may run 25 yards during a play but only gain two. How? Because he was so “busy” running right and left trying to avoid tacklers he got his eyes of the goal of making forward progress.

So how do we know the difference? The answer is surprisingly simple. Have a scoreboard. How do I know the efforts of the football player weren’t productive? Because the scoreboard showed his progress. What about you? How do you know your life is productive? Have a scoreboard that measures your goals. If, like the “busy” person, you don’t have a means to measure your efforts, then you can easily become disillusioned about your productivity.

Once you have a scoreboard in place that measures your productivity and effectiveness, you can start asking the right questions about your efforts. Did they, or did they not, lead to the results you want? If not, what should I change to get the results I want? Back to our football player. If all my zigging and zagging didn’t produce much, maybe it would be better to simply run straight ahead and break a tackle or two and get 5 yards running a total of 5 yards rather than expending all that unnecessary energy for less results.

being-productiveEffort alone is not a measure of success. Don’t fall for the illusion of productivity- busyness. Plenty of busy, hard working, good people are accomplishing very little. Always remember, the goal is never to be “busy.” The goal is to be productive. And you must be able to measure that through some sort of scoreboard to understand how you are doing. So, what are you trying to achieve and how can you measure it? When you have it figured out, you’ll be on your way to being productive not merely busy.

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Be the light?

 

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I was perusing my LinkedIn page when I came across the picture above. I “liked” it as I usually do when I see something I, well, like. But before the words went through my eyes, brain, and out my ears to be forgotten until another time, I started wondering what people would think it means to “be the light.”

I imagine that some people would think it means to smile, or do something kind, or say something encouraging. But if I compare that to “being the light,” those types of acts would be more like a spark or a flash or perhaps at best a flicker of light.

So what does it mean to “be the light.” I believe it means to be a constant source of joy, kindness, and encouragement. It means being a person who consistently demonstrates qualities that brighten a person’s countenance and illuminate their surroundings. It also could mean that their behavior reveals and does not hide “things.” After all, when the lights go on, all is revealed. I’ll leave it up to you what you believe is being revealed.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” And what did He do? Well, a lot! He healed and taught people truth. He demonstrated compassion and kindness, as well as, justice and righteousness. He was honest and forthright. He was also accepting and did not condemn. And he trained others to be and do the same. Ultimately, He willingly laid His life down for mankind.

He’s a pretty good example of what it means to “be the light.”

In other words, being the light is a lifestyle. It’s not something that is off and on. It is.

So now that we have talked about what it means to “be” the light, the question to ask now is how?

When you consider how a light shines, one must realize it requires a power source. And that is how we “be the light.” (I’m having too much fun with quotations.) You must plug into the power source to truly be the light. And the only source of power to truly be the light is found in the One who actually claimed to be the light. So I recommend you try reading the book of John in the Bible to learn more about the Man who said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

So when you hear someone say, “Be the light,” realize it’s more than an occasional good deed. It’s who we are from the inside out based on Who we are plugged into.

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