I Love My HBCU MONTH!!!

I was contacted earlier in the year by my Alma Mater, Prairie View A&M University, requesting that they spotlight me as a noted Alum and express why I Loved my HBCU! How could I turn that down! DONATE TO PVAMU 

“PVAMU was the place where the plans God had for me(Jeremiah 29:11), were revealed. Not only did I receive a ‘First Class‘ education, but furthermore an unparalleled life-changing experience. In my tenure at MY HBCU, I both was humbled and stretched, educated and refined, challenged and most importantly empowered. This is Why I LOVE My HBCU.”

NOW, I’m asking that YOU JOIN ME in donating $18.76 in commemoration of the establishment of PVAMU to a designation of your choice! That’s less than $20!!!!

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Trent Johnson ’11
Senior Consultant, Accenture

“PVAMU was the place where the plans God had for me,…

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The Power of Presence

 

Joking around with a few of my friends, my frat brother said to the group, “Oh you know Trent has mastered Law 16”, referring to the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, “Use absence to increase respect and honor.” Now, I’ve read the book some time ago and very familiar with this “Law”. But as I laughed, and began to think about it, I was struck with an analogy of this law that I couldn’t resist to explain.

Law 16: Use absence to increase Respect and Honor, 1 of the 48 Laws explained in detail by Greene is a unique one as it’s one of the few that I do naturally. Not necessarily because I’m looking to attain or acquire power, but I’m simply just a private person. I’ve always paraphrased this law by saying ‘Give people a chance to miss you, if you’re too available then your time won’t be respected.’ However, you go about it, the message is relatively the same. As my frat brother went on and on about giving his explanation of this law, I interjected: “Hey, that Law aligns with a fundamental nugget of Bible scripture.”  This immediately grabbed his attention as He and I frequently give personal testimonies or break downs of the Biblical text. “Go find the person and what He said…”  And the Challenge was on.

Shortly after he said, “A man can receive no respect in his own home”.  CORRECT! I exclaimed. But, who said this line (though paraphrased.).   He gave a few names, and I finally gave the final hint “It’s in red text.” Suddenly he replied “Jesus.”  But how could one compare a seemingly trivial law with a short line from the synoptic gospels.

Well in Mark 6, titled as “A Prophet without Honor” gives us the Scene of when Jesus returned to His hometown. And in the first few verses there’s murmurs from friends, and loved ones asking “isn’t this the carpenter”, “where is this Wisdom coming from”, in short truly questioning who and what Jesus, is IN THE MIDST of Him performing miracles. (Talk about lack of faith) This reminded me of how often those places we call ‘home’ and our Closest friends can be our greatest enemies. As we attempt to grow and experience new levels of life, they want to constantly remind us where we came from, and how low we used to be, and all the bad things we did together. Jesus was in a unique position to take them higher, and they were more concerned at the justification of His power. He shortly says after this “A Prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives, and in his own home.” Almost identical to the Law presented by us earlier in this text…. How sad it must be that even the savior of the world, was not respected, or honored during his time at home. In the physical sense, this aligns so greatly with that of the 16th Law.  However, there came to me a thought: “There’s even more here…”

Let’s look again at what we’ve went over.  “Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor.” Hmm, as I thought on this over and over, I realized there was an even deeper meaning I could tie with Jesus and His life: The crucifixion. Jesus had to become absent of the body, to receive the true respect and honor he deserved. Mom used to say “You’ll never know what you had, until you lose it,” or, “You’ll miss me when I’m gone.”  I can’t help but to think that Christ was looking at these unbelievers with disbelief (pun intended) that even after these parables, divine teachings, and supernatural miracles they took His presence for granted. And in the case of the Sanhedrin they simply didn’t want to believe it at all. The Jews, people who looked like Him, and believed like Him, were the very ones that persecuted Him unto death. Because they took comfort and security in the ‘ways things had always been’ and the power structure in place they rejected any notion that this prophet, this Messiah had professed. Even the morbid march to Golgotha mirrored some of our present-day struggles.  As you begin to grow into who you were called to be, you can’t help but hear those around you mock you, tell you your dreams are outrageous, and how you’ve forgotten where you came from. Just like they did Jesus.

Alas, it was in the final moments of the late Friday when Jesus gave up the ghost and became temporarily ‘absent of the body’ that the temple veil tore, and the Earth shook and quaked. Immediately, the cries went from persecution to realization that “Surely He was the son of God.” But wait, you mean after 33 years of a miraculous life, fulfilling Bible-based prophecy, witnessing miracles, it took Jesus LEAVING earth for Him to get the respect His very name deserves? Wild…

Doesn’t matter how much you do for and around those that are most comfortable with your presence. When they become accustomed to it, they don’t and won’t always respect it. It’s good that we get out and go away at times, so maybe just maybe our time and presence can be fully appreciated. Sure, we can generate pages of exceptions to this concept, but in the most general sense too much of anything sparks complaints from even the most grateful. I mean think about the ‘omnipresence’ of God, always there both in the past and in the present both when we do good, and even when we find joy in doing wrong; reaffirming that there is most certainly power in presence, and just maybe, moreover, a lack thereof.

With Passion, Purpose, and Pride,

Trent J ACEO

How to Get Whatever You Want from God

Lord, Please give me the desires of my heart … If it be your will. But God, if my desires are NOT IN YOUR WILL … remove them from my Heart. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Have you ever read Psalm 37:4? It simply says: Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.   What a great peace of scripture it is. We as believers read this Psalm, which can be a book of comfort in high emotional time, with great joy. It reminds us that if we just take delight in the Lord, that He will give us whatever we ask for. Not quite…

Did you take the time to read the next verse? “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him, and He will do this. Psalm 37:5. Hmmm, So wait. You mean to tell me it’s not simply about being delightful? I have to commit my works to God, then Trust Him, and only then will He do what He said in verse 4?  Interesting.

Let’s take a look:

In the prayer above, We ask God to remove those desires from our Heart that are not in His will. I must admit this is a very difficult request of God. If you think about the things that you like to do in your own life, especially those things that are not of God… i.e. “Your Favorite Sin” asking Him to remove the desire to indulge in them is a bit difficult. If the truth be told, many of us have told ourselves that we won’t give up that favorite sin until later in life, because why? “Lord knows our hearts.” (But that’s another writing).  Isn’t this quite hypocritical. We want God to give us the desires of our heart, not realizing those desires are not of God. Why would God give you a desire not prefaced by his divine guidance… that blessing is too little for our God.

He gives clear instructions on how to get whatever we want from Him. I’ve listed them out below:

1.Delight

Delight, defined as a high degree of gratification, Joy, or extreme satisfacation. The first of the instructions of God on how to get whatever we want. We have to put ourselves in such a place with God that we are extremely satisfied in Who He Is, What’s He’s Done, and what He’s preparing to Do. Some of us refuse to get in this kind of relationship with God… we want all the other things of this World not realizing that all those things must be let go and total focus must be on Him. Some of us never get past this first step, because we’ve occupied our times with WORRYING about any and every little thing of our lives. Trying to do it on our own, instead of being obedient and simply… taking delight.

  1. Commit

Commit, make a promise or to carry into action deliberately, all your works. What does that mean? Well it means that in EVERYTHING you do, do it for God. Realize that the desires of your heart, if they are in God’s will, will require you to do some words and reap some great inheritances. Never get too caught up in the gift, that you forget the giver. If you are an engineer, be that. Engineer great creations with the belief that God has endowed you with the opportunities to be where you are now, to perform great works in the shared delight you all have. In everything you do Thank God, and in every plan you execute consult God first. Commitment in it’s finest form.

  1. Trust 

Trust, assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, and truth of something or someone. The definition of Trust alone when thinking in the realm of whom God is, is a blessing all in itself. Trust in God. Trust Him to order your steps, to order your stops. Trust Him when things are going good, Trust him when things are going bad. Trust Him even when He doesn’t seem to be around. Trust & Faith are going hand in hand here. When you are in a delightful relationship with God, committing your works…. you have no choice but to trust God.  A walk with God is like a a dark tunnel. You can only see where you came from, and where you’re going… but it’s the journey in the tunnel that you never know what you may encounter. But the greatest thing about Trust in God is no matter what happens in that tunnel… You will get to the other side.

So how do you get whatever you want from God? Simple. Delight. Commit. and Trust. He gave us these instructions and all we have to do is follow them. Be obedient. I promise you it works. Stop asking for God to give you the lottery, a boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. Trust me, if it was for you at this time you wouldn’t be able to STOP God from giving it to you. He’s trying to see if He can trust you with the little that He’s given you to give you even more…

Apply this formula and watch what the outcome will be. God is just waiting to show you How great He is IN you. Don’t stop Him. Delight. Commit and Trust. NO other way around it. Be Encouraged. and Be Great.

With Passion, Purpose, & Pride, 

– Trent J ACEO