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What’s In A Name?

My name is Michael Joe Harvell and I can’t think of a better name for myself.

One of my favorite country music singers is Johnny Cash and one of my favorite songs he sings is “A Boy Named Sue!” It’s a song all about a fatherless young man, whose father had named him Sue just before the father decided to disappear out of his life and into nowhere. The boy grew up hard, was made fun of, because of his name and had to get tough to survive. One day, he was sitting in a bar and met his Dad, the man who named him Sue. A fight ensued and son got the best of his Dad. The Dad said: “Before you kill me, let me tell you why I named you Sue!” “It was because I knew life was hard and tough and you were going to have to be to, if you were going to survive.”

Some times I wonder is the name making me or am I making the name and most days, I figure, it is probaby a little bit of both???

So let me share with you the story of how I got the name Michael Joe Harvell: I was born May 9, 1968. My parents could not agree on a name for me. My biological Dad wanted to name me: Ralph Maxwell Hiott III after himself and his Dad. My Mom wanted to name me Harry James Hiott; Harry after her favorite uncle and James after her Father. Neither would agree with the other on the name, so one day my biological Dad came to her with the idea of naming me “Michael Joe Hiott”, Michael after him, everyone called him Mike (I have no idea why?) And Joe after her, because her name was Martha Jo. So that became my name and a few years later, after a divorce, My Mom would remarry and the man she married would choose to adopt me, become my Dad and my last name would change to Harvell.

I have always felt I fit my name and my name fits me. I sometimes think that had I been named Ralph Maxwell Hiott III, I probably would have been a book worm, bratty and entitled. Had I been named Harry James Hiott, then I probably would have become a drugged up musician, looking for my next gig. Instead I was named Michael Joe and I really do feel like it’s who I am…

Michael in the Hebrew language means “One Who Is Like The Lord” and Joe in the American Dictionary means “An Average American”. I’ve always said this combination of names is my testimony in a nutshell: I am an average american, who is trying to be like the Lord…

So, I have enjoyed growing into being Michael Joe Harvell and have been blessed with a pretty amazing life, which I’m still living, learning and loving everyday…

Breaking Free Of What Holds You Back!

Every day of my life I get to make a choice. In fact, every moment of my life I get to make a choice. Am I going to be judge and jury or am I going to leave the heavy lifting to our Creator and Giver Of Life – God? I know it surprises us sometimes, but we do have a choice!

We get to choose if we are going to be upset, mad, disapponted, frustrated, angry or mad. We get to choose if we are going to judge and what our judgement is going to be. We get to choose our focus and this power of choice makes all the difference in the direction of our life.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” -Matthew 7:1-5

I choose not to focus on what is bad, but to look for and find whatever good there is. I choose to focusing on how to bring blessing and not curses into this world. I choose not to place blame, but to work for the discovery of solutions that make a difference.

I have discovered that the choices I make have the power to determine my own experience of myself and the world in which I am living. What I choose to see in others is what I feel in myself. When I release my need to see what is wrong with others, I am able to let go of what is wrong in myself and experience healing that brings wholeness which empowers me to live at a higher place and experience greater breakthrough and blessing.

There is A God and God does not need us to do His job! God only needs for us to rceive His love, so that we can share His love with others. This brings glory to God and all of us blessing!

Control Is An Illusion!

Who says you have to be in control? Who says you have to have all the answers? Who says everything has to be lined up perfect for you to be happy? Who says any of the things that you keep telling yourself? The stuff that makes you crazy and threatens to drive you insane. Who says? You do, but you can change what you say, if you really want to???

I’ve got some good news! You don’t have to run the universe! In fact, you can’t, because that job is already taken by the Creator of the universe. Stop thinking you have to control everyone and everything, because the truth is: Control is an illusion! No one ever really has control of anything and it’s not your job anyway!

The only responsibility that you need to concern yourself with is making sure that you show up to every moment with the best of yourself! So stop trying to fit into the mold of everybody else’s creation and enjoy just being you and doing what you were created and gifted to do.

I have often heard people say: “Well, I feel better, because I have finally given it all to God!”, only to be right back at a place of chaos by the afternoon. We cannot focus on our part and do it the way we were created to, until we let go of and stop trying to do God’s part. It is very good advice to give it all to God, especially the part that is already His.

1 Peter 5:6-7 says “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Release, surrender, let go, give up everything to God, who lives in you and let God give back to you what you need to be. God will guide you, direct you and bless you in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine, if you will just get out of His way. He will help you to cultivate the right thoughts and commit to meaningful actions that produce results and bring about outcomes of blessing.

You don’t have to run the universe, the universe is quiet capable of running itself, because that is what it was created to do and you get to be in a meaningful relationship with the ONE who created it all. Focus on that, sit back, relax and enjoy living in the protective arms of your Creator and you will soon discover that life is good!