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Steve Harvey’s “You Have To Jump” Motivational Speech

You Have to Jump

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly – John 10:10. When looking up this scripture reference there were the numbers 10:10 again. Is this a coincidence? Read more HERE.

Steve Harvey’s “You have to jump” speech took place on the set of Family Feud and has been making its rounds on social media. I absolutely love what he has to say and how he goes about motivating people to reach for their dreams. To live their unique purpose. To use their divine gift from God. He states that God gave each and every single one of us a gift at birth. “He never created a soul without endowing them with a gift.”

The hard part for some is figuring out what that gift is. {More on this subject HERE}
He shares to get it out of your head that to be successful has to be running, singing, or dancing. How one can be the best at frying chicken or the best at cutting lawns. The key here is finding what your unique gift is and doing just that. Are you going through life, day in and day out, letting your purpose pass you by? You see, every person who is doing what they love has had to jump to get there.

I compare this jump to a leap of faith. It is a huge movement forward into the unknown. A jump that propels you into a new place to existing. A jump to doing exactly what you were born to do. Not giving up and endurance are involved because it may be a rough ride.

Steve talks about how when jumping “your parachute is not going to open”. You will get banged up, hurt, cut, and scraped. But he urges us all to keep on jumping, keep on going, because at some point “your parachute will open”. It has to. There is no other way. It is a promise from God and one we are all entitled to.

He uses verses in the bible about God’s plan for his children. “Your Bible says that He comes to give you life, and give you life more abundantly.” How do you get the abundant life? Well, for me, it is doing what I love. Because when I am doing what I love money and things don’t really matter. Using my gift from God fills my soul with happiness and satisfaction that money cannot buy.

I find that faith and trusting that using my talents and sharing them with the world by doing what I love is essential to getting me where I want to be. That ultimately it will provide me with enough. Will my parachute open? I dare say YES it will. I can feel it and because I can feel it I believe it. This burning desire in my heart to use my talents is a gift that God has given me along my way. It pulls me to continue to make the jumps required to get there.

So what about you? Your dreams, your talents, your gifts? That is the big question here, isn’t it? Because this life is not only about me or Steve Harvey. This life is about YOU. It is about your wants, your desires, your dreams, and your gifts from God. There are billions of us here on this planet and not one of us is more important than the other. We are all equals. This life is about you, your unique gifts, and figuring out how to use them. It is about your abundant life. It is about you making that leap of faith. And it is about you jumping.

Video Transcript

“I’m going to share something with you.  I’m going to tell you something that every successful person has to do, including you.

“Believe it or not, every successful person in this world has jumped. I’m going to tell you what I mean by that.

“You eventually, you are going to have to jump. You cannot just exist in this life. You have got to try to live. If you are waking up thinking that there has got to be more to life than it is, man, believe that it is. Believe in your heart of hearts that it is, but to get to that life, you are going to have to jump.

“Now, I’ll tell you why I call it jumping. See God, when He created all of us, He gave every last one of us a gift at birth. He never created a soul without endowing them with a gift.

“You just got to quit looking at gifts as running, jumping, singing, dance. It’s more than that. It’s if you know how to network, if you can connect dots, if you draw, you teach – some of you all fry chicken better than anyone else – bake pie. Some of you cut hair, color hair. Some people do grass.

“I’ve got a partner, man, never wanted to go out with us because we stayed out too late. ‘Come on man, go out with us. Nah, I got to get up early tomorrow. I’m cutting Ms. Johnson’s grass.’ We kept laughing at this dude. ‘Cutting grass, how much do they pay you?’ He got a landscaping company in Cleveland worth $4 million because all he do is cut grass, but he was gifted at it.

“I got a partner who owns a detail shop who makes $800,000 a year detailing cars. He got six mobile trucks running around. $800,000 a year, and all he do is detail cars. That’s his gift. That’s what he loves to do.

“You’ve got to identify that gift.

“Now, listen to me. When you see people in life, when you standing on the cliff of life, and you see people soaring by and you see people soaring – going to exotic places, you hear about them doing wonderful things, maybe you look up the street and your neighbor just gets a car every year or every two years, you know how is he doing that?

“Have you ever thought, maybe this person right here has identified their gift and is living in their gift because your Bible says – this is your Bible – your gift will make room for you. Your gift. Not your education. You can go and get an education, and that’s nice. But if you don’t use your gift, that education is only going to take you so far. I know a lot of people that got degrees, man, they ain’t even using. It’s your gift.

“But the only way for you to soar is you got to jump. You got to take that gift that is packed away on your back. You got to jump off that cliff and pull that cord. That gift opens up and provides the soar.

“If you don’t ever use it, you’re going to just go to work. And if you getting up going to work on the job every day that you hate going to, that ain’t living man. You just existing. At one point in time, you ought to see what living’s like. But the only way to see what living’s like, you got to jump.

“Now, here the problem. Let me just be real with you. When you first jump, let me tell you something, your parachute will not open right away. I’m sorry. I wish I could tell you that it did, but it don’t. When you jump. It’s not going to open right away.

“You going to hit them rocks. You going to get some skin torn off on them cliffs. You going to get all of your clothes torn off. You going to get some cuts on you. You going to be bleeding pretty bad, but eventually, eventually the parachute has to open. That is a promise of God. That ain’t a theory. That’s a promise.

“His promise is true because, listen to me, you cannot name one single thing God has not gotten you through. Name it. And if He ain’t got you through it, He currently pulling you through it right now. And the living proof of it is, you sitting in here. If he hadn’t of got you through it you wouldn’t even be here.

“So, if He ain’t never not got you through it, why would He not let your parachute open?

“It has to open, man. But … you got to jump though.

“Now, here’s another thing. You can play it safe and deal without the cuts and the tears and you can stand on that cliff of life forever safe, but if you don’t jump – I’ve got another promise I can make you – your parachute will never open. You will never know. You will never know what God really had for you.

“You see, your God has a wonderful life for you. Once again, I’m going to refer to your Bible. Now, you go down there. You memorize these Scriptures. You don’t apply them to yourself. Your Bible says that He comes to give you life, and give you life more abundantly.

“If I were you, I would jump because that’s the only way to get to that abundant life. You got to jump, man. You got to take a chance.

“Now, when I get through talking, there are those of you that will discuss this in the car, ‘Well, I got bills, and I got bills.” Whether you stay on the cliff or you jump, you are going to have bills. ‘Well, if I quit my job I’m going to ruin my credit.’ If you got a job, you living check to check. Even if you got A-1 credit, you can’t buy nothing else no damn way.

“At one point in time, man, do yourself a favor. Go see what God really do. God hold you up, man. He ain’t going to let you fall. He didn’t bring you this far to let you fall.

“Do yourself a favor man, before you leave this world, before you die, jump. Just jump one time. Just jump. Thank you very much.”

–Transcript from CNS News

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