When Shiitake Happens

Sometimes everything you tried flops. Every now and then you wonder why you ever attempted what didn’t come to pass.  It is those days that you must realize, understand and accept Shiitake mushrooms happens.  Failure isn’t final.

I had one of those weeks in January. Well maybe it was several.  I was down but not out.  I was reminded constantly that something was wrong because while I was processing it all, co-workers asked “What’s wrong man?”

“Why are you so quiet today?”

I asked the Lord, now what? And He said, Trust Me.

It made perfect sense. I didn’t see that coming.  I had just returned from a business trip and was looking forward to some good news.  I was also preparing for a sermon I wanted to preach but wasn’t sure that the subject I had was timely and what the congregation needed to hear.

“Trust Me,” He said.

Ok, I said. And I was able to smile again.

Psalm 37 of the Holy Bible is full of admonitions to trust God, to be thankful and have faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. If you read the entire chapter you’ll come to the part that says,

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

That is what I preached on.  That we should Trust God.  Don’t worry about stuff you can’t fix.  Don’t get caught up in the mess that is American politics.  Don’t get twisted over who is marching or protesting unless you are stuck behind it in traffic.  Keep your head.

Think about your situations.  There have been some days when you wondered how you were going to make it and you are still here.

I flew to Vegas to meet some people, and like a date that you got all dressed up special to go on, I didn’t get a second one or a call back.  Sometimes stuff happens contrary to what you want it to no matter how great the plan and resources spent. When it does, pick yourself up and move on.

The world is hell bent on rehashing the negatives. If it is derogatory, dark, sick, immoral and just wrong, it’s ok to say, do or perpetuate.  It is probably a popular TV show now.  It is all good growing environments for mushrooms but not people of God.  We like Light.  Don’t wonder why the television choices suck so bad.  Don’t be surprised if lies are now “alternative facts.”  A lie no matter how many times is told is still a lie.  Don’t compromise.  Don’t settle.  Keep moving.

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through perseverance.”

For me, I decided to cut down on my stressors (also known as projects). I am serial entrepreneur and refuse to surrender to the notion that I can’t make a living by my own ingenuity and God given talents.  I just haven’t found the right ingredients yet.

When I thought the Black Man With A Gun Podcast had run its course, I created I thought I could get some fresh new writers and manage a new blog but that failed.  It was my prettiest, fastest, most organized site to date too.  The Facebook page connected to it had even grown without any effort.  One of my gifts is ignition.  I can get some stuff off the ground better than most.  But after that, no navigation system.  Realizing this truth about myself is new.

I also have another podcast which will fade called the Upper Marlboro Podcast I created with the intention of an experiment in niche podcasting.  I have learned a few things from doing it, so it wasn’t a total failure either.  I can’t manufacture any time so it is best I stop and focus on what is working.  That happens to be the Black Man With A Gun site and podcast.  It is steady like a pumping heart.  Competition is fierce in the new media gun space.   My numbers are increasing.

The podcast that I thought had run its course is actually doing exceptionally well in comparison to others. At a recent podcast convention I learned that my number of downloads put me in the top 5% of all US podcasters.  That is amazing seeing how I am not on anyone’s chart (Apples misleading New and Noteworthy, or other podcast aggregators’ Editors Picks).

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
~Thomas Edison

I am re-using the professional video I took at ThunderShot Studios to use for a presentation into a new YouTube channel called BlackManWithAGun.TV.  I am making a delicious soup with my mushrooms.

And more importantly, I am staying in the fight. If I can, so can you.


Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the force behind, founder of Blanchard.Media and the    
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