Real Talk With Reginald D (Motivational and Inspirational)

Reginald D - The Host of Real Talk With Reginald D is Interviewed by REP Podcast Host, Morris Jackson

February 01, 2023 Reginald D. Sherman Season 1 Episode 15
Real Talk With Reginald D (Motivational and Inspirational)
Reginald D - The Host of Real Talk With Reginald D is Interviewed by REP Podcast Host, Morris Jackson
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Real Talk With Reginald D stops by REP Podcast and interviews with host, Morris Jackson, and discusses God's calling on his life, his mission to help people, and the impact his podcast is having on people around the world.

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Reginald D: Welcome to Real Talk with Reginald D. I'm your host, Reginald D. In today's episode, I interview with REP podcast host Morris Jackson to discuss God's calling on my life and the impact my podcast has had on people.

Morris Jackson: I have a dynamic brother on the podcast, Reginald D. His podcast is exploding like gangbusters. And look, I'm just going to step aside side and I'm just excited to have this brother here today with us. So none other than Reginald D – with Real Talk With Reginald D. Welcome to the show, brother. Thank you for doing this for us.

Reginald D: Thank you, brother. Thank you. I'm honored to be on the REP podcast, man. You're doing a lot of great things with it. And I'm very excited to see who you are becoming. At the end of the day, you're doing great work, man, your passion and all that stuff. And I'm just honored to be here today.

Morris Jackson: Oh, man, I appreciate you. I really appreciate that. So, kind of tell us a little bit about you, about Reginald. Who is Reginald? What would you want the audience to know today? Just give us a little bit about yourself.

Reginald D: Wow, man. It'll take days for me to do. If I did it right.

Morris Jackson: Many moons and many lives.

Reginald D: I know it, man. I know it. So, a little bit about me, man. I was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, grew up in a single parent home, just my mom. And basically, my life has been a great journey. It's been a challenging journey too, also. But God has been faithful to me in every step of the way. And I'm so grateful for that. I've been through struggles and I've been through things in life. I'm just going to be real with you because we talk about real talk. I don't sugarcoat nothing, man. My life has been a road map to some people to help them get to where they're going in life. And I'm so grateful for all the struggles, all the things I brought upon myself. 

What made me start doing this podcast is that I looked back over my life and it was like I worked for this company and I was traveling all over the place. I was in leadership roles and I saw people that really didn't have any faith in their self. I went to one place and they didn't think that anybody could turn it around. What I said was don't bring any more management, don't bring any more supervisors from the outside to help me run this place. I'm going to promote within. So, I did that. I had some dedicated employees. I saw it and I put them in the roles. Once they got in the role and did it for a while, I called them in my office and I was like, hey, we're going to make it official that you're going to be this, you're going to be that, blah, blah, blah. So, they looked at me and said, I'm not doing that. And I'm like, why? They said, Because I'm going to get fired if I do that. And I'm saying to myself, well, you're already doing it. I'm just trying to pay you for it, you know. And it dawned on me that people have low self-esteem, didn't think that they had the gifts, they had the talents that's within them to do what they needed to do. And that's been my whole journey. That's been my whole journey. And I decided to just accept it, actually, and just started trying to bless people and teach people about life, man. 

That's the thing. So, after things went on and transpired in my life, and I'll back up later on about this stuff, but I became a minister and things like that, and God has blessed me to do all kinds of stuff, man, and I'm grateful. I am so grateful. But I have a problem with people that didn't see their value, their self-value in life. And I learned that the biggest challenges that people have is life. That's it. They allow life to handle them any kind of way.  They have no control over it. They don't do the things to try to make it great. The simplest thing about life, man is this, being happy. You got to do what you got to do to make yourself happy, and that comes from making good choices in life. Choices is the most critical thing you can ever do, the most critical thing you can ever make in life because it can change you for the good or the bad. Depends on what you decide to do. So, I'm very passionate about people, man. I don't know, man. It's just who I am. And I just walk in it. I don't try to be that guy that wants to be seen and heard all the time and getting all the accolades and stuff like that. 

As long as people's lives are changed and they get some direction, I'm great. I'm fine with it. I've done my work. So, with that being said, I've learned people have things and people in their life that keeps them distracted from where they should be and where they should be going. Everybody has a purpose and a destiny. Everybody from the foundations of Earth. Before you were born, God said, I knew you and set you apart. He set you apart for a specific reason. But you got to get there, and that comes with your journey. What are you going to do with this thing called life that's been given to you that's so precious? It really hurts my feelings and hurts my heart to see somebody live like 80 years and never find happiness, never find their purpose and never get what they desire. 80 years, you can't figure it out.

Morris Jackson: You know, and I'm glad you brought that up, which actually leads to my next question. I think you touched on a couple of things, but I'm glad you brought that up. And I really do believe happiness is a choice. And part of that happiness also has to do with you living out your purpose.

Reginald D:  Right!

Morris Jackson:  Because if you are operating every day, just think you're going to a job every day or doing whatever it is every day, and it's something that you really don't want to do. It's not in your purpose. Imagine how much stress, how much of a toll that takes on you doing that day in and day out. I mean, I've been there, brother. I'm telling you, I've been there. Yes, you're paying the bills, but the toll its taking on your health, the toll it takes on your mental health and just living outside of your purpose. And actually, when you live outside of your purpose, you're living outside of the will of God for your life. And I'll tell you this, and, man, it's a spot on what you said just really resonated with me. I used to be a police officer, and those who know me know this. And I would be on crime scene. I mean, it could be blood everywhere. And I would have people walk up to me at this serious crime scene. We got crime tape and all this stuff out there. And people would walk up to me and ask me if I was a minister. And here I am in uniform, you know, I got a gun and all this other stuff on and blood over here, crime scene tape, and someone decided to walk over. Are you a minister? And this would happen to me over and over again because the call of God was on my life. And let me tell you, one of the most miserable times in my life was when I was a police officer, yet it benefited me from a professional standpoint later down the road, but it was not necessarily what I was supposed to be doing. So, with that being said, and you touched on this a little bit earlier, so what do you believe is the primary focus of real talk? What is God's purpose for you in fulfilling this particular call?

Reginald D: Well, God said, I came to give you life and give you that more abundantly. And basically, that's what it's all about, teaching people life at the end of the day. And basically, we just go on a journey together. Were in this thing together.  We go on a journey so people can have a better life, live in the purpose that they have on their life. I mean, go for the things that you desire and don't quit, man, because here's the thing. Here's the thing. People tap out when life gives them challenges. That's the only way you're going to grow.  If you stay status quo, you're going to be stuck. You didn't come this far just to come this far. It's a lot more out there. But you got to face challenges, man. You can't run from it. And people have to understand they have the power to overcome anything they set their mind to, but they got to change their way of thinking. They have to change. People are one change away from living the greatest life. They can ever live one change.

Morris Jackson: Wow.

Reginald D: They're afraid of what they're going to lose when they change. But the thing that you're going to lose, it's so far less than what you're going to gain when you make that change.

Morris Jackson: Right?

Reginald D: So, people live life afraid. They live like normal. You're not normal. You have to be natural. You were born with natural gifts. You were born with natural talents, not normal gifts and normal talents. So, you have to walk into that. And sometimes that means walking alone. That means walking alone sometimes.  Some people you got to let go, period. Because people in situations hold people back. 


Morris Jackson I agree. 


Reginald D: With people in their life. I'm like, man, why are you dealing with all this? People in their life trying to handle damaged people and putting damaged people in your life. At the end of the day, man, damaged people is going to damage people, and you got to move on from that. People have friends, and I've heard this, friends they can't trust.  How are they a friend?

Morris Jackson: Right? I was just asking the same thing to myself. How are they a friend?

Reginald D: Right. So, they have friends that they can't trust. And then you have to understand this. Just because you all got something in common, if you can't trust that person, you don't need to be with that person. An untrustworthy friend is more dangerous than a wild beast. A wild beast will wound your body. Your untrustworthy friend will wound your mind, and you don't need that. And you're going to be able to walk away from things in life, man. That's what I try to tell people. Don't stay in the same situation. You've got to make a change. You got to make a choice. Your life is at stake. Your life that God took the time to create you and design you and empowered you to do whatever you set your mind in your heart to keep giving you all the tools. You cannot take that for granted. You only have one life, man. It ain't like a car. You can't just trade it and get another.

Morris Jackson: That's right. I would take it even a step further. I know it's hard because people don't want to leave their friends behind, and we see it all the time. I mean, we even have people who are famous athletes. They go on and make millions of dollars, but they can't leave some of those old friends behind, and they are the very people that will pull them down and destroy everything that they worked hard for. So, we talked about friends, and like I said, I'll take it even a step further because I know it's really hard to get rid of the friends. But what about family members? Oh, my goodness. I think I just touched the third rail because what are you saying? What do you say, boy? Should I leave family members behind? I would say yes. If some family members I'm not saying that you won't be there for them to help them out in the time of need. But what I'm saying is if that relationship is pulling you away from God's will for your life, you have to make a choice. Look, if God would ask a father to sacrifice his own child to test his loyalty to him, how much you love him, I thank God, he didn't do it. But don't you think that it's reasonable for your reasonable service that you owe your loyalty to God and you may have to make a choice to love someone from a distance even if they are a family member. Now, that's my assessment. I have seen it and I'll be the first one to admit that I have some in my family I have had to love from a distance. Doesn't mean that I'm not there for them, doesn't mean that I don't care about them. But if what they are doing or that relationship that I have with them is pulling me away from God's will for my life, I have to make a choice. God has to come first in my life. What's your take on that?

Reginald D: Right, well, I'm going to shoot you straight with it. Family members, friends or whatever, if they are not aligned with your purpose that God has set before you, then they can't go. Now if they' adjust themselves and realign and get an order, then hey, we're back on track. Your purpose and your destiny is what God has for you. And that's the thing. And everybody has to understand that. If not, you'll never accomplish what's set out for you.

Morris Jackson: You know that's the shot across the bow, right? I'm not saying go home and tell people off. No, I'm not saying to do that. But he'll do everything in decency in order. But I think what we're saying here is you're just going to have to stay prayerful and know what God's purpose is for your life and ask God to give you discernment about how to handle those relationships. And you may have to pull back. You may have to handle that relationship differently. It may take all the different dynamic in 2023. It's time to get serious about God's will for your life and his purpose. There are a lot of dreams in the graveyard. There are a lot of unfulfilled purposes in the graveyard. I can't tell you how many people that I knew that were talented singers, that were great speakers, that were great influencers, great athletes, but they never realized their full potential and passed on and gone. And I can take you just from my own mother's passing just last year. I never knew my mother wanted to be or even had the talent to be a writer. And she didn't really start taking up writing until the latter years in her life. And I know now that she knew that she was dying. So, my mother passed without having fulfilled one of the talent and purposes that God placed on her life. When I read my mother's writings, I couldn't believe how well she could write. And we're not talking about someone who has a PhD or went to writing school or anything like that, but my mother her writing blew me away. I mean, very vast imagination. The stories, the things that she could actually make up and write and develop the characters. Never went to school for any of this stuff. That's God given talent.

Reginald D: Right?

Morris Jackson: Anyway, I'm sorry. I digress. I didn't mean to jump in.

Reginald D: No. That’s Good.

Morris Jackson: But yeah, brother, I get it. So, your podcast, if you had to point to some examples of how people have been impacted or feedback you've gotten, can you give us any examples of that?

Reginald D: Well, I think it's all God, man, because people basically come with - God, I can't believe you talking to me. They played like a segment of it the other day in front of some people, and this young lady never knew I had a podcast. She was like, Is that you? I was like, yeah. She said, oh, you talking to me. And it was like 10 seconds.

Morris Jackson: Right?

Reginald D: Ten Second clip.

Morris Jackson: Wow.

Reginald D: I feel like God has anointed me for this purpose this time. I can't really explain. I'll just go with it. I'll do a podcast, man. I don't know what I'm going to talk about.

Morris Jackson: That's the anointing.  That's the anointing.

Reginald D:  Yeah, Until I start talking. I just don't know, man. And I'm grateful for it. I think a lot of times when you are personal with people, that means a lot. I'm not trying to get people to do something that they can't do or do something they don't want to do. I'm just giving them choices and try to help them make the right choices in life. Because the biggest thing, like I said earlier, challenges, man. People can't get through challenges. They can't. I've known people who went back in a bad relationship to the same person four or five times just to get the same results or even worse.

Morris Jackson: Wow.

Reginald D: When you're going to say, hey, enough is enough. My life is more valuable than that. I got things I need to do. I got things I desire and you got to go for, because everybody desires something. I feel. And they had everything in their belly. They feel it every day. I want to be successful. I want to be good at this. I want to be this. That ain't nothing but life inside of you in your belly that's growling and starving for you to feed it, and that's it. And with circumstances and challenges and things like that man I tell people. You got to be like an eagle. The eagle flies to its highest point when it's in the storm.

Morris Jackson: Wow.

Reginald D: And you got to treat life the same way. When life comes at you, the storms come, the challenges come. You got to rise above it. You got to rise above it because God got you back. But if you don't move, he ain't going to move.

Morris Jackson: That's right.

Reginald D: Think about it. And I've been faced with a lot of challenges, man. I'll be real with you. I have failed. At one point in my life, in every area of my life, I had failed. And I was contemplating suicide. And I'm laying on the couch, depressed, just going through all this stuff. I'm like, Man, I'm done. I can't take no more of this, right? So, I'm lying on the couch, and a voice spoke to me, said Get up. So, I got up. I went to the bathroom. I looked in the mirror, and it came to me said you're going to quit on yourself. Everybody else is going to quit on you. You all you got. So, I thought about that. I was like, well, I'm all I got. I can't quit on myself. And it dawned on me, here's the thing I was talking about earlier. It's changing your way of thinking. So, I said to myself, if I can get myself up out of this situation, I can come against any other thing that comes before me in my life. And I did. And I'm going to tell you something. I heard two sermons. I come from a preaching family. I've heard hundreds of sermons, but it's two that changed my life. One was titled. “I ain't got nowhere else to go”. And when people realize that in life, you ain't got nowhere else to go, you got to stay on this path. You got to stay on this journey with God. He's assigned you for this. You got to walk in this thing, because what you going to do, you ain't got nothing else to do. You ain't got nowhere else to go. So, you got to keep going. And then the second one was titled. “I Must See Rome.”   It talked about when Paul was on his journey to Rome, he had all kind of challenges. He was bitten by a venomous snake, ship wrecked., He was stoned. He told God, I'm going to die here. I'm going to die. I can't do this. And God said, be of good courage. You must see Rome. See, everybody got a Roman in life they got to get to. You got to understand that no matter how hard it gets, no matter what challenge you go to, there is a destiny and a Rome you got to get to. Everybody got a Rome, you got to keep going, and you can't quit.

Morris Jackson: So, when you say Rome, you mean your encounter with God or that point where you're going to meet God? Probably, I guess, at your lowest point.

Reginald D: Well, when I say Rome.  Rome is the final destination that you got to get to (at the end of the day), regardless of where you're going in between now and in between the time you get the Rome and the stuff you go through in the middle of it. You can't quit, you can't tap out. You can't give up, because there is a Rome. It's a place that's already prepared for you. That's a destination that he's trying to get you to. And if you quit, you'll never see it. You never get there. Your purpose has a Rome. Everything you do, that’s your Rome. That's your final destination. You got to get there.

Morris Jackson: I like that.

Reginald D: And the think about it, I'm going to back up on something. And I'm kind of choked up about this, and I'm trying not to get too choked up, but I said to myself just the other day, there is a set of people that's out there hurting, waiting on me, that has been waiting on me. If I would have committed suicide, what would have happened to those people? That were assigned to me. And when I think about that and I think about the lives that God allowed me to touch, the lives that God allowed me to change, I said, man, if I would have done this, what would their outcome have been? So, I'm grateful. Man, life has been a roller coaster growing up. You know how it is. We don't learn, we learn now.

Morris Jackson: Now, I'm so grateful to the Lord that you did not commit suicide that day because you are definitely touching people. You've definitely been a blessing to me. Looking at our greatest threats to society, I happen to believe mental health is one of the greatest threats, I think, that the youth of today are facing. And my wife and I have talked about this several times and I just could not figure it out. Is it social media? But really, social media, in my opinion, is just another medium for how Satan plays with the mind. He really has no power, so he has to get you to do it. So, he plays with the mind. So, he has a thought of suggestion. He uses television. He may have used theater back in the day. He may have used culture, whatever it is. Social media is just another medium, and albeit a very powerful medium. But I really do think social media has a lot to do with the suicide rate and the mental health breakdowns that we're starting to see in this generation. And that's kind of my take on what I think one of the greatest threats to today's society is. What in your opinion? And it may be the same thing, I'm not sure. But what, in your opinion, is one of the greatest threats to society and what should we be doing as Christians about it?

Reginald D: Well, I think there's many things that's a threat to our society. Here's the thing. When people understand how important, how valuable they are, that's when things change. I often tell people, what are you going to do with your life? Here it is, you got all these opportunities, what are you going to do with it? At the end of the day, it's a decision-making thing. People can say, hey, I'm going to be this and I'm going to be that and this and that other. But here's the thing, if you don't walk in who you really are, then life is going to be challenging throughout your whole life. Period. You get what you want out of life when you be who you really are, that's it.  Now changes and things like that, it has to be made and it comes from all kinds of different dynamics and situations. Fathers need to be in these kids’ lives.

Morris Jackson: Yes.

Reginald D: Period. I don't care nothing about the mom and what you all got going on. You have to be in these kids’ life and bring a positive impact. Same with mothers, some mothers aren't in the kid’s life. Same thing. You have to be in your kid’s life. You have to understand your kids. You have to listen to them. When we grew up, we would say something and it was nah, go in there and sit down, go to bed. Yeah, couldn’t voice your opinion. You couldn’t really voice your opinion; you know what I'm saying? So, I think we to be really open about things like that and help change this younger generation, because they are different, man. And once we accept that they are different, the way we grew up and the way we think about things, they're on a whole another level. And we got to meet them there somewhere.

Morris Jackson: Yup!

Reginald D: Somewhere in the middle we got to meet because if you don't and you try to give them the old school way, they're going to rebel on you. You know and things like that. So, what I believe as people, I'm not going to say Christians yet, as people we have to change our way of thinking and we got to change our hearts towards how we look at situations, how we look at other people. We have to care enough to do something, be a part of something. Just because a kid down the street, he may not have a father, you know what I'm saying? Why I can't step up. Why I can't mentor this young man and things like that. It's opportunities out here that we miss. As long as we keep missing opportunities, we’ll never get to where we need to be. Now, as far as Christians go, Christians, the biggest challenge they're going to have is that when you put that title on your name, Christian. So, when you get out there and start doing this thing, then you can’t make not one mistake because the first thing going to say, I thought you were Christian and this and that other. But Christians I think, need to stay rooted and grounded in the Word and then the teaching of Christ and the love that Christ has shown throughout the whole Bible. So, I think you need to stay there. You don't have to get creative when you're showing love, you don’t have to get creative. Love is powerful. You don’t have to be creative about anything,

Morris Jackson: That's usually when we mess up, when we try to get creative, just stick to the recipe, don't add raises, don't try to do any of that stuff, right? The love of Christ, as a matter of fact, a writing right now called authentic leadership. And Jesus was the most authentic leader that you could have ever served under. Here's our shining example. Jesus walked in love. And I think the problem that I see with some Christians today, and I'm not saying all, so don't take this and make a sound bite out of it, but I'm saying with some Christians, me being one myself, is we don't exude the love of Christ. A lot of times become too judgmental. We forget that we are also sinners. And I'm not going to say the worst sinners, but also sinners. Because I'll tell you this, every last one of us sin every day. You get in your car; somebody cuts you off. Some of you may say it, some of you may just think it. Some of you may see a woman walk by. She's pretty good looking. You may think something. You may say, oh, Lord, forgive me, but you see her, we see it every single day. And I just gave two examples, right? So, we are not so above it all, that we're better than anybody else. We don't even deserve to be saved. Yet God gave his only son so that we may be saved. We didn't deserve it because if we got what we deserved, we'd be all damned to hell. So, I look at the example in the Bible where the ruler forgave the man who owed debt to him. And so that same man turned around and basically grabbed somebody up by the collar. Who owe him some money. And when basically the ruler saw what he had done, he chastised him for it. So that's us, God forgave us. But then we want to turn around and chastise somebody else. Who was in the same predicament as we were, right? So, we can't do that. And I think if you just love on a person, whether they've been to prison, whether they didn't come from the same background as you, God calls on us to love people regardless. Look at Jesus example and who he hung out with in the Bible. Jesus is your example. Not the Pharisees, not the Sadducees, not the people who took on the image of piety. But Jesus is your true example of how we ought to love this world and how we ought to walk and navigate through this world and how we ought to treat people. And I just think as Christians, we have failed miserably in that area, and love really is the key, and we have to follow Jesus for that example, right? Anyway, I'm done, brother. I start….

Reginald D: It's good, man.

Morris Jackson: Yeah, I said enough about that. It breaks my heart when I see people not walking in the love of Christ and being so judgmental. And I'm not saying just because you're walking in love doesn't mean that you condone what another person does. I'm not saying that at all. But we are to walk in love, and as Jesus called us to.

Reginald D: Right!  And then that's the whole thing. When you talk about Christians, you get in this bubble, but it's just churching. You just churching and you ain't worried about the family down the street that’s hungry.  And, you don’t know anything about that because you’re not effective. A Christian has to be effective. You can Church all you want to. You go to Bible study all you want to. Then you get your feel good on, and then you go home, you feeling the good. That's a selfish Christian. What about your community? What about people out here hurt? Do something about it. If you say you're Christians, do something about it. Don't be selfish

Morris Jackson: See God says he spits Christians like that out. You Luke warm.

Reginald D:  Right? Because here's the thing. I mentored a boy’s shelter one time, and they had problems and things like that. This was the most effective thing that came out of this thing. When I mentored the shelter, I asked the kids one on one, I said, hey, what's your purpose in life? What do you desire in life? Nobody could answer that question, not one of them. They didn't have no idea where they were going or what they wanted to do or anything like that. If you don't have that, then you don't have direction.

Morris Jackson: That's right.

Reginald D: You just stuck and you just winging it. At the end of the day, you winging it. And you can't wing life, man.

Morris Jackson: Oh, no

Reginald D: You got to know where your headed. You got to know where you're going, and you got to stay disciplined with it. Because what people get frustrated at, you pay full price for this thing called life. Every day!  You go to work; you take care of your families and all this kind of stuff. You pay full price, but you accept less for what you paid for. Just like, check this out. Remember back in the day you used to go to the drive through in McDonald's and they automatically put the ketchup in the bag with the French fried.

Morris Jackson: Oh, yeah.

Reginald D: Now when you do it. You don't get the ketchup unless you ask for.

Morris Jackson: That's right.

Reginald D: But you still paying for that ketchup, your paying full price. You go to drive through, say, I want a hamburger, hold may, hold the lettuce, hold the tomato. You still paying full price for that hamburger. Even though they subtracted three things off of it, you still going to pay the full price. And that's the thing about life, you might as well get it all.

Morris Jackson: That's right. I want my ketchup, brother. I want my ketchup

Reginald D: Yeah.  Your paying for it.  That's the same thing about life, man, you might as well get it all because your paying full price every day. Don't accept no less than that. Your worth more than that. And when you start thinking about that, when people start thinking about their worth and the time and the effort and everything, they're putting in daily, NO, I want it all. You should expect it all you.  You need to get a return for your life, basically, today.

Morris Jackson: That's right. And you said something and I've had people actually come to me and ask me, how do I know what my purpose is in life? How do I know what my gift is? And I tell people that if you do something or whatever it is that you do, and you do it effortlessly and you feel fulfilled in it, when you do that, that's almost going to be your gift. And God doesn't give you a gift without a purpose. So, your gift is going to be attached to your purpose. So, whether it's singing, so if you sing and man, you just feel alive and you feel fulfilled and it just gives you that feeling like nothing else. And you could do it all day. You could do it even if they didn't pay you. That's your gift. And with that, the gift is attached to your purpose. Some of you may have people who just feel like they can confide in you. These people coming to me and confiding in me and telling me things and then I end up talking to them and somehow, they walk away feeling better. You're calling maybe a counselor? You may be a counselor. I mean, I've just given just two examples, but there are many examples out there. And that question is that something for you to ask yourself and ponder? All of you know, it could be something that I'm going to say this to. Some parents are probably going to kick me for this, but there are kids out there who play video games and they have a talent for that. I know a young man who was failing out of school, but he was a whiz when it came to electronics, video games, all those different things. So, his mother took him to a counselor and they just were trying to work through this thing because he was failing out of school and they were experiencing turmoil in the household because the parents were on his case and he was fighting back because he just was not interested in anything else. Well, come to find out that this was his genuine interest and they actually put him into a technical school. Now this young man at the age of, I believe he's 19 now, makes six figures working for a corporation developing these games. Now, I'm not saying every kid that plays video games, that's his calling. But for this particular young man, it was, so like you said, we need to talk to one another just because that's not the way we came up. And our calling and his other thing you got to be careful of, remember, people are not always going to understand your calling or your purpose in life because it's not theirs. God calls you. That was a telephone call between you and God and your destiny, not between God and them. So, you're not always going to understand. So, our purpose, I believe, as pastors, as ministers, as counselors, as mentors, as the neighbor down the street, is to listen to that person and invest in them, help them get toward their destiny, help them get towards their Rome, help them realize their purpose and walk in their purpose in life. Their purpose is not our purpose. We all have different walks and paths in life and we have to understand that. Let's stop trying to push our agenda off on our children or the neighbors down the street or the generation behind us. Thank God for progress. Thank God for these young kids. This is our future. This is our future. But anyway, that's the way I would approach it when people come to me and ask me that question and so important, I think that we invest in our young people and just invest in people, period, to help them find their purpose in life.

Reginald D: Right! And that's critical because when you find your purpose, then you really find your value. Listen, you got people out here right now saying, man, if I could just make $100,000, I'd be good. But they walk around with multi-million-dollar ideas inside of them. They're thinking small. But if you ever walk in their purposes and know they value and tap into who they really are, it'll be game changer for their life.

Morris Jackson: Absolutely.

Reginald D: You just got to tap into who you really are. Use the power within you that God has given you to do great things and do things decent and in order. Stay in control. Can't let life just run rapid. You got to control it. You got to manage it like you manage anything else, like you manage your money, things like that. You got to manage your life. And you can't let people come in your life to derail you. It's just going to hinder you. You'll never get there. You got to stay focused and you can't quit. You can't quit. If you value yourself as much as God value you, then trust me. Trust me. You won't let any and everything stand in your way.

Morris Jackson: That’s Right! We didn't just do this podcast today by happenstance.  And, Reginald, if you're open to it. Man, I would love to do a conference. I see this happening. A conference where we deal with purpose, calling and value, all of those things and we can talk about it offline. But I see this happen. That's all I can tell you. I don't know how it's going to happen. I see it happening. The Lord revealed that to me. And, I just got to be obedient and bring that up and then say this, but we can definitely talk about it offline.

Reginald D: Oh, yeah, I’m with you.

Morris Jackson: I appreciate you.

Reginald D: I appreciate you, brother.

Morris Jackson: Yeah, my spirit is full right now, man. And I just get so heartbroken when I think about the promises and talents that have not been fulfilled.

Reginald D: Right.

Morris Jackson: And also makes me angry because Satan has no authority. He can't do anything. He has to get you to abandon your gifts. He has to get you to abandon your purpose.

Reginald D: Exactly.  

Morris Jackson: Yeah. Man. Tell us how we can find you, how we can follow your podcast.

Reginald D: Man, you can follow the podcast it’s on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. You can go to Real Talk With Reginald D. I also have a website. It's So, you can get on there and you can listen to all of them, you know, in your spare time. And I hope it will bless whoever listens to it. I put my heart into it and I allow what God gives me to do what he do. At the end of the day, I really appreciate it. I really appreciate it.

Morris Jackson: I tell you what, I listen to your podcast when I'm driving today. It's all Spotify, whatever your platform may be, but I listen to it when I'm driving in Traffic. I may need that in traffic, man. So, I don't have bad thoughts when people cut me off.

Reginald D: Yeah, they're going to keep doing that. So, get use to it. Right?

Morris Jackson: Right, man. I could sit here and I could talk to you all day. Of course, I know I got to be respectful of your time, but make sure that you follow Real Talk with Reginald D. And of course, this is REP podcast and you can actually follow us on, the website as well as the podcast. And we're also on Spotify, your different times or whatever platform suits you or whatever tickles your fancy. You can follow us on one of those platforms. But again, it has been a pleasure and I'm going to be in prayer for you as well. And I know God is going to do even greater things with you. And I think this podcast Real Talk with Reginald D is just the beginning. So, buckle seat belt

Reginald D: I appreciate your brother.

Morris Jackson: I appreciate you. And I want to thank everybody else for listening in today and give us some feedback if you were blessed today by this podcast. You can either reach out to myself at or you can reach out to Real Talk with Reginald D as well on one of his platforms. Drop us a comment. Like I said were on the YouTube channel. Drop us a comment. If you’re watching via YouTube, we'll be on Facebook as well. Drop us a comment. Give us some feedback, let us know. We really like to know how this podcast or anything that we said today, blessed you. But as always, we're going to go ahead and end it here. You all be blessed.

Reginald D: See you, brother. Thank you. 


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