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thanksRecently I’ve visited with some whose perception is that for some reason life, or God, or fate has cut them a raw deal and they are where they are in life because of their “unfair circumstances.” As we talked you could hear the negative tone in nearly everything they had to say. Though they possess a strong belief in God and hold their faith in high regard, they also hold to the notion that somehow they’ve been cheated in nearly every aspect of their lives to this point.

And I’ve also visited with others who came from less than favorable circumstances and are now people you would admire and want to have as your friends. When talking with them you hear their negative back-story yet they have not allowed that to determine who they’ve become.

Many are not the rich and famous, nor do they have the desire to become such, though some I’ve encountered are multi-millionaires and more. They have simply learned to be content with what they have and to not allow their past to dictate their future. They have taken what God has given them and turned it into an offering of Thanksgiving to Him, though they might not express it that way.

Today, in the U.S., is Thanksgiving Day. Be thankful for what you have – however little it may be. You don’t have to look too far to find someone who has less. But also don’t just settle there.

No matter who you are, where you live, what your circumstances currently are know this – God created you to be a wonderful/fantastic/beautiful creation. He’s given you the tools you need to become what He desired you to be.

I know you’ve heard this before, but hear it again as if it’s the first time. Today really is the first day of the rest of your life – don’t waste God’s creation: YOU!

Your future depends on how you handle what God has given you. He’s The Creator, think creatively on how to be better tomorrow than you are today, better next month than you are this month, better next year than you are this year.

Now, go out and do something great for God. We all need you to do just that!

Happy Thanksgiving, people!

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Theodore Roosevelt“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, 1858-1919

REMEMBERING

May 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

This past Monday, we in the U.S. celebrated Memorial Day. A day set aside to remember those who paid the ultimate price in any of the many conflicts the U.S. has seen down through the years.

In many communities flags will be placed at the gravesites of those brave women and men who gave of their own lives while serving. It’s also a time for veterans to think about their fallen friends and loved ones. Maybe those who served next to them in conflict and for families to tell the stories of their fallen loved ones once again.

Most of the year we are so busy running from appointment to appointment. It’s good for us to take time, to stop and remember the price that has been paid for our freedom.

I find it a great time to also reflect on the price that was paid to purchase my salvation.

The caption that accompanies the image of today reads: “You bet I’m goin’ to be a soldier, too, like my Uncle David, when I grow up.”

Whether or not you had a meal with family and/or friends, we hope you celebrated the day in a special way.

And remembered.DecorationDayMcCutcheon

urgentI know you’ll find this hard to believe, but we have grandchildren! See, I knew you’d find that difficult to swallow.

Not that difficult, you say?

Any way, our children, grown as they are, and grandchildren live states away from us. Some just in a neighboring state, others a few states away, and some live on the other side of the country away from us. Suffice it to say that none are even in the same time zone as us!

And though that may not seem like much to you, dear reader, there are times when it feels as though they are a million miles away. Do you know what I mean? And we just received word that some of them are moving to an even more remote location (sometimes I wonder if they are in the witness protection program – just saying).

I know this is just logic, but I need to remind you (and me). Every day that goes by turns into a month that goes by and every month that goes by becomes a year that has passed all too quickly.

Stay in contact with your co-workers, even if they don’t reciprocate. Stay in contact with corporate, even if they don’t like it. And by all means stay in touch with those you love, even if they don’t repay that love.

In that famous chapter about love from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians we find these words: Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4 NLT)

Allow love to work through you in that way. I know it’s hard to do, but do it anyway. In fact, stop reading this post and jot a note to someone right now. Go! Do it, now! The band Foreigner said it correctly: “Urgent, it’s so urgent!”

You’ll be glad you did . . .so will they!

 

 

investingFirst, here’s the answer to yesterday’s trivia question. The answer is C, the roots of the yucca plant have been used for centuries as a type of soap. Congratulations to yesterday’s winner:

We’ve talked about this before on this blog, but it bears repeating at least once again. The only get-rich-quick plan I know of that really works is an inheritance. And that means for the newly rich to become rich someone else must have died. That’s no fun!

But if you invest a bit over time and do not withdraw it early, it will eventually add up to a nice sum. Do that in a good increment over a span of time and it could very well become your get-rich-quick plan. At first it won’t seem very fast, but when you’re out of debt entirely and you have your investments working for you it will seem as though you’re one of the richest people on the planet.

I’ve found it’s the same with recovery from a major surgery. You can’t come back too fast or you risk undoing the reason you had the surgery in the first place. But incremental steps done continually over time will bring back the use of whatever you had surgery on.

For those of us who are more impatient, it might seem like an eternity before you can use that arm or leg again and you might be tempted to hurry things along. Or you might think that your money and investments are doing so well, so you make an early withdrawal. Who’s going to know?

You will when you go to reach for that nest egg and it’s become just the nest!

So, easy for me to say, slow it down a bit. Put that extra dollar away rather than spend it. Do the exercises, push back from the table a little early and if you do that enough times over time you’ll be surprised at the result.

What is it you’re working on right now? What can you do today to ensure you continue?

 

 

ella_fitzgerald“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996, Jazz Singer

Under the Knife

January 13, 2015 — Leave a comment

surgeonIf all goes according to plan, John is undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff today. Please pray for the doctors, nurses and all involved; for John; and for a quick recovery.

Thanks!