Thursday, July 30, 2015

Got Priorities?

My rear view mirror serves as a reminder how easy it is to get lost.  Perhaps my greatest mistake in life was failing to get my priorities right.  My first year in college I juggled three jobs while playing on my community college tennis team.  I slept an average of four hours a night.  My church attendance was limited to Christmas and Easter.  My number one priority was making money.  I did my best to talk others out of marriage because the 50% chance of a successful outcome was too risky.  The only thing that saved me was my prayer life.  God was #5 on my priority list behind money, money, money and money.  My prayers were mostly to help me get more money.  I was on the highway to Hell and didn't know how lost I was because I was too busy judging all the other drivers.  Something happened when I decided to rearrange my priorities and put God first.  There was a tug-of-war with the money that ended in sudden death when I reluctantly let go of the last dollar.

My priorities today are simple – God first, my wife second, our children third, and everything else fourth.  Everything belongs to God.  Any resources I have are to be used prudently to advance God's plans for my life.  I'm sleeping soundly eight hours a night.  Every morning I wake up refreshed and ready to follow God's road map.  Matthew summarizes it best... But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:33.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Keep Walking

Keep walking.  That's my mantra.  I don't pay much attention to the economy, the weather, or the talk of the town.  I'm walking.  Behind me are bad choices and wasted opportunities.  There's no need to look back.  I know what yesterday looks like.  It's never going to change.  Real life is in the steps I'm taking today.  Some days I feel like running but I know I must pace myself to reach goals others told me were beyond my dreams.

Keep walking.  It's good for the soul.  Moss can't grow under your feet.  Enjoy the journey.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pardon me if I can't see your negativity, I'm wearing my La La glasses

No, I'm not ignoring your negativity.  I can't see it through my La La glasses.  They work like rose colored glasses but they have an extra amenity – La La muffs for the ears that filter out snarky comments, bickering and other annoying sounds so I can hear the music.  I choose to see and hear the good stuff.  Sorry if that offends you.

La La glasses work best when you say certain things during heated conversations.  Try these:
  1. I'm sorry.
  2. I was wrong.
  3. I love you.
  4. Can you tell me more about why you feel that way?
  5. I'm having trouble hearing you when you're yelling.  Can you please lower your voice because I want to understand where you're coming from?
 You always have a choice when it comes to what you see and hear.  Try a pair of La La glasses for thirty days and you may find there are plenty of good things to admire and abundant beautiful music to savor.  You may start a new fashion trend.  Have a great day.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Don't Miss Your Exit to Financial Freedom

"The quickest way to get back on your feet again is to miss a car payment," one of my buddies who financed loans for bad credit people always warned.  And he meant it.  He's quick to call the repo guy if his customers are past due.  It's been three years since my wife and I made our last car payment.  I don't miss those payments.  That's what financial freedom means to me – no debt.  The best way to find your exit on the debt highway is to decide you're done with monthly payments.

Planning for financial freedom is like planning a road trip – a map is necessary.  Stay away from expensive toll roads.  Don't drive anything that requires a car payment.  And when your cars are paid off you have more funds for fun things like vacations.  Your exit to financial freedom is attainable.  Follow the map.  Have a great day.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Celebrate Life

One of my buddies at my day job commented yesterday, "you're having a great day."  I nodded in agreement.  The celebration started days earlier when I headed to the indoor tennis courts on my day off.  Names and specifics are withheld for privacy reasons.  Let's just say I have an acute awareness of something I refer to as "the takeaway."  During negotiations, a takeaway is used to increase leverage because you're showing the other side how life will be without something of value if you walk away.  This increases a thousand fold when the takeaway involves a loved one.  This is what I experienced in my inner circle.  The loss would have been permanent.  This special person in my life came as close to death as one can go without returning.  Then the miracle happened.  She came back.  Pardon me if I can't restrain myself from the all the joy I feel inside when our paths cross.  I'm just plain grateful.  Have an outstanding day.  Celebrate life.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

God's Got This

There are times in my life when I forget God has a master plan.  And when I become absent-minded I find myself stuck in the mud.  It feels like I'm drowning.  It's no fun treading water in a sea of troubles.  Everything changes when I think of Jesus.  The outside observer may ask, "why does he appear so calm?"  Well, it's true.  My lifeguard walks on water.  There's nothing to worry about.  God's got this.  Have a great day.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thank You for the Prayers

It was a close call.  I almost lost an immediate family member this week.  You won't find this person on Facebook or any other social media sites but you will find countless people stepping up to offer prayers and assistance.  If you are one of the prayer warriors helping out during this critical time, thank you.  I believe your prayers are the difference between life and death.  There's a long road to recovery ahead.  That's okay.  I love a good road trip.  I will do my best to thank you in person for your help.  Have a great day.