Faith and Waffling

I did hear a funny story about the young boy who was asked if he knew the capital of Belgium. He responded, “Waffles?”

With that said, I need to quit waffling when it comes to faith. Hard times come to everyone and I need to stop worrying and keep my eyes focused on God and serving others. It’s not that I don’t know, but I do need to reminded all the time.

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Reading

I enjoy reading, but it can be challenging to find enough time during the day. Darren Hardy had three good pieces of advice:

  1. Read with purpose- How are you trying to improve.
  2. Find an expert you trust and go deep with he or she. Read books, listen to podcasts and watch videos.
  3. Go out and apply what you have learned. Just do it!
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Everybody Needs A Push

Heard a great story about the billionaire who invited colleagues and friends over for dinner. He had a large pool with alligators throughout. Prior to dinner, the billionaire offered part of his estate to anyone who jumped in the pool and swam to the other side. Everybody in the audience shook their heads and proceeded inside for dinner. Just before everyone was to sit down they heard a splash outside in the pool. They all ran outside and saw a gentleman frantically pulling himself out from the other side of the pool. The billionaire exclaimed, “Congratulations, you have demonstrated great courage and now you can reap the reward.” The wet gentleman replied, “This is great, but I would like to know who pushed me in!” Everybody needs a push!

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Are You Unlikable?

Listening to my mentor Darren Hardy this morning. He mentioned 6 areas that make us unlikable:

Humble Braggart.

Throwing Tantrums or giving silent treatment when things don’t go your way.

Too Dogmatic/Self Righteous.

Picking up phone during conversation.

Focusing only on self during conversation.

Being too serious- Relax Man!

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Direction Not Intention

Listening to Andy Stanley this morning and he mentioned that Our direction, not intention will determine our destination. Who will you follow for direction in life? Behavior indicates direction and trumps intention every time.

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Broken Fibula

We have been dealing with my son’s broken fibula over the past two weeks. He injured the leg while playing soccer. Our debate has been whether or not to have surgery. Since he would like to play soccer in college, we have decided to move forward with the surgery. This appears to be the best probability for success. It has been a challenging period which always brings me closer to God. It is my hope that my son grows closer to God and comes out of this experience with a renewed spirit.

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Perspective

My son Eli broke his fibula on Sunday and will need surgery. Although this is a set back, I must remember that God is for us because Jesus died for us not because things always work out for us. Leaning into his promises this week!

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Family Vacation

Just returned from a vacation with family in Florida. My best experience was when I played pickleball and golf with my boys. No phones or distractions just good ole quality time with my boys. It is indeed the simple things that carry most joy in life!

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Focus on What You Value

With all the different forms of social media around, it becomes more challenging to stick to your values. The comparison game can never be won and it can be depressing. One of my key reasons for starting a business was to be able to have the freedom to spend time with my wife and family especially during the formative years with my boys. Freedom over security continues to be a strong driver as maneuver around the obstacles of having a business.

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Fences & Tables

I heard a great quote the other day- Let’s work toward building longer tables and not higher fences. This is especially true when you are looking to forgive. Keep an open mind and work hard to understand the other person’s point of view. Sharing a meal is a gateway to understanding.

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