30 Oct

ANYWAY

ANYWAY

I disagree.

We are just different.

You are not my type.

We come from different places.

I do not like the way you do things.

I believe my way is better.

I think I am right and you are wrong.

I feel judged by you.

I do not accept the way you are.

I do not approve of what you do.

You make me feel lesser than.

I think you are priviledged.

You are not my kind of people.

You think you are smarter.

We do not like the same things.

I sense you are prejudice.

You vote different than I do.

You look different than I do.

You do not work as hard as I do.

You have it easier than I do.

I do not think you think I matter.

You know what I am gonna do?

I am gonna LOVE you ANYWAY.

How about that?

What are you going to do?

Something different?

29 Oct

Worth it?

Winning on and off the field requires life and work harmony.

Sadly, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen have announced they are divorcing after 13 years of marriage.

Brady, 45, had retired from the NFL in February, only to later reverse that decision.

Based on comments from his podcast below, it becomes pretty clear that work has a way of affecting life.

Given Brady’s recent series of loses with his NFL team, one has to recognize the impact life has on work.

Life and work require harmony to do well. Winning at home is just as important as winning at work. Neither is easy but both are worth it.

In a recent conversation on his podcast, Brady talked about some of the personal costs of playing in the NFL for two decades.

“I haven’t had a Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had a Thanksgiving in 23 years, I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people that I care about that are born from August to late January. And I’m not able to be at funerals and I’m not able to be at weddings,” Brady said. “I think there comes a point in your life where you say: ‘You know what? I’ve had my fill and it’s enough and time to go on, to move into other parts of life.'”

It is hard to imagine that any job would be worth the sacrifice that the Brady family has endured. We can only hope that somehow reconciliation for the family can be found.

It may not be Monday night football that keeps us from our family but long hours at work, cold dinners, cell phone interruptions and the inability to not be distracted by work obligations has the same net effect that the Brady family is suffering. We have to unplug and choose to be in the moment with those we are working so hard to care for.

No one ever says on their death bed that they wish they could have spent more time at the office. Something tells me Tom Brady is starting to wonder if coming out of retirement was really worth it.

We may never know the full story but we can learn from it either way.

Set some boundaries between life and work. It may not show up in your paycheck, but quality time with those you love will be worth it!

28 Oct

Bottled up

If ever a picture was worth 1,000 words, this one sums up my story. So thankful I was spared the addiction. I could have easily found myself in the bottom of a bottle. The Lord had mercy and I was rescued by no effort of my own. Sadly, it breaks my heart, I have plenty of family and friends that the bottle bit hard, destroying all that they could have been.

04 Oct

How many more times?

How many more times?

How many more times will you watch the sunrise, the sunset and stars fill the western sky?

How many more times will you celebrate holidays, birthdays and anniversaries surrounded by those you love?

How many more times will you go on vacation, do something new or visit a favorite place?

How many more times will you talk with an old friend, make a new one and laugh until you cry?

How many more times will you wake up to the smell of bacon and enjoy a stack of buttermilk pancakes as you push your fork into a perfectly fried egg?

How many more times will you go to work, play in a park or attend one of your favorite pastimes?

How many more times will you hear a sparrow sing, a cricket chirp and a baby burp?

How many more times will you hear you mother’s voice, your daddy snore or your siblings’ latest news?

How many more times will you wish you would’ve, known you could’ve and felt you should’ve?

How many more times is hard to determine. So, dance when you can, laugh without reserve and live without regrets, for it is then that how many times will be just almost, more than enough times.

06 Aug

What are you afraid of?

What are you afraid of?

The drive within us is often driven by fear.

Fear of loss.

Fear of losing control.

Fear of betrayal.

Fear of success.

Fear of not being accepted.

Fear of failing.

Fear of not being good enough.

Fear is a great motivator. It is the cousin of pain. Pain too has been known to motivate. But there is a better motivator.

Despite these tendencies in our hearts to yield to fear and pain, within us is a sense that there is something stronger, more enduring and accepting. That longing is love. The greatest motivator in all of life is love. Oh what a soul will do to find it, even more to keep it.

Love inspires, encourages and motivates in ways we deeply desire and long for.

There is no fear in true love. Love is the perfect motivator. No wonder Jesus clarified which of the 613 commandments was the greatest. In summary, he said, love God and love others as you love yourself. He also reminds us to fear not, for he is with us.

Fear comes easy. Pain is an unwelcomed adversary. But love is greeted with open arms, gladly accepted and deeply desired.

What are you afraid of? Fear loses its power when wrapped in the arms of love.

Fear is a strong motivator but it is like a sugar high. It is like downing an energy drink. A shot of adrenaline only lasts so long. Lasting and sustaining drive is rooted in love.

We have to be careful not to allow ourselves to be influenced by fear’s ability to drive us. The signs are clear worry, doubt and anxiety are all indicators that the fear factor is at play and often works, if only for a while. Fear has a short shelf life.

Lasting, positive and endearing motivation comes from knowing we are loved, accepted and adored.

God loves us and is for us. He is in our corner cheering us on.

The enemy relies on fear. The Lord recognizes love as the greatest motivator of all.

What role is fear playing in your life? From where does your drive and motivation come from?

Love conquers all. When you realize how much you are loved, fear begins to be recognized as a cheap substitute for lasting motivation.

The more you give love, the more you receive it. Don’t be afraid to give love away! Fear not. Give and receive love today.

05 Jul

Sunshine on my shoulders

Sunshine on my shoulders

They say it’s the simple things in life that make it great.

Since the beginning of time the Creator has gifted us with the beauty of sunsets.

For many, sunsets have always been full of grandeur. For me, sunsets have taken on a whole new look. You see, I’m color blind.

When at Rosemary Beach in October of 2021 I put on a pair of glasses made to give people like me a new perspective on what the world of color is like.

This is the second time I have worn these glasses to take in the dynamics of a sunset at the beach, this time at Siesta Keys Beach. Needless to say, it is captivating for me.

We all have perspectives on the world we live in and how it all came about. Being color blind has been a gift. It has helped me realize there is more to life than meets the eye. There is simply more than we can comprehend. We have a limited perspective. We can’t rely on our abilities to shape our views of reality.

John Denver sang a song that reminds me of what I experienced again today. The lyrics are below.

The pictures of me that Stephanie snuck in capture my moment of wonder.

In one photo the sun appears to kiss me on the shoulder. For me it was if the Lord himself touched me as if to remind me that this sunset was his gift to me and all the world too see.

Sunshine on my shoulders truly makes me happy.

Here are the lyrics:

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry

Sunshine on the water looks so lovely

Sunshine almost always makes me high

If I had a day that I could give you

I’d give to you a day just like today

If I had a song that I could sing for you

I’d sing a song to make you feel this way

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry

Sunshine on the water looks so lovely

Sunshine almost always makes me high

If I had a tale that I could tell you

I’d tell a tale sure to make you smile

If I had a wish that I could wish for you

I’d make a wish for sunshine all the while

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry

Sunshine on the water looks so lovely

Sunshine almost always makes me high

Sunshine almost all the time makes me high

Sunshine almost always

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: John Denver / Michael C. Taylor / Richard L. Kniss

29 Jun

Take the carpenter fishing.

Take the carpenter fishing.

The seasoned professional fishermen had been fishing all night long. The fish weren’t biting.

An observant carpenter stood on the shore with a different perspective.

“Any luck?” he asked.

“Not even a nibble,” came the reply from the boat.

The carpenter had a subtle suggestion, “Try the other side of the boat.”

The fisherman stopped, looked at each other and thought to themselves, “Who does this guy think he is? He should leave the fishing to the professionals.”

About the time the fishermen were about to give the carpenter a piece of their minds, their leader turned to the team and said, “Hey, why not? We have tried everything else!”

One tweak and their nets were full. What made the difference? Listening to the carpenter.

Jesus is the carpenter. When we invite the carpenter into our lives we gain the added benefit of divine direction.

Yes, he may be a carpenter by trade but he is also the creator of the universe who is willing to come alongside us as we are willing recognize how the insight he provides can be trusted, even when we don’t understand.

Listening to the carpenter requires faith. It requires trust. We may scratch our heads and dare believe we know better. But one thing is for sure, everything is better when we take the carpenter fishing!

(Inspired by John 21)

11 Jun

Who created who?

God created man?

Man created God?

The more I think about it, the more I think about it. And the more I think about it, the more I believe only God could create something so magnificent from nothing.

Come to think about it even more, what was before nothing?

While some things end. Some things have been and will always be. There are no limits to eternity.

Forever is truly beyond infinity. Buzz Lightyear was on the right track in his pursuit to infinity and beyond.

It is here, and there, where God resides, in and outside his creation.

07 Jun

Change is a choice

Change your way of thinking or change will change you.

You have the power to change.

Change is a choice.

There are times in life when we need to come at things differently than we have been known to practice. Our predictability can become problematic.

Why do people change?

There are any number of reasons that can be given but one thing is for certain, people only change if they want to.

What needs to change in your life?

If things keep heading in the direction they are now, where will life take you?

Will relationships improve or implode?

Will finances flourish or falter?

Will your health be good or gruesome?

Will you thrive at your work or tank?

Will you worry less or worry more?

Will you have faith or live in fear?

Will you make the call or call it quits?

Will you ask for forgiveness or accept failure?

Will you be better or be bitter?

Will you resolve the conflict or reload for combat?

Will you book the vacation or build your vocation?

Will you take a break or tank at the bottom?

Will you be a problem solver or problem causer?

Will be a giver or a taker?

Will you serve or sit?

Will you grow or stay grounded?

What will happen if nothing changes?

How long until the consequences of your actions lead to a new reality?

Snap out of it. Make the break! Call on the Lord, phone a friend and take the first step in the direction your life was meant be.

The choice to change is yours.

Change or change will change you.

(Inspired by Luke 13:5 – A call to repent. A call to change.)

01 Jun

Pause for the power

Pause for the power.

Mary sat and listened.

Martha worried about all that needed to be done.

Are you a human doing or a human being?

Sit in His presence today.

Certainly there are things to be done but we often miss the guidance, the instruction and the leading of the Lord when we fail to be still and be filled.

Mary chose what was best.

Pause for the power.

Be still. Be filled. Be your best!

(Inspired by Luke 10:38-42)