We Are Here, For The Sake Of Each Other

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I cherish national freedom. Like many others, I pray for American troops daily. I thank God for the courageous men and women serving in our military today. I also thank God for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I ask God to comfort their families.

Memorial Day

Today has me thinking about heroes and mentors.

Albert Einstein once said, “From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other. . .above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”

It’s true, we are here for the sake of each other.

Many times a day (like Einstein) I too realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead. I tried to make a list, but soon realized that it was endless. These are just a few of my heroes and mentors.

  • Jesus: He gave His life to give me eternal life and the fullest kind of life on earth.
  • Military: There are 2.7 million dead and wounded who gave their lives in combat for my country. All gave some, and some gave all.
  • Wife: She loved me before I was lovable. She forged me with her faith into the man she always knew I could become.
  • Family: Mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., who gave their lives to raise me.
  • Mentors: There are business and spiritual mentors like Mike Ferry, Tom Ferry, Donald Sheets, Melvin Sweeney, Marion Dalton, and many others who gave their lives to make me a leader.
  • Ministry Leaders: There are the leaders at Destiny Family Center. Books could be written about each of them. And still, you would never image how much they’ve given.

There are so many more people I could mention! My life and successes are not by chance. Everything is a gift.

I was carried to this point. And so were you.

Tell me, who carried you? Write your heroes on this wall, in a comment to this post.

As you celebrate Memorial Day, thank God for all who sacrificed something (little and big), to give you this great life.

Then, make a decision, that you will exert yourself more than before, to give in return as much as you have received (and much more).

Live like your heroes. Mentor others. Because after all, we are here for the sake of each other.

Questions??

  1. In the past, how have you honored your heroes and mentors?
  2. In the future, what are new ways you can honor your heroes and mentors?
  3. How are you exerting yourself in order to return as much as you have received?
  4. Who are the 2-5 people you are currently mentoring?
  5. In the future, how will you mentor others more effectively?

Leave a comment.

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The Dirty Part of the Job

Good Morning!

It’s Tuesday… birthday eve for me! Gonna be 38… it’s been a good life! I have so much to be thankful for… and so many dreams to be realized in the next 38…

An Extravagant Foundation: So far, this is what I have… or this is what I JUST ABOUT have! It’s taken a very LONG time getting to this place… 38 years of LEARNING and ADJUSTING… underground: shoveling dirt and laying block!

This morning I want to give you guys a few paragraphs from chapter 7 of my book, “Make Me a Legend.” Please keep praying I will FIND FAVOR with the right people… and get the publishing process underway! Enjoy the clip…

the dirty part of the job
Nervous people demanding split second results; this is our world. And when today’s achiever can’t measure results in terms of above ground progress; they usually jump ship in search of something far more immediately gratifying. It’s comical to watch how enthusiastic people are when they first encounter a sizable vision like ours. Springing up so quickly… out of no where, unreservedly committing their blood, sweat, and tears to nothing more than a well pitched dream… only to fizzle as they calculate how much longer it could take before they will be able to personally benefit from this dream.

Building foundations takes a very special kind of people. Building extravagant foundations takes the rarest of all! Foundation workers have remarkable foresight. With bizarre enthusiasm, they bed down in dirty places for however long it takes to get a towering dream into the air. They’ve counted the cost, knowing they may never experience the pleasure of standing on their own platform. Foundation workers accept responsibility; they welcome responsibility… for the dirty part of the job!

Get what I’m trying to say here? We must never become discouraged with these foundational years. Legendary buildings require extravagant foundations. So hey, let’s take our time… and build something extravagant… something that carries the very real potential of outlasting us by a hundred years or more! Let’s bed down in dirty places… for however long it takes to GET OUR TOWERING DREAMS UP INTO THE AIR!

I hope todays blog adds tremendous value to your amazing lives! I’m praying for you guys, with great joy in my heart! Have a super duper day everyone!

Emergency Rescue: Who Will Risk It All?

Happy Thursday Everyone!

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Galatians 6:1-3 NLT “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.”

Jude 23 NLT “Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.

Humility

Compassion

Sacrifice

Faith

Let’s do it!