#INDIVISIBLE

4 07 2012

Okay, I will take the challenge.  Today Starbucks Chairmen, Howard Shultz, invites Americans for a cup of coffee and conversation.  The conversation is about the America that we envision, about coming together to solve our mutual problems, not waiting or looking to the politicians in Washington. First of all, I am going to take him up on the cup free coffee because I just like good coffee.  Secondly, I do enjoy meaningful conversation with others in a relaxed environment.  On a side note Starbucks would do well to return to its original store model and flee the retail merchandising model.  So I lend my voice to the conversation #INDIVISIBLE. The Pledge of Allegiance, gives me my first inspiration.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”

The founding fathers of the United States on this day, July 4th, 1776, signed their lives, fortunes and honor away in the Declaration of Independence.  The Independence was from a despotic government being lead by a political leader who had lost his way.   Prayer, fasting, and bended knee before Almighty God gave these men the humility they needed to forge through their differences and formulate “A more perfect Union.”

The God of the Bible was their inspiration.  The lessons taught in the Holy Scriptures gave them guidance as they formulated the principles upon which they built this nation.  These men were great men, deeply convicted to seek the welfare of the people of the United States.  We would do well to follow their lead.

Before engaging in national dialogue on our many problems let’s identify what does separate us.  At the very root of our current division of an INDIVISIBLE nation is that we have rejected that we are a nation “UNDER GOD.”

As a democratic republic we must elect leaders to represent us in Congress and the Presidency who will fashion our laws and help lead us.  We have a President who believes he is above the law and can decide NOT to enforce the will of the people simply because he disagrees with it.  We have many Representatives who have forgotten they are “Public SERVANTS,” many are in it for the prestige and power.  Our leaders mock those who bend their knee in prayer and fasting seeking a favor of the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob as our founding fathers did!  How can these then lead us to be ONE NATION UNDER GOD?

So, let’s begin this dialogue with prayer.  Today, when I get my cup of coffee at Starbucks, I will bow my head publicly and pray out loud to God thanking Him for this wonderful nation called the United States of America.  I will ask Him to search my heart to see if there be any wicked way in me.  I will humbly acknowledge that insight and seek His face to empower me to overcome it.  Then and only then will I be equipped to engage in national conversation.

Let’s talk together as a nation as to how we can contribute to winning this election and ridding DC of politicians who wish to re-invent America in their own image, into a Socialist State that impinges on the freedom of the people.  LIBERTY AND JUSTICE require TRUTH.  TRUTH is morally absolute and not relative to situation.





Father’s Day

17 06 2012

Americans have a knack for turning celebrations into a marketing opportunity. We are not alone in this, others around the world even in different governmental structures do the same. If someone makes a buck from a celebration it does not diminish the importance of the thing we celebrate.

Today, is Father’s day in the USA. All over the nation folks will give their dads a token of affection and recognition. For some their will be the annual giving of the “goofy tie” or other gag gift. Others will prepare a hand-made “You’re the best dad in the whole world card” or celebrate dad with his favorite meal. Whatever is done for the most part there is a genuine attempt to express the value of Fatherhood.

Our culture is blurring the importance and significance of Fatherhood. It would be a joy and delight to say that every Father was honorable and faithful to his call, but sadly that is not always the case. There are absentee dads, abusive dads, abandoning dads, sure! But there are also adoring dads, faithful fathers, and loving leaders. I want to be one of the faithful.

Today, let’s honor Fatherhood for all it should be and has been in our lives. Let’s work to make Fatherhood the place of respect and honor that God intended it to be. Give honor where honor is due, forgive where it is required, love with a whole heart, trust God to be to you what man has failed to be.

As Fathers you are the most powerful force for good in the world. A child’s soul is a terrible thing to waste. You have been granted the most awesome of responsibilities. Make today special for those who love you by stepping up to Fatherhood!

Have a Happy Father’s Day, laugh a lot, cry a little, love fully–Bless you!





New Day, New Frontier

19 05 2012

Everyday is a new frontier. Pioneers rejoice at not knowing what is around the corner. The fun is in the journey not the destination. But it is nice to get where you think you are going.





Estate planning and Parenting

12 04 2012

I am trying to do some estate planning.  That is preparation for passing on my assets after my death.  You know, wills, trusts, life insurance, medial directives and the like.  It takes time and wisdom to prepare a good plan. I am seeking professional advice.  Lots of care goes into doing that plan well.

As I am working on the details, I have an ah-ha moment!  Should there be any less care in preparing your must precious asset, your children?  A wise parent does not raise children by accident.  Invest the time to do it well!





Caution

4 04 2012

Do not throw caution to the wind!
Caution— is not fear!
Caution is wisdom to be circumspect. Consider the options and move forward with your eyes wide open.  Do not be reckless or you will be a wreck.  Boldness does not throw away wisdom or caution! Move forward fearlessly and be wise!





Teach us to number our days

29 02 2012

This week I will have officiated at 2 funerals. One was for a long life fully lived yet the final years were marked by illness. The other a tragic loss of a precious life snatched from the hands of death several years ago, cause of death yet unknown.  Each of these funerals had special lessons for me.

In my professional career I have attended and presided over many funerals.  Of all life events, funerals for me provide some of the richest insights into LIFE and living.  I know that sounds a bit strange. But consider this, in those brief moments family and friends spend together to reflect on the contributions and memories of a someone special to them you are granted an opportunity to see your own life in richest of ways.  If you have a listening ear your deepest soul will whisper to you of things that could change you forever for the better.

You may hear things concerning how you value your spouse, or your children.   Maybe that inner voice will ask you to evaluate your career.  Perhaps you will be told to finally get your Last Will and Testament done.  If you love your family,  you might be convicted to get that life insurance or long-term health care policy in place.    Maybe, you will decide to take that vacation you have always wanted or call your mom and dad.  Whatever you hear, listen well!  You may be changed forever for the better.

Moses said it this way,  – ‘So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12  and King David   – “LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. Psalm 39:4.  By reflecting deeply on the passing of a life from this realm we can better live our own lives if we act on what we hear.  Life is but a vapor; live it well!





Success

27 02 2012

In the American culture success is often defined in terms of monetary achievement, popularity, position or power.  I am not sure anyone really wants to be unsuccessful, but it would help if one had a sense of what success really is.  I am of course speaking of a general sense that my life has been meaningful and successful overall rather than in a moment or task.

Someone once said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile dream.” Another defines success as the journey not the destination!   Today I read, success is doing the best with what you have where you are! 

When I reflect on my life I measure success in terms of relationships more than I do achievements or monetary status.  The questions I ask to discover if I am on the road to success are similar to this. 

 “When I stand before God to give account for my life will I hear well done good and faithful servant?” 

 “If someone speaks to my wife after I am gone will she say that I was a loving  and supportive husband?  Did I contribute to her destiny or diminish her as a person?”

“Can my children look back upon our relationship and say that they were proud to have me as their dad?  Will they say of me that I built into their lives principles and values that made them productive and vibrate citizens of this world?”

“Will my friends and acquaintances remember me as one who added to their lives and encouraged them to be all they can be?  Will they be able to say they were better off for knowing me?”

“Will creation itself be better off for me being here?”

Sure I want monetary achievement.  I do not want to be poor or struggle to provide for my family the basics of life.  Neither do I want to be so preoccupied with earning a living that I miss out on the true meaning of Life.   I like the story  in the Bible when the lawyer questions Jesus about the greatest commandment in the Law.  Jesus replied to the question, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.   And the second is like it: ‘ Love your neighbor as yourself.’…”

What I have found in my life is being in right relationship with the Creator aligns me for right relationships with people and things.  I think the Book of Proverbs says it best, “The awesome respect of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom or knowledge.”  So living a sucessful life may be more about how we live then what we earn or achive.








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