No Silver Bullet

My brother retired this week after 30 years of working for the USPS. During that time, he never made a million dollars a year but faithfully he went to work and little by little earned the opportunity to retire at 56 years old. He is financially set for life and can even start another career. 

Where do you need to be faithful? Where do you need to just show up every day and do your job? It might not be for an early retirement but maybe it is in losing weight or raising your children or serving at your church. I wish there was a magic bullet that can make all of those things happen without taking so much time. But just like it takes almost 2 years of gestation for an elephant to be born, big things take time. Choose today to do the next right thing.

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Who is going to get burned?

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I have heard and I have even said, “Well, this doesn’t hurt anyone but me” but that is not true at all. As the proverb says, if I am messing with fire and it gets too close to me, my clothes are going to get burned. Every decision, every action, every step will set into motion a ripple that will impact those in my path – for good or for bad.

I can make the decision to be nice to the cashier as I am checking out and it will impact those behind, the cashier and even myself. Or I can choose to ignore the cashier, make no attempt to be kind, and the cashier will feel the rejection and I will walk away unchanged (at the minimum.) Or even worse I could be rude to the cashier – even if I am justified because of her lack of skills – and that will burn further than I could imagine. I will be in a bad mood, the people behind me will be impacted and the cashier may go home and take it out on her family. All because of a decision I made. It does hurt others.

May walk in steps and make decisions that will not burn those around us.

Solving Problems is My Gift

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During the past few years, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what skills I possess as well as my passions. Where these two converge is helping others solve administrative/logistical problems. And since when I have done this I add value to those I serve, why not start a virtual assistance business?

Here are a few services I can offer:

  • Creating and Sending Newsletters or Mass Emails

  • Creating Powerpoint or Keynote presentations

  • Creating/updating/maintaining databases and CRMs

  • Collating business cards into an Excel sheet for uploading to CRMs or address books

  • Creating Memes with free art

  • Data entry

  • Video editing and uploading

  • Blogpost uploading

  • Setting up and maintaining Calendly 

  • Social media set up/maintenance/ scheduling

  • Setting up/managing webinars

  • Event coordination – venue finding and confirmation, managing registration and attendees

  • Diary/calendar management – scheduling meetings, syncing with devices, adding upcoming events

  • Email management and detox

  • Researching/making travel and accommodation arrangements

  • Lifestyle coaching and values creation

  • Gmail set up, importing and creating labels/filters/folders

  • Developing systems for efficiency of work

  • Weekly planning of priorities

If you have the least bit of interest in learning more about this, book a 15 minute call with me to discuss it. You can go to this link to do that.

Of course, the first question is always how much? So to get that out of the way...my hourly rate would be $35-95 and the difference will depend on the actual project. All of which is negotiable so why not find 15 minutes and just see if I can help you leverage yourself and determine what is the best and highest use of your time.

Self or God?

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Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, and what is His Son's Name? Surely you know!

This past Sunday at church, my pastor, Landon Dowden, taught through Romans 12:3-8 and the biggest takeaway for me was to have right thinking about myself – not thinking too much about myself and not thinking too highly about myself but just right. One way to do that is to have right thinking about God. This proverb sure does nail it for me. When I realize who He is and all He can and does do AND that He died for my sins and loves me more than I even know, I can have right thinking about myself.

Not self-esteem but God-esteem. Not self-confidence but God-fidence. My prayer is that we can walk in that assurance today.

Stay in Your Lane

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One of the first Christian principle I learned was the exchanged life based on Galatians 2:20. Bottom line, I have exchanged my dead body for Jesus’ alive body. Because of that, my old self has no rights, but my new self has the riches of heaven. One way my old self will rise up is in the area of justice and making things right. That is not my job. 

 This proverb tells us that the liar will not go unpunished and his lies will cause him to perish. I need to die to myself and my desire to distribute justice on my timetable and trust that in due season, this proverb will be fulfilled. Many times, I fail but when I do trust in the Holy Spirit and not myself, the truth comes out. May I have the patience and the faith to keep in my lane and trust the Judge to do His work.

My #1 Prayer Request

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In 2005, I had the honor of spending a weekend with 50 or so amazing women. One of those women was Vonette Bright, co-founder along with her husband, Bill, of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ.) At one point in the weekend, I asked her, “How can I pray for you?” Her immediate response was, “Please ask the Lord for continued favor.” Since that time, it has been my #1 prayer request as well. When we have favor, life just seems to go easier. Not all problems are taken away, but the challenges of life are reduced. May we all live lives that prompt the Lord to bestow favor upon us with Him as well as those we encounter along the way.

Just 'fess Up

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Whenever I read this proverb, I think of baseball pitching legends, Roger Clemens and Andy Petitte. Both men were accused of using Human Growth hormones (HGH) during their time as Major League players. Petitte confessed that it was true and though his name was sullied just a bit he continued on without much fanfare. Meanwhile, Clemens denied it and ended up going to trial on perjury charges which lasted 10 weeks. In the end he was found not guilty but there is still a cloud around his name and the supposed use of the HGH. Regardless of whether or not Clemens used HGH, I see the value of just confessing my transgressions and deal with the fallout. I have learned that owning up to it is better than deflecting or denying.

Moving a River

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In the Bible, the king represents the authority in your life. In this proverb, the writer is saying that God controls the heart of your authority and He does it in the same way He turns a river. A river is turned through time and pressure.

Often, I will say, “God, give me the time and I will put on the pressure.” But usually His response back is, “You give Me the time and I will put on the pressure.” This is always the wiser course.

Manure Happens

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I probably quote this verse at least once a week. When relationship difficulties happen, or the challenges of ministry occur, or the hassles of traffic frustrate me, this verse (if I am being Spirit led and not fleshly led) will pop into my mind. 

I wouldn’t have any difficulties if I did not have people in my life that I loved and cared for and whom feel the same way about me. Ministry challenges would disappear if I didn’t have any ministry. Traffic would not be frustrating if I didn’t have a car or a place to go. 

No oxen, no problems but the oxen are what brings in the crop. We sometimes have to deal with the manure to get to abundance.