Deep Waters

Yesterday morning I read some tragic news. World renowned economist, Alan Krueger, committed suicide in his home. He was only 58 years old. I immediately sent a text to some friends and said, “I have been there and thought it was the only solution but as soon as I reached out my friends rallied....did he not reach out? Did he not have friends? Did they not rally? Tell your friends that they can reach out to you. We will rally!”

What my friends did for me was provide wise counsel that could help draw out the purposes of my heart. My counsel could probe and poke until the point of frustration but in the end I was so glad she did. She knew when to push towards the edge and when to pull me towards her in a hug. She was a woman of understanding. 

 There are people out there like that who can minister, encourage and ministered to you in all areas of your life. But the first step is you reaching out.

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Sweet Friends

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Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I have been so blessed to spend time with some amazing people…Kingdom shakers and God seekers. They have spoken life into me that included correction, rebukes and encouragement. One friend can just give me a look across the room and I know that I need to tone it down. Others can cause me to slow down and enjoy life and not strive so hard for the next task. I learned early on that if I don’t like who I am then I need to change who I hang around with.

What about you? Do you have any sweet friendships? If so, treasure them, tell them how much they mean to you and be a friend like them. If not, seek out new friends and be willing to be change. Does it take effort? Absolutely!!! But doesn’t anything of value?

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 book a time for us to visit on my calendar. We can 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.