“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)
Choose wisely the people you spend time with as they shape you whether you are aware of that happening or not.
If you choose well, these people will help you become a better person. If you choose only people that don’t challenge you to be better, that don’t challenge you to set higher standards, that don’t speak truth to you – you will become something less and you definitely will not grow as a person.
Choose wise people that will speak truth to you so that you can grow and become even better.
Last week was quite a week. My last day in the office for Ambassador Enterprises (a great company filled with exceptional people!) to working with some good friends whose company is growing, to packing up my truck for me to drive South. So, not too many posts this past week.
Today (Monday, September 15, 2014) a man of God, a great husband and father, a friend, and a mentor, is being buried in east Texas. Jack Robertson has touched countless lives and many, many people (including me) are better because of his investment into their lives.
Jack’s deep faith in God and his love for his family were immediately evident to those he touched. He was a great businessman and entrepreneur, but business seemed more of a way to meet and serve others than just making a profit. Jack cared deeply about others and served others. His wisdom blessed me in so may ways. With his dry humor and east Texas drawl he would often share simple but profound observations that cut to the heart of the matter and cause you to see things in a totally different light.
I could go on and on, but my feeble words do not do justice to the life of Jack Robertson. Jack Robertson is a man who lived well and he died well. His faith and confidence in Jesus Christ enabled him to face death with calmness and dignity. Jack is now whole again and we rejoice that he is with his Lord, but we mourn the loss of a friend. Bittersweet indeed.
Today, if you would, pause for a minute and pray for his family. Then pause and reflect on your life. Is it a life well lived?
Today, it hard to think of anything to write other than what is most on my mind – the challenge facing a couple that are very special to us.
We have a dear friend who has also is one of the key mentors in my life. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves God and people. He is a friend to many, a mentor to several, and has helped countless people. For most of his life he has been the picture of health – the rugged, but quiet man of strength.
Yesterday they have found cancer in many different parts of his body after his apparent defeat of an occurrence of cancer last year. Now he, and his wife, are showing their real strength. A strength born out of their faith in God and in their facing adversity together in the past. They are showing grace and courage in a most difficult situation.
If you would, please lift them up in prayer as well as their children.
It’s Friday! This may seem funny to you, but I get excited about Friday because that means that tomorrow morning Angela and I will go on our Saturday breakfast date. We have been doing this for almost ten years now and it my favorite time of the week.
Recently I was talking to a leader that is a friend of mine and he was dealing with some challenges and discouragement. He’s a hard charging guy who is trying to make a dent in this world for Christ. He has high standards and is always leading his people to grow and to make an impact in their community. As we were talking it occurred to me that his eyes were fixed on the top of the mountain that he was climbing. Like all good leaders, the gap between where he (and his people) were and where they could be was frustrating. He sees the potential and strives to lead himself and others to reach that potential.
However, a steady diet of “mountain climbing” will take its toll, so we all need to learn to stop on occasion, turn around and see just how far the Lord has brought us on the journey. We need to stop and pause and give Him thanks for what He has accomplished in our lives. Then, we need to take some time to celebrate with those who are on the journey with us. That simple act of turning around and acknowledging how far the Lord has brought you will give you perspective, cause you to develop a more grateful heart and allow you to reconnect in a more meaningful way with your fellow sojourners.
So stop for a bit, turn around and enjoy the scenery, give thanks to the Lord and your traveling companions, and then gather some strength before you tackle that next ridge on the mountain.
I am sitting here in one of my favorite small town cafes. It is one of those places where the staff knows your name, they give you too much food and your coffe cup is never empty. I come here often for planning and meeting with people. Right now I am waiting on a good friend that has a special role in my life.
Earlier this week I talked about how important deep relationships are to thriving in life. One of the important relationships is the person (other than your spouse) that you let into your life that cares enough about you to ask you the hard questions and then ask you what you are going to do about the areas in which you need to grow.
When you do’t have someone you let into your life, we tend to allow behaviors, thought patterns, and etc. to develop and to weigh us down in this race we call life. We all need someone we open up to and then are accountable to as we walk through life.
If you don’t have someone like that in your life – find them. It will be uncomfortable at first, but worth it.
Today it is hard to focus on writing. Two dear friends who have been our mentors are walking through a hard time. These two wonderful people have loved us, taught us, guided us, and encouraged us. We are what we are, is in a large part due to their input into our lives.
Today though, they are at the hospital as the life support is turned off for their 44-year old daughter this morning. She had an aneurysm earlier this week. We had just had lunch with her and her parents only a couple of weeks ago while in Mississippi. She leaves behind two teenage children after having been divorced just a few months ago. I cannot imagine what these children are going through.
Fortunately, all of them have a deep and abiding faith in our Lord. So, if for some reason they come to your mind today, would you pray for them?