Holy Spirit Head Slap.

The more I think about it the more I am getting angrier at the many Christians online who are posting that the Ice Water Bucket Challenge is evil.

The fact is, the challenge was started to raise awareness of a ALS (Lou Gehrig) very deliberating disease, and also to obtain the money to fund further research. While I do understand that some of the funds may be used for some embryonic stem cell research, that is not the main  purpose of the challenge. If I am wrong and you know a lot more than I do then please correct me, but obviously, the creator of the challenge wanted funds to be available for further research to a cure for ALS.

I believe that the problem with the Christians going up against the challenge is that the challenge itself has taken off like a firestorm. All of a sudden people everywhere are taking the challenge and bringing awareness to ALS. The Christians are upset because it seems to make a mockery out of water baptism and it’s catching fire..meaning it’s going on seemingly throughout the country. While at the same time they are aware that perhaps their own fire for an outward revival is sorely lacking. There is no mockery out of Christian principles here:  water baptism is an outward display (a public witness) of the start of a Christian’s new life/walk in Christ. There is usually no ice or ice water involved in baptism.

The IWB Challenge is partly meant as a fun way to bring attention to ALS, and with all fads will quickly fade away and be forgotten. It’s not even necessary to go through the challenge itself: simply donating your money to the cause is sufficient enough.

Water Baptism is a serious and necessary step into the Christian life. Unless you become lukewarm and stale at some point afterwards the fact is that water baptism hasn’t been forgotten over the past 2,000 years.

The IWB Challenge is a “do it and forget it” fad. It’s not going to affect you if you undergo it, no “demonic forces” are going to be involved in it, and you are not going to hell for accepting the challenge Water Baptism IS going to affect you because the Holy Spirit is going to come along soon after and give you a version of the Gibbs head slap, let’s call it the Holy Spirit Head Slap!…one that you will likely not forget.

I haven’t taken the ALS challenge myself…yet. 🙂

Beyoncè and Jay-Z

I wanted to share this witness about what goes on at a particular concert. While I agree that these two entertainers did compose a song I really like: “Crazy In Love”, I’m not a particular fan of theirs. Still, the image they portray is very frightening, especially with the attractionour children have to this kind of music and these types of performers.

Of course, I also am not too fond of using the image of the cross like this. I will often use the image of the cross in my own artwork, but nothing as disrespectful, nor worshipful like this. As Christians, we understand what the Cross means in our lives. so we worship The King, and not the cross.

It’s only Hollywood folks!!!, the same people who brought you The Beatles and Sonny And Cher…

Beyoncè and Jay-Z: The Rumor Nobody Is Talking About

Posted on August 7, 2014 by Brittaneé

“And the winner is….. Our very own Brittaneè Perkins!”

With utter shock on face, I shrill in excitement and accept my prize! I was just announced as the winner of 2 tickets to the Jay-Z and Beyoncé On the Run Tour!

But after the initial excitement wears off, reality sets in. I had just won tickets to see musicians that I publicly denounced after getting SAVED 8 months ago. (clarification: I won the tickets through an employee sweepstakes that my job held for those who participated in volunteer efforts outside of work- I did not call a radio station or go out of my way to get them).

I instantly felt convicted. I would never pay to see Beyoncé and Jay-Z on this tour (it’s raunchy and waaaaay too expensive for my blood). But would I be strong enough to take a stand for Christ even if the tickets were free? I felt like a hypocrite for even considering going.

Anyway, after much prayer, consideration, and conversation with my parents and Pastor, I decided to go. Attending a Beyoncè concert won’t send you to hell, just like attending a Kirk Franklin concert won’t get you into heaven. “It’s harmless entertainment,” I said to myself. “How bad could it be?”

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August 03, 2014 Rose Bowl Stadium

From the moment Jay-Z and Beyoncé hit the stage, something felt off in my spirit. I knew I didn’t belong there, and I felt heavy and out of place. Instead of cheering and singing along to the songs I once loved, I literally began taking notes. Let me be clear: this is not some “illuminati conspiracy” post created to discuss secret occult symbols used by secular artist. I won’t even go into the deep stuff. This is much more simple- which makes it even worse. This concert had a 42 song setlist, so I also won’t attempt to cover every detail. These were my personal notes on 12 of the most blatant things that stood out to me.

1. During the shows opening song ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, they come out with a HUGE cross in the back of them. “All I need in this life of sin, is me and my girlfriend.” Actually, all you need in this life of sin is Jesus and a repentant heart! Your girlfriend can’t save you on judgment day, and I can’t believe how long it took me to realize the subtle message they are spreading with this catchy song.

2. Beyoncé is now wearing a thong and provocatively dancing for the crowd. I understand that she is an “entertainer”, but where does a wife and mother of a little girl draw the line? I was even more appalled that her husband was okay with this. Bey has the talent, she doesn’t have come out naked to sell records.

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3. Jay-Z says, “I had to get off the boat so I could walk on water”. Ummm, like the miracle Jesus performed? So now you perform miracles like Jesus? Interesting.

4. Jay-Z says, “shout out all the weed smokers”, and repeatedly calls his wife and mother of his child a “bad b***h”, as she nods and sings along in agreement. A bad b***h is a dog that misbehaves, not your wife.

5. Bey starts singing “Who run the World? Girls” The bible tells us it is Satan, not girls who runs the world. John 12:31 “The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out”. Then, I notice Bey singing a phrase, almost as if she is casting a spell. “My persuasion, can build a nation, endless power, a love you can devour, you’ll do anything for me”. I instantly think of 1 Peter 5:8 “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” This song set the tone for the rest of the concert, as everyone began to follow along as if they were hypnotized.

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6. The “hypnosis” is immediately followed by a song in which Bey repeatedly sings “Bow Down b****es” over and over again. And please don’t try to tell me “Flawless” is a women’s empowerment anthem. In the same song she uses to convey the message that women are tearing each other down and using their looks to compete for a man’s attention, she is telling me to “bow down” to her while she opens her legs and shakes her bum in front of thousands of men. By the way, I don’t care what Beyonce says, WE ARE NOT FLAWLESS. In fact, we are the opposite and need Gods grace and mercy because we really deserve His wrath. Did I mention Beyoncé says “God Damn” 14 times?

7. Next, Jay-Z has water in the background, which gives the appearance he is walking on water. At times, the screen shows the water splitting like the Red Sea. Not surprised since he already thinks he is god. “Hova” is definitely short for Jehovah.

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8. Crosses. So many crosses. Burning crosses. Crosses surrounded by fire. Big red crosses. I literally saw so many that I lost count. And these crosses are constantly being displayed while the artists sing lyrics about pride, vanity, sex, getting drunk, cheating, and self glorification.

 

9. It’s a rap concert, so I expected some cursing. But the cursing in this concert was crazy! I’m not talking a few darns and s*words. I’m talking 22 F*bombs and 17 Mf’*rs. Oh, let me clarify- they came from Beyoncè not Jay-Z. At times I felt I was watching Rihanna instead of Mrs. Carter. If you want to call yourself a Queen, then you need to speak like one.

10. The words “Lucifer, dawn of the Morning”, randomly blares from the speakers. Jay-Z doesn’t even perform this song. I guess they just wanted to say Lucifer to the crowd to remind us who this was all about.

11. Jay-Z performs “No Church in the Wild”, a song that boast lyrics like, “what’s a king to a god, what’s a God to a non-believer?” Jay-Z then says, “Jesus was a carpenter, Yeezus laid the beat, Hova flow the Holy Ghost get the f*** up out ya seats”. He then goes on to say, “we gotta thank god for letting us live out our dream!” Huh? You’re “thanking god” on the same track in which your chorus includes what’s a God to a non-believer? Who is the god that you are thanking?

12. Instead of “J+B”, I notice it keeps showing “J†B”. A cross is used instead of a plus sign.image7-300x178

These were just a few of the many things I noticed during the show. As a Christian, it rightfully made me feel very uncomfortable, and I would question my salvation if it didn’t. Beyoncé can do whatever she wants to- but she needs to mindful that she has boldly presented herself to the world as a Christian. Everyone is talking about how this tour sold 100 million, and how the Carters may be headed to divorce court, but breezing over the message of this tour. We have to be aware of what we are feeding our spirits, and I personally refuse to let a catchy hook and dope beat lead me to hell.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

One time for the nation,

~Britt

Is It Depression, or something else?

DO I HAVE DEPRESSION?
Here we go again…I’ve decided to try and start writing again. I think at this stage in my “journey” it’s the best thing I can do.
I knew that going into the ring to help my mother with her cancer was going to be tough, but I never thought it would pull me away from doing the things I loved. While it’s true that my creativity has suffered for years, that’s not really unusual for an artist.

But I am not suffering from depression. I am not constantly crying and weeping, although nearing 48 years old, I should be. I’ve found out that I can’t do some of the things I could do when I was 10 years younger…like sitting on the floor. I mean, have you ever seen an elephant get up off the ground in a graceful manner?

Arthritis seems to have hit almost every bone in my body…even lying down at the end of the day seems to hurt a bit.

So my trials have been harsh, but going through trials sometimes makes you want to weep., or even throw up your hands. But even through my complaining I know these trials will soon end. Let’s just say that the devil can get into your trials and it may seem like you are the nail, and he is the hammer.
We shouldn’t blame the devil for our trials. Sure trials are a time of testing, and just as in any written test, there are some questions we can only answer with our best answer, even though our answer may miss it, but we learn to look back through our notes after the test and remember the correct answer.
In my case, I can say I still miss the answer even at 48 years old. But I constantly learn and adapt.

This leads me to use Moses as an example. Being God’s first megaphone…ok, ok, we know Aaron was God’s first megaphone… Moses was the mouth on the delivery end… Moses made ONE major mistake in his life when he spanked the crap out of the rock…but after a little talk by God, Moses became a great leader…who was generally feared by the people. People KNEW God and Moses were tight…
But since half…ok most, of the people just didn’t listen, that alone could have driven Moses to depression. He could have asked God why God put him in the leadership position. But he didn’t. Moses KNEW God’s power.
I mean, you just don’t question a power that can set a burning bush on fire do you? Oh wait..I missed that one by a mile didn’t I?

Anyways, here’s the deal steel….depression is an illness and you don’t become a Christian and stay in depression. God lifts you up from that depression. Sure you can face times in your life where you want to die….but that’s hopelessness, not depression. Depression is allowing the trials of your life overwhelm you to the point that you are not able to function. Basically depression is your mind saying “I can’t cope!” But yet God, in His infinite wisdom has given you the Holy Spirit, which helps you cope!”

Stay on that straight and narrow path friends, and don’t go wandering around. But if you do wander off…remember to look up, because your redemption is very near, even upon you!
Love ya!

    Something different – Lemons

    Aside

    I want to try something different. I know this is a departure from the focus of my blog, but since I am not that active with the recent events in my life, I want to try and add some helpful nutrients.

    Hmmm…I smell a forthcoming blog post. 🙂

    Anyways, this Aside post has to do with the wonders of lemons…yes lemons.

    We do have a lemon tree in our backyard. And the lemons are already on their way. I am not sure when they will be ready though…maybe sometime after Summer.

    Here ya go:

    We all know lemons are delicious, adding a citrusy kick to everything from salad dressings to cocktails. And the laundry list of health benefits is seriously impressive – not only does the fruit contain antibacterial properties that cleanse the kidneys and liver and strengthen your immune system, but it offers a hefty dose of vitamin C and antioxidants that fight free-radicals and help keep you looking younger.

    *Health booster: Get in the habit of starting the day with a cup of hot water and lemon – it’ll kick start your metabolism and get your morning off to a healthy start!

    What fewer people know is that lemons also have some unexpected uses. Here are seven ways the handy fruit can solve your trickiest kitchen dilemmas and help enhance your meals.

    1. Prevent Browning: A few squeezes of juice can do wonders for avocado, apples, bananas, and peeled raw potatoes, since lemon juice is just acidic enough to prevent the oxidation that turns produce brown. Try this trick the next time you’re doing meal prep ahead of time or when you set out a platter of fresh sliced fruit for dipping in a Chocolate Fondue.

    2. Stop Rice From Sticking: Have a problem with clumpy rice? You’re in luck – adding a few drops of lemon to your cooking water helps prevent the rice from sticking together. Added plus? The lemon juice will also whiten your rice and keep it looking great on the dinner plate! Try this tip with our Green Tea Rice recipe.

    3. Keep Brown Sugar Soft: The juice isn’t the only useful part of the lemon; its super moist and flavorful peel can work wonders in the kitchen too. Add a slice of the skin (with the pulp completely removed) to your box of brown sugar to keep it from clumping and hardening. This way, you won’t have to do any sifting the next time you make our Old-Fashioned Apple-Nut Crisp.

    4. Crisp Your Lettuce: No need to toss that limp lettuce! A little lemon juice and water can help bring your leaves back to life. To crisp up limp leaves, soak them in a bowl of cold water and ½ cup of lemon juice, then refrigerate for about an hour. The leaves will come out revived and ready for eating. Try it out on a simple green salad topped with our Roasted Garlic Dressing.

    5. Cook Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs: Even if you’ve mastered perfectly hard-boiled eggs, try brushing the eggshells with lemon juice before adding them to the pot for a little added insurance. The lemon juice helps keep the shells from cracking while they cook, and it also makes them easier to peel once they’re ready to eat. Try this technique before you enjoy the eggs in our Golden Polenta and Egg With Mustard Sauce.

    6. Tenderize Meat: Lemon juice is a great meat tenderizer; the acidity gently breaks down the fibers in meat, leaving it scrumptiously fork-tender. See it in action with Steak Salad-Stuffed Pockets or our Moroccan Flavored Pork Ragu.

    7. Enhance Flavor: Last, but certainly not least, lemon’s yummy flavor can totally transform a meal. It brightens up creamier dishes, balances the flavor in seafood, and is a great sodium-free substitute for sprinkling on salt. Squeeze lemons over our Sizzled Citrus Shrimp, try them sliced with our Lemon Lovers’ Asparagus, and get zesty with Fettuccine with Shiitake Mushrooms and Basil.

    And there you have it…Seven things you (probably) didn’t know about Lemons!

    An Awful Experience

    trainwreck2A couple of months ago I went out on my first date in what seemed to be years. We had “connected” though facebook when I made a comment on a mutual contact’s post. Anyways, we had finally connected once or twice after finally trying to connect earlier on. Because of our different schedules it became quite apparent that it wasn’t anything special, and that it wasn’t going anywhere beyond a simple “meet and greet”

    She wasn’t a Christian, but I thought I would overlook that…after all, I wasn’t having much luck or fun meeting Christians anyways. It was ok at first, I wasn’t looking to actually fall in love or anything like that, especially since she was much older than I.

    But by the third date it became apparent that I would not be seeing her again. Unfortunately I had previously noticed that she was talking about her ex-boyfriend more and more. Then she called him her ex-husband. And I have to admit, while I really didn’t mind her explanation of her past relationships to me, I felt rather uncomfortable around a woman who did nothing but talk about her ex-husband (or was it her ex-boyfriend)

    To me, going out on a date means having fun and enjoying each other’s company. But that wasn’t happening with this woman.
    Now she told me right from the start that she enjoyed her wine. That should have tipped me off right there. But I had been on other dates, and with other people, who also enjoyed their wine. However, they could actually hold their wine.
    As I was driving her home during the last date, and the last time I ever saw her, she was so wasted, she managed to spill her bottle of wine all not only all over her lap, but the inside of her purse as well. Now before coming back from a severe backsliding, I had been pulled over by the police while having an empty cocktail glass in my car and didn’t like the experience (and the ticket for an illegal u-turn). Don’t worry, the glass was about 3 hours old, so I was sober, but tired at the time. I’ve also been in a car with a drug addict that reeked of pot and probably had something else on him. Both situations reminded me that I should drive without any opened alcohol in the vehicle. Having an open liquor container in the car can get you into a LOT of trouble here in town.

    Of course, I am not so sure she understood the implications. And I hope and pray that she never does.
    Clearly, she was beyond a buzz. And she kept on talking about how someone broke into her 2007 Corvette and left their sunglasses behind. ….Excuse me, but if someone breaks into your 2007 Corvette there would be signs all over, not the least of which is probably the lack of 2007 Corvette. I checked it out and there was no sign of even an attempted break in. Oh, now I must admit, it might not have been a 2007 Corvette, but it sure was the only sure thing she had in her life.

    So I walked away from this one with no hard or hurt feelings. The Lord must have been watching out for me on this one.

    I did meet a really nice Christian couple through her, and we did, of course, share some mutuality among us (airbrushing included), but since we didn’t share contact info, I had to let them go. There was no way I would ever even chance cross paths with the woman again.

    So an important event in my life amongst the hardest trial of my life…. I found out that it’s better to be alone, though sometimes it may hurt like hell, than to be in the wrong company.

    But despite her apparent failures I tried to offer her a bright light. I think any Christian would in such a situation. But then, no Christian would want to continually hang out with a total drunk like that.

    So as a Christian, I realize I am not perfect. I may not be able to judge people who don’t know they are sinning, but I also know that my tolerance for..total stupidity is non-existent.

    Is Hope Real?

    I haven’t been posting at all in the past couple of months. Things have been a bit hard both in my families life and in my spiritual life as well.

    My mother has been in and out of the hospital with various issues stemming from her battle with cancer. She seems to be doing fine then out of the blue the medication that is supposed to be working in her favor suddenly turns it’s back on her. I thought that with the last hospital stay she’d had enough. The tumors in her lung were stable for months, even up to a year or so, and had no growth or spread. But out of thin air, her doctor put her on some new meds, and it all went wrong as soon as she finished taking the meds.

    This may sound careless, even heartless, but since I’ve been the only one around after 5 pm, I’ve suffered along with her during her battles. Basically from 5 pm up until 9 am the next morning when either her caretaker or my brother shows up.

    I now have a different kind of compassion for those who not only struggle with cancer, but for those who struggle with those who have cancer.

    It hits me especially when I consider that I don’t really have friends that I can call on anymore to either come over and chill with me. Since I’m disabled I have a somewhat different schedule than my friends, so we can’t really “work it out” and try and meet up. Besides, they have issues of their own. Yet I know that we still need each other…

    This was never a problem before, but with my mom’s health not so good anymore, I am left to wonder if I’ll have anyone there for me in the end.

    People move on and have families, and lives of their own. I was never a “people” person, but all of a sudden, I know what the lack of companionship/friendship is like.

    It’s very lonely, especially when you are going through such a storm that you are basically blind. You don’t know what’s coming, and you don’t know where you’re going. All you know is that you are reaching out your hand in the hopes that you can grab on to something..or someone.

    My poor mom is perhaps struggling with this as well.

    If there is hope, then it is hope unseen, and unfelt. And this is the darkness that surrounds me. I can try and fill my mind and my time with things that will distract me, or calm me, or whatever else there is. But the darkness is always there, always looming, always ready to sucker punch you. And there is a light, but it’s so dim, and it’s really hard to tell if it’s near or far.

    I know what Jesus must have felt like in the Garden of Gethsemane. This overall sense of hopelessness that just washes all over you all of sudden. For Him, at least, it was all of sudden, and briefly, but for many others, the hope just totally dissappears. We are often left to wonder if it will one day come back. We pray for it, we call on it. But it’s hard to hear anything when the wind is howling, the lightning is striking, and the thunder is booming.

    Jesus may be in the midst of the storm, he may be the fourth man in the fire with us. He may even only be the second man in the fire with us. But it sure would be nice for others to come into the storm with us and hold our hand.

    I often wonder where The Church stands on such issues today?

    Our Assignment

    Hebrews 3:12-13 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.T)’>But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.    

    There are a few things I have been aware of across the years. The first is that we need encouragement and the second is that we need to encourage each other. We might think of it as the ministry of encouragement. You do not need a degree in divinity to minister to those around you. You just need to remind them of Jesus.

    The writer of Hebrews starts this passage by giving a personal challenge: “See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” Looking at that passage from a different point of view we see that turning away from God results in a sinful and unbelieving heart.

    How tragic to see the shipwreck of people who turn away from God. What are we to do about it? The writer is very clear; “Encourage one another daily.” We have a purpose in life and that purpose is a daily purpose.

    Having spent time in police and military work, I know what it is to be given an assignment to be completed that day. Failure to accomplish the assignment could often result in lives being lost. It is a far greater responsibility to rescue the perishing and care for the dying. That is OUR ASSIGNMENT!

    May God richly bless you as you bless others by your words and actions!

    – – – Pastor Cecil

    PastorCecil@Daily-E-Votional.com
    360-570-0074

    Like a Candle in the Darkness Night

    Many of you don’t know this, but  I love Comic Books. I know that at almost 48, or is that 49 years old, that may seem a bit weird, even abnormal, but I can’t deny the fact. While I don’t spend TONS of money on comic books these days, sometimes I find myself buying a graphic novel or two. I know the money could be used elsewhere, but I like to lose myself in some action once in a while.

    Of course, being a Christian, I should absolutely lose myself in the Bible, and I still do. For one thing, I can read it over and over again and “discover” something new every time.

    But I digress…One of my favorite Comic book superheroes is Green Lantern. I like him because he’s got this nifty green ring that he can basically do anything with. Kinda like one of those amazing Swiff Army Knives… or better yet an iphone/android…but MUCH MORE powerful.

    Of course, the ring, just the phone, has to be recharged every so often. Even though he doesn’t have to, there is a saying that he says while charging the ring.

    “In brightest day, in blackest night,

    No evil shall escape my sight.

    Let those who worship evil’s might

    Beware my power–Green Lantern’s light!”

    There’s another version that goes:

    “And I shall shed my light over dark evil,

    For the dark things cannot stand the light;

    The light of…THE GREEN LANTERN!”

    Powerful.

    As Christians, we live in a world that is headed for darkness. Although I am usually one for optimisism: I like to focus on the light rather than the darkness, I can’t help but be overcome by the darkness at times. Especially the older I get. I just woke up the other day thinking about the things I used to be able to do, yet even at my age…I can tell the signs are there…weak knees, a hurting back, but I can still handle and do some of the things I used to do.

    But the one thing I can’t do is change the world. There is no way that one man can change the world…not anymore anyways. It seems the only way to make a difference today is by teamwork. You know how it goes. One man in history once proclaimed:

    ” I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” MLK

    The important thing today is that character is what defines a person. And most of the characters today are as worse as it gets.

    We need to understand that it’s no longer about the color of a person’s skin. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, red, yellow, or even green. What matters is what is in your heart.

    Thinking about Martin Luther Kings Speech, I will say that I’ve carelessly said somethings that didn’t show equality in front of people I shouldn’t have. A slip of the lip? Definately. Today I am more into personalization…getting to know a person despite their color. I figured that’s what Jesus would do.

    But I am aware of one thing: a few people are definately not happy when racism is an issue. Some tend to fly off the broomstick without realizing that the racist remark was said without intention. Actually, it doesn’t have to be even a racist mark. It can be just about anything. But that’s the way people are.

    I know that racism still exists today in various forms. You don’t have to be a person of color to be the target of racism.

    I’d like to think, to believe that Martin Luther King’s dream has come true today. We all share in the resources this world has to offer. We all have dreams that we are pursuing, or can pursue. But some dreams are harder to become reality…it seems the rich keep getting richer while the poor are grabbing at straws. Our nations deby ceiling, it seems, is climbing higher and higher. While the economic revival is slowly making a comeback, it’s going to take a couple of more years of hard work from those that we trust to lead our country. But it also means that all of us will have to work harder to bring this country back to revival.

    And that’s where the Christian needs to stand out. It’s not about preaching the Gospel anymore as much as it’s about putting our hand to the plow. We can’t looks back anymore. We must look forward. The past is gone. We can’t do anything about yesterday, but we can do something about tomorrow by having and giving hope where it’s so desperately needed.

    We must be a candle, if not the candle, in this dark night.

    I welcome your thoughts. Always.

    Priorities (A must read!)

    I like the way Scott thinks! You will too…it’s a guarantee!

    Priorities

    10 hours ago by in Action Not Words, Featured Articles Tagged: , , ,

    Too often in life our will to succeed and our desire to do well gets in the way of the truly important things in life.

    Sure, your career, job and personal accomplishments are important your health and happiness. Despite that, your loved ones – family, friends – are truly the glue that hold you together in this life. That leads me to my question: are you truly at peace with your priorities?

    Many times we chase that career, chase the money and success without thinking about the impacts it has on other parts of our lives. Sure, you’re successful but are you as happy as you were when the focus was your new spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or baby? Careers, jobs and money do not define the total happy life.

    Sometimes happiness and what’s best for your long-term happiness means you make tradeoffs. You might move to a new city, take a lower paying job, or just change without any knowledge of how it will work out. It’s a leap of faith. Despite that, you need to put that happiness and those relationships ahead of all else.

    Life is precious and it goes by fast. Don’t regret anything or anyone you may have lost. Put them ahead of those earthly signs of success and solve for happiness.

    Follow the link (Priorities) and read more of what Scott thinks!