Everything I Always Wanted

26 12 2009

This Christmas season has been a tremendous blessing to me. In many ways it has been the best Christmas I have ever had. It is definitely one that will not be forgotten.

A few weeks ago our pastor made a comment that has stuck with me. He said “This is going to be the best Christmas ever.” Then he clarified his statement by adding, “Are you going to choose to be a part of it?”

The quality of the experiences in our life are tied directly to our decision to enjoy those experiences. We can choose to look for the good in everything and walk away with the good or we can settle for the unpleasant.

I woke up this morning reflecting on the last couple of days. Soaking up the wonderful memories we have had. Then I had a couple of revelations. First, this has truly been the best Christmas ever. Second, that I have everything I always wanted.

Men tend to focus on being successful, achieving great things, and being admired by others for their abilities. That’s why most people do what they do. They are climbing a corporate ladder, chasing a dream, or trying to prove to the world that they are somebody.

Well, this morning I woke up with the realization that I have all this and more and have had for some time.

I want to be successful in life. I am. I have three wonderful children who are growing up very successfully.

I want to be admired and looked up to. I am. My kids think I am the greatest and I have the t-shirt to prove it. Well, it’s really a cap that says #1 Dad on it.

I want to achieve great things. I am. I never believed I would have such a wonderful family filled with such love.

Is everything perfect? No. Do my kids fight? Everyday. But, I have learned not to expect perfection. It does not exist in this life.

I have everything I always wanted right here in my own house. It seems I have been receiving it year after year.

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Everything I Always Wanted
By: Raymond Brady

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Let Me Grow – Re-Published

4 04 2009

I wrote this article in February of 2007. I was reading it again today and it brought tears to my eyes again just as it did the day I wrote it. I was not mearly writing this article from my own intellect but I know God was speaking directly to me the day I wrote this. I decided to re-publish it again in hopes that it will bless someone else.

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Love Never Fails

7 10 2008

I have been studying about love for the last few mornings. Today these scriptures say it all for me.

When we say that we love someone do we really mean it according to the scriptures?

I Cor 13:4-8

4. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous ; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5. does not act unbecomingly ; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6. does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth ;
7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8. Love never fails…

This really makes me search my own relationships and my heart.

Using Your Life Resources

2 10 2008

I have been listening to a series of studies that a friend forwarded to me. While I was listening yesterday the speaker mentioned something that caused my ears to perk up a little more. I skipped back a little ways on the audio player to listen again. The speaker was talking about a subject that has really been the focus of my life for the last several months. I just had not put a title on it. Now I have a title for what I have been feeling.

Several years ago I was helping out during a natural disaster. One important thing that I learned during that time was that all your resources have to be managed well. It is such an important issue during natural disasters that responders setup an elaborate system just to manage all the resources needed during a natural disaster. If these precious resources are not managed well people could starve, get sick, or even die.

Emergency responders have to manage food supplies, water supplies, equipment, personnel, and so much more. The whole process is like a large wharehousing operation and every resource is accounted for.

You may not realize it right now in your life but you have many resources that have been given to you by your creator. Each day I am given 24 hours with which I am allowed to spend freely, on anything I wish. In my life I have been given a wife and three children. I have been given friendships, jobs, talents, duties, responsibilities, families, and much more. Your list is probably much like mine. Every day these resources either get used or they lie dormant in my life.

Just in the last few days I have been cleaning out some room in our storage building. I am finding all sorts of things. I have had things packed away for years that I have not used. These are all resources that I layed down because I felt like they were not important anymore or I didn’t need them. Yes, these things are mostly junk, but the principle behind all of this speaks loudly to me and I hope to you as well.

Where are you spending your life’s resources? God has given you 24 hours in a day, family, friends, and more. What are you going to do with all these things? If you are like most of us you just exist and never consider all this. At least that is the way I have been. Now God has really been speaking to my heart about my Life Resources. In a way I have been creating a budget and schedule to spend or “use” my resources.

God is asking me:

Today I gave you 24 hours of time, what did you do with it?
I have given you family, have you taken time to love them today?
I have given you a testimony, have you used it today to lead another to me?
You have seen hurting people today, have you used your Life Resources to help them?

What are your Life Resources? Have you taken an inventory today? Use them wisely because one day they will all be gone.

True Forgiveness

18 03 2008

Prodigal SonRecently heard a story of a young lady who walked away from a relationship with God. It made me think of the prodigal son, and myself.

11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.13And not many days after the younger son gathered all Read the rest of this entry »

The DNA of Relationships

7 03 2008

If you haven’t read The DNA of Relationships by Dr. Gary Smalley I recommend you get it this weekend and start reading. I have read other books by Dr. Smalley and they have all been good but this book is definitely worth reading.

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End of Another Round

24 01 2007

Recently I faced some challenges at work that has caused me to see some things at home in a different light and I am going to blog these things today.

Conflict upon our jobs creates stress in our lives every day and how we deal with that stress determines several things in our life. The stress in our workplace can and does come home with us everyday. When this stress comes to our home it interferes with our personal lives and can cause tensions in our marriages and in our relationships with our children or other family members.

After praying about my situation my thoughts were directed to this analogy that put several things into perspective for me and has caused me to take a different approach at home.

After this one particular day at work I felt like I had been beat up. As I left work my mind was captured by the events of the day and I could not get my mind off of the situation. Mentally I had taken a beating and it was causing spiritual and physical pain within me. All I wanted to do was get over the day and let it all go but I could not seem to do that.

After the 20 minute drive home in which I replayed every punch and every blow I had taken earlier in the day I finally arrived at home. As I walked into the house I was greeted by my children which helped to take my mind off of the situation temporarily. For a moment I felt as if I had been in a boxing match and had just returned to my corner after the bell rang. The kids were my cheering section and I needed the encouragement.

This didn’t last long as they finally went on about there busy evening of homework and playing. My mind slowly slipped back to the memories of every punch and every blow I had taken before the bell had rung and the round of the day was over. Then I met my wife.

As I met her she began to pour over me her frustrations and things I needed to do. This made me feel as if I was getting beat up in my own corner. The cheers of the children were far gone and now I was receiving more of a dose of reality. This did not help my mental and emotional state and I felt as though the next round had already begun and I had not recovered from the previous beating I had just taken.

Now with every good Rocky movie that comes out it seems that the boxing king gets beat to a pulp and just as it would seem it is all over he goes to the corner and begins to receive his pep talk from his trainer. When the next round starts it is as if Rocky was back in the first round and he starts pounding the other guy into the ground and he comes out on top as the champion. But then the movie ends and we all have to go back to reality.

This day was reality for me. Taking a beating all day at work, feeling as if I was trying to defend myself from every puch and every blow. I was not able to be on the offense because I was just trying to survive another round. I felt as if I were Rocky yet the next round would be the same as before and there would be no glorious victory in sight.

Then I realised something I had not really thought of before. Rocky’s trainer was not in the fight physically and his only job was to coach, train, and encourage. When I came home to “My Corner” after the round of the day I wasn’t coming home to the strength of a coach or trainer that would be there to back me up but rather I was meeting my wife where both of our corners met. The day had just ended for her as well and she had just ended another round in her fight. She was coming home to “Her Corner” looking for encouragement, looking for strength because she knew the next round was approaching as well as mine.

We met that day where the boxing rings of our lives all me and adjoined each other, in our home. The home is the place of encouragement that each of us need to be refreshed and encouraged from the battle of our daily lives. When we meet each other in this place we are all bringing the aweful memories and feelings that we remember from that day with us. The home is the place where we should receive encouragement from one another in order to prepare ourselves for the next round we face. The strength and encouragement we get from one another is what will drive us to victory in the upcoming rounds. We cannot simply forget our problems and memories of that day and take them off like our shoes at the door. They haunght us sometimes and torment us all along with the purpose to weaken us and cause us to loose in the upcoming round. Let us cherish the time we have in the corner of the boxing ring of life, which is the home. Let us encourage one another that the whole family can be victorious in the end. And most of all let us look to the one who can give us all renewed strength in the battle, the one who can encourage us and lead us to success in all we do. That is Jesus Christ our saviour and redeemer from who all our strength comes.