It is late, I am sleepy, but I must post in order to stay true to my original plan of posting once weekly on Sunday.
Life changes are being made for myself and my wife. We are now volunteers with the local Humane Society. We had a great day Saturday with one of the foster dogs who we were able to take to a booth that was setup at a local Turkey Trot (8K race). A couple who saw the dog decided they wanted him so they put in the paperwork and had the home visit done the same day. The young dog, Rosco, was probably in his new home that night if all went well.
I am also a Big Brother to a 12 year old kid who has five sisters, a single (widowed) mom, and no male influence in his life outside of a couple of male relatives that he sees once in a blue moon. He is a great kid that I hope to have several adventures with over the next year. I think we will end up challenging each other a good bit but that is what makes it so interesting and worthwhile.
We also joined a local church today. In the past I have been against this to an extent. For reasons to numerous to go into, we both believed that we should commit to a local body kind of like we agreed to do with our own marriage. No matter what happens, that group of people is our family and we will stick with them through the good and the bad. I hope this challenges us to be better stewards of our money, time, abilities, and attitudes.
We are excited to be getting more involved with organizations that match with our passions and desires. I highly encourage any readers to get involved in your community. There are numerous areas outside of your work/career that you should focus on: family, community, spiritual focus, financial, physical/health, and personal development to name a few. If you are putting all your eggs in one basket then you are too dependent on that one thing for your joy and success. Life has been given to us to make the most of. Even Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b) That is the life I want and if I am wise then I will use the time I have been given and the abilities that I possess to share with others and hopefully bless and encourage them.
I encourage you to take a moment to consider the areas listed and whether you are putting all your eggs in one basket or not. Maybe make a list of things that you can do to invest more in other areas that you are neglecting. Regardless, use the next few minutes to take an inventory of your attitude and whether you can make some changes to share yourself with others in a positive and uplifting way.
1. Family(do you need to learn new communication or disciplinary techniques, what about family meals, what about a family night or day)…
2. Community(think organizations that exists to fix a problem, which one can you join or volunteer at)…
3. Spiritual(not just church involvement but your own prayer time, reading of sacred literature, investing in other people)…
4. Personal Development(new language, schooling, read a book about something you don’t know, etc…)…
5. Career/work(are you chasing money, recognition, or pride? STOP. If you remain humble, work with integrity, and give each task your best then everything else will fall into place)
6. Health/physical(are you exercising 30 minutes a day, even a 30 min brisk walk will do wonders; what about cutting out sodas or all those snacks throughout your day? Do some reading, set some goals, make some healthy meals for the family and help your body function the way it was designed to!)
7. Financial(are you debt free? Why not? Get intense about it, live on actual monthly budget where you tell your money what to do and where to go, see the link on the right for Dave Ramsey if you need help or insight; what about tithing, saving, investing, giving-if you were debt free imagine how much more you could do for your family and community!)
Many happy returns of the week to all,