Hello Faithful Readers,
This post is an update and notice.
I have started the work required to create my first book with a publish date of Monday July 17th 2017.
I have reached a goal set by my publisher with my daily posts and…
have started the research which will help fill in the rest of the book.
The writing process has been very invigorating.
If you have been reading my stuff you know that I endeavor to place God first and my writing second using my personal experience as the back drop to what God has been revealing to me in my life.
One of the things you have been reading is a dual search for manhood and success.
I have made a new friend who was a very old acquaintance of mine and we starting talking about success.
She is younger than me but is looking for the same things in her life that I have in mine and it creates a good friendship where we have someone to talk to to discuss the information we have been accumulating on how to be successful.
The most recent has been a short discussion on ‘passion’.
In her words, “passion, ugh!”
We laughed as everyone we read writes about it but no one really explains what it is very well.
We laughed harder when I told her I found mine now at almost fifty years old and she busted out laughing saying,
“I hope I find mine sooner than that!”
And I told her what I believe ‘passion’ means to me now.
- God showed me mine. He will show you yours.
- When you find the endeavor you are built for a strange thing happens. Instead of an energy depleting task, like our day jobs, the activity of your passion invigorates and energizes you, time flies and when you are finished you have that feeling, you know the one, like when you get done cutting fire wood or bailing hay, your done! Physically and mentally ’emptied’ and feeling great!
- Your field of endeavor becomes life for you, in the best possible sense.
I have never had that feeling in any of my attempts at being successful.
With all the different jobs I’ve had and businesses I tried to start, I was searching but never finding.
Until God revealed to me what all the fuss was about, my life experiences, the way he trained me through afflictions and adversities and ransomed me unharmed from them all even my own attempts, all for his purpose and his glory!
Can you tell I’m excited.
God has shown me my ‘field of endeavor’, using a wheat field as an analogy from His Word about “the harvest is ripe, but the workers are few.”
My writing is that endeavor, I have a barn I have to fill, with God’s golden hay bails…
Good ‘ole every day people.
As I was working on my ‘When We Were Lions’ posts, honoring my little league baseball coach, the more I researched him and his times the more and more I have come to appreciate people in a very different way.
I found peoples life stories are… crazy interesting!
So even at my day job, I started to talk to my customers a little more and had the pleasure of meeting, just in the last three weeks, a man from Johannesburg, South Africa living in Chicago, a man born in North Korea who grew up in Seoul, South Korea and is now living in New Jersey, who relayed a story of himself being a youth missionary to Patagonia, a man from Canada ‘eh, vacationing in Arizona with his little white dog Benny, who has a very intelligent face by the way, the dog does I mean, and also a man from what my co worker has affectionately started to call ‘the eastern bloc countries’, as we get quite a few semi-truck owner operators from the Ukraine and other Eastern bloc countries coming through to pick up items that need hauling.
And I was taught the Ukrainian language, “is not Russian!”
To be successful you need to find someone to emulate, you are original enough as God made you, so…
- you need to learn from somebody else. (I’ve chosen Jack London)
- you need to stay in your field long enough to become expert at it (along the way originality and creativity always show up)
- you need as one gentleman put it, “a program to follow”
I will be starting the book review that I promised you on a book written by a man named William H. Danforth named,
‘I DARE YOU!’
In it he explains his, ‘Four Square Program’.