My eighth birthday party was at the duck pond- on East Kings Hwy- 1973.
I’m quiet sure that this was the natural speed in which I went about this day and every day from dawn to dusk- a dead run forward! Every birthday I take time to look back and project some future goals. Different ages and stages certainly put a new perspective on life with each passing decade. Today I show you this childlike JOY in my expression to portray my excitement about what’s to come! It is the same feeling that I have today only with much more years and learning experiences and wisdom in my life with this little blessed word called – TIME. I love birthdays. I love celebrations with friends and I love that I get to be here another year. I never understood people who get a sense of doom, gloom or depression on their special day- that’s just…..well, not appreciative for Life. When people carry on like that the only thing that snaps them out of it is- losing what you have or losing someone you love. Then things get jolted back to reality. If we are here and get to live it- It’s a blessing.
What am I so excited about? I wish I knew. I just feel hopeful. Things are falling into place. My job is good. My family is blessed and healthy. My friends are fun to fellowship with and my faith has expanded and grown to deeper levels this past 15 years….Maybe time has something to tell. When you are in your teens- you’ve got something to prove. When you’re in your twenties you are advancing and finding and growing. The thirties you find yourself going, going and rarely getting off that merry- go- round. Balancing is a fulltime job. The forties you are mixed with struggles and wondering all the when’s and Why’s and how’s of life…just trying to master the art of where you are and where you want to be…and now Fifties- I like it. I’m slowing down, finally. Taking time to reflect. To project. To rest and not run after things but just to observe things more. No longer do I feel like catching up with Time. But I am Walking along WITH Time. That in itself is exciting!
At some time in life we should all get to the point of – I want to. Instead of facing life as -I have to. Godliness with contentment is great gain….the Word says. I’d like to say- It’s great work to get there. I think….I know that it is seeking the Holy Spirit more in my life that keeps me in contentment and peace. I’ve learned to Let GO. That’s big! And to Let God- that’s even Bigger.
I like to Enjoy……people and myself at doing the things I enjoy- I can eat at a restaurant or go to a park or a movie or shopping or to church BY myself and enjoy it. My joy is totally something I seek to find and feed within my own means and do not depend on circumstances to line up with this or that or others in order for me to be happy. My job is in public and I have many activities with others outside of my job. Friends are a valuable treasure and family that Love one another are a gift and blessing beyond measure. But being alone and at peace and contentment with yourself, your God and others is priceless.
Things l’ve learned in these many years are profitable to me and for most people that’s all they want. But I want YOU to have these treasures too. So I write, I share, I post on social media. I want to spread the WORD on How to’s……through How I do! This past week I heard a helpful list on the qualities of a good WORK ethic. And I thought yes, and a GOOD Life ethic….Because we all WORK don’t we? It’s a big part of life! So Let’s live well while we Work in this life- In whatever you do!!
If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. – 2 Thess. 3:10. I was raised by parents who had an excellent work ethic and married a man with an excellent work ethic with his family who modeled the same for him. My sons are exemplary in their hard work habits and I hold this in the highest regard.
Reliability- dependability… it’s just a given. You must have it. Or you won’t be trusted you won’t be financially blessed or personally blessed. We know what this is- Be where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be. ALL THE TIME- consistently.
Dedication- Determination – This is about will, this is about motive of heart. What is your vision about Why you do what you do. It is doing for intrinsic reward not just monetary pay.
Productivity- Are you making progress and getting a task accomplished? And doing what you’re called to do with a good attitude? This is important as home as well as work.
Cooperation- helping and working with others. Be concerned with them instead of competitive against them. Team effort always grows the best business.
Character- this is more than having a good personality. Character is integrity. Doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. Being the same with everyone. No preferences between people and including everyone as the same. Elitism is a sin and not seeing people as uniquely different but equally important is of utmost value in a person of integerity and good character. Humility and self -respect are quatities displayed by a person of integrity. Decisions are filtered through our character. Who we are is determined by our thoughts and actions. We tend to this and we succeed in all areas of Life- Personal and professional.
So a good Work Ethic is an example of a good Life Ethic. More and more one of the least preached on scriptures have become one of my greatest and best memories of what my mom used to say was one of her favorite. If we are concerned with what others think about us, it is important to take this one at face value and interpretive meaning.
Peter was talking to Jesus- The Resurrected Lord- he said”But , Lord what about him?” Pointing to John. And Jesus responded ….”If I will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me.”~ John 20:21- 22
HA! In our words he is saying- what I do with others is none of your concern- You Follow Me.. This gives us perfect wisdom about our thoughts towards others, no matter how close they are to us or just aquaintence or even our stranger fellow man. His concern is with One on One. Our Lord, personally knowing us and keeping us accountable to Him first then Him keeping our actions accountable to others through Him. Work Ethic… Character Ethic. If we think it’s all about salvation….we’ve got it all wrong on all accounts. IT’S working out that salvation in fear and trembling. In ourselves, our character, accountability and responsibility. All this has made me happy, because it is making me whole.
I’m very excited about my future, our future-My family and my friends. Because we are getting it, we are growing, we are changing, we are living more and living in grace more! We are enjoying new Mercies every morning and peaceful evenings. Because-
GOD IS GOOD.