Author: jakedavis1910

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/vGZhMIXH62M

Last up on the list of “what if” questions (I’m sure you’re ready for a break from all the badgering) – What if it all works out in the end?

What if all that stuff you are worried about doesn’t end up happening?

What if it turns out better than you could imagine?

What if God has a better plan for you?

What if we should spend our efforts towards helping it all work out than on worrying about it going all wrong?

What if our time on earth is short?

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – I believe that it will all work out in the end. I can’t wait to find out how.

Daily Attitude Email 04 08 21

This What if is a little harder to word….but it’s some version of….What if I’m not meant to be in control of this?

What if the world isn’t mine to manage?

What if that person isn’t mine to change?

What if I don’t need to be in control?

What if I don’t need to worry about this?

What if I should focus on what I can control?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 04 07 21

Another of my favorite what ifs is – What if I’m wrong?

What if I’m the one making the mistake?

What if the other person is right?

What if I’m the one being difficult and unreasonable?

What if I am the one who needs to change?

What if I’m headed the wrong way and need to course correct?

Where might I be misunderstanding the situation?

What am I blind to and missing that might lead to a change of heart?

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – Couldn’t write about being wrong without sharing one of my favorite jokes from my father in law – I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.

Daily Attitude Email 04 06 21

Another of the “what if” questions that I try to ask myself….

What if it isn’t all about me?

What if the others aren’t thinking, judging, analyzing everything I do?

What if everyone else didn’t notice that I’m too ugly, smelly, dumb, smart, sweaty, left my fly open?

What if my role is to help and support those around me instead of the other way around?

What could I do to help if I wasn’t so worried about myself?

What if my life’s purpose was to serve others with love?

What if I trained myself to think of others first?

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – Sorry to everyone for every time I’ve been too self-centered to ask myself these questions before our interactions. This idea is a continuous struggle that I get wrong more than right.

Daily Attitude Email 04 05 21

A game I play in my head a lot is the “What if?” game. I typically try to think of some kind of difficult to respond to question and then play it out in my head about what I may or may not do differently “if”. I thought it might be an interesting exercise to send out a few of them that pop up frequently.

I was reminded of this on Saturday at church when I asked myself:

What if the God of the whole universe sent His son to die on a cross so that I could live in eternal happiness together with Him as His adopted son?

What if that were true?

Would we be interested in that deal?

Would we act a little differently towards your fellow human beings (to whom he offers the same exact sacrifice)?

Would we be a little more interested in following the Bible’s advice on loving my neighbor and forgiving others as I have been forgiven?

Would we worry a little less knowing your eternity was going to be full of splendor, peace, joy and love?

Would we tell someone about the whole thing?

What if this were true about the best person you know?

What if this were true about the worst person you can imagine?

What if…

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/wC6RXAJpPjo

More of a slow tapper, but when I read through some of the lyrics, these stood out:

The very same God that spins things in orbit

Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak

And the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken

They conquered death to bring me victory

The God of the whole universe died on a cross for you.

Not sure whether to cry or jump for joy every time that thought crosses my mind.

My hope for each and every one of you is that you will find a way to connect more closely with this truth and the one who created you.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 04 01 21

"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime."

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Easter is also a great time to think about all the good of spring.

Spring represents new life and opportunity.

Make the most of this time of renewal.

Renew your spirit, body and mind.

Spend time outside.

Plant something.

Read something inspiring.

Go for a long walk or run.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 03 31 21

"God is love and he has defeated evil." – Pope Francis

One of my favorite things about Easter each year is that it is a reminder of something really important – in the end, over the long term – the good guys win!

God is love.

He has defeated evil.

Love wins out. Evil and darkness lose.

It’s easy to lose sight of this and focus on the temporary setbacks.

It’s easy to fixate on all of our (and our neighbor’s) shortcomings. Life isn’t easy. Happenings don’t always go our way. We are well trained to think more about the losses than the victories.

But on the giant scoreboard of “all time” the good guys have already won.

Don’t let yourself forget this important fact.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 03 30 21

For this week, I thought I would send out a few messages (from the past or new this week) about Easter. As I grow older and more and more life happens around and to me, I am reminded constantly that we all need Easter. This year I’d like to include an invitation for each and every one of you. Come to church on Sunday and if you were already going, invite someone else.

I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun – not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else. – CS Lewis

The greatness of Easter is that it didn’t end on that day. Jesus promised us that he would be with and in us if we only ask.

Through this new kind of relationship, we would be able to see life in a new light. To see the world through His eyes.

I certainly get this as right as I would like to.

I fall short of this ideal in some way every day.

But when I get it right, life is better. Not always easier, but better.

Easter is an invitation to live a fuller life. To renew again our commitment to a better and more abundant life. To place love above all else, even our own lives.

My sincere hope for all of you is that you will either accept this invitation, renew your commitment to this ideal and/or help someone else to find it for themselves.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 03 29 21

Thanks to Jeff for volunteering last week (any and all goofs or issues were all Jake related….). He really is a swell guy.

For this week, I thought I would send out a few messages (from the past or new this week) about Easter. As I grow older and more and more life happens around and to me I am reminded constantly that we all need Easter. This year I’d like to include an invitation for each and every one of you. Come to church on Sunday and if you were already going, invite someone else.

“The great gift of Easter is hope: Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.” — English Benedictine monk Basil Hume

One of the great things about Easter is church on Easter Sunday.

It reminds me of getting to go watch the end of a really good movie you have seen a ton of times.

Up until this point, it has played out the dramatic part of the story. The good guy has been betrayed, beaten, tortured and then finally killed.

But just as things look their darkest, the hero raises from the dead and everyone’s sins are forgiven.

The good guy wins. That’s my favorite part about Easter. Every year the good guy wins.

And that’s the part that helps to have a positive perspective on life.

The good guy wins.

Maybe not right away.

Maybe even not until the end.

But the good guy wins.

Every time.

Make it a great day.

Jake