Author: jakedavis1910

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/1yYV9-KoSUM

This came on the radio last night and these lines stood out to me:

Wish I wouldn’t have worry about what other people thought

And felt comfortable in myself

I wished really hard at that moment that the 6 little ears in the back seat were tuned in at that moment (the 4 in front needed to hear it too).

Watching the kids and all their friends has been a great reminder of how easy it to get mixed up and confused and start worrying about what other people think too much.

We all want to be seen and loved. To be known completely and still accepted.

We watch others and fall into the trap of thinking what they are doing is what we should do if we want to be accepted.

We think celebrities, pop stars and ball players have got it figured out.

And then it falls apart. The celebrity, pop star or ball player proves to be just as confused as we are. The cool kids prove that they don’t quite have everything figured out.

My grandfather who just passed away was the opposite of all of this. He wasn’t popular, rich or particularly cool. The latest fashion and he weren’t in lock step. But I’m guessing he felt known and loved. He was convinced he was going to meet his Lord and Savior who understood him fully.

My sincere hope for all of you is that you can find that for yourself. That you can be honest about your flaws and imperfections but still feel the love that you are worthy of. That you can feel like you are known, seen and accepted. Because you are.

You. Are. Loved. Completely. Wholly.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 12 22

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home. – Mother Teresa

Andy Stanley has a line that goes something like “do for one what you wish you could do for all”.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all that life has coming at us. Work obligations. Family obligations. TV. Marketing. Social Media. Bible studies. Exercise. Junk food.

When I feel overwhelmed I try to focus on doing the next right thing.

Oftentimes that means showing love to the person in front of me.

Focus on those closest to. Think about what love would require of you. And then do that. Again and again.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 11 22

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

― C.S. Lewis

This year so far feels like we are going through some growing pains at the businesses. Processes aren’t perfect and growth causes those imperfections to manifest themselves in mistakes or missed expectations.

This quote reminds me of our growth as individuals.

At first changing seems like a good idea. Even as something we would welcome.

Then it takes on a life of it’s own.

Some of our cherished stories about ourselves and the world need to come down. We have to become uncomfortable.

In the case of a Christian life – this takes on the perspective of eternity. We are building our forever selves. A version of ourselves that is meant to commune with God in eternal happiness.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 11 22

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

― C.S. Lewis

This year so far feels like we are going through some growing pains at the businesses. Processes aren’t perfect and growth causes those imperfections to manifest themselves in mistakes or missed expectations.

This quote reminds me of our growth as individuals.

At first changing seems like a good idea. Even as something we would welcome.

Then it takes on a life of it’s own.

Some of our cherished stories about ourselves and the world need to come down. We have to become uncomfortable.

In the case of a Christian life – this takes on the perspective of eternity. We are building our forever selves. A version of ourselves that is meant to commune with God in eternal happiness.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 09 22

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Vincent Van Gogh

Good reminder for a Monday morning – you’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit.

Not foolishly or recklessly, but thoughtfully and with purpose – we must take risks.

We can’t get anywhere without a measure of risk.

What risk can you take this week?

Trying something new.

Being vulnerable with a loved one.

Doing without those sweets.

Exercising instead of watching TV.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 05 22

The quote below and the reminder to soften my heart has been on my mind a lot lately so I’m sending out this daily attitude again from a few years ago….maybe I’m not the only one that needs a reminder.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

I’ve listened to most of Brene Brown’s books over the course of the last year or so. She spends a lot of her effort explaining the truth that CS Lewis talks about in the quote above.

In particular lately, I’ve been thinking about how this quote applies to our work.

At Mavidea and Maxlider, we are in the service business. We work for our customers.

And they break our hearts all the time.

By not taking the good advice.

By cancelling and switching to another provider.

The same with our coworkers and teammates.

But these relationships are what make our work so worthwhile.

Only when we make ourselves vulnerable and open to the relationships around us do we get to experience the joy of our work.

At the risk of being a little sappy and corny, I’m going to ask you all to do something.

Open your hearts. Step into the scary situations and be yourself.

Lean in to the special place reserved for you in this world.

With our customers, with your teammates, with your loved ones.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 04 22

“Luminous beings we are, not this crude matter.” —Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Since today is May the 4th, I figured a Star Wars quote was in order.

Something I’ve noticed about a lot of the epic movie or novel series is that they touch on some of the important truths of life.

That being brave is better than being cowardly.

That being honest is better than lying.

That love and truth will win out over evil and tyranny.

That friendships and relationships matter more than our selfish desires.

That good is worth fighting for and will win out in the end.

And this quote above – that we are more than just a bag of chemicals that happens to be able to walk around and think a little. We are in fact, a soul. We just happen to inhabit a body right now.

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – Just for fun – respond with your favorite Star Wars scene or quote to get everybody in a Star Wars kind of mood today.

Daily Attitude Email 05 03 22

The Widow’s Offering – Mark 12:41-44

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Listening to Jim Rohn again reminded me again of this story and this old daily attitude email about it.

An important component in life is the giving of ourselves in service to others.

It’s easy to get caught up in just the monetary aspect of the story. Maybe even feel bad because you haven’t given away all of the dollars you have earned.

And while I think that is an important element of the story, I believe that maybe a more important idea in today’s world is giving all of ourselves in service to others.

In service to our families.

In service to our church or favorite local charity.

In service to our clients.

In service to our teammates.

Make it a great day of service.

Jake