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Daily Attitude Email 04 15 21

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. – Ronald Reagan

This quote is such a great reminder.

Sometimes it is overwhelming to look at the world and all those that are in need of help. We just can’t help everyone.

But we can help someone.

And I would suggest we start with those closest to us: friends, family, coworkers, etc.

The key is to just get started. To begin the process of training ourselves to become more service centric instead of self-centered.

If we go out into the world each day looking for opportunities to serve we will meet a world full of opportunity.

Find a way to serve someone today.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 04 13 21

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven. – Henry Ward Beecher

I think of this in CS Lewis’s terms as he describes charity as one of the four loves. Charity in his description is love of our fellow mankind.

Every loving act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

We build our way to a better future through loving actions toward those around us.

One smile, kind gesture or kind word at a time leads towards something better for all of us.

What could you do today to act out this in your own life?

What words might you choose?

What actions might you take?

What might you do differently to create an environment where love could rule in your life?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 04 12 20

Watching the Masters yesterday reminded me of this email I sent out a couple of years ago…..

Yesterday I watched most of the final round of The Masters (golf tournament) on the line.

In the end, Tiger Woods completed one of sports all time greatest comeback stories by winning after his fall from grace and many injuries that have kept him off his game for a long time.

What struck me most was the crowd’s reaction.

They celebrated.

They cheered.

They forgave.

Tiger is an imperfect champion who has done things most people would have a hard time forgiving.

But the crowd was with him. They forgave his transgressions and welcomed his show of excellence.

It seemed fitting to me that this would happen the Sunday before Easter.

God has done the same thing for all of us.

He knows all the little faults and transgressions. Each of them feels to Him as egregious as anything Tiger has done.

And yet….

Anytime we show up for Him with excellence he stands and cheers. Chants our name. Tears of joy cover His face.

At least that’s how I imagine it.

He’s a fan of the best of version of you. As if you were the only one playing the game.

Watching the crowd treat Tiger like that reminded me just how lucky I am to know a God that feels the same for me.

If you think I’ve taken too much a leap here in connecting all this to God (that seems like me), think instead about your closest loved ones.

Think about cheering like that for them.

Think about performing for them in a way that deserves cheering.

Make it a great day.

Jake

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