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.
"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.
Read something inspiring.
Go for a long walk or run.
Make it a great day.
"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.
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.
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.
Make it a great day.
BALANCE – BUSINESS AND CAREER
Do you know anyone who, although perhaps on track to achieve their financial goals, is paying an enormous price by working in a job that is bearable at best, painful at worst?
This is a sure recipe for failure, for only when you are fully engaged in a job that challenges and inspires you can you find true happiness and satisfaction.
One of the challenges for every person is to develop a clear picture of an ideal career and then take the necessary steps to create it.
In my opinion Mavidea has and continues to create a healthy culture with core values that are inspiring.
Mavidea (and Maxlider) truly care about their employees by making time for them , listening to them, recognizing them, serving them and bringing out the best in everyone.
True happiness & satisfaction is hard to find in a career for most people. Waking up every morning and truly loving your job is so important.
Great Job Mavidea Leadership with making the work environment so enjoyable!
I have an exercise called Diamond Mapping if anyone is interested just shoot me a note. It ties together all the areas discussed this week.
And yes Jake here is your toe tapper for Friday……
BALANCE – FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE
Many people believe money is the root of all evil.
Do you believe this is this true or false? The Bible states, “Love of money is the root of all evil.”
Some say it is not money but the lack of money that is the source of so many of our social ills and emotional problems.
One of your primary responsibilities to yourself and to those you love is to achieve financial independence, to reach the point where you never have to worry about money again. Then you will be in a position to direct your energy to higher needs such as a sense of meaning and spiritual fulfillment.
Everyone feels differently about money. Ask yourself…how much is enough? Am I trying to keep up with the Jones’s? What does financial independence mean to me?
Be happy with whatever your answers are as financial security is a key to balance in your life.
I am no Financial Advisor but I do know this…Mavidea has a great 401k plan, participate now and reap the benefits later!
Have a great day! Jeff
BALANCE – HEALTH AND FITNESS
Ok, being transparent here…my health and fitness has struggled a bit in the last year. Excuses are plentiful in my mind right now Covid19, the fact I don’t work at a health club anymore, I can’t fit it into my schedule, my injuries hold me back……………………………………………………………………………………I could go on forever and ever. Bottom line is I have not been intentional about my health.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the average person did not live past 50 years of age. Within a century, that life span had extended to 75 years, and will only continue to rise.
In fact, one of the fastest growing demographic groups includes people who are 80, 90 and even 100 years old. Though modern medicine is a big factor, healthy diet and exercise are the main proponents to a full and happy life — both now and many years in the future.
Health and Fitness is a key factor in your Life Balance.
Start simple, just put on those ear buds and go for a walk.
It will increase your energy level and make you happier! It will allow to focus better at work!
Exercise is medicine!
I am already smoking Erik in golf, can you imagine if I was in better shape how much worse it would be for him??
Happy Hump Day Everyone!
BALANCE – FAMILY AND PERSONAL LIFE
When I was at Four Seasons Health Club I would remind my staff as much as possible about the Four F’s that were most important to me…Faith/Family/Friends/Four Seasons…in that order.
Yes, work is important, it pays the bills, gives you financial freedom, etc. but…all said and done when it comes down to it your faith and relationships mean so much more.
It has been said that fully eighty-five percent of your happiness will come from good relationships with other people in your family and your personal life as well as your work.
Treating others in a manner that reflects your highest values brings you great happiness, peace and contentment.
The quality of the relationships in your life is more important than the size of your investment portfolio, the job title on your letterhead or the number of cars in your driveway.
In striving for successes in the other areas of life, it is easy and often tempting to sacrifice the very part of life that is the greatest source of joy as you grow older. You do so at your own peril.
Take a few minutes today (or heck everyday) and reach out to a family member or friend you haven’t spoken to in a while just to say hey! Try it!
Enthusiasm Attracts and Energizes People
When you are energized about something, others are energized too! It spreads, from one person to the next. That key ingredient, that bit of “spice in the stew” that makes a good ride become a great one is enthusiasm. It’s the knowledge that you have a dream, you’re taking action on that dream, and you’re making things happen. Enthusiasm is attractive, like the thrill ride at an amusement park. People love to be part of something great.
Be enthusiastic and invite people on that ride!
TURN IT UP!