Be, Today.

Very interesting observation this morning!! Soooo….my wife has encouraged me to start attending the “men’s bible study” at church. I know I should and it’d be good for me but DANG, it’s at 6am!! Anyhow, I got up at 5am this morning and attended. She’s usually right 100% of the time.

The pastor leading it is a guy out of Texas, I think, named Craig Groeschel (sp). This was the first one of a 6 week study. The main topic today was what to do. Mainly about life and whatnot. One thing I struggle with is, “What now”? I mean, what do I do with my life. Most men live life according to their identity. That identity comes from the line of work they’re in. Bryan the army guy. Bryan the contractor. Bryan the CrossFit gym owner. I’ve struggled with it for years. Who am and and what do I do? The pastor said it should be “Who before Do”, not what I do is who I am. That got me to thinking. Who am I and/or who do I want to be. Well, I know that I’m a child of God, a husband, father, brother, son and friend. I like being all of that. Since my life has changed radically over the past year I’ve let my walk be led by my heart more times than not. Who I want to be is a person who’s created a legacy. I want to have raised my children right, not according to me or society, but in the eyes of the old man upstairs. I want my children to want to create a legacy. When I’m dead I want folks to remember me as a servant to humankind, a helper, an encourager, a leader and educator. Knowing all of that, what do I do? I’ve served in the army for over 25 years. My wife and I talk often about getting more involved with missions, building schools or churches and helping to feed folks around the globe. That’s where my heart is. I want to help people who are unable to help themselves.

The second part he discussed this morning was, ” Why Before What”. I thought that was interesting because it brought to light our motives. Why do sales people hit the road and try to sell things? What is the motive? Well, to make money!! Is there a motive behind that? I know for me and what I want to do, as stated above, is go out into the world and help people. Well, that takes capital to do those things. I LOVE to buy a well digger and dig wells in Africa. Unless someone donates one to me and ships it over there I’m going to have to buy one and ship it myself. That’s going to take a LOT of cash. Now I know who I am and what my motive is. That’s why I work this network marketing business. It’s kind of the best of both worlds. I could care less about fancy cars, boats, etc. Not my jam. To me, it’s all God’s money and he blesses us with it to be good stewards of HIS money. Yeah, I’ve blown cash on silly things but as I grow and mature I recognize that more. In Robert Kiyosaki’s book, “Rich Dad Poor Dad” he mentions that a direct sales company is a great way to raise capital while working your regular job. That capital can be for an investment or whatever. It all kinda makes sense to me now. If your motive is good, the Why, then the source of income, the What, will be there.

Anyway, just thought I’d share some thoughts from this morning’s soul pounding. Hope ya’ll have a great day!!!

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