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Getting is in the Giving

We get out of it what we put into it…


Here is a twist of thinking I learned long ago that has not only helped me to grow as a person, and as God’s kid, but also has helped me to be more in tune to the needs of others. 


It’s very simple. Instead of seeing what I can get from every interaction I have with people, places, and things, I see what I can bring to it. 

The feeling is amazing and the outcome is usually better than I expect, plus I have gotten to know people on a deeper level! 


It changed my perspective and now instead of having expectations of how I think things should go, I now have blessed peace just looking to see how I can help. 

 Go on, give it a try and as always….


Check your experience… 


“But be sure you are on solid spiritual ground before you start and that your motive in going is thoroughly good. Do not think of what you will get out of the occasion. Think of what you can bring to it.” Big Book pg. 102


Lord, let us see what we can bring to a situation instead of always looking to see what we can get from it, AMEN.  


“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.” Matthew 7:12 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Charity Begins at Home

Charity begins at home…


This is one of the best thought tools I have come to rely on over the years. 


The version I learned was phrased like this; 


“You can’t keep it unless you give it away.” 


It’s an action thought that has never failed me since I began my walk with Christ and in sobriety. 


Unless I am willing to help another, I am not in a true position to spiritually receive the gifts the Lord blesses me with. 


Now this doesn’t mean we should give away everything we have, or start a crusade to end world homelessness, but ..


It does mean that each day we should open the eyes of our hearts to see how we can best be of service to someone around us…


Check your experience…. 


“Helping others is the foundation stone” Big Book pg. 97


 Lord, please open the eyes of our heart daily to see how we can best serve another, AMEN. 


 “…that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 

Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 


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Change Agent

There is one thing that doesn’t change…


Change is constant in our world. Styles change, seasons change, tastes change, and our preferences change too. 


Change never seems to stop, and it can be confusing. 


I still miss having a cassette deck in my car and my mullet! 


However, there is one thing that will never change no matter whether we choose to participate or not. 

God is constant in our lives and is there for us if we let Him… 


Check your experience… 


“Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change… We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.” Big Book pg. 84 


Lord let our hearts take comfort in knowing that no matter what, You do not and will not change your love for us, AMEN. 


“For I am the LORD, I do not change” Malachi 3:65 


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Who’s Will?

The differences of will…


It can get confusing at times and even hard at other times trying to figure out if we are seeking God’s will for us or merely doing our own will while thinking God approves. 


To add to this confusion, there are many examples around us daily showing us the illusion that we are doing the “right thing” by either throwing money or support to help with a common good. 


For example, just check out some of the larger mega charities and see how much actually goes to what they claim to be helping or, other than their own employees, what “jobs” does Goodwill really provide for the “local community”? 


Now maybe it’s different for you, but I tend to fall into the illusion that what I am doing is God’s will when it’s merely my selfish will hidden under false motives. 


My head wants me to believe I can pull one over on God by talking it up or putting on the ol’ “look good”. 


Nevertheless, the only true way that I know I am in God’s will and not my own is when I am focused on the action, task, thought, service, or deed in this moment and not thinking about the outcome and how it benefits me…


Check your experience…


“Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. How can I best serve Thee-Thy will (not mine) be done.” Big Book pg. 85 


Lord, let us open our hearts to allow Your will to be not only what we seek, but what we know to be true, AMEN. 


“He said, Father, You can do all things. Take away what must happen to Me. Even so, not what I want, but what You want.” Mark 14:36 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 


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Is Worry Worth It?

What does worry gain us? 


Maybe it’s different for you but worry has never brought me anything good. 


It’s a part of my self-will fed by fear, anxiety, pride, jealousy, and or anger. 


When I am consumed with worry I am blocking out God’s will and His grace that can bring comfort and relief. 


How’s that working out for you? 


Check your experience… 


“a spiritual way of living, thus relieving much worry and suffering.” Big Book pg. 159


 Lord please remind our hearts that worry robs us of Your grace and peace. We can give our worries to you and be free, AMEN. 


 “…do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes?” Matthew 6:25 


Have a blessed day y’all! 


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Kindness Karma

Try a little kindness…


This is probably not seen too much these days and certainly not reported very often in the news media, but kindness covers a multitude of unpleasant things like anger, hurtful, and just plain lonely feelings.


Perhaps you have already been the receiver of an act of anonymous kindness. 


Just last week a friend shared how they were pleasantly surprised to learn as they picked up their daily Starbucks order at the drive through window that the unknown person in front of them had paid for their coffee. 


I dare you to give it a try! 


Do something anonymously for a random stranger or for a loved one. 


See how you feel afterwards. 

Remember, it’s not about being seen doing this, it’s about serving others with no expectation of a return.


I promise you that the indirect return you get from this is better than you can imagine! 


Go on…You can do this! Then…..


Check your experience… 


“Were we kind and loving toward all?” Big Book pg 86 


Lord, let us show our love today through kindness to those around us, AMEN. 


“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 


Have a blessed day y’all! 


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Things We Worship

Foreign gods of today…


What do you worship? 


Believe it or not, but some folks blindly serve another god in the form of money, work, or a material possession. 


Heck, some of us might even worship another human; like a movie star, athlete, or even obsess on a personal relationship. 


Now don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have nice things and healthy personal relationships, but are we allowing those things and persons to become our gods? 


Do we spend a large amount of time focusing our thoughts, energies, and efforts attempting to please or serve them? 


I am a firm believer of the spiritual principle that your heart exists where your thoughts reside…


Check your experience…


“God either is or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?” Big Book pg. 53 


Lord, let us focus our thoughts on Your will and not fall into false worship of the people, places, and things around us, AMEN. 


 “The Lord alone led him; no foreign god was with him.” Deuteronomy 32:12 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 

Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible!


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Friends in Low Places

We’ve got friends in low places…. 


It’s obvious that Jesus came to save the lost, and they were all drawn to Him, but the religious establishment of the time complained about this constantly. 


If they had their way, the religious people would have driven the sinners far away, but Jesus did not allow this to happen. 


He came to seek out and save the lost. Jesus had and still has friends in low places. 


Today we see His statue in beautiful churches, but we will still experience His presence in the streets and in our daily encounters. 


He still wants to speak with you today. 


He needs us to help Him reach others. 


Don’t give up, and know that it is not Jesus that is driving you away when worldly clamors get in the way. 


Using our hands to touch them, and our voice to speak to them, He can and will reach folks right where they are…


Check your experience… 


“There had been a humble willingness to have Him with me — and He came.” Big Book pg. 12 


Lord, please continue to use us to reach others in the same way You were first introduced. to us, AMEN. 


“The tax collectors and sinners all came to listen to Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to complain: “Look, this man welcomes sinners and even eats with them.” Luke 15:1-2 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Footing and Joy

There is a plan for each of us…


A common discussion I have these days with my daughter, Miss Kai, is what she will do with her life. 


I am an open book with her and freely share that I still don’t have a clue about what I want to be when I “grow up.” 


I share with her to keep her feet on the ground with training and education while encouraging her to chase her dreams and follow her passions. 


She understands this as best as an almost 25-year-old can. 


The good news is that while we may be searching for what it is that we think we need to be doing, God has the plan for us. 


My experience has shown me that even though I cannot label what I am with an earthly work title, like tech guy, manager, or professional whatever… 


I can claim with 100% certainty that through my many jobs and duties I have had here on Earth over the years,..


I have been and will always be one of God’s kids and He employs me daily to help Him...


Check your experience… 


“Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs.” Big Book pg. 63 


Lord, let us find comfort and security in knowing you have a plan for each of us, AMEN. 


“I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have and so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy.” John 15:11 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 


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 How about a daily dose of hope and inspired thought? 

Encourage Instead of Criticizing

Catch someone doing something right today!..


Have you ever noticed how much our news and all forms of media are filled with negativity, fear, and doom? 


More importantly, how are our eyes and ears drawn to it? 


Come on now, be honest, what magazine do you stare at in the checkout line at the grocery? 


It’s our cultural norm based on our instinctual self-willed human nature. 


We are trained from a young age to look for the bad and the wrong. 


It’s even a large part of corporate leadership training. 


No one gets sent to H.R. for good deeds!..

There is hope however! 


Using our spiritual growth and God’s Word we can teach our hearts and train our minds to seek out the good in people, places, and things. 


I promise that when you do, your day will go better, and your world will change. 


 Try it and then… 


Check your experience… 


“We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him.” Big Book pg. 46 


Lord let us look for the good with the eyes of our heart, AMEN. 


“…let us encourage one another.” Hebrews 10:25 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


What if you had a person who coached and mentored you in building a better life? 


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