Archive for March, 2010


Opening Day

When does Baseball start?  Can’t be soon enough…

A Wild Week…

Well, its a beautiful Sunday morning… spring has arrived!  The last couple of days brought some great news and some very stressful and troubling things at work.  But its off to enjoy a morning of worship with our church family at CFC (www.communityfellowship.com)…

God has covered us with some wise choices this past year.  We avoided some financial mistakes that would have set us behind.  But because we listened and acted wisely, we are starting to climb out of the debt-ridden chasm that we have existed in for the past couple of years (maybe longer… lol).

I also passed my life license exam on Thursday, giving me the ability to be focused on selling term life insurance and annuities.  It gives me another avenue with my new job… (thank you Lord).  Its been a long time since I took an exam that meant something (grades and money), so I was very nervous about the whole thing.

As for the other side of work and its stresses, I obviously can’t say things in detail.  That would not be proper.  But it is very frustrating when you try to do a good job and overcome the challenges that are presented with it (every job has its unique set of hardships and challenges), and those around and above you do not support you.

When people need help, they sometimes need to hear somethings that are hard to hear.  Those things are typically hard to say as well.  I’m not one that tries to push people down or out of the way.  I like to be able to encourage and lift up those around me.  I’ve spent most of my life doing that.  And right now I try to do that and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the general setting.

I know that some of my co-workers have shown their appreciation for what I’ve done.  But there has been no recognition of a job well done or support in the difficulties from above or those that have the power to make a difference.  The sad part is that most, if not all of my co-workers feel the same way.

Well after the upheaval of this week, there are apparently going to be some changes around there.  I hope so!  We have a job to provide a needed service for people of our community – and they deserve our absolute best.

I will continue to live and work by my convictions and trust that God will lead, guide and provide each step of the way…

via con dios

The last session in our training classes this weekend dealt with ethics.  Now if you’re like me, you would be concerned about what kind of class this would be.  It could be a real snoozer.  Maybe it would become a weak version of today’s politically “correct” crap.  Or just maybe someone would ask the basic question, “What is ethics?”  and “How does it work?”

Well Mike, our instructor, nailed it on the head.  He didn’t let us off the hook and he didn’t take the safe route.  He made us go deep and go back to the start.  We didn’t just talk about doing the “right” thing as a member of the Primerica team; but he made us piece together the basic issue that we cannot separate personal ethics from profession ethics.  Nor did he let us divide right thinking from right doing.

No one is perfect or right all of the time.  But we can strive to achieve and reach for greatness – not just as business successes, but we can become great people doing great things.

Well, I know that I’m not the only one who feels this way.  Sheena and Betty, two of my buddies at work, said as much earlier today.  It’s been a good weekend, but a long one.  I finished classes on Saturday, but got the stomach bug during classes – NOT FUN!

Church was great fun this morning.  Our interim pastor got installed as our permanent senior pastor today.  So it was a great celebration!  Congrats, Bobby!  We love you guys…  (www.communityfellowship.com)

I spent a couple hours crashed napping and playing some ps2 baseball with Josh.  We split the two games…

And now I’m trying to get my head lined up for tomorrow and the rest of the week.  Hopefully it will be full and productive without being hectic and draining.  Am I asking too much?  I dunno… have a great week, friends!

Classes are finished!

Last night I finishd the classes for life insurance… and I passed the practice test!  My brain is tired, but can’t stop studying till I take the real exam on Thursday.  Say a prayer for me, if ya think about it.

Overcoming Yourself

I don’t know about you, but there are days that I seem to be fighting myself – defeating myself because of choices and actions that contradict or nullify my efforts and goals.  Over the past year I have been dealing with some of those issues.

Can I tell you something?  It is aggravating to realize that my habits and internal script keeps me from growing and moving up.

I don’t know if you have ever heard the term internal script, or if you have thought about why we do what we do.  But the question in front of me is this:  How do I rewrite my internal script?

If I can trust God for my present and future – God says in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know what I am doing.  I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for” – then why do I sabotage my life?

Don’t get me wrong; there is always crap in life.  People have the freedom to chose.  Not every person makes choices based on the good of others or themselves, so there is pain and trials.  The natural world is at war with itself.  So there is conflict.  But that does not mean that we cannot grow and succeed in our plans.

I need to make some small, simple yet monumental changes in my life.  Foundational blocks need to be laid for success.  If I expect to see different results in my life, then I must change the way I live…

Josh and I are looking forward to some fantasy baseball this year.  If you are interested in a little fun, let me know.  I am going to set up a small league at one of the free sites (espn.com).

“take me out to the ball park…”

What do you make of your day?

Today started out like every other day in the past couple of months.  I got up at 5:00-ish… yeah, that’s in the a.m.  Now for those of you who know me fairly well, understand that I have always believed that 5:00 only comes once a day, and that is in the P.M.!

Regardless, I got ready and went to “work” (that is my first/primary job) at 6:10 a.m.  I work in a local daycare center which is part of a national chain.  It has been difficult there for a number of reasons which I will not share on here.  A slander lawsuit is not how I want to spend my time for the next couple of years.  I got down with part 1 of my day at the daycare, leaving around 9:00 a.m. for job number 2!

Right now I do have three different jobs.  In this world and economy, a person must do whatever they can to make ends meet…

My new job is for a sound personal financial and insurance company.  Chris offered me a part-time job to become their office manager two weeks ago.  Working in their environment has been magic, and even healing!  This is an atmosphere where your team mates build you up, help you out, encourage you and cheer you on when you get promoted.

After we finished up the morning work, I met up with Cheryl to have lunch with my new boss and his wife.  Lunch was good and the conversation zipped along.  We talked about several things.  But then they expressed how delighted they are with the changes in their office.  They were so excited that they gave me a raise!

Wow!  What a blessing… God really knew that we needed the extra income and that I needed a big affirmation.  God is a good God!  And I am glad that I am on His side…

A tough thing

Asking someone to forgive you is a very tough thing…

I don’t think he will ever see this, but I’ll say it anyway… lol

Josh will be sharing his story (testimony) at Burn (youth group at Landisville Church of God) tomorrow night.  And this Dad is very proud of him!  He is a great kid and I’m a very blessed man to be able to call him “my son”.

Dad loves you!