WHEN preparing speeches, “Start with the end in mind!”
I learned that at Toastmasters! Or was it a relearning? Anyway, it was reinforced when I had to practice writing and delivering speeches. It is a good guide. So simple. a no-brainer, but one reminder I keep forgetting to apply.
As the year 2017 ends, let me prepare for next year-end.
What would I want to be able to say on Dec. 31, 2018? (of course, we all wish and pray to still be around to review our lives by then)
1. used my God-given talents, abilities and resources for His glory.
(1 Peter 4:10)
2. gave my best in all that I did. (Colossians 3:23)
3. developed compassion. (a long unfulfilled goal and teaching of the Lord)
4. have turned over at least 90% of my business responsibilities to my children and to our teams of capable and trustworthy managers and staff.
5. have 90% more time to do non-business related endeavors, including spending more time with the family.
I am tempted to write more, but would just like to end 2017 with a grateful heart.
My Dearest Lord Jesus,
Thank you for the gift of life and good health, of family, and of friends.
Thank you for all the bountiful blessings, unlimited graces and mercy you have showered upon us the whole year through.
Thank you for all the trials, challenges, temporary setbacks, and difficulties you have allowed to happen; and for the resulting wisdom, courage and perseverance developed because of them.
And as my daughter Jennifer would always say, “Thank you Lord for providing all our needs, and some of what we want.”
Thank you awesome and mighty God!
A Blessed and Joyous New Year to you all!
From Michael, Angie, Jennifer, James, John David and Jessica