So at the beginning of this blog journey I set out to post one every week.  That would be 52 of course.  Well… here is 53.  My goal has been met.

I want to make 5 random points.  Before we dive in to end this year please know that these are not directed at any one person.  I would say that these are conversations I have had with myself and wanted to share.

  1.  Why is it so hard for people to be happy for others?  It seems that many people get more pleasure out of seeing people fail.  I do not feel that way.  I want you to be happy and to find your true path God has set for you.  2019 needs to be a year of happiness and fulfilment.
  2. 2018 has been an interesting year (engagement, England, grandson, Helen Ga, Alcatraz, Normandy, Chapel, Children, New House, Old cars, sailboat).  I said last year it will be life changing and it has. The crazy part is that 2019 is shaping up to be one for the record book.  I am super excited to see what is in store.
  3. Life is about change, God is about forgiveness, Love is about compromise, Church is about family, family is about time.
  4. In work this will be a very interesting year as well.  I work for a great company and it is an honor to work with them.  There have already been some major things happen that will affect all of next year so we will see where this goes.  Will I have more opportunities?  I hope so.  I have learned a lot this year mostly about my strengths and weaknesses in business.  I plan to get better at the strengths and move the weaknesses out of the “needs improvement” category.  It’s gonna be a great year.
  5. The military side of life is going great.  Huge changes will be in store this year and I pray daily that the path the Lord has paved is clear to me in the decisions I have to make.  The Keesler team is unbelievable and to serve there is such an honor.  Actually just serving in the military, in general, is such an honor.

I encourage each of us to make 2019 a new year.  Clean the slate of negativity and look to the Father for direction.  Our path is up to us.  Narrow is the way.

Thank you all again for the reads this year.  I have been blown away by the numbers and am so honored.  Thanks again.  I love you all.

*Something Extra

Roy Camponella

Roy Campanella was one of the first African Americans to play in the US Baseball major leagues. In a distinguished career he won the Brooklyn Dodgers Most Valued Player award many times, and in 1955 was in the team that won the World Series.

But in January 1958 his career was cut short after a car crash left him a quadriplegic. After he was injured he spent a lot of time in the Institute of Physical medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City. One day he stopped to read a gold plaque upon one of the walls, and for someone who had been blessed with such athletic gifts it resonated deeply within him:

“I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.

I was made weak, that I might learn to humbly obey…

I asked for health that I might do great things.

I was given infirmity that might do better things…

I asked for riches that I might be happy,

I was given poverty that I might be wise…

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of others.

I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God…

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.

I was given life that I might enjoy all things…

I got nothing I asked for, but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among men, most richly blessed!

Source: Scott Higgins, using information from Baseball Library.com and Chicken Soup for the Soul.


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