Trading

We trade and barter goods and services every day. Each of us takes something to the market in expectation of trading it for something we want or need. The free market provides for innovation and opportunity unlike any other system in the world.

I think we get confused from time to time and believe that the results are the reason. This is far from the truth. Our free market system is NOT what America was built on! Yes, the free market is how we operate; but, America was built on honesty, integrity, character and hard work. If you trade any of those, the entire system will fail.

It’s never a good idea to trade eternity for today.

And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

Genesis 25:32 KJV

Showing Up

Every “overnight success” has a story. Often a story of years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Do we want to hear the story or just see the results?

Without a story, there’s nothing to believe in and nothing gets done. What story are you telling yourself about yourself? About your relationships? About your health? About your future?

Stories are built by showing up every day to do the work.

And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.

Genesis 24:27 KJV

Balance

Keeping a balanced ledger for our bank accounts is pretty easy if we follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The same holds true for keeping a balanced ledger with each other if we follow Biblical principles (The Golden Rule).

Ever met a crooked used car salesman?
Ever met a power hungry politician?
Ever worked for an ambitious jerk?

Each brings to mind someone who tips the balance so far in their favor that you almost feel like you were cheated. There’s nothing wrong with ambition, or sales, or even being a politician. There is however something wrong with stepping on others to get where you want to go. Don’t believe the lie that someone else must lose in order for you to win. It’s true for sports and competitions but not for life. Always look for the win-win. Genuinely care for the people you are dealing with and find the balance.

My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

Genesis 23:15 KJV

Steps

Social distancing on the football field in the rain watching my daughter receive her diploma. This was by far the most memorable graduation I have witnessed. Tori passed all the tests and met all the requirements to make that step, only to find that there’s another step…and another…and another…and another.

Keep your character.
Keep your morals.
Keep your spirit.
Keep your sanity.
Keep your finances.
Keep your humor.
Keep moving.
Keep growing.

Every step is an opportunity to be better than you were yesterday. There is no shame in taking a step back or standing on a step for a while to catch your breath. Keep your focus forward and encourage others along the way.

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

Genesis 22:1 KJV

Assumptions

“Because I thought” is a dangerous way to make important decisions.

Do the work.
It takes time and effort to know.
Can’t know for sure? Could you get closer than where you are now?

Do the work.
Always bring your best, most informed decision to the table.
Accept the outcome, good or bad, and move on.

And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.

Genesis 20:11 KJV

Absolutes

We all agree we will not kill each other. Right?

We all agree we will not steal each other’s stuff. Right?

We all agree to do our fair share of the work. Right?

We all agree to tell each other the truth. Right?

No matter how virtuous the members of a group, the lowest common denominator becomes the absolute. This might sound hopeless but it’s not. Why? Because people can change.

Our duty is to provide a consistent example of “the right way” coupled with empathy. Helping, teaching and leading those that oppose themselves. Do this with love and humility, knowing that in any given group you could be the lowest common denominator.

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:26 KJV

Lies and Filters

How did I get into the mess that I’m in? 
How did I become the person that I am?
How could I do that to my best friend?

White lies, like Snapchat and Instagram filters, alter the truth just a little bit.

Does it really matter?
You bet it does!
What you do is who you are.

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Genesis 18:19 KJV

Bad Ideas

Even when they come from celebrities.
Even when they come from leaders.
Even when they come from family members.

Bad ideas are just bad ideas.

Discard bad ideas. Next.

And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

Genesis 16:3 KJV

Values


If you are wondering what your real values are, look at your actions.
It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.

And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, [23] That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

Genesis 14:22-23 KJV

Stakes

Truth is not created, it is discovered.

When you realize a truth, stake it in your heart and visit it often.

And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and Hai; [4] Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.

Genesis 13:3-4 KJV

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