What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

As a kid, I remember going to family reunions and having older relatives ask me, “Joe, what do you want to be when you grow up?”

At that age, the only goals I had were to have my buddies come over and play ball, shoot BB guns, and go fishing. I didn’t have any long-range goals! But at every family reunion I’d get asked that question, and even though I was just a kid, it made me start thinking about it. 

I remember at one family reunion somebody asked me, “Joe what do you want to be when you grow up?”  

I said, “I want to be a forest ranger!” Growing up in east Tennessee, we would go to the Cherokee National Forest to trout fish and hunt. I had seen forest rangers there and remembered thinking, That must be a fun job! They get to wear a Smokey Bear hat, live in a log cabin up in the mountains, and hunt and fish anytime they want. That was right up my ally! Then I found out that being a forest ranger required eight years of college, and so I chucked that idea pretty fast! 

But those family reunions are what started getting me to think about my future goals. Even though I didn’t end up becoming a forest ranger, it made me start looking around and thinking about what my options could be.  

The Take Away:

A key to discovering your children’s gifts is communication. Make sure to take time to talk with your kids, not at them, and really listen to what they have to say. As a parent, you have the opportunity to be their biggest fan, their biggest cheerleader, their biggest coach, and pull out of them the gifts and abilities they never even knew they had! 

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Small Goals Are Better Than No Goals

If you want to enjoy life on this earth, you need to have a vision.

The Bible says that without a vision, people perish. There are sinners who enjoy life a whole lot more than some Christians simply because they have a vision, and they’re not afraid to go after it. Their eternal salvation may not be secured yet, but while they’re here on earth, they’re doing everything in their power to chase their dreams. And many of them succeed and accomplish them.  

Why? Because the law of vision works whether you’re saved or unsaved. It makes no difference your spiritual condition. It’s just like the law of gravity; it’s going to work no matter who you are.  The law of vision is no respecter of persons.  

God has given every human being the ability to dream and have a vision, but it’s up to us whether we choose to have a vision and pursue it. People who don’t have a vision aren’t going to progress very far. They’ll stay in the same spot every day, week after week, month after month, year after year, never growing, advancing, or achieving any goals. But people who have a vision are going to advance in life. They’ll willing to take risks, step out beyond their comfort zone, and try new things. As a result, they’ll continue to learn, grow, move forward, and increase.   

If you don’t have a vision, get one. Most people are capable of much more than they give themselves credit for. So, start setting some goals, even if they’re small. Don’t get stuck just living day in and day out with no goals. Small goals are better than no goals because at least you’re moving forward! Get a vision and start running toward it! 

The Take Away:

Are you sitting on the sidelines watching others progress and succeed, wondering why your life isn’t a successful as theirs? You may need to ask yourself, “What’s my vision? Where do I want to be in a month, six months, or a year from now? What goals do I have?” If you don’t take steps, you won’t move forward. Start by sitting down with your spouse and setting some goals. Nobody can do this for you. You have to get off the bench and into the game! 

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You Will Only Get Paid for Two Things

There’s an old saying I heard that stuck with me: “You will only get paid for two things on this planet. You get paid for what you know, or you get paid for what you can do.”

So, if you don’t know very much and you can’t do very much, you won’t get paid very much. That’s pretty much how it works in this world’s system. 

The good news is that God has given every single person on this planet a gift—something they have a natural ability to do. People will pay you for your skills, and they’ll pay you a higher wage if you have excellent skills. Proverbs 22:29 (NIV) says, “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank” (Proverbs 22:29 NIV).  

Are you a good auto mechanic? Everyone needs a good mechanic, and if you’ve developed your gift and are excellent at what you do, people will be willing to pay you more than the average mechanic. Maybe you have skills to be an electrician, a plumber, an accountant, a lawyer, or a school teacher. Everybody has a gift and ability they can use to serve others and meet a need.  

Your gift will make room for you. The question is, are you using what you’ve been given to supply a need? And are you continuing to grow your skills to their fullest potential? If you want to advance and increase, you have to choose to be excellent. 

The Take Away:

What is your gift, talent, or ability? Have you taken the time to grow and develop that gift? If not, what steps can you take to do so? Get a plan of action and set some goals to start developing the gift God has given you. Determine to be excellent

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Who Are You? Why Are You Here?

Denise and I had the privilege bringing six kids into this world and raising them together, all under the same roof.

Out of all six kids, there are no two alike. They all have their own individual personalities, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, and quirks. They also each have different gifts, abilities, and talents. Some are quiet. Some are loud. Some like to communicate. Some don’t. But despite all of their own individual differences, each one of them is uniquely gifted by God to do something while they’re on this planet. 

As a parent, one of my biggest challenges and responsibilities is to help each of my kids be able to confidently answer these questions: Who are you? Why did God put you on this planet? What is your purpose? What are you called to do?  

I want each of my kids to know they are not here by accident, and that God knew they were going to be born. I want them to know without a shadow of a doubt that He has a plan for their lives because He had all their days written in His book before they were even born (Psalm 139:16 NLT). I want them to know that they are gifted by God to do something that will not only be a blessing to them, but also bring blessing to others. I want to instill in them the truth that their lives matter, and God has really good plans for each of them. 

Parents, each of your children has been given a gift, talent, and an ability from God. Part of our job is to help them find out what those abilities are, so they can walk in them, live blessed lives, and be a blessing to others.  

The Take Away:

Parents, help your kids find out what their talents and abilities are. Start when they’re young. Ask God to help you and your child recognize the gifts and talents within them. As they’re growing up, have them try new things to see what they’re good at. This will not only help them develop new skills, but also discover what abilities and talents are the most natural to them.  

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Happy New Year from Joe & Angel

Angel & I just want to wish you and your family the greatest of New Years.

We are believing for God’s best in your life and in the lives of every one of your family. God has a future and a hope for you and we believe you are going to see it come to pass, in Jesus’ Name!

Have a wonderful New Years Day!

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Friday Funny: The New Bass Boat

Men and Women see money differently.

Men see money as Freedom. Women see money as Security. Listen as Joe shares this hilarious story of when some unexpected money showed up….and how he “almost” got his bass boat.

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Friday Funny: The Bank Job

God watches over HIS Word…not ours.

Enjoy this week’s Friday Funny as Joe talks about the words of our mouth and making sure we are speaking what GOD says! We need to be filling our mouths with the Truth of God’s Word.

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How to Be Happy in Your Work

I remember being at the airport early on one New Year’s Day. I had been in Nashville doing a seminar and was flying back home to be with my family.

There weren’t many people in the airport at 6:00 a.m. in the morning on that holiday. I went to get a newspaper and a bottle of water before boarding my flight. There was a lady working the kiosk, and even though it was really early, she was happy and singing.

I commented on her good mood so early in the morning and on a holiday at that. She said, “You know, I’ve learned something about life that’s made me happy.” She said, “I’ve worked, and I’ve not worked, and working is better! I’m happy to be working today even though it’s a holiday.”

I had a lot of respect for that lady. She had a great attitude and was just happy to have a job.

Second Thessalonians 3:10 says that if you don’t work, you don’t eat. God didn’t create Adam to just sit around in the garden all day eating grapes and drinking mango juice. God knows that work is a good thing. That’s why He gave Adam a job to cultivate and manage the garden.

There’s a time to work and a time to rest. You have to learn to balance both. Teach your kids to have a good work ethic. Nobody respects a lazy person, but they admire someone who works hard and has a good attitude.

The Take Away:

I remember being at the airport early on one New Year’s Day. I had been in Nashville doing a seminar and was flying back home to be with my family.

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Merry Christmas from Joe & Angel McGee

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and Partners!

We just wanted to send you a short video greeting to let you know how much we love and appreciate all of you.

God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas with our friends and family!

Love
Joe & Angel

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God’s Gift—Pure and Simple

“For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved….”

“You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing” (Ephesians 2:8-9 VOICE).

There are a lot of people who think God won’t accept them because they’re not good enough. They feel guilty because they know they can’t live up to the standard of goodness and holiness that they’ve been told God requires. They do bad things, say bad words, think bad thoughts and never think they could ever have a relationship with God because they’re “bad” people—sinners.

But that’s the very reason God sent Jesus—to save us from our sins (John 3:16). There’s nothing we can do in our own efforts to become righteous in God’s sight. Only a sinless, spotless sacrifice could make that happen, and Jesus became that sacrifice for us. There is no one on this planet that can stand before God clean, sanctified, holy, and righteous because of any works, good deeds, or self-sacrifices that they’ve done. There is only one sacrifice that could meet the requirements that sin demanded and pay the price in full to redeem us and make us righteous in God’s eyes. That sacrifice was Jesus Christ.

The beauty of the Gospel is that salvation is a free gift to anyone who will simply believe. You don’t get saved by working for it and earning enough “good deed” rewards points to get you into heaven. It’s God’s gift to anyone who will believe on Jesus Christ and receive it.

The Take Away:

Speaking of Jesus in Acts 4:12 (NIV), the Bible says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ. In order to go to heaven when you die, you have to believe in Him and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. There’s no other way, no alternative path that can save you and get you into heaven.

The good news is that God made it so easy for us to be saved! All it requires is faith—simply believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sin and that God raised Him from the dead and confessing Him as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10).

If you’ve never been saved, you can be right now. Pray this prayer out loud: “Jesus Christ, I believe that You died on the cross for my sin. I know that there is nothing I can do to earn my salvation, but You give it as a free gift. I accept Your gift of salvation and confess You, Jesus Christ, as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for forgiving me and saving me!”

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