Friday Funny: You’re Getting Kinda Portly

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One of greatest teachings Jesus ever gave was in Matthew 23:11. Jesus was speaking to the crowds and to his disciples when he talked to them about being a servant.

Jesus told the people “The greatest among you will be your servant.”
To the people, this was a brand-new teaching. This was a completely different message than they were used to hearing from their religious leaders.

One thing every great marriage requires, is two people who have decided they will serve each other. Becoming a servant isn’t an easy thing. Putting others first is usually one of the hardest things we will ever try to do.
Listen as Joe shares how he first realized that being marriage isn’t what he thought it was going to be.

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Friday Funny: Losing Your Temper

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This week’s video is a classic! Easily in the top 10 funniest stories that Joe has ever told

Laugh as Joe shares insight on losing your temper, four-letter words, and forgiveness.

Ephesians 4:26-27 says: “Don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

If we do what this scripture says, our lives will be much better for it. Not letting anger take hold of us and learning to quickly forgive is key. It’s not easy, but worth it every time.

Joe shares how he waited until the last minute to deal with anger & forgiveness.

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Get Around What You Want to Become

If you have a vision, one of the best things you can do is find some way to get around people who are already successful at what you would like to do.  

I remember a young man that told me he wanted to be an engineer. His family was poor, so he didn’t know how he could ever attain that goal. He asked me, “This is what I want to do, but how am I going to do this?” 

Now, the Bible says that if we walk with wise men, we’ll become wise (Proverbs 13:20). So, if we want to become wise and learn some things in a certain area, then we need to start seeking out those people who have wisdom in that area and start hanging around them. 

So, I said to him, “Well, this summer, instead of getting a job at McDonald’s, we’re going to get you a job with an engineering firm. Now, I like McDonald’s, and it pays well, but if you want to become an engineer, then we need to get you around an engineering company.” 

I found an engineering firm that was close to his home. All summer, he worked for this engineering firm. Did he work directly with any of the engineers? No. He mowed the grass, swept out the building, emptied the trash cans. He just did maintenance duties and cleaned up, but he got to be around an engineering firm. 

He stuck with that firm, and every year they gave him more responsibilities, like operating the copy machine and running errands. He hung around that company, working there through high school and college. By the time he got his engineering degree, seven years later, he had an office in that building with his name on it.  

Do you have a vision? Make it a point to get around what you want to do or become. 

The Take Away

Take a minute to evaluate the steps you’re taking toward accomplishing your vision. Is there a business or person that you can work with or volunteer some time in order to gain experience in the field you’re interested in? Volunteer work and internships are a great way to be able to get connected with others who have the same vision. 

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Your Gift Will Get You a Job

I remember a guy came by my office one time.

He was 53 years of age. He had a great white-collar position with a really good company. They paid him well, and he had great benefits. However, the economy was changing. This company decided to outsource various jobs, which affected his position.  

All of a sudden, this 53-year-old businessman went from having a great paying job to getting laid off and drawing unemployment. He was devastated. He was afraid that he was going to lose his house and that his kids were going to have to drop out of college. 

He came into my office distraught, “Joe, what am I going to do?” 

I said, “Well, what are you called to do?” 

He said, “What?” 

I said, “What are you called to do?”  

He thought the word “called” only referred to what you did at church, and since we attended the same church he said, “Well, I’m an usher in section four.”  

I answered, “No, no, no. What are you called to do with your life? What are you doing here on this planet? Why were you born? Who are you? Where are you going? What are you doing? How do you plan to get there?” 

He had no concept. Here was a very successful, white-collar businessman whose entire life and purpose was tied up in a job. It had become his security and his identity, and he didn’t really know what his gift and calling in life was. He had lost a great job, but it was just a job. He didn’t realize that it was his gift that actually enabled him to get that job in the first place, and his gift could also help him get another one.  

The Bible says that a man’s gift makes room for him, and the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 18:16; Proverbs 10:4). The key to being successful in life is knowing what you’re gifted to do and then being diligent with the gift you’ve been given. Jobs and positions may come and go, but your gift will always make room for you.

The Take Away

If you want to move forward in life, you have to take inventory and ask yourself some questions: Is your security and identity wrapped up in your job? Do you know what your gifts and talents are? Are you using them? Are you applying yourself to develop and grow those areas? Where do you want to be in one, two, five years? How do you plan to get there? 

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A Sense of Purpose

Many college-bound kids are excited about leaving home and being on their own, but many of them head out with no direction or vision.

They haven’t seriously started thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. They just want to be hip, hang out with their friends, and have a good time.  

Well, that may be OK for a while, but eventually, they’re going to meet someone that they’ll fall in love with and want to marry and make a life with. That means they’ll need to get an apartment, or a house, some furniture, a washer and dryer and a whole lot of other things. And guess what? To get all of those things they’re going to need money. So, how are they going to make money? How do they plan to live and support a family? What are they good at that will enable them to make a good income? What is their vision? At some point, they will have to answer that age-old question: What do you want to be when you grow up? And secondly, how are you going to achieve that? 

As parents, we can help our kids prepare for their future by teaching them to set goals and instilling in them a sense of purpose. It’s never too early to teach them. They can leave home with direction, a plan, and a vision to shoot for. 

The Take Away

Speak good things over your kids. Tell them from an early age that God created them for a purpose. They’re being born on this earth is not a mistake or an accident. Affirm the fact that God knew them before they were born, and He has great plans for each of their lives. Take time to instill confidence, a sense of purpose, value, and worth in your kids through your words.  

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Are You Involved in Your Child’s Life?

Kids don’t have to wait until they’re 18-years-old and on their way to college before they start thinking about what they want to do with their lives.

As parents, we can help them discover their gifts and talents so that when they’re ready to leave home, they have an idea as to some options that would fit with their natural abilities to cause them to be successful in life.  

Do you know what your kids are good at? How well are they doing in that sport or activity that they begged you to be able to participate in? Do you go to their games or their events and actually watch them? Do they feel comfortable communicating with you about the things they are feeling insecure about or areas in which they’re not doing well?  

An important key to discovering your children’s gifts is communication. Make sure to take time to talk with your kids, and really listen to what they have to say. As a parent, you have the opportunity to be their biggest fan, their biggest cheerleader, and their biggest coach, and pull out of them the gifts and talents they never even knew they had! 

The Take Away

Stay involved in your kids’ lives. Show interest in the things they’re interested in. Go to their games. Go to their practices. You don’t have to constantly hover over them but be engaged in their lives. Encourage them in their gifts. 

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Helping Your Kids Succeed

As parents, our job is to teach and train our children so that when they grow up and leave home, they’ll be ready to do life on their own.

That’s a pretty big job, and it involves several different areas. 

First of all, it involves their spiritual life. As a parent, I want to make sure all of my kids are born again and know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Eternity is part of their future, and I want to make sure they spend it in the right place—Heaven and not Hell.  

Secondly, I want to make sure my kids do well in school and get a good education. I want them to graduate from high school and have a chance to go to college. Education in and of itself won’t make them successful, but it will give them a good leg up in life and allow more opportunities to be available to them. 

Thirdly, I want to help my kids to discover their talents. What are they good at—music, art, athletics? Are they talented at working on cars, interior decorating, or graphic design? Knowing the gifts and talents God has put in them will help them become successful. 

And fourthly, I want to teach my kids how to get a vision. The Bible says that without a vision, people perish. I don’t want my kids to perish. I want them to be successful. So, that means I need to teach them how to set goals and get a vision.  

The Take Away

Parents, take the time and make the effort to be involved in your kids’ lives. Your investment and guidance will make a big difference in preparing them to step out on their own.  

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Friday Funny: Thumb Sucker

We can either let our life experiences hold us back, or wade into life.

God wants us to rise above our self pity and thumb sucking and start focusing on other people. We are supposed to wake up in Hell Whippin’ Mode. Enjoy Joe’s encouraging word on how to wake up ready to fight, rather than Thumb-Suck.

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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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