Hanging On!

My family is vacationing in Sedona, Arizona this week. It’s a beautiful example of God’s handiwork. The best part about any vacation is the change in the scenery and Sedona has fit the need for a change for our family. Vacations have a way of recharging your batteries that our everyday life doesn’t do. Why is that?

“Location, location, location” is the saying used by real estate agents and businesses. It means in order to be successful with a sale or with you business the location you choose will determine its success or failure. Location doesn’t determine success in your personal life though.

Our son Wright recently moved back to Arizona after living the past school year with his grandparents in Georgia. We had allowed him to move back because he was so unhappy after we first moved here. We believed at the time that we would all be moving back to Georgia within the year. God has a way of throwing wrenches into man’s well laid plans.

Our location didn’t change! After many more applications for jobs in Georgia, not one interview was granted for a teaching position. The thing is that both my wife and I enjoy our jobs here. During spring break trips, we had decided that whatever God decided – we would all be under one roof. So here we sit in the Sonoran Desert.

Wright is not happy about it! The rest of us have accepted the change and we’re at peace about our location. Wright being stubborn like his mothers side of the family is bound and determined to be miserable.

Everything is constantly changing, and you cannot stop it. You have to decide whether to resist and resent those changes or to be happy. Happiness is a choice

Rick Warren

Mr. Warren makes a good point. We must choose to be happy in our situation or location in our case. Hanging onto our memories of friends, church family, schools, and even family will result in a discontentment that will just make you miserable.

We can worry and fret about it all day long! It will suck all the life right out of you. No joy or happiness to be found. Since we only have a limited amount of time on this earth, we shouldn’t waste any time on remembering the location where we were happy. Rather we should focus all our thoughts on what is in hand and right in front of us.

Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, (‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ HCSB)

We can’t hang onto the past! Our happiness in the present and the future is based on our relationship with Christ and is not dependent on location. So I choose to place my happiness in my friend Jesus and he is mobile! Goes wherever I am located at the moment. Please pray for Wright and the rest of us as we make the adjustment to life in the west.20140720-111818-40698519.jpg

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Worrying Your Life Away

worryI  say the tragedy is how you’re gonna spend
the rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends
well, it all amounts to nothing in the end.

I won’t worry my life away.
I won’t worry my life away.

Jason Mraz.

Jason is a singer/song writer that a I saw being interviewed on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. It was a quote that caught my attention as I read the Sunday paper and enjoyed my half a pot of coffee.  I am sure  it was the Holy Spirit showing me my reflection in my cup of coffee. I have been a worrier all my life and it has gotten me nowhere. In my pursuit for happiness, I have got to learn to let it go.

Over the past week, I was upset by the lack of interest in my little e-book that I put together about the injustice done to me almost three years ago. I was actually angry that virtually none of my social network world (all 593 of them) even considered buying a copy. (Five friends did purchase – Thank You). I had spent time pulling together court documents, letters, testimonies to include in my little e-book. All I accomplished was dredging to the surface of my life all the anger that I still had over people that caused such an uproar in my life.

I had allowed the events of October 4, 2011 consume every part of my life. I had been letting it control me and the worst part allowed it to steal my joy and happiness. I announce with much fanfare today – “enough is enough”.

Accepting one another and forgiving on another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive

Colossians 3:13

I have always wanted to write about my time as Mayor and the charges that ended it. A project that is still in the works but the focus will not be the negative, but rather the positive. I was hurt by so many people, by those that I called friends and by those I knew were enemies. The Bible says God forgave me of my sins, so who am I to think that I can’t forgive those people.

I am able to all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

So in the pursuit of my happiness, the first step is to forgive! It seems I have some letters to write.

The beginning…..

As Thomas Jefferson stated in the Declaration of Independence, our basic human rights are to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today, we are all in the pursuit of something. It may be a soul mate, a better career, more money, losing weight, or a closer relationship with God. Whatever “it” is our happiness often times seems illusive. 

Most of us are never content with our station in life and are frustrated by our wants in life. We are frustrated by the state of our Nation and the world. Is it possible to find true contentment in life? 

This is what I’ll be discussing on my blog. I hope that you will join in with me as we pursue life, liberty and happiness!