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comparing the Shark Tank stars to Jesus — rather, I’m comparing the situation. I specifically chose this comparison because, as entrepreneurs, we are trained to spot opportunities and seize them, so of course we are going to tap the wisdom of our favorite Shank Tank stars. Yet we miss golden opportunities with our spouses and children because we get distracted with the busyness of our businesses. Just recently, I was having a delightful evening with my family in the living room. We intentionally do not have a TV in that room (hot tip) so we can focus on each other, play games, talk, rest, or just sit by the fire. You may also remember from last month’s cell phone sabbatical article that I purposely leave my phone in my office so I can have undistracted family time. As the evening progressed, I had an idea to share some recent pictures with my children; I did a no-no and went back into my office to get my phone. It started out well. The kids and I were on the couch together as we scrolled through the pictures on my phone, then disaster struck! Suddenly, my phone was bombarded with texts and the messages came over on top of the pictures. I did my best to ignore them, but my will power simply is not that strong. I told the kids, “Give me a second,” (yeah, right) and began to answer these urgent texts that really were not that urgent at all. My daughter took that time to retrieve from her room a crocheted scarf that she had just made and was excited to show me. As you already can imagine, my “one sec” turned into 10 minutes, and my daughter and son both realized that Dad had checked out. Sadly for me, so did they. By the time I resurfaced from the text world and looked up, my family was gone and had engaged in other things. I called out to my daughter to ask about the scarf and she sadly said, “Nevermind, daddy. “ Continued on page 3 ...
Are you letting the cares of the world pull you away from those you care about?
Imagine having the entire cast of Shark Tank sitting in your office, just hanging out and ready to give you sage advice about helping your company prosper. However, instead of being in your office, you choose to run around like a chicken with its head cut off making sure everything is set up for the paparazzi, TV cameras, and the special VIP dinner you have planned. Not a wise move. This is exactly where Martha found herself when Jesus himself came to her house. She was “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” and missed the golden opportunity to sit with the Son of God and learn. Don’t think for a minute I’m
Intentional Living People often ask my bride and I how we find the time to get remarried every year and to keep our romance levels burning at maximum heat. After all, I own and operate multiple businesses and speak and teach around the world. We homeschool our kids — and they have many extracurricular actives. My bride has her own convalescent ministry, and I serve on various nonprofit boards. Most people consider us “busy.” However, that is not the case. In my opinion, busy is the worst thing you can be. My bride and I choose to be intentional. We intentionally choose where to focus our time and energy, making sure to prioritize our time together. For example, in our current life stage, we have a 14-year- old son and an 11-year-old daughter. At 8 p.m. our children know that Mom and Dad are not available. At approximately 7:55 p.m. every night, we say our good- nights, read some Bible verses, and pray over them. We then proceed to the west wing of the house and enjoy 2–3 hours of uninterrupted time together. Our daughter’s bed time is 8:30 p.m. and our son’s is 9 p.m. They can read books or do crafts in their rooms until bedtime, but they are not to disturb us. ZIP-LINE PIKES PEAK HIKE 7 FALLS & 10X YOUR PERSONAL GROWTH Join Evan Money at the 5-Star Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The all-inclusive, action-packed, breakthrough experience of the year! GrowThriveRevive.com
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
boat together and sail away happily ever after. You are still in separate boats, but you have to choose to intentionally paddle close together. Have you heard a couple say, “We just drifted apart”? The truth is, they stopped paddling close to each other. If you have ever been in one canoe and had a friend or family member in their own canoe, you know how fast you can drift away from each other. It happens so suddenly. You have to both be very intentional about staying together. It takes work and effort. It doesn’t just happen, and it sure isn’t the canoe’s fault. Being committed to intentionally grow together as a couple and then taking constant action on it is the best way to live happily ever after. What you take action on isn’t as important as the action itself. Be creative, make it fun for both of you, and watch what happens! The greatest investment in my life has been my marriage. I encourage you to be intentional and reap the joyful returns!
Do we feel bad? Not at all! You see, from approximately 5 p.m., when I leave my home office and enter the kitchen, to 8 p.m., my bride and I are focused on the children and having a family dinner. I normally play a game or jump on the trampoline with each child individually. To make sure they get my full attention, I leave my phone in my office. (Remember last edition’s article.) One of the more popular ways to be intentional as a couple is date night without phones. For example, you may choose to have 2–4 dinner dates a month with your spouse. This is a great plan, if you stick to it. Many couples talk about doing a regular date night, but it’s the first thing to get canceled, and it never seems to get rescheduled. Why is it so hard to get those date nights on the calendar and to actually go on them? It’s called being intentional, and it takes real work. character Moana paddling her boat. All throughout the movie, Moana kept thinking she needed to get the hero to board her boat so she could fulfill her destiny. Once Moana realized the only one who could paddle her boat was her, everything changed. No spoiler alert — go watch the movie. If you already have, watch it again for the first time, looking at it from a marriage perspective. Contrary to popular belief, in real life, when a couple gets married, they do not board one Wisdomource From the Too many starry-eyed newlyweds fall into the Moana marriage trap. Living intentionally in a marriage is just like the Disney PROVERBS 4: 7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get Wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” What struck me about this verse is the ability of the author (King Solomon) to know about our modern culture of “getting more.” The more things change, the more they really do stay the same. If the world’s richest man in history fell into the trap of “getting more,” it’s safe to say that we as entrepreneurs will not be immune to it. This is why he implores us to get more of what really matters: the understanding of why we are doing what we are doing. Do you really know?
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I broke one of my cardinal rules and paid a huge a price for it. I let the cares of the world pull me away from those I really care about. I missed a golden opportunity to praise and encourage my daughter for her creativity and hard work. I missed the opportunity to enjoy a night of restoration and living water for my soul by delighting in my family uninterrupted. Jesus says in Luke 41–42: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed, only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.” The investment of time you make in your family can never be taken away and it pays the greatest returns. Invest your time where it counts before it’s too late. Take action now and enjoy the benefits.
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“The ultimate life is nothing more than a series of ultimate days. Today’s the day!” –Jim Stovall Are you just going through the motions with your current business? Do you have a God-given dream inside you for something more? Today is the day! In the book of Joshua, verse 1:6, God calls Joshua to be of “good courage.” I always wondered what that meant. I have read the story many times and simply glossed over the good courage part. After some study, I found the actual translation from Hebrew to English. Good courage means the willingness to take action! WOW! What a statement. It’s seems our natural tendency is to stop and think about it, then think about it some more, and then wait for conditions to be favorable. News flash: Favorable conditions never come. It’s time to take action now. Keith Johnstone, the founder of Improv theater, says, “In life, most of us are highly skilled at suppressing action.” God has given you a dream for a reason, and it’s not so you can just keep thinking about it. It’s so you can bring it to pass! Be of good courage — today is the day! Take action, and the world is yours.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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