Walk the Talk

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Your character is revealed in what you do.

It has been said that talk is cheap, meaning that people will often tell you what they think you want to hear. It is a pet peeve of mine when people do that. I try to be a man of my word. I have not always succeeded at keeping it, but I don’t intentionally mislead people with what I say. When I can’t keep my word because of circumstances out of my control, I at least try to explain it.

I think I may be in the minority when it comes to keeping my word. Perhaps it is due to how I was raised. I admit that I am old school in many respects. I was taught to keep my word. In fact, when I was caught in a lie, Mom literally washed out my mouth with a bar of soap. LOL. I never forgot that lesson. Do parents still do that? Probably not.

Maybe I am too naive. When someone tells me they are going to do something, I tend to take them at their word and move on. Sadly, I have been burned many times in life by people who just tell me what I want to hear. I have had to learn the old adage the hard way: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

I am eternally optimistic and trusting by nature, but I have learned that not everyone who calls you friend is a friend. Not everyone who says they love you really loves you. Their actions will tell the truth. Pay attention or pay the price.

Shalom!

Daniel Skognes

Life Choices

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  • Be grateful or be resentful.
  • Laugh about it or cry about it.
  • Isolate yourself or have the fellowship and support of others.
  • Know and follow God or deny His existence.
  • Learn the lesson or continue making the same mistakes.
  • Live within your means or be enslaved to debt.
  • Trust God or go it alone.
  • Fill your mind with things that are good or things that are evil.
  • Read regularly or limit your learning.
  • Treat others with respect or find yourself becoming a target.
  • Eat a balanced diet and exercise or suffer the consequences physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • Be kind to children, animals, and those less fortunate or find yourself in a time of need and nobody there to help you.
  • Learn to love yourself and others or live a life that is depressing and meaningless.
  • Find your purpose in life and pursue it or be frustrated for the rest of your life.
  • Never stop learning or find yourself ignorant.
  • Control yourself or others will do it for you.
  • Think before you speak or find yourself being punished, humiliated, or hurt.
  • Forgive everyone for everything or find yourself a prisoner of your past.
  • Learn to live in the moment or you will miss the blessing.
  • Live in faith or you will cower in fear.
  • Focus on the good and potential in others or you will be focused on their faults.
  • Choose your friends wisely or you will make stupid decisions.
  • Spend time regularly in God’s Word or you will miss His messages to you.
  • Use money wisely and don’t make it your god or you will find out firsthand what a harsh taskmaster it can be.
  • Seek wise counsel before making major decisions or you will be limited in your options.
  • Don’t make a major decision when you are too tired, too angry, or too hungry, or you will regret it.
  • Lead with love and understanding or you will find the followers rejecting you.
  • Be content with what you have or you will find yourself consumed with always wanting more.
  • Value your friends and family or you will find them avoiding you.

Shalom!

Daniel Skognes

The 4 Ps

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Everyone has to face this question: Why am I here? It is not something to take lightly, and it is something that each person must answer for themselves. Nobody can tell you what your purpose is. They may help you identify it, but ultimately is is up to each one of us to figure out this great mystery.

I find it interesting that some people figure this out as little kids. They dream of being an astronaut and pursue that dream with great tenacity till they fulfill it. Other people go through life and never figure it out at all. That is one of the greatest tragedies I have observed. That is why you see people doing jobs just for a paycheck and hating every moment of their day. They have sold their purpose for a paycheck.

Someone recently asked me what they should do about their career, but they did not like my answer because it put the responsibility back on them. I told them: “Pray about it. Ask God to help you identify what it is that you should do with your life. Once you have identified your passion, pursue it till you find your purpose. Don’t let anything or anyone sidetrack you from it.”

Like many things in life, finding your purposes is both simple and complex. It is simple in that there are only 4 steps. It is complex in that you have to be discerning and be willing to fail. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from fulfilling your dreams. Everyone fails. Failure is not fatal unless you quit. The bottom line for each of us is that we have to take responsibility for the choices we make. If you are still trying to figure it out for yourself, pray. Ask God to help you identify your passion, then pursue it until you find your purpose.

Shalom!

Daniel Skognes

Mistakes

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Open Heart

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Why is it that some people have a closed heart? Or worse…a cold heart? I just went through open heart surgery. It always makes you come to terms with who you are when you are facing eternity. You think about what you have done (or not done) with your life.

WouldI change anything in the past if I could? Of course I would! Whowouldn’t?

ThingsI have learned in this process:

  • Don’t take your health for granted. Bad habits will always catch up with you.
  • Tell people you love them while you can. Tomorrow may never come.
  • Make things right with God and people. Don’t go to bed mad.
  • Don’t let the hardships and tragedies of life jade your heart. Keep an open heart to love God, yourself, and others.
  • Don’t waste time. Every minute counts. This life is but a blink in eternity. Learn to relax, but don’t waste time.
  • Expect the unexpected. Adapt, improvise, and move on.

Ipray you keep an open and healthy heart.

Shalom!

Daniel Skognes

Breakthrough

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No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

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Net Worth

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Character Revealed

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Offense

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“When you take offense, you build a fence. Let it go.” Steven Furtick

Have you noticed how hyper-sensitive people are these days? It seems that we are just looking for a reason to be offended at someone. Taking offense is dangerous because that is where hatred and violence are birthed.

I was listening to a sermon recently by Steven Furtick on the subject and realized the deep truth that he laid out to his congregation. When we take offense, we start building a fence between us and the perpetrator. The fence eventually becomes so high and so wide that we can’t get over it any more. What can we do? Let it go.

It is easier said than done, but great advice when you are offended. Let it go. If you hold on to it, you will find yourself chewing on it over and over like a cow chewing its cud. That becomes your reality. The problem is, we assume too many things about other people.

We all have our battles and struggles to deal with. The person who offended you is no different. Don’t let their drama become your play. Why would you allow anyone to control you? It doesn’t make sense when you think about it rationally, but when emotions run high, the brain goes bye-bye.

Give others what you yourself would want them to give you: The benefit of the doubt. Quit thinking the worst of others and assuming they are evil, mean, lazy, or whatever. Perhaps they have some great trauma going on in their life and are just taking it out on whoever is the closest by. I am not saying that is a justification for bad behavior, but it does help to understand why someone is behaving in a way that is offensive to you.

Next time you are tempted to take offense, let it go. You will be better off for it and so will they…particularly if you respond with a kind word or act towards them.

Shalom!

Dan Skognes