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What Is Your Time Worth?

What is my time worth? What if we really took that question seriously? Things would be different, our salary negotiations would be different, what we spend our time on would be different and what we hire people to do would be different.

Your time matters and it has a price tag. You are the only one that knows the value of it. The time you spend with your family is time and ½ or double time. Maximize that family time.

“Time equals life — If you master your time, you master your life… If you waste your time, you waste your life.”

What Is Your Time Worth? Answer the question honestly and adjust your life accordingly.

Stand For Something! Chick-fil-A Day and Antoine Dodson

In life we have the daily opportunity to profess who we are, what we are about and what we stand for. I happen to be typing this post on the day that has been deemed as “Chick-fil-A Day.” This is the day to support the traditional American Family values as professed by the Christian Faith.

Chick-fil-A recently came under fire for a statement that President Dan Cathy made to the Baptist Press about their organization’s support of the traditional family unit. Cathy was quoted saying this,

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” ~Dan Cathy

I’m not going to go into a lot of details, arguments or small talk on the subject… I will sum this up very succinctly. I was told this as a young man, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” Chick-fil-A is standing for something. This facebook page in support of Chick-fil-A shows hundreds of thousands are standing with them.

Unfortunately, we live in a day and age where people seem to be more focused on what and who they are against rather than what and who they are for. We must stop focusing on what we are against, and begin focusing on what we are for. We must Stand For Something!

Personally, I’m a huge fan of Chick-fil-A: their business model, commitment to excellence, leadership development and because they stand for something. The fact that their food is amazing is just a nice bonus. My family will eat Chick-fil-A today, tomorrow, next week, next year… probably until the cows come home. (pun intended)

Even, Mr. Hide Your Kids and Hide Your Wife Antoine Dodson stands with Chick-fil-A. Dodson was quoted as saying,  ”

“If I want a Chick-fil-A sandwich I’m gonna have a Chick-fil-A sandwich… So you can run and tell that.”

Check out Antoine’s video regarding Chick-fil-A below:

What do you think? Share your thoughts on Chick-fil-A, Chick-fil-A Day, The Drama, Antoine’s Video or whatever else you would like to share. 

5 Ways Twitter Brings Inspiration To Your 4th Of July

  • 1. Family– As you read all the tweets about 4th of July  family picnics, outings, events… it might be just the encouragement that you need to do something with your family.  If you are already hangin’ with your family or read tweets about people wishing they were with their family; those tweets will remind you to appreciate and value your family time.
  • 2. Food– Let’s be honest you are going to read more tweets about burgers, brats, hot-dogs, steaks, charcoal, baked-beans, polish sausage, hot-links, chicken… in the next 24 hours then you will in the next year.  If you’re a guy, your competitive spirit will have you whipping up your secret recipes and throwing something on the grill.  As a matter of fact, I’m willing to bet 50% of the Twitpics and Instagram shots will be taken of some form of grilled meat.
  • 3. Fun- It doesn’t get much more fun than the 4th of July.  The kids love it, you love it, people sitting at home doing nothing but watching the festivities on television love it and the people in the TwitterWorld love it even more, because they get to share their 4th of July fun with all their Social Media friends.  These exuberant Tweets of fun might just inspire you to turn up your personal or family Fun-o-meter and do the Dougie, Jerk, 2-Step, Stanky Legg, Electric Slide or Cha-Cha Slide right where you are.
  • 4. Fireworks- This is one of the key ingredients of this huge patriotic celebration, as the culmination is blowing stuff up or an awesome fireworks display.  People will find themselves doing one of three things when darkness strikes their neck of the woods: 1. Shooting Fireworks  2. Watching fireworks displays live  3. Watching fireworks displays on television.  No matter which of the three describes an individual’s situation, the end result will be Twitpics of fireworks filling up the Twitter streams.  Not only do you get to share Twitpics of your fireworks display, but you can follow and re-tweet your favorite friends and celebrities that you follow.  I mentioned in reason #3 that 50% of the Twitpics and Instagram shots will be taken of some sort of grilled meat, the other 50% will be taken of fireworks displays.
  • 5. Freedom- As we celebrate the Declaration Of Independence, we must always remember that Freedom Is Never FREE.  Be sure to send a tweet thanking the men and women of The United States Armed Forces (Past & Present) who fight to protect our freedom.

What will your 4th of July Festivities look like?  Will twitter find it’s way into your 4th of July?

Jayden Plays “Grenade” by Bruno Mars at Piano Recital

My 9yo son Jayden plays “Grenade” at his recital yesterday. This kid does not get nervous at all, I’m not sure how he does it but he just dives in and knocks stuff out. My wife LaKendria works with him along with his piano teacher, because I don’t have a clue. I flew back into town yesterday, just to be a part of this 2:38 experience. You don’t get moments and memories like this back.

Not Bragging: It’s kinda cool that he’s a straight A student, an all-american shot putter, nose guard and tailback in football, track, basketball and yes piano… #ProudDad Remember I’m all about Diversity! 🙂

Enjoy!

What small moments like this have you been a part of this year with your kids and family?

The Ripple Effect

I remember when I was a young child I used to enjoy throwing rocks in a pond near my home and I was always amazed at how that one little rock could send ripples throughout this huge body of water. As I’ve gotten older I’ve seen the ripple effect of good/bad decisions, good/bad coaches, good/bad investments, good/bad leaders and the list goes on and on. The ripple effect is all around us and some ripples are larger than others. Let’s take a look at a ripple.

The Setting: The middle of the vast open-land in Tanzania where the Maasai Tribe resides. Small home/hut made of mud, leaves, vines and trees. Imagine the most national geographic, late night infomercial w/ flies buzzing around image that you can conjure up.

The Story: 14 year-old Saruni (shown standing in the door of his home… mother to the right) who stands 6’1” becomes a part of compassion child development project TZ-505 and gets a sponsor. He walks several miles each way to school and attends both church and school at the same place the compassion project is located. Saruni grows in his understanding of the Lord and gives his life to Christ. He influences his sisters by his change and they become Christians as well. Mom eventually becomes a Christian and the father is the only non-Christian in the immediate family.

The Ripple Effect: Saruni becomes a part of Compassion International; a sponsor invests 5 quarters a day into his family, education and life. Saruni becomes a Christian and the Ripple Effect is Saruni’s entire family with the exception of his father will spend life on the other side of this earth with Sweet Jesus. Saruni’s mother’s #1 prayer is for her husband’s salvation and for him to one day become a Christian.

Saruni’s “dream Big think Bigger” mindset is to one day become a Doctor and to positively impact his country. The Ripple Effect of someone just like you and I investing 5 quarters a day into the life of a Tanzanian Child, A Tanzanian Family, A Tanzanian Community, a Tanzanian Tribe and The Kingdom of God is farther reaching than we know.

We will all make some kind of ripples… The type of ripples you make in your life, your family, your community and the lives of others are all based upon your decisions. Choose Wisely!

Throw 5 quarters a day in the pond of life, by choosing to sponsor a child from Tanzania and the Ripple Effect will go to the edge of the pond and beyond.

Share your thoughts on The Ripple Effect and the lasting impact of decisions.

Jesus Loves The Children and A Trip To The Motherland – Tanzania Day 1

It’s about 10:00 p.m. on Sunday evening and we (Compassion Bloggers) just finished an amazingly draining yet energizing day. Draining, because we have flown for well over 48hrs due to plane delays, long layovers, schedule changes and you name it. To top the draining portion of the day off, half of the bloggers’ luggage did not arrive (LaKendria and I are in that half that didn’t arrive… insert sad face). Yes today was draining; however today was also Energizing, because… well I’ll get to the energizing part in a moment.

A Little Background: As long as I can remember I have either made statements about the Motherland (referring to Africa), I even found myself sometime in the 80’s wearing the African medallion around my neck. For the first time my wife and I landed in the Motherland together. To be specific we have been to Nairobi Kenya for an airport layover and made our final destination of Mwanza, Tanzania. It’s kind of surreal, lots of emotions, glad we are here together, along with the rest of the amazing bloggers on this trip.

Let’s Get Up To Speed: We finally made it to our hotel for just enough time to check-in, grab lunch and head out to one of the Compassion International CIV Project. I was amazed to see all of the parents and children there to greet us at the church on a Sunday evening. They were all so thankful for the generosity of Compassion International, in other words they were thankful to everyone that sponsors a child or donates to Compassion in any shape, form, or fashion. Those investments are making lasting deposits into the lives of these children and changing their outlook.

My Thoughts From Today: Let me start off by saying, I have so much information, perspective and emotions that I could write forever; however I’ll be sharing every day for the next few days and have memories for a lifetime. Today we had the opportunity to spend time with the pastor, volunteers, parents and project workers. This time allowed us to gain great perspective of the compassion programs and services, while seeing their impact firsthand. I asked the Pastor how other churches perceived them in the community since they were a compassion partner? The pastor informed us that being a compassion partner and having the Compassion CIV project has really been a unifying factor for the community and the Body Of Christ.

He explained that it’s been the one thing that has crossed denominational and cultural lines for the church. They can all come together for the children and for the sake of the Gospel. It was great to hear stories about kids that have come to know Jesus, pastors partnering with other pastors and parents coming forward to have their children prayed for in the name of Jesus. The Body Of Christ in Mwanza is being united around the children and that doesn’t surprise me, because the children are important to God.

I’m reminded of this account in scripture, Matthew 19:13-14

One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

Back To The Energizing Part: I was energized deep down inside to see a group of people living in such poverty demonstrate how richly blessed they were. I was energized by the fact that I’ve had very little sleep, have not taken a bath in a couple of days, our luggage is lost at this point and you know what “We will be alright.” I was energized by teaching some of the locals here a little slang, the #FistBump, talk Jesus and talk a little sports. I found out that the center for the Memphis Grizzlies, Hasheem Thabeet is a local.

Quotable Moments: One of the church volunteers said the two key problems in their area is poverty and not enough activities. A grandmother raising her 3 grandchildren due to mother leaving when they were young said her dream for her family to have a better roof over their head. “Mr. Scott & Mrs. LaKendria, people keep talking to you as though you speak Swahili… they may think you are from here.” Ha, we are in the motherland.

Tomorrow we get to visit another project and I’ll have a whole lot more to share, I’ll close by saying this. What Compassion International is able to do with $38 a month sponsorship is amazing and helps children, even families get out poverty. Children are coming to know Jesus and communities are being more connected. for those of you that sponsor a child, I want to say thanks on behalf of these children and families. Those of you who have yet to sponsor a child, can sponsor a Tanzanian child by clicking here. Who knows, maybe I’ll give your child a #FistBump while I’m out here.

Below are some pictures that a personally took today. I’m not a photographer; however these are my images through my lens.

Join in, share your thoughts, ask me questions or feel free to make some requests of me while I’m out here,over here, down here.

Chico is a Compassion child currently be sponsored

This Little guy was looking to the sky

Hundreds of people gathered at the church simply to say Thank You!

Grandmother raising her 3 grandchildren... Compassion is helping w/ Chico

Looking out the door

On The Road Again

Any of these pics. stand out to you?

Thanks for reading… Check back tomorrow. 

May I Please Borrow $25?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

  • SON: ‘Daddy, may I ask you a question?’
  • DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.
  • SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make an hour?’
  • DAD: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the man said angrily.
  • SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’
  • DAD: ‘If you must know, I make $50 an hour.’
  • SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.
  • SON: ‘Daddy, may I please borrow $25?’

The father was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.’ The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door. ‘Are you asleep, son?’ He asked. ‘No daddy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy. ‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the man ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $25 you asked for.’

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you daddy!’ He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father. ‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the father grumbled. Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied. ‘Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.’

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time s lip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Thoughts?

Thx to whoever sent this little e-mail story around 4 yrs. ago.  I have held on to it.

Inventor Of The #FistBump on Twitter Gives a FistBump To a 3,800lb Walrus

My family and I had a great behind the scenes experience at Sea World and to top it off, I was able to get a 3,800lb Walrus named Obie to whistle, roar and give me a #FistBump.  Obie was awesome and helped me take the #FistBump to a Whole’ Nutha’ Level!

Share your thoughts on my man Obie and whether or not you think this is the ultimate #FistBump of All #FistBumps.

What To Do When Those Around You Don’t Believe In You

Belief in people is of paramount importance as it relates to the success that they will have.  As a matter of fact, believing in others is the fuel that propels them down the road to success.

What should you do when those around you don’t believe in you?  

You should find a different group of people to surround yourself with.  If the people that don’t believe in you are friends and family, limit your interactions with them, tell them they’re wrong and more importantly prove them wrong.

“Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.” ~H.H. Swami

You tend to become who those closest and most important to you think you will become. Choose those that are most important and closest to you wisely.

Share your thoughts and experiences with both sides of this coin.

Hillsong – Born Is The King (It’s Christmas)

Merry Christmas from Hillsong…  Enjoy!

All of the earth rejoice…  It’s Christmas Time!

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