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Monday, September 22, 2014

Jeans

Once upon a time there was a man who lived on the streets.  He had one old sweater and a torn pair of old jeans.  There were holes everywhere.

Over the years teams of street ministers would try to get him to come in to the shelter to get some new clothes but to no avail.

Everyone could see he needed to change his clothes; everyone but the man himself.  They cajoled him. They pleaded with him.  They prayed for him.

One team even bought new jeans for the man and tried to get him to put them on for his own good.

But instead of being grateful for such caring and loving acts of human kindness, the man just got angrier and angrier.

Soon, even the kindest street teams stopped reaching out to him.  Then one very cold winter night an ambulance driver picked the near frozen old man up and drove him to the emergency room.

Once there, the driver asked the old man why he would never accept the new clothes, why he would never change.  And the old man replied, "These were my fathers jeans I just didn't know anything else would fit."

On some level, in business or in our relationships, sometimes we are wearing our father's "genes".  It takes a very brave leader to look at his torn "genes" and choose to throw them off.

Perhaps you got the "anger" genes or the "I am always right" genes.  Maybe you got the "I am a failure genes" or the "you will never succeed" genes.

You may have gotten the "it's my way or the highway" genes.  At first we do not realize we are wearing someone else's "genes".  We just pick it up from our parents or our other relatives or our teachers or our coaches.

But eventually, we are doing things just the way they did with the same results.  Relationships get shattered and success eludes us despite our valiant efforts.

I know this is true because I saw my own father wear his father's "genes".  Despite being a charming brilliant man, he was an angry man.  It was in the last year of his life when he finally asked me for help.  He said, "I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do."

My answer to him was simply, "Just say you are sorry.  Just say you are sorry."  After a short pause my father said, "I'm sorry...I am sorry."

That day, he shed his father's "genes".  Within a month he died.  The morning of his death he called me at the office, which he never did.  We had a very pleasant chat.  He died soon after the call.

My father only got to wear his new "genes" for a very few days.  Please don't wait that long to receive the gift that comes with your new "genes".  Live the life God has planned for you and don't live the broken life of your relatives and teachers.

God has a plan and a purpose for your life and I am convinced that overcoming your family "genes" may be a part of His plan for you.

Just say you are sorry, ask for forgiveness.  Accept the loving care of God's ministers of peace, His angles.  God loves you.

God's purpose never fails.

Be on Purpose,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Friday, September 05, 2014

Eric Standlee September 05, 2014 at 09:30AM

"Don't ask for time for yourself. If you ask, people can say no. If you just do it, then you've got it. Your being happy is the only change they'll notice." Dr. Mira Kirshenbaum

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Eric Standlee September 03, 2014 at 08:15AM

You will never be successful until you turn your pain in to greatness. Unknown

Eric Standlee September 03, 2014 at 07:00AM

Most people take their greatness to the grave with them. - Brown Don't die regretting the great things you could have done.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eric Standlee August 27, 2014 at 06:30PM

Eric Standlee is too excited about his future and the goals he is working toward to worry about football season! #getalife

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Eric Standlee August 24, 2014 at 07:00AM

"Today, don’t focus on what’s happened in your past, focus on what God will do in your future. He wants to restore your soul and revive your dreams. Keep believing, keep expecting, keep hoping because God has a new route for your future!" Osteen

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Eric Standlee August 17, 2014 at 07:00AM

You would not be alive if God was not planning another victory in your future. Joel Osteen

Friday, August 15, 2014

Eric Standlee August 15, 2014 at 09:44AM

Right now, take 30 seconds and write down your BIG three goals for the year again. Then take another 30 seconds and write down one step you will take TODAY for each of them. In one minute you will have started a major step forward. D. Hardy

Eric Standlee August 15, 2014 at 09:30AM

If you're thinking you'll just take a break this election, that there isn't that much at stake. If so, think again. Once people realize it's a matter of public record whether they've voted or not, they feel a lot more obligated to do their civic duty. Help get out the vote.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Eric Standlee August 08, 2014 at 09:30AM

I remind myself daily to plan my day the day before and start my day positive and believing and asking for supernatural miracles. When I ask for them amazing things happen. I don't want to leave an ounce of favor unused. I see piles of favor, I believe they are for me and I go out and achieve it.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

Eric Standlee August 01, 2014 at 07:00AM

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible. --Richard M. DeVos

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Eric Standlee July 31, 2014 at 07:00AM

You are called to be GREAT! You have to decide what you want to do with the time that was given you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Eric Standlee July 29, 2014 at 03:45PM

There is no beauty but the beauty of action. --Proverb

Eric Standlee July 29, 2014 at 01:15PM

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. --Thomas Jefferson

Eric Standlee July 29, 2014 at 12:00PM

Good intentions are not good enough, ultimately we are measured by our actions. --Unknown

Eric Standlee July 29, 2014 at 10:45AM

It's not what you don't know that hurts you. It's what you do know that ain't so. --Mark Twain

Eric Standlee July 29, 2014 at 09:30AM

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left. --Hubert Humphrey

Eric Standlee July 29, 2014 at 08:15AM

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. --Confucius

Eric Standlee July 29, 2014 at 07:00AM

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, July 28, 2014

Eric Standlee July 28, 2014 at 07:00AM

It is perfectly healthy for you to avoid surrounding yourself with negative, critical, hypocritical people.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eric Standlee July 24, 2014 at 04:55PM

Driving to pick up my kids from summer mission trip! I have missed them so much.

Eric Standlee July 24, 2014 at 09:30AM

"La motivación es lo que le ayudará a comenzar. El hábito es lo que le mantiene en marcha " “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Jim Rohn-

Eric Standlee July 24, 2014 at 08:15AM

Even though life is not always fair, God is fair. And He promises in Romans 8:28 that all things will work together for our good. J Osteen

Eric Standlee July 24, 2014 at 07:00AM

It’s how you approach life. You can get bitter, or you can say, “This is not going to defeat me; it’s going to promote me. It’s not going to hinder me; it’s going to help me.” God wouldn’t have allowed it unless He had a purpose. Joel Osteen