“Then the word of the Lord came to him: ‘This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.’ He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
Some of the most successful people in this world will tell you that believing is everything. Walt Disney said “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”
Abram had this belief in God’s promise. He was 100 years old when Sara became pregnant with Isaac. I don’t know about you but I think that I would struggle being a 100 & believing that my 99-year-old wife conceive. Science and world was against this completely. She had already been through menopause and was “no longer in her childbearing years.” There is no possible way that this could happen.
That didn’t stop Abram from having true belief in God’s promise though. He put science &the world in the back seat and made the conscious decision to trust God.
Have you ever had to make that decision? The one where you know that God is telling you that this will work. He is saying JUMP, NOW, but the world is saying “no way!” I think that we all have all been there.
How did you handle the situation?
Personally, I have gone both ways. There were times where God would speak to me and I chose to listen to the world and science. I chose not trust that it will work. Then there were also, times where I consciously put my earplugs in so I could NOT hear the world telling me how this couldn’t happen. Every time I chose to listen to God, we have prospered. Sometimes those came in the form of lessons learned, but we always prospered. We always gained exactly what he need me to.
Next time you hear God speaking to you, what will you do? Will you choose to be like Abram, Joseph, Daniel, Samson, John, Ester, & all the other leaders throughout the bible, or will you chose to follow science and the world and tell God that he is NOT capable of making it happen in your life?
Lord, we come to you today with an open heart & especially an open mind. We ask that you help us to have the faith of a mustard seed or even the faith of a Redwood seed, (one of the largest trees in the world yet also one of the smallest seeds). God we ask that you help us to know deep in our hearts that you have this all under control. Help us to tune the world out and turn you up. Increase our faith and prove the world wrong. We know that you can, and do every day. We pray that you open our eyes to see all of the mind-blowing miracles you do every day. God thank you for the ability to have belief so strong that we know beyond a reasonable doubt that it will happen. Thank you for giving us the courage to go out in the world and spread your word! Thank you for all of the encouragement you have spread throughout the bible.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
All those suffering from the effects of COVID-19
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!