The F Word

Jeremiah 29:11

‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength. ‘

 Philippians 4:13

 The F Word

I know what you might be thinking.

There is no way that I am going to read this Devotional Dan is going to talk about the F word!  What is this crazy guy thinking?

But here you are…..

Still reading.

Do you know why you are here?

It’s because I have piqued your interest and you know that you want to learn more about the F word.

Ok, that’s enough teasing.  Let’s get right down to business.

Lots of people don’t like the F word.  But you know what, it doesn’t offend me anymore. Because I have learned the real meaning behind it.

Recently I was at a Marketing conference, yes a marketing conference, I know crazy right.  And guess what. They used the F word EVERY DAY!  I’ll bet I heard every speaker use it multiple times in each presentation.

Did I get offended?

You better believe I did NOT!

God uses the F word every day.

In fact, if you are reading this you most likely use it too.

Ok by now you are probably wondering, “Dan what F word are you talking about because I sure as heck don’t use it every day!”  and I hardly ever hear you use it.

You might be thinking about a different F word. 

Did you know that in the English language there are over 5000 words that start with the letter “F”?

The one that I’m referring to is FAITH.

Faith is something that we must use every day.

When we start a new project we have faith that we will finish it.

When we get behind the wheel of our car or truck, we have faith that everyone else will stay on the other side of the yellow line, so we do have a head-on collision.

We have faith that others and ourselves will make good sound decisions every single day.

We can not truly live without faith.

Do you know the opposite of faith?

No clue?

Alright, I’ll tell you.

It’s FEAR!

Can you imagine getting behind the wheel of your car and only having fear about everyone crossing the yellow line? 

We would never leave our house.

You see God NEEDS us to have faith that he is there for us.  He NEEDS us to have faith that he will protect us.  He NEEDS us to have faith in him and know that he will make us prosper.

Satin thrives on Fear, where God thrives on Faith.

When we fear something, anything it gives satin this pulse of energy and he feeds off it.

When I was a firefighter I remember going to work, no worries at all.  I was there to help others.  I had faith in my knowledge and God’s ability to keep me safe. 

Multiple times I literally ran into the middle of a car crash or a burning building.  Pretty much the definition of insanity to most people. 

But not to me. I loved it!

Then on my way home from my shift, I would keep a close eye out for where my house was and always look for smoke.

You see I would let fear creep in on me while I drove home. And I would get scared that one day I was going to come home to nothing but a pile of cinders and what was left of my house.

I let fear win. Every day. 

Just like you do in some way or another. 

Raise your hand if you have let fear win before and completely changed your plans because of it?

Mine is definitely raised. 

In fact, we have put off going to Costa Rica as a family because of fear for 2 years now.

Want to know how I fight fear?  How did we quit a 6-figure job and started our own business, then a nonprofit, then buy more businesses?

The truth is that every time I start to get scared (fear) I recognize it.  Just like Jesus did.  Then I go head to head with it, look it in the eyes, look up and say, “God you and I got this, I can’t do it by myself, but you and me. We got this!” 

Jesus did the exact same thing. Matthew 26:36-44

When fear started to creep up on him he faced it knowing that his father had his back!

God has got this!

Take action

Here’s what I NEED you to do right now.  take a deep breath in, place your hand on your heart.  Do you feel your heart beating? God did that!

Now think of the last time you were scared.  How did you feel? It didn’t feel great.  Did it make you want to hide or go out and conquer the world?

On a scale of 1-10, how scared were you? If it’s only 3-4 grab a scarier moment.  It really needs to be a 7 or more.

Now let go of that feeling.  Let it go, literally push it away from you. Take your hands and push that fear away from you.

It’s time to find a moment when you were excited and proud, a time that you had MASSIVE faith.  A time that you knew you could do anything!

Bring that into your whole body!  Put yourself in that moment.  Do it! 

What happened right before that moment?  Were you scared? Of course, you were.  Our greatest FAITH comes right after we conquer fear!

Prayer

Lord, God we come to you today with heavy hearts.  They are heavy because we know that we have fear and we HATE it.  We know that when we fear ANYTHING we are letting Satan win. And we HATE it every time he wins any battle no matter how big or small it is.  God, we are also grateful that you give us the opportunity to fight fear with our faith.  So today we pray that you give us the FAITH to fight fear.  Give us the courage to face all our fears, growl at them like a chihuahua when a giant comes to the door. Like David when we faced Goliath.  Like Jesus when he faced persecution and death.  Like Joseph throughout his life.  Like Abraham when you told him to leave his family, the land he knew, and go to a new place, like Joseph (Jesus dad) when you told them to move to Egypt.  God help us to hear you and listen.  Help us to not have fear of anything but instead have faith that we are in control of everything. And everything happens for a reason.  Help us to accept you into our lives, and accept you not just partially or when it works best for us.  Help us to give you full control of everything and KNOW that you are here for us.  Help us to use the F word every day.  Lol.  God we love you and the sacrifice that you make for us every single day.  So from the bottom of our hearts thank you for FAITH!

Amen

A little More

When I went through this exercise the moment I chose to focus on was the night I met Jenna and we started our relationship.  

We were 16 and were at a mutual friend’s birthday party.  

We played shuffleboard in the back of the bar at the bowling alley.  

Later we all jumped in her car, like 8 of us.  So the guys were on the seats and the girls had to sit on our laps to go somewhere else.  (because why would you take multiple cars even though we all had our own. Lol) 

I remember she chose to sit near me. 

And I was overcome with fear as I reached my hand up to grab hers.  

But I CHOSE to have faith that she wouldn’t reject me.  

As I slid my hand up and touched hers. I can still see the look of excitement on her face. 

Pure joy spread throughout my entire body. Then she grabbed my hand and pulled it up on the top of her thigh and she held it as though the whole world was perfect. 

And it was! 

You see because I had to face my fear head-on, my whole life changed.  

We have been together for 19+ years, married for 16+ years, and have 4 wonderful kids, so many worldly positions that we are constantly giving them away to others who can use them. 

And the blessing of a growing business where we can honor God in every aspect of it.  Again, a choice to fight fear! 

Every time we fight fear, God blesses us.  

I want to encourage you to think back to a time where you chose to FIGHT the fear you had. 

What came from that moment?

Something GREAT?

Here’s what you need to do next. It’s gonna be tough.

Are you ready?

Go face your fear and jump!  You will surprise yourself with the amount of success you have.

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

Prayer

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

Amen

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.

so……

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.

Well……..

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!

Guess what????

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!

Dan Greer