Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

To my family, friends and co-workers;

This past week and a half has been, personally for me, the most difficult of 2020… a year we can all agree has by its very nature been tough on all of us.

I have been diagnosed with “walking pneumonia” which has sapped me of much of my energy and leaves me out of breath following any amount of physical activity, including walking. I was tempted to feel sorry for myself. I wanted to focus on the accumulation of personal health issues as well as business challenges and ongoing head-winds therein. Honestly, I have been tempted to just focus on all of the negatives in life. But, then I decided instead of hosting a pity party, I would pray.

When I prayed, God put the book of Isaiah on my heart. Specifically, Isaiah 41:10—'Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.' As a result, God revealed several truths to me. Namely, that we are going to get through these tough times. We are going to persevere. We are going to come out even stronger on the other side. Why? Because God is with us and because God is our strength, comfort and guide. (Proverbs 3:5-6).

I am grateful to live in a nation where we have the freedom to express our religious liberties and personal faith. I pray regularly that I will have the courage to speak out and confront the enemies of our freedom as our forefathers once did. Because of their heroism and sacrifices, you and I benefit and for that I am deeply grateful. It’s a reminder for me that one day we will be held accountable before God for our actions and I am convinced that we will be asked the following two questions; [1] What did you do about my Son whom I sent to die for you? and [2], what did you do with the gifts and talents that I gave you?

Although we don’t have any control over how our life story begins, we do have a say in how it ends. Are you making the most of your time?

As we approach this Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays of the year, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you are one of the things that I am most thankful for.

Please stay healthy and safe.

Fred [Coach]

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