Helping to find solutions daily for those in leadership, education and seeking to serve others. Providing motivation, encouragement and inspiration daily as we all seek to be the solution daily for all.
Love is what we always need. When you are full of love, the world can not darken your day with troubles that come your way—facing fears, challenges, obstacles, and problems with the strength of the love you have for yourself and along with that for others. The love we strive to bring to the world in the work we do, the people we serve, and the faith we have that welcomes the joy of each day.
Love is patient, kind, and humble. It is when we approach our issues with a temperament in this manner that solutions are easy to find. Not every solution will solve all problems, but taking small acts each day brings forward steps closer to resolving issues that remain in the way of brightening a day.
Love what you do! Love who you serve! Love when difficulties come your way, as they bring opportunities to grow, overcome, and become more than you were yesterday! #Bethesolutiondaily in a world that loves to have you in it!
When Billy Graham was 92 years-old, he was struggling with Parkinson’s disease. In January, a month before his 93rd birthday, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham to a luncheon in his honor.
Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because of his struggles with Parkinson’s disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, ‘We don’t expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.’ So he agreed.
After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the podium, looked at the crowd, and said:
“I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train, when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets.
It wasn’t there.He looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.
“The conductor said, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.” Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car,he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.
“The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’Einstein looked at him and said, “Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.”
Having said that Billy Graham continued, “See the suit I’m wearing? It’s a brand new suit. My children, and my grandchildren are telling me I’ve gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I’ll be buried. But when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to immediately remember the suit I’m wearing. I want you to remember this:
“I not only know who I am. I also know where I’m going.” May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness, come through your door. “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.”
May each of us have lived our lives so that when our ticket is punched we don’t have to worry about where we are going.
I did not write this story, and I am unsure who to give the credit. I found it in one of my files as I was working. The inspirations in my writings come from my daily devotions and in writings, others share with me. In these stories, promises, hopes, and wisdom, we can gain so much to apply to our own lives.
Rev. Graham was a leader I grew up knowing, watching, and listening to often. I look around today, and I know his son is doing amazing things today. I do not see the hunger, desire, passion, and grit to live life as I know he ministered to us.
How do you live? My post asked a question, sparking a thought, providing some ideas and hopefully a new way to look at life. Maybe this one will give another opportunity to look at life through the lens of a man who knew who he was living and where he was going.
Blessings to all of the opportunities you have on this glorious day.
The world can be too much for us. Our minds race from one issue to the next. As we focus on problems with our mindset of “fix-it,” we forget in those moments to take a breath and remember we are not designed to take on the world alone. We are not to face every issue with a “fix-it” focus, but with opened eyes and hearts to know the solution will come on the designers timeline.
Blessings to each one for a day full of opportunities to see the work’s wonders to create better days ahead.
Our vision can be clouded for many reasons. It is up to us to step back and reflect on the “why” of the situation. Turn to the guidance you need in the right place. What do I mean by this statement?
We seek guidance from others, but those we seek from may not always have our best interest as a priority. We have to take rugged looks at those we surround ourselves with to understand the actual value they bring to our lives. Surround yourself with those who will shout your praises to everyone publicly and are genuine in their support for your success.
My faith is my strength, and God directs my guidance. I surround myself with so many who have the same level of faith I do. If you look at the leadership of those I admire the most; you will find a strong faith at the center of who they are.
Jon Gordon is at the top of my list, as you know from following my blog. If you do not already follow, please do! If you are not connected with me on LinkedIn, Twitter @BrendaYoho, or Website, please do! If you would like to win one of Jon Gordon’s new books, The Sale, give me a like and comment on why you want to win! I will hold a live drawing to win these books! Please do not wait. I want to get these books into your hands so you can experience this great wisdom to share with others!
Facing fear is the first step. You gain courage, strength, and confidence with each experience. As you meet this journey with strength, faith, and support, you know as you continue, you will become strong. It would help if you were strong for others facing this same path, for family and friends who are unsure what to do to help. It is in the faces of those who serve and treat you who bare the most significant burden—rotating through so many patients in and out to provide them with all they can to make it the most comfortable for each one.
My faith has always remained strong. In my life, I have faced many challenges, heartaches, illnesses, and deaths. God reminds us there is a season for everything. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
Encouragement helps each of us daily. We need it to keep going. I am blessed to receive it from many sources. It is so important to lift others daily. A friend of mine has advised me always to show up! I did my very best to show up each day to write, no matter how I felt. It is essential to be there for others consistently.
My best friend Jeanette gave me a card that I share with all of those facing cancer and any health issues.
Blessings to each one of you! I am so thankful for so many and feel very blessed in my life. I praise God daily and know the path I travel is meant to provide for others. If you have gained something from this journey story, I hope you can help others rise, rise yourself, and to know: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:11–13 is a little video.