Truth is our most valuable resource, because it allows us to make the best use of our time. I believe there are guarantees in life including change, challenges, opportunities, and choices. Gaining new knowledge helps us overcome challenges, increase opportunities, and make better choices. Some people might agree that there are shortcuts in life, including books, videos, and podcasts, where experts share their "secrets" that can save us years of trial and error, but we still have to do the work.
I volunteered to join the military at 17 for a salary job with 100% health benefits, four weeks paid vacation a year, a good retirement plan, to get a free ticket to see a bit more of the world, and last but not least, because I thought it would be good to serve our country.
I enjoy reading the Bible, because I'm always learning from it, especially "Study Bibles." My favorite Study Bibles include the English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible, the Apologetics Study Bible (apologetics means the defense of), and the Life Application Study Bible.
I went on to retire from the U.S. military. It was an honor to serve our country, with great men and women in uniform, and civilians. It was also an honor to serve other countries, doing my small part on a team, doing our small part for their country. When I was younger, I never imagined I would have made a career out of the military, it just kind of happened, as I was open and willing to accept challenges and opportunities, and do my best. I've had many challenges since I left the military.
I gave my best (physical) years to the military and respected the golden rule. I believe our military members have great potential as they have proven a base level of discipline. When I left the military, I thought I had the world figured out. I tried my own business and it did not work out so well, even though I had some friends and the church I volunteered with helping me with customers. During this time I also started pursuing a business degree and became passionate about learning about business. It was no surprise to learn the most important factor in business, just like any organization, is the community leaders, and organization leaders, not funding, cash flow, timing, the idea or the team, these are all choices made by, and maintained by, the leaders. If you are interested in the best leadership books and podcasts check https://AnewTrek.com/leadership-growth
Shortly before finishing my degree I started having some significant health, relationship, and finance issues. This was one of the two very challenging seasons in my life where I questioned my hope in the future. My faith has helped me more than I could have imagined.
About my book Opportunity Truth...
The truth is, our natural abilities are natural opportunities, and when developed, they are more likely to attract human-made opportunities.
All able people are leaders. Leadership is responsibility, direction, and influence. No one has more responsibility, direction, or influence on our personal growth, professional growth, and leadership growth than we do as individuals.
Compound interest doesn’t just apply to money, it also applies to our knowledge, health, and relationships.
There are more than 200 important life principles, I identified the most important and put them into my book Opportunity Truth, that provides a Holistic Growth framework and an Opportunity System. Our humanity needs to catch up with our technology and I believe it starts with our personal grow, especially our natural opportunities.
While putting together my book I noticed the Bible gave us verses on each of the ten chapters in my book, the most important life principles, and some of these verses are covered on the Christian Growth page. The book Opportunity Truth is based on one Bible verse, God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power (achievement) and love (fulfillment) and self-control (discipline) (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV). It seems this could also be related to the Bible verse, we are a spirit, with a soul, in a body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The following paragraphs are from a couple of America's greatest Presidents.
Abraham Lincoln, Republican, President of the United States 1861-1865
The following are parts from his Second Inaugural Address, 4 March 1865
Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invoke His aid against the other... that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes... With malice towards none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democrat, President of the United States 1933-1945
The following are parts from his speech The Four Freedoms, 6 January 1941
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms... freedom of speech and expression, freedom for every person to worship in their own way, freedom from want - which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings, and the freedom from fear... The world order which we seek is the cooperation of free countries, working together in a friendly, civilized society. This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose.
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“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). “We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace (William E. Gladstone). Viktor Frankl said the more purpose we have in our life the less likely we are to chase pleasure or power.
God made us in His image, with free will to have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28), and with power in our thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5) and words (Proverbs 18:21). The first man and woman blew it, so we now struggle with our flesh 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The desires of the flesh are against the desires of the Spirit (Galatians 5:17). We have spiritual armor and our spiritual weapon is God's word (Ephesians 6:17).
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There are guarantees in life, including change, challenges, opportunities, and choices.
God and His Son Jesus are the greatest opportunity and choice.
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