Living in the Red – 4/2/20

“God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth”

Matt. 5:5

What does it mean to be “blessed”?

*endowed with divine favor and protection

As you build your business, further your education, grow your finances always remember to remain or stay humble. Any business person living and walking in humility will ALWAYS rise to the top. What you achieve, the successes you have are not because you are all of that, trust me the world will go on without you, business will go on without you. In fact it is said that after 1 generation your name is forgotten!

Humility is knowing that it’s not about you, in reality you are nothing without Him and that is where your gifts come from, your talents come from etc…. Are there haters of God that are successful? YUP and plenty of them, but sit down and ask them if they are blessed? If they are happy. Just watch one episode of  Undercover Boss and you will get a glimpse of what it means to be humbled.

This Scripture is better known as “Blessed are the meek….” Meek and humble are the same thing…. the best way to think of this is to be a SERVANT to all. If you are the owner, a manager or anyone with authority – have a servants attitude and what and see what happens. 

Have a fantastic DAY


Living in the Red – Wed. 4/1/20

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

This is from Matt. 5:3 – known as the Beatitudes. Here is how St. Gregory of Nyssa described what a “Beatitude” is:

“Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good,
from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want.
Perhaps the meaning of beatitude may become clearer to us
if it is compared with its opposite.
Now the opposite of beatitude is misery.
Misery means being afflicted unwillingly with painful sufferings.” 

So how do we take this idea into the business world? How does this make a difference in my dealings with public, people and transactions in the business world? Take the following ideas of what it looks like to be poor in spirit and translate it into your business world…..

How can we know if we are poor in spirit? Here are some characteristics of someone who is poor in spirit:

  1. Always lowly in his own eyes. He does not exalt himself; he is not proud. Even though he may be considered insignificant by others, he sees it all as God’s will and rejoices that he is allowed to share in the sufferings of Christ. It becomes natural for him to go the way of the Lamb; humiliation becomes his nourishment, exaltation his reward. (1 Peter 5:5; 1 Peter 4:13; 1 Peter 5:6)
  2. Loves to do all his work in the hidden and does not receive honor from men. (Matthew 6:1-4)
  3. Loves to occupy the lowest place, not because he desires to be more esteemed, but because he thinks that this is precisely the place that it is suitable for him. (Luke 14:7-11; Philippians 2:3)
  4. Reserved in his conduct – neither aggressive nor demanding.
  5. Loves to give up his advantages for the benefit of others. (Philippians 2:4)
  6. Does not seek to be anything great, whether it is on an earthly or a spiritual level; his only desire is to do God’s will from moment to moment.
  7. Does not seek to gain influence with people, yet his entire longing is that people might come under the influence of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
  8. Time is precious to him – he has none to waste; yet he is calm and is never led to do anything in haste. (Ephesians 5:16-17)
  9. Sanctifies himself so that others, by his example, can sanctify themselves in truth. (John 17:19; 1 Timothy 4:16)
  10. Denies himself so that his life may not be an offense to others in any way. (Matthew 16:24)
  11. Satisfied with the cross God gives him to bear, and he does not complain when others bother him.
  12. Does not draw back in the sufferings of Christ, so that after he himself has been tested, he can be of help to others. (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
  13. Just as happy wherever God puts him – whether it is among the teeming masses or in a solitary place – because he meets God in each place by doing His will.
  14. Places great value on the fact that wherever he is or has been, others should find only the truth, be it in spiritual or in earthly things.
  15. His love compels him to contribute to the others’ good; he feels that he is indebted to everyone. His life evolves as the life of a servant, and he is more than willing to bear the others’ burdens.
  16. Never dreams about great things, but rather takes heed to the small things. No work is insignificant, and no one is too small to be served.
  17. He does not discriminate and is a servant to all. Therefore, he goes just as willingly to where sorrow prevails as to where joy is overflowing. (Mark 9:35; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Romans 12:15-16)
  18. Lives his life for the purpose of laying it down as a sacrifice. (Mark 10:45; John 15:12-13)
  19. Willingly steps on thorns if only he can refresh the others in their sufferings by doing so. (2 Corinthians 1:3-6; Colossians 1:24)
  20. His ear is open to God’s voice, not just to enjoy it in self-satisfaction, but in order to do what he has heard. (James 1:22)

Poverty in spirit is really something to strive after – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!”

Have a fantastic day today

Living in the Red – Monday 3/30/20

Sometimes in our jobs, careers, businesses or ever schooling we are doing very well, seeing things in production rise, finances rise, great grades in school, our lives start to change as things grow. It’s awesome when it happens but the danger is not keeping yourself humble and in the right standing of the entire situation. We start to get a little bigger ego and end up worshiping our abilities, talents and leadership.

I have been there a few times in my life and I have to tell you EVERY TIME it all came crashing down on me and I had to start over.

Jesus said in Matt 4:10 —

“Get out of here Satan, for the Scriptures say:”…….. “You must worship the Lord your God and Serve Him only”

I want to encourage you in this — first of all keep your eyes on the right thing and never forget it is the enemy that wants to trip you up and take you down. YOU WILL NEVER LOSE if you Worship and Serve Him ONLY!!!!

Be the best you can be, drive hard to attain your goals, be successful and make a mark in this world. Keep your eyes on the Lord and your heart always for Him and watch what happens.

Living in the Red

I’ve been in different types of businesses over the years. I have signed up for so many different multi-marketing get rich and live the life companies over the years. I have never made a dime doing it but I have personally met MANY people who have and are very successful. It has always been the reason I was drawn to it.

For the most part it always sounded like easy work and get rich…. they have it all mapped out so all you have to do is sign up and pay your money and BAM you are on the road to riches. One thing most and I want to emphasize the word MOST incorporate God into the equation. Honor God and he will help you be all you can be in this business!! They make Him part of the “values” in the business.

On the surface this is a good concept, God does bless those who honor him. But what happens people end up using God to help them get what they want, I really don’t think that it’s that way on purpose for many they just don’t know any better. When the business fails, God is left behind in their lives for the most part.

What is missing is the “relationship” with God, if you do not KNOW Him there is NO WAY POSSIBLE to have a relationship with Him. And that is where the problem becomes an issue.

Here is the Word (in red) that I think of when I see this taking place…

“You must not test the Lord your God” Matt. 4:7

Some people have the natural talent and gifts to be a strong leader in sales, management or recruiting people into a business, other’s do not but can develop it. The first thing in life, business, family, school or anything we set ourselves to should always be a relationship with the Father God. Build your business with Him as the center or the rock on which it is built. Make it about Him not you, not your talent, not your $$$’s and the list goes on.

Like I said in my very first post — I believe that Christians (followers of Jesus, lovers of the Father) should stand out in the business world, should be the MOST successful in the business world.

Never test him, never try to use him to make it in this world. HE IS YOUR WORLD and everything else will be added.

Have a fantastic weekend and stay healthy

How to live a prosperous life

In today’s world people think that they can accomplish anything if they have enough. If you work hard and make lot’s of money your life will be easy or at least easier. Some even think that they can avoid depression or sickness….I think of big Hollywood stars, when they make it big in the business and they have all they need plus more, all of a sudden so many of them become the “voice” of humanity, how to live, what to believe, what not to believe, how to vote, what is right and what is wrong.

This takes place in all of our lives to some degree we all think we are experts in some area of life. In some respects this is a good thing, people need to have role models in life. Right?

I LOVE talking with people about how they ended up in the career they are in or how they started the business they own, it’s inspiring to me. MOST I have found kind of stumble into where they are. We all need to have vision, we need to have goals, we need to have a plan and know how to execute that plan and vision. But in everything we do we have to have a center, a place in our lives that keeps us grounded, keeps us knowing what is important and what is not. I have found that if we learn to think bigger than ourselves and we see and understand the “big picture” in life we will go into success with a firm foundation that won’t allow us to be moved to the left or the right.

Jesus spoke these words in Matthew 4:4

“It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”

We do not have life and life abundantly by what we can purchase, we may be able to buy the world but that will not give us life. God’s Word will give you life and life more abundantly. (full life)

I want to encourage you: if you are starting your business, career, schooling, or what ever it is, stay focused, know the source of your life. IF you do make it and become rich enough to help others and life a nice comfortable life…..remember it’s not your riches that give you true life, it’s God’s very Word. This one simple, small little verse could change your world.


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Living in the Red

Living In the RED 

I am going to start a daily or close to daily very short message on “Living in the Red”
The aim is directed to our daily lives when it comes to business, family and friends. I am going to use the Words of Jesus that are usually found in RED when you read them in the Bible. In the business world “being in the RED” means you are operating in a LOSS, it’s not a good thing. It’s all about the BLACK – operating in a profit.
I believe it is scriptural for us to live and lead successful lives, there is nothing wrong with profit in the work place. In fact I will go on to say the we should as followers of Jesus be the most successful people on the planet. BUT Jesus said this in Matthew 16: What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?
And this is where living in the RED comes into play. Live in the LOSS of the world, by that I mean greed, arrogance, in it for just the money, etc…. So as we lose ourselves of the world we gain our soul. Being successful is not about how much money you can get, how big or a house you can buy, how nice of a car you can drive. It’s all about what kind of DIFFERENCE you can make in this world and what you leave behind when you leave this world…….. LOVE and wisdom that people have gained from your life.
If you conduct your life in such a positive and loving way you will not only be successful but you will be a person people are drawn to, want to follow and want to design their lives after.
Everything I write will be from words in Red and I will try to bring it into our world when it comes to business, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and school mates.

I Want a Painting of this Song

I see it, just can’t do it. A broken down house with the words ….

“Once It Held Laughter….

Once if Held Dreams…

Without Love it’s just a House Where Nobody Lives”

There’s a house on my block
That’s abandoned and cold
Folks moved out of it a
Long time ago
And they took all their things
And they never came back
Looks like it’s haunted
With the windows all cracked
And everyone call it
The house, the house where
Nobody lives
Once it held laughter
Once it held dreams
Did they throw it away
Did they know what it means
Did someone’s heart break
Or did someone do somebody wrong?
Well the paint was all cracked
It was peeled off of the wood
Papers were stacked on the porch
Where I stood
And the weeds had grown up
Just as high as the door
There were birds in the chimney
And an old chest of drawers
Looks like no one will ever
Come back to the
House were nobody lives
Once it held laughter
Once it held dreams
Did they throw it away
Did they know what it means
Did someone’s heart break
Or did someone do someone wrong?
So if you find someone
Someone to have, someone to hold
Don’t trade it for silver
Don’t trade it for gold
I have all of life’s treasures
And they are fine and they are good
They remind me that houses
Are just made of wood
What makes a house grand
Ain’t the roof or the doors
If there’s love in a house
It’s a palace for sure
Without love…
It ain’t nothin but a house
A house where nobody lives
Without love it ain’t nothin
But a house, a house where
Nobody lives.

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