“…Believe me… I know which side my bread is buttered…”

Wisdom Comes from Heaven - B-of-W - 9-10-14I don’t like doing that! I’m not cut-out for that line of work! I don’t care about the money!

Learn to do what you don’t want to do – but is necessary. I remember in the very beginning of my career…while take Accounting 101, and then 102… I couldn’t stand it. I thought…a complete waste of time. The only reason I started in those courses, is I knew that I had to take them as core subjects…in order, someday, to graduate.

But, upon on completion of those first two courses, coupled with my job (payroll clerk – junior accountant)…I realized that there might be a future for me in that line of work… you know…all things to do with MONEY.

I did what I didn’t want to do…all for the money. Sound BAD? Well maybe, but the fact is…I learned to LOVE accounting…mainly, because… I didn’t want to spend my entire career doing something I hated, just for the “money.” So, I learned to adapt. Accounting served me well; moving up the ranks over the next 15 years, from Accounting Clerk to CFO. Accounting has been the “back-bone” of my entire business career.

To this day…55 years later. I live, eat, and breathe …numbers. I love numbers. Thanks be to God; for it is God, who gave me the skills, and tools, to do what had to be done…what He wanted me to do. Jeremiah 29:11-12‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.’

I admit… it’s not that I “really realized” what God wanted me to do… during the beginning of my career; but over the years… I came to determine that God had a plan for me, and by His Grace, I came to realize that He was in charge. My entire business career, it seemed, was a PLAN-of-ACTION. Fortunately, I was a “cooperative participant,” who followed the rules of engagement. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Today, believe me… I know which side my bread is buttered. I clearly know, and accept, that ….all along…God had His P-O-A in regards to my life, and what He was expecting from me, and for what He held me accountable. What I did not realize then, and has taken be 50 years to realize…was there was more to my life than accounting, money…business…career, and success. While God wanted be to be successful; my career was, simply, the training program for what was to become.

Matthew 28:19 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:   Once I realized that this verse had my name written all over it… my life began to take on a whole different meaning, and direction. I became His Servant, and in so doing… your Servant. Today, I spend all my time going about “His business.”

God’s business, and by extension… my business… is loving others, helping others, and to the extent that I can…guiding others…to accept Jesus Christ as the One True God, as the Savior of all Mankind, who died on the cross for our sins, was resurrected to Heaven, and sits at the right hand of His Father.

I do this… through LinkedIn, through my own website: BrOOKS-of-WISDOM, and by living and conducting my life…according to His will. While I had accepted, and adapted… all those many years…I had NEVER surrendered. Today…I have surrendered…to His will.

…Blessings…cjlb…4/23/16  

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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