“…I guess you’ve figured it out by now….I’m an odd ball…and I know it. Just ask my wife and kids. In fact…ask anyone…and…”

Engage - Thumbs up - 11-17-14“O’hum….same ole…same ole.” You ever feel like that? I know that I have. But…I do something about it, too, sooner than later. I’ve belonged to the same Church for 61 years, but I attend church service there, only sporadically, as I go ‘here and there’… changing often, based on circumstance, events, or schedule. I get bored looking at the back of the same heads… listening to the same sermon(s)… I need a change….renewal…a new beginning.

Over time…I re-arrange my office furniture, so that I feel like I’m in a different office for a while. I go out of town frequently for the same reason. I part my hair on the left side for a few months, and then… on the right side for a few months. I’m not afraid to wear things that don’t match. I even change shoes twice each day, mostly though… because my feet hurt. Aside from all of this “silliness,” I’m pretty much a traditional… sort of guy.

I guess you’ve figured it out by now….I’m an odd ball…and I know it. Just ask my wife and kids. In fact…ask anyone…and, I like it that way. I want to be different. If one goes through the various cycles of life… un-noticed…then no one is going to know who you are…or care. It would be a case of… Charles Brooks WHO? I don’t want to BLEND in with the wallpaper. I like the un-expected. I try to keep on the move… I might be exaggerating a tad bit (not much), but I just can’t stand the status-quo mentality. I like variety. But…guess what? The exception is… when it comes to food… I don’t like experimenting. I like, traditional …southern-cooked food.

I’m thinking ALL the time …on how to make something… that won’t work….to where it will work. I love solving problems, doing things… that most others have given up on. I like PROVING that I can do what nobody believes that I can do… or that is seemingly impossible. These types of things… keep me mentally alert. It is a process, in which ….as we grow older… is going to become increasingly important to our state of mind, and even… our physical health.

I try…always, to BE PREPARED. Remember… we are responsible for our actions, our deeds… and our miss-deeds. To live in a cloud of mundane, idleness, and routine, is an invitation to satan to be a part of one’s life.

Remember Jesus was always on the move; He was on a Mission, to fulfill prophesy…and, to save all of mankind…. Promising them life ever-lasting. The idea of sitting around… waiting on “the people” to come to Him was not on His agenda. Rather…He went to the people. He walked to the mountain top, down through the valley, and across the water. There was always a disturbance going on around Jesus. And, He prayed to His Father, in our behalf. He was a very busy guy. Remember… He feed 5000 people with only a few fish, and loaves of bread.

I want to be like Jesus. No…I don’t expect to be perfect …of course not… but no one can accuse me of not trying. With all of this gibberish… one thing that is steady… a given. Jesus is routinely available… always within reach, never missing, always reliable, and forever faithful…. It’s the Love of God. We often forget what Jeremiah had to say in Lamentations 3:22-23 – “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Like the clouds above usroutines can block out the newness of God’s love and mercy.

…Blessings…cjlb…1/14/2017  

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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