“…I have trouble LOVING my neighbor… but am getting BETTER at LIKING them…. I’m a work-in-progress…”

Who am I?  Me?…I’m an ORGANIZER; a TRADITIONALIST…Yet… still a NON-CONFORMIST.   I like ROUTINE.  I like SIMPLICITY.  I TRUST people until they PROVE otherwise.  I try very hard to LISTEN.  I TRY even harder to keep my MOUTH shut…. while listening.  I like to WRITE…so, I’m hoping you like to READ. 

I’m good at developing IDEAS, and better at EXECUTING them.  I’m open for DEBATE.  I don’t mind my opinions or directives to be QUESTIONED (with respect)…. Three ‘no’s’ mean a FIRM NO… I give my best and expect no less.

I am not POLITICALLY correct.  Abnormality is my NORMAL.  I like being DIFFERENT.  I’m not a GLAD-HANDER.  I DRESS for the occasion.  I don’t like SLOPPYNESS.  I don’t like BLENDING in with the crowd.  No one ever sides with… or votes for… the WALL-FLOWER.

I abide by the GOLDEN RULE.  I don’t mind dealing with a RATTLESNAKE… you can’t AVOID them, if you can’t recognize them.  I’m not going to let you hit me FIRST.  If forced into a fight… I FIGHT DIRTY.  I’ll do business in my office, or yours… NOT in hotel rooms.

I never invest more than I can afford to LOSE.  I don’t play in… or do business in… other people’s back yard.  I NEVER enter the race thinking I’m going to lose.  I don’t mind STRETCHING… but I know my LIMITS.   I have trouble LOVING my neighbor… but am getting BETTER at LIKING them…. I’m a work-in-progress.

I like taking RISKS, but not unless I’m sure of SUCCESS.  I don’t GAMBLE… or CUSS, I don’t DRINK or SMOKE, and avoid those who do.   I AVOID business LUNCHES… they’re a waste of TIME.   I’m always ON TIME, and expect the same.  I believe in SHARING success and opportunity with OTHERS.  I believe in the REWARD system.  I believe in, and try to… HELP other achieve their GOALS, and realize their POTENTIAL.

I believe in giving people SECOND CHANCHES.  I don’t WASTE my TIME with people who are not willing to do their PART.  I don’t make FRIENDS easily, but I’m TRUE to my friends.  I WORK very hard, and have little patience for LAZY people.  I try hard to be a COMPLIANT, but don’t like to be taken ADVANTAGE of.  I think GOVERNMENT is too BIG, and… absolutely… CORRUPT.

I believe in complete FORGIVENESS.  If one has to ‘bring it up all the time’…then, there is no forgiveness.  I am a very COMPASSIONATE and EMPATHIC and try hard… to set a good example for others, hopefully, to EMULATE.

I’ve always kept my SPIRITUAL life to myself, until I realized that Jesus was talking to me in Matthew 28:19-20 – when He said: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  That scripture CHANGED my life.

As part of this ‘life change’… My primary ministry is PRAYER.  The Apostle Paul tells us in… 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice at all times.  Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

I take this scripture seriously, and therefore… PRAYER is a major part of my life… not just my spiritual life.  This world is going to HELL on a ‘fast track’ …and PRAYER, a change in course, and the GRACE of God… is the only thing that is going to save it.  PRAY, Pray, and pray.

God CREATED, each of us… in His Image … and, as told to us… in John 3:16 – God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.  I am TOTALLY COMMITTED to Our Lord Jesus Christ… FIRST and FOREMOST. Everything, and everybody… are distant seconds.

Who Am I?  I am first, a Son, then, a Brother, a Husband, a Father, a Uncle…and a Friend….while, surely, not the best… but one who strives, to be the best that I can.  Thanks be to God.

Who Am I?  I  am a child of God, I am a Christian.  Everything is a ‘work-in-process’… working DAILY to be the person that God expects, and wants, of me.

If you don’t detect, at least… some semblance of God, when looking at, talking to, or interacting with me… then; I don’t know who I am…I am a failure… a lost soul.  Heaven FORBID.

… Blessings to all…as we seek to be who God wants us to be….cjlb…1/4/2018

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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