“…I NEVER thought in terms of ‘loving myself’… it has been a difficult journey. I began to make progress, by accepting (at least) that I LIKED myself. Then, I found ‘liking others,’ much more workable for me. I’m improving every day…”

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­What do you ‘think’ others think of you?  What do you ‘think’ of yourself?  How do you ‘think God views you?  As a kid, I was one of those that got chosen last… in sports, or school activities.  I wasn’t GOOD at anything.  In later years… my arrogance continued to stand in the way…which might give a clue as to… what I thought of myself.  I felt perfectly happy, and didn’t need any additives in my life. Looking back, I suppose I was a ‘bit of a loner.’

As I grew in maturity and age… circumstances changed, but I was still my own man… with no concern as to what others thought.  As to what I thought of myself…I suppose I LIKED myself well enough… probably a bit PROUD.  I NEVER got DEPRESSED… accepting the cards life had dealt, and played accordingly.  Like my Dear Mother… I could make champagne out of beer… then, and now.

The ‘final point’… What does God think of me?  It wasn’t until 5 years ago…  I began trying to answer that question.  Where did I stand with my Creator?  What was His PLAN for me?  Then, one day, suddenly, I realized that Matthew 28:19 was speaking directly to me: Go ye therefore and preach to all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Because of my “stoic personality”…  I “kept my relationship with God” … PRIVATE, not to be shared. I took, literally, Matthew 6:5-7 – When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. ”

As I began “sharing God’ with others.  I began to realize that “I was not alone,” nor, did God want me to “be alone.”  He began to “fill my heart” with love, and concern, for others; teaching me to “love my neighbor as myself.”  And, since, I NEVER thought in terms of ‘loving myself,’ it has been a difficult journey.  I began to make progress, by accepting that I LIKED myself.  Then, I found “liking others,” much more workable for me.  I’m improving every day.

I came to realize… I’ve NEVER expressed my Love for Our Lord God, Jesus Christ.  I KNOW, now… that I do… and I LOVE sharing that idea with anyone that will listen.  I love talking and writing about how God, Our Lord and Savior, fits so well into our daily lives…

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.   I also find comfort in – Jeremiah 29:11– For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

So, I say to you….listen, and you will hear Him talking specifically to YOU, and you’ll KNOW that He loves you… Blessings…cjlb…12/27/2017

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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