“….I’ve never experienced a defining moment…”

THE BURNING BUSH:  A while back, I was driving a major avenue in my part of town, and saw a BURNING BUSH at a house, belonging to an acquaintance.  I stopped and extinguished the fire, but couldn’t resist taking a picture of it.  I’ve returned to that picture many times since, and always reminded of the story of Moses and the BURNING BUSH. (Exodus 3:1-5).

I took this B’B to be my own; representing a turning point in my life.  My B’B raised questions as to what I doing;  why, how often, and for whom, in terms of fulfilling Christ’s demand on ME?  At age 73, and having enjoyed pleasant successes and have been very blessed, yet, I found I was still seeking God’s direction in my life. This B’B became a defining moment for me, in which, God was sending me a clearly identifiable message; saying… FOLLOW ME.  Matthew 4:19 – “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

I’ve had many experiences where Christ was tugging at my heart, and while enjoying an open and sincere relationship with Him – never experienced a defining moment. I was, like many, going day-to-day, tending to business, surviving…trying to be a good guy; but doing nothing SPECIAL.  I recognize, now, status-quo is not enough?  God expects more from those He has given much; as said in Luke 12:48. For me; I’ve given little in terms of time, energy, love, and only modest amounts of resources, compared to my capability.

My friend, Evangelist Adrian Despres (1), re-introduced me to the Bible verse… Mark 16:15 – He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  Though I’ve read it often, it seemed to CONNECT with me now; providing me with the DEFINING MOMENT, I was seeking. I proceeded to develop a POA (Plan of Action).

I was introduced to LinkedIn by a friend; and became deeply embedded in that process, using it to re-introduce God into the work place.  Then, many months later, my website… TIDBITS-of-WISDOM…(www.charlesbrooks.com) was just recently launched; providing the vehicle, by-which, I now, “go into all the world and preach the gospel.”  I am not so naive as to believe that thousands, or even hundreds, or “just one,”  suddenly, will be affected by my efforts, or website.  As of this moment, I would be “heart-felt-satisfied” to lead just one person to Christ, or back to Christ.  Could that be you? ….Blessings…cjlb… 9/18/13

(1) Adrian Desires; Evangelist with Kingdom Builders; (adespres@sc.rr.com)

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PHOTO CREDIT: That would be me.

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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