“…So…. will the ‘real Charles Brooks’ please stand up…”

Image result for bible verse about...choicesMy wife, in a lighter moment, asked: Who are you, anyway?   So, I pass this question on….WHO ARE WE? We all have heard the expression….”we are what we eat.”

Well, let’s take it a few steps further: We are as we THINK. We are what we BELIEVE. We are, as we ASSOCIATE. We are as we DRESS. We are as we EXERCISE. We are as we SLEEP. We are as we WORSHIP.

So, will the “real Charles Brooks stand up.   Who we are is decided by ourselves… or it should be. We best decide who we are…. or someone, somewhere, sometime….will decide for us….and we might not like the results. Why not take CONTROL of the outcome…by DECIDING the present?

We can THINK “appropriate thoughts.” We can think about things that expand our horizon, improve our skills, and enhance our relationships.

We can BELIEVE in TRUTH. We can believe in our family, our friends, co-workers… in such a manner that will enhance, or improve their lives, and our relationship with them. We can either Help them, or become a Burden to them.

We can ASSOCIATE with those others who not only improve our own well-being, but to do so in such a way, as for our association to challenge them to improve…as well.

We can DRESS, such that we can “feel good” about the way we look, and in a manner that our family (parents, children, and spouse) can be proud to be seen with us. We can dress, such, that we are always ready to “meet our Maker.” This would include, not just our manner of dress; but the way we “dress our thoughts, our inner being, and our approach to others.”

We can EXERCISE our way into “good health.” I’ve lost about 40 pounds in the last year (about 30 in the last 5 months), and I am sure that my “two-mile daily walks” is contributing to the maintenance of that weight and size, together with a morning and evening exercise program, and better eating habits. We have a responsibility to God, to take care of ourselves, so that we can provide for our families, and “be here” to carry on God’s Plan for us.

We can sleep an appropriate number of hours, usually 7-8 hours per night, and in so doing, we are “always better prepared” to do those other things that enhance our life. Poor sleep habits affect every facet of our life. If we go around tired all day…then, nothing we do will be as effective as if we had done it on a good night’s sleep.

We can “worship” as God has commanded us to do…simply by obeying the Ten Commandments. It can be as easy as can be, or as complicated as we want to make it. It is a choice.

All of these factors are what we are “composed of.” God made us “as we are,” but it is up to us to “keep the joints greased.” It is up to us to make the right choices, do the right things, and to obey God’s law. There is no such thing as… making a WRONG…right. Right is always right, and WRONG is always wrong. There is “no grey area.”


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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