“…They care, deeply, about other people, and they “put their money” where their mouth is….”

?????????????Who is the most powerful person that “you have ever met…personally?”   Would you want to emulate them, or run 180 in the other direction? I’m talking about someone who you “actually met….and shook hands with.” I saw Nixon and Eisenhower at a distance, and George HW Bush, at a distance…but never actually met them….so they don’t count.   Um….let’s see now…POWERFUL person…that’s the “only criteria.” Heck…I’ve not met anyone like that. Unless you want to include the Governor(s) of my state.  I’ve met all of them since 1954.  They’re powerful…sure, to an extent.  But not the type POWER that I refer.  You know… money is POWER.  Now, when you add money to the equation…well, then, I’ve met a few POWERFUL people.  But not even them are all that powerful…what’s a few hundred million?  Not much power there.

So… how about ONE BILLION ++ DOLLARS.   Now that’s POWER!!  I know “just one of them.”  And, that person can call just about “anyone” they want and “get what they want,”  anytime they want.  It’s “all about money.”  POWER is MONEY!! Now the “big question” is this: do you want to emulate that person?  The President is POWER; but do you want to emulate him?  Gates,  and Buffett…they’re POWER in their communities of influence, but do you want to be like them?   There is all kinds of “powerful people” in Hollywood, like Mel Gibson and Jennifer Lawrence…and the “celebrity circuit,” but… Do you want to emulate them…do you want to be like them?   Do you want their image, their reputation, their morals and ethics?

Well… back to my BILLION DOLLAR “acquaintance.” These, particular, BILLION-$$ people are “plain ‘olé-salt-of-the-earth” types.  To see them driving down the street…. They’re just like you and me.  They dress like we do… sure they buy a “bit-up-grade” in the clothes department, or cars, and maybe a plane, but, in the natural, they still are a bit frugal, too.  They may live in the $5 Million house (or two, or three), but socially… they don’t put on any airs.  They remember their ROOTS.  They came from common backgrounds, divorced, broken homes, and moderately educated, etc…. but what sets them apart from most is the combination of: opportunity, hard-work, dedication, commitment, high-ethical standards, high morals, trustworthy, family-types…. Who, also, happen to be charitable, giving, sharing, and SMART, business people. They care, deeply, about other people, and they “put their money” where their “mouth is.” They “walk-the-talk.”  They are HONORABLE people.

Remember my question? Would I want to emulate them?  Well, not exactly…. sure,  I would like to be like them, in terms of what they do, what they are like, and what they’re able to accomplish.  But, with that said: The only thing that separates them… from me…is ONE-BILLION-DOLLARS; otherwise…. We’re just alike…I think.  They’re just good people. Even considering “their money”…. I wouldn’t want to be THEM,….I want to be “just me.”….. maybe with the same kind of $$ they have.  I don’t want to be anyone else.  I don’t want anyone else’s problems, issues, circumstances, or lifestyle.  I want to be “just me.”   Just like I am.  So, then, who… do I want to emulate……..? That would be Jesus Christ. I want to be “more like HIM.”  Right now…I’m just a “grain of sand.”  And, HE is larger than the universe.  So, in comparison, I would settle to be about the size of a “basket-ball.”  I KNOW that I can NEVER be anything like HIM, but I would like to be so much better than I am…spiritually.  And, going from a “grain of sand,” to the size of a “basket-ball.” Well, that’s pretty substantial.  So there’s my ANSWER.  I want to be a basketball.  Ok……..just a little humor.  I just would like to be more “Christ-like,” and less like me, and more like HIM.

Remember that God made us, man and woman, in His Image; and He has a “specific” plan for us.  He expects us to “live out HIS plan,” not someone else’s. Jeremiah 29:11-14 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

 ….Blessings…cjlb…11/29/14

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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