“…FAST-TRACK: WE actually… through default, teach our children to do the same thing…”

20131220_223758You know what’s WRONG with our world today?   At least one of the things is: We’re ALL trying to play it FAST-FORWARD.  Seriously…we’re not taking the TIME to enjoy life.  It starts with “our children.”  We don’t GIVE them enough TIME.  We, as parents, are too busy, too tired, too bored, and frankly…too UN-CARING, not just about our children, and our families, but all of those around us, and to some degree….ourselves.  We’re all on a fast-track.  We can’t wait to “grow-up,” go to college, get-married, start our careers, have children, and start the cycle of …FAST-FORWARD…all over again.

WE actually… through default, teach our children to do the same thing.  No one can wait… to smell the roses.  Everything is at “high-speed.”  We don’t spend enough time studying in school; we don’t spend enough time “getting to know” our future spouses.  We don’t focus on our higher-education, and some of us, live with who-ever we want… practicing being married…trying to get in right.  We’re ill-prepared to start our careers; we are poorly prepared to have children…. And too many of us find ourselves involved in divorce court.  Everything is FAST-FORWARD.  It’s the NOW generation.  Now…at all costs, or any cost.

I am reminded of having recorded all the Christmas Shows from the Hallmark Channel, so that we might play them later.  Then, when playing them, we were able to SKIP the commercials.  Watching the tape moving forward at a fast speed, made me realize that, too often, we FAST-FORWARD through life…un-necessarily.  And, I’ll wager, throughout this entire process, we’ve spent very-little time “chatting with God,” because… that too…is on FAST-FORWARD.  We’ve simply “left God out” of the entire process. We have NO-TIME for God…either.  God has been “voted-out” of the Board-Rooms of America.

There is also the potential for some “fall-out.”  It happens all the time….it’s called dying.  We’re mortal…you’ve heard about it.  The question, then, becomes: what have we done with our life?  Have we left a legacy that we can be proud of; or one that our children can be proud of?  Have we treated people as we should have…by the Golden Rule?  Do you have any REGRETS?  Did you make room for your FAMILY?  Did you conduct your BUSINESS in an HONORABLE manner?  Or…we’re you “living on the FACT-TRACK?”  Were you taking life for granted; your family; your friends?  And worse…were you taking God for granted?

TIME to smell the roses. ENJOY your family, your friends, and your career. You can do this by putting God FIRST….not last, or not at all…but FIRST.   In Proverbs 3:6, we are told – In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

God has given each of us, a very special Gift, through the Holy Spirit, that binds us all together in Joy and Happiness.  This gift, when properly applied, will SLOW down the process known as ….FAST-FORWARD….It is called LOVE and RESPECT.   So, let us move forward…but at a slower pace….making room for all those IMPORTANT things in life, so that when the end comes….we’ll have NO regrets.

Blessings….cjlb… 1/27/15

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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