“…Remember: Don’t invest any more than you can AFFORD to lose…”

OPPORTUNITY: What others see as difficult…I see opportunity? One cannot make money doing the easy stuff….the harder it is, more risky it is… the better the return.   And, if you’re not really careful…greater the fall.

Once, as a young teen… I tumbled down a 50’ cliff onto a railroad track. When I realized when that I was not dead…I climbed back up the cliff and ‘scaled’ back down… numerous times, until I mastered it. The property was known, then, as “Dead Man’s Bluff.”

No one wanted it. It sat dormant for many years…as it was thought, by most investors… to be un-developable and valueless. Later, as an adult; I bought the property for about one-third of its then value, and three years later…sold it for a 300% profit. I saw opportunity in what other’s saw as “too risky.”  I was willing to take the “risk,” …others were not.  Remember: Don’t invest any more than you can AFFORD to lose.

That’s the same way it is in life. There is very little that is easy…nothing of value is free, and if it’s worth doing, then it worth doing it right. Taking the easy way out, produces little to no return…rather its economic…career, or a moral decision.

One might equate “it” to staying for only half of a church service; or staying for half of the seminar; or just part of a marriage commitment. A half-hearted approach will yield, if anything…a half-ass return. Remember….you read it here.

Like most things in life… we should count the cost before we commit to something. Rather it’s a career decision, a social commitment, a Saturday night date…or to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  You should know what to expect before making any of these decisions…and commitments.  It isn’t always easy.  The Lord calls us to integrity, honesty, faithfulness, truthfulness, etc.  In a world of moral decay… such absolute qualities do not fit well; and it can cost us dearly.

The PROOF is in the pudding. It’s not what we say… it’s what we do. It’s not how we look… it is how we act. We can say anything about “being a Believer,” but if we don’t CONDUCT ourselves as BELIEVERS…then, it truth…we are not. We may fool ourselves…but God will not be fooled.

We are living in a time-frame, where we might have to profess our belief in Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Some will deny Him… others will openly profess their belief… and will, as Jesus was… persecuted. Making a commitment is not always easy…but the REWARD of “life-ever-lasting,” is great.

What God has in store for us is beyond our ability to imagine. Even in this life, the love of God is beyond our ability to understand (Ephesians 3:19). The peace of God is beyond our comprehension (Philippians 4:7), and his joy is beyond our ability to put into words (1 Peter 1:8). How much more, then, is it impossible to describe how good it will be to live with God forever?


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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