“…Some who read this, will think that I’m boasting…”

?????????????Some of us are SPECTATORS, and some are PARTICIPANTS.  What say you?  By my own summation, I am a Participant. Early on in my career I learned to do what was necessary to succeed.  I married the love of my life, at 19 (55 years ago), I worked longer hours than my peers; attended night school for 11 years, obtaining two business degrees by age 33; never bothered with lunch; and was afraid to take a vacation for fear they’d find out they didn’t need me.  I was Interim Division Chief Accountant by age 30 with  a top 100 National Corporation, and became a VP-CFO at age 32 of a $100MM Corporation.  I formed my own Real Estate Development firm at age 43, developing motels/hotels/office building, and restaurants.  I share this short story as an illustration of what hard work, due diligence, commitment, loyalty, and a deep desire to succeed, will do for you. We ALL have the capacity to be a Participant.  But I was not alone, I had plenty of help.  I harnessed other people’s skill-sets to compliment my own; never taking NO for an answer, together with a deep commitment to God.   I was a risk taker, yet recognized my limits, in terms of financial capacity, my own abilities, and never took on a task that I was not confident of success. I was determined, with God’s help, to stake out my own future.  Some who read this, will think that I’m boasting, and, so I am, to this extent: I KNEW there would be no successes, without the support of a loving wife, family, and the Guidance of Our Lord God, and Savior.  Spectator Christians are those who have prayed the sinner’s prayer and are content to go to church on Sunday and perhaps volunteer on occasion, for one of the ministries.  The true follower of Jesus, or the participant, are those who participate in His Mission on earth on a daily basis. Jeremiah 29:11-13  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.  Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.   Thank you God.   Blessings… cjlb…2/20/14

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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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