“After” Photos.

Tuesday….back to work. Had a fabulous day with our team yesterday. Volleyball tourney, food, friendship, guns, real conversations and a WWII veteran. Our friend Mark, brought his grandpa out. He’s 94 years old. He was so impressed with this group of young people who wanted to celebrate Memorial Day for what it really was about. It was awesome to get to meet him and talk to him. My grandpa was in the air force and served in the Korean war. I am so proud and thankful for that.

photoFor my challenge this last week it was beauty trends, nail polish colors, hair styles, makeup, and the last one was a headband. It’s crazy to me how easy it is to take these small choices/options for granted. In some countries you are told how to dress, what to look like. We go about our lives not being grateful that we get to live in a country where we can do the small things we did this weekend.

I truly enjoy writing this blog, but the things that are out of my comfort zone fail in comparison to those who served our country. Want to get out of your comfort zone? Well imagine committing to the military and being shipped overseas, away from your family to fight in a battle for your country’s freedom. That is pretty uncomfortable. Not knowing when you’ll return, when or if you will see your family again. I am so very humbled by the fact that these men and women have made this choice and by those who continue to make this choice and to them I say thank you.

If you aren’t in the military that doesn’t mean that you don’t or can’t make a difference. You can change your future generations. You can make a difference in your community. Each day we are given the choice to choose to move forward, make positive choices, fight flagfor what is right, influence and educate our children… or to sit on our couch, eating cheetos, watching vampire shows and let someone else “take care of it.”

When you look at someone who is successful, you often see the end result, their rewards. Whether that is money, free time, material things etc. But what you don’t see is the past years, months, weeks, days that went into that success.

Success is different to everyone. Maybe success to you is financial freedom. Maybe it’s raising Godly kids. Maybe its having your dream career and loving it. Maybe its having a loving and respectful marriage. Either way, success is built on day-to-day choices. Rarely do weeks and months go by and just one decision changes a person’s life to be successful. No, its a daily choice to be uncomfortable and to chase your dream, to mold and shape your family’s future. Just like exercise. If you only pick up some dumbells and put on your running shoes once a month, I doubt you’ll see much of a result. But if day-in and day-out you are in the gym doing the work, in time you are going to have a fantastic “after” photo.

What do you want your “after” photo of life to look like? I know that God has BIG plans for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11 says,  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Take that in for a moment. Believe it. Pray for it. Work for it. It starts today with the battles we fight and the choices we make now. Make great ones! And please thank anyone you know who is past or active military!

Love you all!

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4 Responses to “After” Photos.

  1. amelvin3 says:

    What a great message!

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  2. Loving the challenges! And prayers and good thoughts heading your way for your half and upcoming trip!! Can’t wait to hear about your feeling of accomplishment after the fact. 🙂

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  3. Tabatha Rice says:

    One of my favorite verses. Praying for you guys!

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