Hello friends, family and future friends…
I am not a professional writer lol, sometimes the way I lay things out, my grammar and sometimes even my spelling are going to make some of you laugh. But that is ok.
There are so many positive things going on in my life right now I would feel selfish if I didn’t share this happiness with my friends, at the same time I never want to come across like I’m being boastful or proud. I just feel that it’s important for people to know that you can be down in your life, you could be at the bottom most darkest place in your life. And just by making a few changes making a few better choices your whole life can change in an instant. I believe this because it happened for me.
I have not always been an owner and head Instructor of a successful martial arts school. I have not always been happily married and have a wife that loves me. I have not always been the man I am today.
17 years ago I would say my life was at an all time low. Not a good place at all. The choices I was making had put me in this dark place. Honestly at that time I could not see past tomorrow. I had no dreams no goals.
I do not want to get into the details of my life. But I will say I changed. Changed my mind set. I started to see a future. I started having dreams of success. I started praying more. I started saying yes to good things. And I started saying no to bad things.
Here I am now in 2017, married for 16 years, three healthy loving children and two successful businesses. I don’t have all the answers. And yes I have made and still do many mistakes every day.
Yes. But one very important thing has stayed strong. That is my relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ. I said yes to him 16 years ago when I realized I could not handle this life alone.
I wish I could say it’s been easy, No problems, No heartaches, No bad choices. Well that would be lying. I still make bad choices, bad things still happen. And my my heart breaks every day I turn on the news.
I have made a commitment to myself to do the best I can and to be the best I can, that’s all. Over the last 25 years of practicing Kenpo I have learned many many things. One Lesson stands out in my head. Change what does not work. And keep the things that do. Create good habits, they have a way of pushing out the bad.
I changed up my morning routine about 9 months ago and I love it. Every morning I wake up early, this is nothing new I naturally wake up at 5 am every morning. It is what I do when I wake up that has changed. In the past I would wake up start the coffee and turn on the TV. Check my my emails and social media stuff. I started a new habit.
Now I wake up and drink a full glass of water. And yes, I would drink it out of a glass. Even though it drove my mother in law crazy. There is something about having that first drink of water being out of a glass that I like. I then start the coffee.
It is what I do for the next 20 min that I believe has changed my life. I read. I read scripture every morning. I call this “My time” I give myself the first 20 min of Every day. The other 23 hours and 40 minutes I give away. This has been made so easy with today’s technology. I now have a bible app on my phone. Now the excuses that I can’t see good enough, I don’t have time to read, I don’t know what chapters to read, are gone. I choose to spend that time learning about my savior. My choice. My time.
Some mornings I don’t even turn the TV on. I just sit there thinking. Thinking about my life. Thanking God for all my challenges and Blessings. And with his help, putting together a plan for the day. I understand not all people believe the same and that is thee choice. But I do encourage you to at least make the morning yours. Give yourself a good habit. You may just start to have less bad ones.
Keep pushing forward my friends!
God is good,