Live Long and Prosper in 2017
What do you desire to accomplish in 2017? What is your destination? As we trek together over the next 12 months and beyond, let me help you along the way. For myself and our time together on our Wisdom-Trek, let’s make it our combined purpose to create a legacy of wisdom, to seek out discernment and insight, and to boldly grow where few have chosen to grow before. This is an effort that will be much easier as we assist each other. In doing so, we will set up the framework in our lives that will truly allow us to “Live Long and Prosper.”
I believe that most of us would desire to live a long life and to prosper. Prospering, though, will take many different forms. It could be financial, but that does not need to be our primary way of prospering. Becoming wise and creating a living legacy by making a positive impact on our world will allow us to truly prosper. The primary purpose for us pursuing and obtaining financial prosperity is to allow our impact to be even greater.
We need to be a river and not a reservoir with our financial gain. Allowing financial prosperity to flow through us to others, instead of hoarding it for ourselves, will help us to gain wisdom.
In addition to setting a destination, our best hope of arriving safely is to have suitable navigation tools. We need to follow a GPS, map, compass or other tools that will allow us to be reasonably sure that we are on the right path. These tools are important, but are only useful, if we follow them.
As I am sure each of us has experienced, even with the best GPS or map, we sometimes end up on a wrong road, and so it is with the trails in life. We may find ourselves at places or in situations that we never expected, either through our own choices or the choices of others.
We may get off the planned trail, but with the right tools, we can still head toward our destination. While my primary map in life on my Wisdom-Trek has been The Bible, I have also studied and followed many others that have traveled before me.
My parents have had a major positive impact on my life along with my wife Paula. Some of my “virtual mentors” that have already reached their destination in this life are been Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, and Earl Nightingale. One of my goals and objectives is to be your virtual mentor throughout this next year. Let me know how I can serve you more effectively.
Using the combined resources of God’s Word and encouraging mentors, when I have found myself on an unexpected trail in life (which there have been many), I am able to head in the correct direction because my destination remains the same. There have been and will continue to be many steep uphill climbs and some dark valleys, but as we continue our trek together, assisting each other, we will have the strength to continue.
Let us all look for ways to encourage and help others as we begin our trek into another year. In doing so, we all will be able to live our best lives.
As the wisest person to ever live King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”