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I humbly accept

Son, I have a very important lesson for you today about humility and gratitude.   As you know, I recently started a new job.   I want you to understand that had the position been offered to me before I started to change; I would never have accepted it.  Let me explain why.

First, when I initially applied to work there, it was for a managerial job.  I was called in for an interview, and I thought it was going very well.   Towards the end of the interview, the person interviewing me asked what I thought about starting on the phones (a non-manager job) so I could learn the systems and their issues.  He said I could always apply for a management job down the road, as they are growing very quickly.

Without hesitation I said “absolutely I would do that!”   At that time, I had no idea what kind of pay was involved. (I figured it wouldn’t be much)   I didn’t know if there was any type of bonus opportunity, or what kind of benefits they offered.  It didn’t even faze me that I would have to spend over two hours of drive time getting to and from work.  I was grateful for the opportunity, and I let God guide me.

In the past I would have probably answered that interviewer’s question the same way, but I would not have meant it.  I would have driven home frustrated and angry that they didn’t see the value I could bring.  I would have said:  “F#@* them,”, and “it’s their loss.”  I would have been waiting for a phone call or email telling me I didn’t get the manager job, which could have been weeks later.

Instead, by the time I got home from that trek to Phoenix, I received a call from them.  They wanted to offer me the non-manager phone rep position.  I had no other job lined up, and my position with the last company just ended 2 days prior.  I had to find work.  I didn’t get cocky like I would have before, mumbling words under my breath like:  “I am above that”, or “I’m not driving that far for a low paying phone job”, or even, “you are losing out, because I am the best at what I do.”   This time I was humble and grateful for any opportunity to provide for our family. I thanked God for the phone call and the offer to work and provide for you.

Here is what happened after I accepted the position:

I found out the position is a work from home position.  Wow, that would make it much better!

I also found out there is a bonus program, and that there is an opportunity to make much more than I would have ever thought.

I found out the benefits are incredibly rich and better than most places I have worked.

I found out my shift would allow me plenty of time to write in the morning, and I would be available to get you ready and see you off to school every morning.

As you know, I have to go into that North Phoenix office for the next month of training.  I started to have a little regret after sitting in that darn traffic, but I made it there.  I quickly realized there was a lady who I worked with many years ago in class with me. She and her husband are really good people, and he was actually one of my favorite reps back in the day.  It turns out that this ex co-worker just happens to live fairly close to us, and she asked me if I wanted to carpool.  I can’t tell you how much better and quicker my ride is now that we get to use the carpool lane!   I can leave later to go to work, and I get home to you and your mom much faster after my day ends.

I was also introduced to our trainer that first day.  He is an incredibly positive and caring man.   He spent a good part of the first day explaining how lucky we should feel that we are there.   We even watched a short clip of a great motivation speaker named Zig Zigler.   He talked about how to love your job.   It was just what I needed, as signs of the “old Bill” crept in and I questioned my decision to work there.  Between the instructor and Mr. Zigler, I left day one feeling incredibly blessed.  I knew little about the job before I started, but now I know more than enough to see that God has blessed me incredibly!  I also found out today that our trainer, (the positive upbeat man from Ohio) is an associate pastor as well.

Blind faith is what it took.  Look what being humble and grateful can do for you.  Also, look what having faith in God’s plan can do.   I was rewarded for changing my behaviors and attitude.  I found opportunities I never would have discovered being my old self-centered cocky self.

God is taking care of us.   This is where he wants me to be, and he even sent a man of God to teach my training class.  It is amazing how many things he said in the last week that hit home for me on a personal level.

The signs are everywhere, I am so thankful I have my eyes open!

Love you son,


1 Thessalonians 5:18:  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.



                                                            PRIDE IN OUR COUNTRY


Son, when I grew up we were in the midst of the cold war. We were worried about Russia and their nuclear capabilities.   I remember thinking that someday we would all be erased by nuclear weapons.  We cared so much about our country, we bled read white and blue.   I guess the thought of not knowing if tomorrow would be the end of it all brought us closer together.    

One of the best moments from my childhood was when the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team beat the big bad Soviet Union squad.  We were major underdogs; nobody thought we stood any chance to beat them. Guess what, we did!   I think I celebrated for years after that historic win.   As Americans we all had one thing in common…..we couldn’t stand those darn communists. 

There wasn’t much that really pulled us all together in the years following the Soviet Union’s downfall.  It wasn’t until the horrible attacks of 9/11 (a year before you were born) that it seemed we all put our petty differences behind us and stood as one nation.   Unfortunately that didn’t last long.   Here we are just 12 years after the biggest attacks our country has ever experienced, and we are more divided than ever before. 

Some blame it on our country’s leaders, and yes they may be partially to blame.  However, I believe the real reason is that we forgot what it took to form and keep this great country of ours.  We forgot how we had to fight the British, who at the time were much more powerful and equipped to fight a war than a rag tag group of colonists.   The fact we won that war is absolutely amazing.   We don’t remember how many of your ancestors fought and died to protect our freedom.  We don’t care about history, because after all, “history is history”.  Who needs the past, when the future is what we care about. 

We forgot what it is like to build a house with our own sweat and tears, or go hunt for our own food.  We are spoiled, and self-centered.  We don’t have to “earn” our right to be here anymore, and we are starting to take our life in this great nation for granted.  Everything is given to us; we don’t have to work as hard to get it as those that came before us did.  Who knows what is in the history books at school nowadays, but instead of focusing on making you memorize important dates from history, we should be working on helping  you understand EVERYTHING it took to become the greatest country in the world.   

We need to think long and hard about things we can do to help bring this great country back together. How do we get our USA pride back?   What makes you proud to live here?  Do you and your cousins really know what makes this country so special?   Let’s see what we can come up with.



Pride part I


I have pride in my country.

Grandma has pride in her community.

Grandpa has pride in a hard days work.

Your mom has pride in creating the best products possible.

My good friends had pride serving in our military. 

You have pride in your electronics. 

If you want to help me change this country we will need to find a way to get your generation and mine to understand what pride really means. 


Stupid Pride


When I was a Senior in high school I quit my office job working for your grandpa Bruno. I went to work at Sideburns restaurant as a dishwasher just to avoid being controlled by him. The only reason I wanted to work for my dad in the first place was to get extra credits at school. If I worked, I would only have to go to school for half the day. Your grandpa wanted me to work the other half that I wasn’t in school. That was a problem for me so I went to wash dirty dishes and clean dirty floors. I only had to work weekends there. Let’s see, giving up plush office job to go wash dishes…… What the heck was I thinking? 

I made it harder on myself just to prove I didn’t need his help. Man, I was stupid!


1 Peter 5:5
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”