Category Archives: Signs

Another change in direction

Son, I have run out of steam. I have rid myself of almost every stupid thing I did in my life by writing to you about it. There is still plenty more to teach you, but I don’t think you are ready for it yet.

I have been able to successfully post over 100 different stories or videos for you on my revamped and organized website http://www.thereishopemyson.com. When you are ready to read them, they are there. You know that. I understand an 11 year old has better things to do than read his old man’s advice, but I do know it will come in handy when the time is right.

It’s not that I have grown tired of writing, but there is only so much advice I can give you. You will have to learn a lot of it on your own.

I have an idea of how we can reach more kids with our message of hope. I think all of the recent writing I’ve done for you was just to get me warmed up for what is next.

God is telling it’s time to take it to the next level, I am excited to see what happens next!

Dad

You may kiss the bride

Son, getting married may not seem like a big priority in your life right now; but I promise you that will change someday. Hopefully (many years from now) you will find that one person who will make you forget about everything else. You won’t think about yourself anymore. You will be consumed by the need to get them to smile. You will work yourself up trying to figure out a way to propose (and afford the ring) and you will pray the love of your life says yes. You will find love, and your life will never be the same. It is an amazing thing when two people find that special connection.

Your Aunt Ronnie and her fiancée Don came by last night. It was great to see them, and they even brought us pizza! We enjoyed our food and sat around talking. It was then that your mom was asked (sort of) to be the matron of honor in their wedding. I think your mom had to clarify a few times, it was pretty funny! I could tell your mom was excited and was very happy to be a part of it.

Then, Aunt Ronnie and soon to be “Uncle” Don started telling us about how they had been thinking about it, and they would actually like me to perform the wedding. Your mom started crying, and I just thought………What? I had no idea how I could do something like that. I ‘m not a minister. I was in shock, but so humbled and honored that they would even ask me. Your mom and Aunt started telling me that it is easy to get ordained and I can do it in a few minutes online. It still hadn’t sunk in. How can this be?

I woke up this morning and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I am actually going to be a part of a magical moment that two people in love will never forget! Better still, they are my family! I am so honored, and can’t imagine anyone ever considering me for such a great and important event. I will do my best to make sure their wedding is extra special.

Guess what else hit me this morning? I started thinking about the sign this might be. You know the journey I’ve been on the last 10 months or so. There is no way anyone would have asked me to perform their wedding before I started my quest. I also keep thinking about the fact that I am going to be ordained. I know getting ordained in 5 minutes online isn’t the same as doing it through the church, but I can’t help but wonder if this is the first step towards something else. The mere fact that I am getting ordained and was asked to perform this wedding gives me the chills every time I think about it. It is amazing how the Lord is working in my life! Every day is a new adventure, and yesterday was another confirmation that I am on the right track.

Keep your eyes open son!

Dad

A shining light to follow

Son, I keep telling you how great this new place I work is. Every day I find more and more signs that this is the place God wants me to be. I even had another “first” today, something I have never experienced in all my years and all my jobs. Today, I cried at work. Not once, but actually a few times.

I didn’t cry because I was stressed out or feeling like a failure. It wasn’t because I was depressed that I was nowhere near where I wanted to be at this point in my life. I cried because of the joy and happiness I got from being there, and from marveling at how great God is! We watched a short video today about how just ONE person can make a difference. Yes, I will be helping people with insurance and I can make a big difference in what I do, but that is not why it hit home for me. It moved me because I realized how God puts people in your life for a reason. I was reminded how easy it can be for us to make a difference in people’s lives.

I have the ultimate role model teaching our class, and God may have put me in this new company just to meet him. I was given the one thing we all need most: HOPE. I have so much more hope that I can be a great, positive, passionate, loving person like him someday. He has been through so much, and yet he still shines so bright! He has more reasons to be down and out than most of us have, but he remains so full of joy! I want to be just like him! I have another role model, and believe me they are not easy to come by nowadays.

Every day we get an uplifting email from this amazing trainer that includes some sort of great saying or message. Today’s email was:

People will forget what you “said”, and people will forget what you “did”, but people will never forget how you “made them feel”.

I will never forget how he made me “feel!” I know I will have a new friend for life. I will also have a living example of how it is possible to live a life like Jesus did by genuinely caring for others. I have renewed hope that someday I can have the kind heart and uplifting spirit he does. I have a much better chance of getting there now that I have had the honor of meeting and spending time with this incredible man.

If everything falls apart tomorrow and I have no job to go to, I will be forever grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to meet my new brother!

Pay attention my boy! If you aren’t looking, or if your heart is not open, you will miss some of the incredible things God does for you.

I love you son!

Dad
1 Peter 5:3 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. (What a great example of this verse you are Don!)

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,

Dad

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

 

Two Conditions....

Son, it was my first day of my new job today. Everything went great, and I am even more excited about my new company than I was before. However, it was on my way home that my day really started to get good.

As I sat in the long line waiting to enter the freeway, I spotted him. A rough looking fellow with a sign that only read: “God bless you!” He was smiling as he walked past all the cars in front of me, even though no one rolled their window down to give him a hand. I didn’t think I had any money on me, but I searched anyway. I found $5 I forgot I had put it in my wallet for my first day of work; it was there just in case I needed it.

As he reached my car, I handed him the money. He was so grateful! He said he will accept my money under 2 conditions: 1. “Take care driving home” and 2. “Please don’t stop helping others.” I was kind of stunned; I didn’t know what to say. He also said “May you get the day off with pay tomorrow.” I started laughing! I could tell he had been standing there for a while, but he had an incredible attitude. He skipped away from my car after I handed him the $5 and he started shouting “God bless, God bless!” The arrow turned green and he watched for me as I was in the far back of the line trying to get through the light. When he saw my car coming he turned back towards me and waved.
I wished him luck, and said God loves you my brotha, take care and be well!

Another amazing day!

Dad
Hebrews 13:16: And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

It Always Works Out

Son, I have been praying hard!  I started to stress a little, but it was nothing like the stress of past years.  God continues to bless us.   I have a new job!   I will actually be working from home, and I will get to continue helping others!

This new job isn’t going to change the way we need to save and conserve our money. We will continue to be cautious about every dime we spend, but we will have what we need.

It’s amazing how much clearer I see things now!

God is going to provide for us on our journey to change the world, we just need to do our part and make sure we stay on track.

Love you slugger!

Dad

Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.