My Fathers Son

There are two kinds of people in this world, those who talk during movies and those who don’t. I love to talk during movies.

Sitting in a movie with someone and leaning in to share a thought whenever it pops up makes the whole experience! Each time we talk during a movie is a moment to share and enjoy. Forget the movie, it’s the people you’re with! Even if they’re not a movie talker ;)

I went to a movie with my Dad this last Saturday night and every chance he got; he would lean in to say something to me. My Dad constantly asks questions during the movie, like: Who’s that now? How are they going to get out of there? Or he’ll just say, that stupid idiot! He’s finished.

It was so funny to me to spend time with the man who raised me and see a characteristic that we both share. The truth is growing up we never went to very many movies together. So how come we both do that? Isn’t that weird?

In my work I see so many different types of people and there is one indescribable quality that separates every person between success and mediocrity. Drive.

Your drive is your ability to achieve anything you set out to accomplish. Your drive is what will attract others to you and encourage them to believe in your dreams. Your drive is the willingness to take the risks that will push your life through any barrier or ceiling you encounter.

But what if you just aren’t a driven person? Some would say you’re lazy. I however have a different theory.

Growing up there is one key thing that I learned from my Dad: if you set your mind to it, you can accomplish it. I watched my Dad work 50–60 hour sales weeks, spend time with me, build amazing pieces of furniture in his woodworking shop, and write the book he would one day publish on the Bataan Death March.

I often wonder why I am so driven. Many people have told me I am the most driven person they have ever met. Why? Well, it’s simple, my Father showed me how.

It breaks my heart that children grow up in a family without the caring love of a Father and Mother. Both roles of the Father and Mother are uncompromisingly critical to the forming of a destiny for any young child.

The point to this blog is very simple. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, or what kind of Dad you grew up with. The truth is, God is a Father and He is the best Father you could ever have.

People can have a jaded view of God. Simply because we look at humanity, the terrible things in the world and come to the conclusion of how can a loving God could let all of this destruction happen? Many people could never see God as a loving Father, and I don’t blame them.

In the Jewish faith, they are commanded to love God and love people. The love between people and God is equal, there is no difference. In their culture, the way you love people is the way you love God. And the way you love God is the way you love people. They are one in the same.

We forget that we cannot take anything in this world with us. We can only take the relationships we cultivate while on this journey. We forget that it’s the people who make our lives great and give us joy. The way we love people, is the way we love God and that is how we understand the love of a Father.

A Father loves his son or daughter unconditionally. That means without conditions, standards, regulations, goals or expectations. It is without condition. His love transcends all human understanding and brings sanity to the world we live in.

I don’t have reasoning for all the pain I see in the world, but I have a wonderful solution. Turn to God and He will love you. That’s it. No matter where you are at in life and no matter what you believe, He loves you. It will never change.

He will be near to you, comfort you and lead you down His path.

I started this blog to inspire people in any way I can and every way possible. But I have gotten to the point where all of my wisdom has run dry and I am left kneeling before my Father saying, I need You. That’s all that’s left and all that matters.

I am my Father’s son. I am His. He is mine and that’s all we could ever need.

The world is yours, so take delight.

Ben

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