I am guilty of wanting to make a difference…of wanting to live a life that matters…in my parenting, my work, my relationships, my finances, through my blog…I like to see results…am I being a good parent? a good friend? …Am I alone in this? or do you find yourself echoing my thoughts?
How do I make a difference? What defines a life that matters? Can the constant search for performance results lead to the compromise of ethics and values down the road? For example, my day job involves a bit of “image manipulation”, of removing scars, zits, restoring hairlines, slimming faces, we cater to a lot of businesses that request these manipulations and no – they are not just models and actors/actresses. Is it right for the public to be led to believe what they see in print is real? I think we all know the answer to that…but, what would you do if your livelihood depended on it?
I make it a point to not buy fashion/beauty magazines, and explain to my daughter what is manipulated in the ones we see on store shelves and whats not (there aren’t a lot that isn’t) – but is that enough? As a single parent, I am always looking for guidance that will help my daughter not be results driven – but character driven – of making the choice to be ethical and not conform to the pressures of this world.
I found the guidance I was looking for and more, in this deeply insightful book, titled “Home Run” by Kevin Myers and John Maxwell.
Kevin Myers is the senior pastor at a church I go to, and after his own personal and professional struggles, he came up with a plan that helps direct us to live a truly “fulfilling life”. Even though I am NOT a baseball fan – and I was skeptical bout this whole baseball analogy; I was taken in by his description of covering the four bases (connecting with God, character, community, competence) according to God’s order and not that of the world’s.
This book, with it humility and honesty is a must read for anyone searching…for anyone wanting to “win from within” and, “with God’s help, hit a home run”! More in-depth, profound reviews for this book can be found here.
Speaking of Home runs, these Strawberry Pancakes with chocolate sauce were a home run at our home…
These pancakes are gluten free and lactose free…chock full of strawberries, each bite will be a partay in your mouth! They are very similar to my Oatmeal pancakes : only (after some trial and error) I added some rice flour to offset the juiciness of the strawberries…As soon as the pictures were taken, my daughter scarfed hers down quicker than our dog jumps off the deck after a squirrel!
0-20 seconds flat – That’s gotta be some record! Are you hungry yet?
Happy Monday Yall! I hope yall had a wonderful weekend – no questions today, but would love your thoughts on my ramblings…this recipe…the book…the weather…You choose…