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The Leader of the Band

As the month of June comes to close we salute Dads around the world! The home is to be a symphony of praise! There’s to be harmony in the home and if there is to be harmony, then the father is to be the leader of the band. ATM fathers-dayIt is difficult to be a good man and even more difficult to be a good husband. But most difficult of all, and I think you would agree, is to be a good Dad. Now dads, are you listening? You might fail in a lot of different ways, but you must fear God and live with integrity.


What do you want to be remembered for? I was thinking what my children will remember of me. First, I thought, they’ll remember my sense of humor. Then I laughed and thought, I can’t even remember it! So what will they remember? I pray to God that they will remember me for my character. I want them to say, “My dad feared God. My dad walked in the ways of God.” That’s what I want to be remembered for. I want them to believe in the God that I fear and love.


And I want to tell you something dads; the number one thing in being a good dad is the character that he lives, Integrity…my girls know that I have faults, I have a lot of them and they could stand up and say, “Dad has faults,” but I’ll tell you one thing they will do, they’ll say, “my dad is real. My dad is honest. My dad loves God.” I know they would say that. And my dear friend, your children need a dad that fears God and a dad that walks with integrity.


“A  dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try it again. A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail.” ~ A Titus Man

Become The Best Version of You!

Many people go through life trying to be something or someone their not and they live in a constant state of frustration.  ATM SUMMERTIME (35)Statistics have shown that the people that are the most successful, and happiest, learn what they are great at and put their heart and passion in that thing. Many of us are thought to work on our weaknesses – this could be the wrong approach. You will only become great at the things that are your natural strengths because you enjoy them. You will only enjoy and be passionate about doing the things that fit your personality and makeup. What is your personality? You should have a good understanding of YOU!


5 ways to Become The Best Version Of You!


1) Be Yourself

Enjoy being YOU. Enjoy YOUR personality. You are unique and have a special gift that is uniquely YOURS. Find out what that gift is and become better at it. Focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses.


2) Set Goals

One way to become the best version of you is to set goals for your life and business. Goals keep us focused. Goals keep us moving. Goals help us keep our priorities right.


3) Learn

Never stop learning! The most successful people have not arrived and they realize they do not know it all. Always be a “teachable” person and realize that you can learn from others no matter how great you are at something or how long you have done something. To be teachable, it takes humility. Be open to learning from others.


4) Give

Be a giver not just a taker. Givers are more attractive than takers and enjoy life more. Have you ever gave with no expectation to receive? ATM M. ETIQUETTE EXPO PROGRAM 2015 STEPENSON HIGH (113)It’s fun. Try it. You can buy someone a breakfast sandwich at the drive thru. You say, “I don’t have anything to give.” Sure you do. Giving is not always material or financial (although it can include that) You can give your wisdom to help someone. You can give someone fifteen minutes of your time. Start with what you have and you will soon have more to give.


5) Start

Many people fail to become the “Best Version Of Themselves” because they don’t START. Start today! Tomorrow may never come. Today is your day! This is your year!


This is your time to Become The Best Version Of YOU!

How to Find Your Life Purpose

There are Two Parts to (Life) Purpose: Being and Doing.


Being is your identity and it defines who you are. Doing dictates what you’ve been called and put on this earth to do. So here is the definition of (Life) Purpose:



When you find a role in life where you do what you love to do, and you use what you’re great at doing to become a solution to problems that you are called to fix. That’s when you will find your (life) purpose. It’s that one sweet spot where these four things intersect: Passions, Talents, Needs and Calling.



Passions are the fuel for your life. When you are doing something you are passionate about, it will wake you up early in the morning with new vigor. When it comes to (Life) Purpose, your Passions answer the question “What” – What should I be doing in my life that will satisfy me?



Talents are those things you do easily that others wish they could do too because you make it look so easy to do it. Everyone cannot do what is easy for you to do. Your talents are given specifically to you and it is up to you to use them to make a difference in this world! Talents answer this question “How” – How can I make the greatest amount of change in this world using the talents that are given to me?



Needs are the third component in finding your life purpose. Why needs? Passions and Talents are important, but you have them both because you have been designed for a role in your life where you will do what you love to do and use what you’re great at doing to solve problems! Needs answer the question “Where” – Where will I make the greatest contribution in life?




Finally, you have a “Calling”. Sometimes we can spend our whole life devoted to the wrong thing. You are called to do something great in your life. These great things can be negative, (e.g. a serial killer) or they can be positive (e.g. helping the poor or in my case, helping at-risk youth to find their calling in life). It’s up to you to decide what that calling is and to “just do it!”


Calling is the last component (and the most important) because you must pay attention to what your calling is in order to focus on it and to devote your life to that cause. Why? Because your calling comes from above. When you are working with the will of your spiritual guidance, it will all work out in the end!


So that’s how you define (Life) purpose and how to go about finding it? Purpose isn’t just about you having a satisfying life. Purpose is actually about you serving or contributing to the betterment of the world.


To solve the world’s problems, how do you actually do this? You only use your talents to become a solution to the problems. Your talents come easy to you. You use what comes easy to you to fix problems and since you’re great at what you do, you’ll fix the problems that are set forth in your life purpose goals.


“Life is a banquet. And the tragedy is that most people are starving to death.”  ~ Anthony de Mello