A Blog & Podcast by Frank Eriksen

Okay kid

Sometimes I’ll be sitting at our kitchen table, in front of my Macbook or iPad, staring out the window into my beautifully green backyard. A cup of Caribou Coffee at hand. One or both of our cats sitting on the windowsill talking to me. And during these serene moments, occasionally segments of thoughts come rolling through my head. I write them down because they help remind me what life’s all about. I hope they will remind you, too. Enjoy. And if you like these little tidbits – share them with your group or tribe or family.

Getting nowhere is actually getting somewhere. It’s a step back, but it is somewhere. We are never standing still. We are either progressing or regressing. Always. Where are you headed today?

Sooner or later – you have to stop thinking, planning and talking and take action. Taking action is the key to everything!

Always play to win. But know that winning at all cost – is a price no one can afford.

Sometimes, people just need you to listen, not solve their problems.

God is either everything, or He is nothing. There is no 50-50. 60-40, 80-20, You’re either all in – or all out.

Plan for financial success: Give 10% to God. Save 10%. Live on 80%.

If your identity is in your job, house, car, clothes, friends, bank account – you’re missing the whole point of life.

The Beatles were right, “in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

Choices matter. The most important is who you worship. The second most important is who you marry. Those two choices alone can mean the difference between happiness or misery. Choose wisely.

You know all those marriage vows… For better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health? If you can’t keep them. Don’t make them. You may think they’re just words in a ceremony. God considers them a binding contract.

Choose today who you will serve, God or money. You can have both, but you can’t serve both.

Remember when God gave Moses those 10 Commandments? He wasn’t kidding.

Never stop learning. When you stop learning, you stop living.

This one’s a no-brainier. Jail is not fun! Or cool!

When you’re humble you rarely stumble.

You can fall to your knees. But not from them.

The Bible says, be slow to anger. Why? Because once you loose your temper, it’s hard to find it again.

Trust me on this one. Your spouse will never get tired of hearing you say, I love you.

Think before your speak and act.” I’m sorry”, doesn’t always solve the problem.

Children will do what you do. Not what you say.

Loyalty and respect must be earned.

Graham Nash said it best. “Teach Your Children Well.”

It’s a lot easier to “make” a baby than “raise” a baby.

Never read a book and then see the movie. The greatest producer or director in the world can not out imagine your imagination.

The more debt you carry, the harder it is to walk.

Today, you can be the answer to someone’s prayer if you stay alert to what God is doing around you.

Stop worrying! Has worrying ever made anything better?

Feeling lonely? Invite someone over. Feeling unloved? Invite God over.

It doesn’t make any sense, but the more you give – the more you get. It’s working in my life and it can work in yours.

There is no such thing as Heaven on earth. But Kauai comes really close.

You’ll never know the incredible weight of your resentments until you drop them.

The seven deadly sins; Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, Gluttony – won’t really kill you. But they will murder your spirit.

Keys to success:
Be better at selling than you are at buying.
Don’t be afraid to laugh. Don’t be afraid to cry.

If your children aren’t into sports, don’t force them to be. If they are, lovingly encourage them. And be there with love when they lose.

Don’t live your life through your children. Instead, let them live theirs through you.

They say there’s no owners manual for being a parent. Yes, there is. It’s called the Bible.

Age is but a number on a page. The Fountain of Youth is found in your state of mind and heart.

Don’t fear death – embrace life.

Heard a great line in a movie. “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.” it’s true! Don’t let that be you!!!

Sometimes it easier to talk to God face-to-face from your knees. Can’t kneel – a humble heart is just as good.

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