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TODAY IS THE Procession des saints de Bretagne - diocèse de Vannes, cathédrFEAST OF ALL SAINTS in the Catholic faith.  It’s a remembrance not only of named and recognized saints, but all who have achieved eternal life – whether we know them or not.

It’s a great time to ponder the ultimate purpose of what we’re doing here.

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THIS WEEKEND IS the celebration of Independence Day in the US.  A patriotic, celebratory, but thoughtful time.

When I was a kid, I got the impression that our country was created in the late 18th century and has been running on automatic ever since.

Boy, was I wrong!

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Love_in_the_blue_sky“IF YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO, you’ll never work a day in your life.”  This quote has been attributed to a variety of people, so I’m not going to pick just one.

It has a strong foundation of truth in it.  I do indeed love my work, and it’s totally changed my outlook on my career, indeed, the rest of my life.

But I don’t love it all the time.

And I don’t love every part of it.  There’s grunge work and boring parts and annoyances.

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 J OSH DAPKUS  Josh Dapkusmanages the local Bayada Home Health Care marketing group. I confess that I wasn’t really aware of this company, but the more I find out the more impressed I am. Bayada has a range of services to help those wanting caring, supportive health care in the home.

But this isn’t really about the company.  It’s about Josh’s journey to get to this destination.

Josh was strongly motivated by his grandmother’s experience with dementia. As you might imagine, this was stressful for him and the whole family. And it convinced him that he would love to spend his life helping others with these challenges.

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SALVATION IS AT HAND!  Christ is risen!

I would like to take this moment to extend to you the warmth and joy of this, our most holy day of the Christian year.  Nearly 2000 years ago, Jesus showed us our path out of sin and into God’s loving presence.

Are you taking time every day to build this into yourself and your business?  I don’t care if you market yourself as a Christian company.  But certainly you should be letting your values shine forth.

DO YOU PRAY for your business?Pray flower  I know that I’ve struggled with this question over the years.

In our society, we try hard to separate our religious lives on Sunday from our secular lives the other six days of the week.

But God has asked us to be focused on him at all times, not just for an hour or two.

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 C HRISTIANS ARE CALLED to be joyful:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. — Romans 15:13

 This isn’t easy, of course.  We all get discouraged by happenings in our families, in our businesses, in society.  This is not an easy time.

But I’m not sure that there’s EVER been an easy time.

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 J OSH MILLER Josh Milleris a pastor who is starting up a new church in Fort Collins, St Thomas Church.  He brings a wealth of experience and amazing energy, so I have confidence that he’ll see success with this venture.

I first met him at a local Chamber of Commerce event.  How unusual is that, right?  It’s almost as if business relationships can’t at all be associated with spirituality.

So of course I just had to find out more.

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GOD Music scoreIS THE COMPOSER of the universe.  Knowing the beginning, end, and everything in between, He has carefully constructed this beautiful place we pass through.

I’m the eight note down in measure 93, the low A flat.  I’m not particularly special, no more but no less important than anyone else in this entire symphony.  I marvel at the wonderful intricacy of it all.

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SOMETIMES WorryIT’S ONLY FAITH that gets you through.

This has been a tumultuous few weeks, both for my business and personally.  I won’t go into details here, but it’s been … a testing time.

Life is not meant to be comfortable or convenient.

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