Category Archives: Faith

Dream Big

This week a friend of mine posted a great status update on Facebook. It read like this:

“Five or six years ago, a man from Africa shining shoes at the Las Vegas airport told me about his plan to save enough that he could start a business taking customers on safari.  I gave him a business card.  Today, he sent me an email introducing his business and inviting me on safari this summer! #nevergiveup”

How cool is that!  I wasted no time hitting “like” but the story stuck with me.  The next day I messaged my friend to see if I could share the story here.  He graciously agreed and added some more details.  This is what he wrote:

“Initially, I almost deleted his “TOUR TO AFRICA” email as spam, but I recalled the conversation I had with him, so I took and look and it was him! His name is David Kigotho.

I recall that I was at McCarran waiting for a friend’s flight to arrive, so I sat down to have him clean up my white three-stripe Adidas sneakers. He talked the entire time about his plan.

His website is set on a rudimentary template, but he’s TRYING, and I love it.  If he just keeps moving forward and improving, he’ll make a go of it – and I think he knows that.

David’s email was sent to a ton of people (email addresses unprotected), some in construction, financial, Disney, Travel Channel, etc.  That dude has probably been shining shoes for years, telling his story, collecting tips, business cards and encouragement.”

Knowing a few more details made this story even more inspiring.

To me there are two main take-aways from this story.  First, you have to have a dream.  Without a dream you have nothing to reach for. Don’t be afraid to dream big.  David did and now he’s realizing his dream.

Second, don’t be afraid to share your dream with others.  David spent years sharing his dream with others while shining their shoes.  By sharing his dream he stayed focused on why he was shining shoes in the first place.  I bet it also helped him get more money in tips.  It’s easy to give a little extra to someone who speaks passionately about their dream.

My dream of starting this blog has been accomplished.  Lately I’ve been spending a lot of quiet time trying to figure out and focus on my next big dream.  I haven’t exactly nailed it down yet but when I do you’ll hear all about it.

By the way, if you’re a NASCAR fan dreaming of attending a race you should travel with my friend who shared this inspiring story.  You can find him at RaceAway Hospitality.

I leave you with with two things to help you dream big.  A Bible verse and song.

Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)  Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

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Week 2 Verse – Matthew 16:26

Matthew 16:26 (NIV)

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”

This is one of my all time favorite verses.  It’s one I go back to a lot. Especially when I start to feel sorry for myself about what I don’t have or envious of what others have.

To me it translates this way… if you get everything you could ever want but lose sight of God… then you really don’t have anything at all.  Material things aren’t what matters.  It’s our relationship with God and living our lives the way he wants us too.

Matthew 16:26 is the basis for one of my favorite songs:  TobyMac’s Lose My Soul.

What I like most about this song is it starts and ends with prayers that I can really relate to.

Father God, I am clay in your hands,
Help me to stay that way through all life’s demands,
‘Cause they chip and they nag and they pull at me,
And every little thing I make up my mind to be,
Like I’m gonna be a daddy whose in the mix,
And I’m gonna be a husband who stays legit,
And I pray that I’m an artist who rises above,
The road that is wide and filled with self love,
Everything that I see draws me,
Though it’s only in You that I can truly see that its a feast for the eyes- a low blow to purpose.
And I’m a little kid at a three ring circus.
I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul.

Then it wraps up like this:

Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on you.
Grant us the privilege of your world view,
And may your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.

As long as I have the love of my God and my family I have everything I need.

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Identity Theft Protection

Target, Snapchat… Identity theft has been in the news a lot lately. Sure, you may have thought the movie Identity Thief was funny but in real life identity theft is a big headache.  It’s a problem that isn’t going away.  In fact, it’s only getting worse.

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center 2013 saw a 30% increase in data breaches over 2012.  There were over 600 breaches exposing nearly 58 million records.  The FTC estimates identity theft happens every three seconds.  Scary stuff.

Until Target’s data breach late last year I hadn’t given much thought to protecting my identity.  I did all the common sense stuff everyone says you should do (create strong passwords, destroy sensitive documents before disposing them, avoid clicking on links in emails from people you don’t know, etc.) but that’s about as far as I had taken it.

Last night my wife and I got serious and made the decision to purchase identity theft insurance for our family.  We insure our home, our vehicles, our life… I guess our identity is the next logical step.  It really isn’t that expensive either.

We went with Zander Insurance and for less than $13 a month our entire family is covered.  That’s up to a million dollars in expense protection.  The thing I like most about the coverage is they handle all the work of restoring our credit if something were to happen.  Some reports I saw say that it takes 6 months and 200 hours of work to recover from identity theft.  Sounds like plenty of headaches, sleepless nights, and frustration that I don’t need.

This post isn’t meant to be a ringing endorsement or commercial for Zander Insurance.  There are plenty of resources out there.  Some that cost and some that are free.  Hopefully I have made you think about better protecting yourself from identity theft.

Take time to educate yourself.  Be vigilant.  At the very least get a free copy of your credit report.  A little time spent reviewing it now might save you a lot of time later.

What are you doing to protect your identity?

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