Facebook: Put the Best Spin On It!

Here’s a Facebook Live video I did to remind you to put the best spin on your past.

In the book I’m writing (a tribute to my mom), I talked about how Mom did this. My parents divorced when I was turning 10, and we moved thousands of miles away. But Mom consistently told me, “Your dad will want to see your report cards, and he’ll want to know about your accomplishments.”

The crazy thing is, it didn’t really matter if it was true or not. By putting the best possible spin on my relationship with Dad, Mom helped me grow up believing I mattered to both of them.

I believe that, in his own way, Dad did care, and wanted to fulfill his responsibilities. But he had a lot of brokenness to deal with. Mom’s perspective helped shield me from much of that brokenness, and I’m so grateful!

Let’s do this for ourselves and our families: put the best spin on whatever difficulties you have faced. Whether from people, or financial loss, or illness… learn to “make a molehill out of a mountain.” It’ll do your heart good!

Facebook: What’s Your Goal?


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Hi this is Morgan Reece reminding you to Do What Matters.

I have three goals for this video today:

1. Remind you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made
2. Remind you to focus on what only you can do;
3. Remind you to set important goals and tell someone!

The Bible says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made: There’s so much negativity in the world, and we often bring it to ourselves. We judge ourselves, criticize ourselves. But God created each person in His image and declared you are “fearfully and wonderfully made”! There’s nobody like you. Your value doesn’t depend on whether you are young enough, tall enough, thin enough. When you are 50 you’re going to think the body you had at 40 was pretty great. When you’re 60 you’ll look back fondly on the body you had at 50! And even so, my goal is to be in better shape 10 years from now than I am right now… so I’m working on developing the habits that will get me there.

Focus on what only you can do: This includes your most important relationships, like your walk with God and relationships with your family. If you’re married, you are the only one that can legitimately enjoy intimacy with your spouse — don’t neglect that! And not just intimacy, but hugging on your kids and reminding them they are special and loved. In your business and at home, focus on what ONLY you can do. So often in business, especially if you’re self employed, it’s easy to find yourself on a hamster wheel, trying to do so many things. But the truth is, some of those things aren’t going to make a difference anyway. We try to do too much because we think we can do it all, and that’s just not true!

I mangled it in my video, but here’s the actual quote:

Dr. Paul Rosenfeld, psychiatrist: “The sure sign of the incurable egotist is that he never allows for the actual amount of time any given activity will take.“

If you’re a mom, realize that your children should be growing into ever-increasing roles of responsibility to care for your home. You were never meant to be everyone else’s slave. Do what ONLY you can do, and start getting help with the rest!

Doing what only you can do also includes setting goals for your health and your impact in the world. God gave you life for a purpose!

Set important goals and tell someone: This is the third reason for my video today. Three years ago, I wrote a book in tribute for my mom. I published it on Amazon (so I could give it to her for her birthday), but really, it’s not finished. So today I decided, “You know what? I’m just going to tell the world, Hey, I need to finish this book, and I’m asking you to hold me accountable. Not because I’m going to make a million dollars from a book. I don’t think it’s going to make me a bunch of money. But I believe with all my heart, my mom’s book will change lives, because it’s changing mine.

Let me explain: I wrote this book to honor my mom. But here’s what happened: the more I worked on the book, the more I saw it was changing my mindset, my perspective, and changing me as a mom. It’s helping me be less negative about my mothering skills, and enjoy my family. If God gave you a family, it’s not because He’s punishing you (with all the responsibility), or trying to show you what a loser you are as a mom.

The Bible says as for God, his way is perfect. That means, when He thought about your kids, He thought, “I know the exact perfect mom for them!” And He picked you. Top choice! Maybe you’re like me, thinking “I’m such a loser mom.” No you’re not! If you’re a mom, dad, sister, brother… We all mess up. That’s why Jesus died. Because we can’t do it ourselves. We’re all just doing the best we can, and growing at it all the time.

And then He gives us these goals and dreams.

Wrapping it up:

I’m not going to fill my personal feed with videos, because that wouldn’t be nice to my friends. So I started a business page, and I’ll be posting videos like this over there in the future.

Go to my business page, like it, request notifications, and then comment on the post at the top that says “What’s your goal?”

Let’s finish these things!
You’re going to feel so good when you FINISH that thing you started. (Whether it’s hugging your kids every day, or sending a note to Grandma, or making 5 cold calls in your business. Pick a goal and DO IT!)

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A Biblical View of Wealth

No idea if he was a Christian, but this is a biblical view of wealth.

If command of the fruits of the earth is the normal and destined position for each man, why should one who has achieved such a position, and in so doing has shown large powers of one kind or another, not receive the recognition that he, insofar, has succeeded?

It is a man’s work to make a fortune and under normal circumstances a measure of ability.

William Ernest Hawking

This is just one of many gems from Dorothea Brand’s classic, Wake Up and Live!: A Formula for Success That Really Works!.

We live in a culture that vilifies profit and prosperity. Yet the fact that many are profiting despite all the challenges in our economy should fill us with hope, not cynicism. It all starts with changing our mindset about wealth.

Narcissism, Neglect, and Addiction: Must-Listen Podcast

Joe Polish’s interview with Dr. Gerber Maté had me weeping not once but twice.  Once for the reminder of trauma I thought was forgotten; once for the damage caused by wrong responses… responses that perpetuate the narcissism/trauma/addiction cycle in our families. And, for the record, we’re all in dysfunctional families. What with sin and selfishness, that’s the only kind there have ever been. 

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: A Candid Conversation About Addiction with Gabor Maté and Joe Polish 

From my perspective as a Christian, this interview is a reminder of how vital it is that we find our identity in Christ. That’s because only God’s love — agape love, unconditional love — doesn’t need the other person to reciprocate for it to continue. But if we don’t know we’re loved… if we go around hungry for affirmation… we’ll be stuck. We’re hopelessly unable to give out what we don’t have.