Good News - February 2022

“Experience is the cheapest commodity if you are smart enough to get it second hand." Good News Wants to Know... What is one experience you've had that taught you a lesson you'd like to pass on to others? As a lover of people and a believer that everyone has potential to impact this world for others, I learned that sometimes this belief is not shared by others and in fact have witnessed how it can be misconstrued into something far from the original intent. If you want to be successful, help as many people as you possibly can to become successful. "It's hard to throw stones if you're busy washing feet. Don't let people steal your joy, keep loving people like Christ." Unknown author. Dr. Jessica Vera, President and CEO, Elite Foundation When in doubt about sharing the Gospel share it. We apprehensively knocked on the door of a neighbor fearing embarrassment but were prompted to share despite his obtuse questions. That very night God opened his and his wife’s hearts and not only did they accept Christ but he became my best friend. William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott PA I once told my big brother I could fly like Superman. He dared me to fly off the top bunk. I did. And I broke my wrist. Life Lesson: When your big brother dares you to do anything… think twice. Bob Denison, President, Denison Yachting While serving as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, I was taught a powerful lesson about generosity and hospitality by the poorest of the poor. Our little teamwas showing The Jesus Film in the most remote mountain areas there. Those desperate families insisted that we stay in their huts, sleep in their beds and eat of the little food they had. When they denied their children food in order to feed us, at first I deemed it as foolishness. Eventually, I learned it was their greatness. "Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom. . .?” (James 2:5) Deborah Cusick, FAU Campus Volunteer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Journalism and opinion writing taught me to get the full story before making a judgment. Even from personal experience, I have learned to ask questions, listen, and don't assume much until all parties involved have spoken. If one side of an issue is convincing, it may seem like a settled matter. But the other side may bring new facts or considerations that change everything. Dolores King-St. George, President, King Communications and GraceNet Radio I have learned that one person can change the entire direction of your life and enable incredible opportunities but that only comes if you are willing to ask, build relationships and follow through. We needed more space to grow our business and a better lease, but I thought for sure the landlord would laugh if I asked … I asked and we have been building together ever since. Do NOT let assumptions get in the way. Don Campion, President, Banyan Air Service, Inc. When you are replacing a stove and want to make sure the 200v plug fits into your cabinet cut-out, make sure the leads don't make contact with your wedding ring. Trust me when I say - it's an enlightening experience. Doug Sauder, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Over the years I've allowed people to be bigger and more influential in my life than God Himself. How sad. Thankfully, I'm finally at a place where no one person is greater than my God in my life. I love many people and some still have influence in my life but not to the extent that they are more so than the Lord is to me. Proverbs 29:25 reminds me that, "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." Don't ever make a person bigger than God. God alone is to be magnified. Amen. Fidel Gomez, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Hollywood I learned that opposites might attract, but it doesn’t work out so well! My advice is to work at it a little harder and find someone that thinks like you, likes the same things you like and believes the same things you believe! Fred Scarbrough, DVM, founder, Hope South Florida and Scarbrough Animal Hospital When Deborah and I were students in Scotland, we ran completely out of money at the end of our first year. We had to stop our milk delivery, the bank took our checkbook because the balance was so low, and we were down to half a bag of rice and a can of beans in the cupboard. Those days were filled with tense walks and fervent prayers. Yet during that time person after person invited us to eat with them and others, without knowing our plight, put food on our table – even a small ham and large cut of lamb! Through the kindness of many, we finished our studies. We learned that God saw, God heard, God was faithful, and God and others loved us. Gene L. Green, PhD, Dean, Trinity International University – Florida The school of hard knocks - aka - Life, is the best teacher! You don’t really understand it until you’re older and lived it. When disappointments come and they do, you need to step back and realize that others are dealing with issues and problems. Key word- patience. Try to put yourself into their shoes. Offer a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. Then wait. In my generation INSTANT became a priority. I’ve learned in relationships and in business that those that wait reap a good harvest! Helen Wayner P.A., Century 21 Hansen Realty William “Bill” C. Davell Bob Denison Deborah Cusick Dolores King-St. George Don Campion Doug Sauder Wants to Know… Dr. Jessica Vera