May 1st (“May Day” will always have a special meaning from now on), I was quickly and decisively dismissed from my longtime job at iHeart Media, Panama City after almost 13 years. I was the morning show host for almost that entire time and I had a pretty big name in our local community. Not to mention, this is the year I celebrate my 30th year in radio broadcasting. To say it was a shock is an understatement. However, after the initial gut punch disappeared, I realized something. This is something my wife and I had been praying for!
Yes, you read that right. It was an answered prayer. See, I had lost much of my passion for radio since I had been asked to assume several different positions- You know, the whole “do more with less” model that the business world has made the “new normal”.
I was doing a radio show, programming the station, doing social media for two stations, and serving as public service director for all the stations. I was tasked with helping to sell endorsements for my show, make public appearances as often as possible, and be available on weekends for programming duties. I’m probably leaving something out, but I think you get the picture. Don’t get me wrong, there were days that I really felt great about what I did. I loved serving the community and relished the opportunity to leverage my high local profile to make a difference. Those days, however, were the exception. It was just not the same as when I got into radio and I was really able to focus on expressing myself, and entertaining and blessing others. THAT was what I really enjoyed.
My wife and I had been praying that God would give us clarity on whether this job was where He wanted me to be. I always felt like I was destined for more than this, but I just
wasn’t sure where or how God wanted me to use the talents He’s given me to serve Him. I just knew that every time my wife Leanne and I talked about doing other things and letting me “spread my wings”, I was always limited because of my many job responsibilities. So, when we got the news that this job was no more a part of our lives, we took it as an answered prayer. Not only that, but if I would have quit, we would be in a much worse financial position.
Now, just like this blank computer screen I’m filling with these words, my future is wide open. The possibilities are many, and with God’s guidance, continued prayer
and support from so many like you reading this, I can focus on exactly how God wants to use me. It’s scary, but at the same time, pretty exciting to say the least!
And for THAT, I’m very grateful. And gratitude is a very powerful thing. Let me explain…
William Arthur Ward said “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings”.
Now to say that this is an “ordinary opportunity” is really understating it. I have a tremendous, powerful, once in a lifetime opportunity ahead of me. For that I give THANKS! I’ve learned that a thankful heart is a full heart. One of my favorite quotes is “It’s not the happy person who’s grateful, it’s the grateful person who is happy”. Not only that, but science PROVES that gratitude is essential to our overall happiness.
In several studies, participants were asked to write letters of gratitude to people who had helped them in some way. The study found that people reported a lasting
increase in happiness…over weeks and even months, after implementing the habit. Not only that, but studies show that people who practice writing down just
THREE good things that have happened to them every week showed a significant boost in happiness. See, it really IS the grateful person who is happy!
William A. Ward said “God gave you a GIFT of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used ONE of those to say “thank you”? Start doing it today and feel the blessings overflow.
Meanwhile, this grateful guy will talk to you soon. Right now, I just want to say THANK YOU for reading this AND for being part of my new journey. I can’t WAIT for what’s ahead!