A couple of months ago, my parents decided they were selling their home in Florida and moving closer to my sister in Georgia. In a matter of weeks, they put their home on the market, sold it, packed their belongings, and headed up north. It seemed a bit rushed, but I said if it’s the Lord’s will, then it shall be.
Within a week after moving, my parents told me they’re driving back down due to a closing issue. It seems there was a clerical error whereby a $150,000 lien showed up against the mortgage. In a panic, they decide to race down and sort it all out.
Fourteen hours later, they arrive at our door with two carry on’s some pillows and a look of worry and fatigue. What ensues over the next few weeks is more stress, anxiety, and frustration. Despite all this, my boys still see the fun-loving, cheerful, and playful grandparents they love. Whenever they’re with them, they are laughing, joking, and spoiled rotten.
What amazes me most about my parents is how they set aside all of her worries to give my kids the joy of childhood. They leave the chaos behind and only focus on them. Their example convicted me because I let my worries taint my time with my family.
Seeing them and my boys laughing and playing reminded me that I need to change my mind frame. I can’t let life’s stresses weigh me down and take them down too. I need to choose to be joyful. I need to be optimistic for them and show them God’s joy in a challenging world.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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