January, 2015: REFLECTIONS

By: Jim Maas
jim and carol



All and all, 2015 was a good year.We spent lots of time with kids, grandkids, and each other. There was time for the important stuff, faith, family, and friends.


I was at a friend’s open house and met a couple that own 4 successful restaurants. They have 450 employees. They are thinking about buying another restaurant this year.We started talking about “how much is enough”. How much money do you really need. As long as you are enjoying it, keep doing it. But what if making money just becomes a habit? What if that habit distracts from the important stuff? I don’t know. My new friends, the restauranteurs seem content. I’m content, but how much money do you need?



As long as you are doing what you love, not working just to make money, you are a success. I’ve preached that to my kids since they were little. Don’t get trapped for 45 years doing something you do not like doing.                                                            One of the main gifts that I wanted to instill in my kids is the belief that if you do something you love, you will have enough money.                                                                      If you have to do something just for the money,  don’t do it any longer than you have to. Then do something you love as soon as you can and as long as you can.     I think they all three got it. One is in ministry, now a mom. Another was a filmmaker, now a mom. The youngest is a musician. All doing what they love until they don’t. Then do something else.



New starts.

I don’t know about you, but I never have been one to make new year’s resolutions. Guess I just figured that if I ought to be doing something different, no need to wait till January to start changing. Start changing right away. Not many decisions benefit from procrastination. Once you decide to do something, get on with doing it.

 Be happy, it’s a choice, another gift for my kids. Every day you get to decide: happy today, not happy today. 

The circumstances in our lives do not determine how happy we are.

 The mind is a place into itself and of itself can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven. -John Milton.

How you deal with the circumstances is what determines if you are happy or not, you decide.

Choose wisely.