I received a phone call from a friend recently who was approaching his fortieth birthday.
“Paul,” he is on the verge of tears, “I have all these friends who are in their mid-thirties, and I am the only one whose life, marriage, relationships is not falling apart. Where are all the Fathers in the Faith?”
By ‘Fathers in the Faith’ he is referring to men and women who are older and wiser, who have traveled the road and are authentic for the work and experience, who have become healers who walk with a limp, who know how to listen and engage and comfort and confront.
My friend, Wes Yoder, is one of those ‘Fathers.” And this podcast he recently did with Leary and Armin from Reinventure.me was too good not to share.
Wes is the founder of Ambassador Agency, a literary agency and speakers bureau, and the author of the book, Bond of Brothers. They talk about life, successes, and what we should remember about the present moment and the future.
A few quotes I love from Wes during the show…
I started waking up to the reality that what God was choosing for me was far better than anything I ever chose for myself.
We’re afraid of discomfort, afraid of pain, afraid of suffering, afraid of losing.
There’s a slow life transformation that happens every time you go through a testing time or a suffering time. Something in you changes, either for better or for worse.
Or you can learn to forgive those who have hurt you. You can learn to say, ‘In my suffering and in my sorrow, I met the Man of Sorrow who is acquainted with my grief, who—oh by the way—promises to make my joy complete.’ I can live in that space or I can live in a place of bitterness.
As long as my life is not over here, there’s still more to come, […] the best part of life is ahead of me.
I don’t care where you are in life, as long as you are alive, […] this is the spring time of [y]our life—not only because there is eternity ahead, but because the years we have left are meant to be important because we still have them being given to us year after year as gifts from God.
Tomorrow can be incredible.
The question I have for myself literally on a day-[to]-day basis—and for anyone who will actually listen—[… is], ‘God, put into my hands whatever you want there. And take out of my hands anything that is not good for me, isn’t pleasing to you, is just getting in the way. And I don’t care what the results are.
Ultimately, contentment is connected somehow to knowing that you’ve not missed the purpose of your life.
When you’re really alive, you can look, with a cheshire grin on your face, and say, ‘The best part of my life is this moment here with you.