As a group, we Gentlemen have many things in common – faith, educational backgrounds, interests, incredibly good looks – but one shared trait stands out above the others; our continuous quest to accomplish self-improvement. In fact, we sometimes grow frustrated when our friends’ lives seem to be going nowhere and not caring. You see, all three of us have grand aspirations for every area of our lives. We envision great success in our career fields, being excellent husbands to gorgeous wives, devoted and involved fathers to several well-behaved and talented children, faithful, selfless men of impact in our church communities, and so on. This is all well and good… but unless these dreams translate to reality, they lack substance and are meaningless.
I’ve spent many, many hours talking with Aaron and Akanimo about life. We discuss people, relationships, God, school, careers, you name it… and I’ve learned some incredible things from these discussions. I think we all have. And I think that each time, we all walk away with a renewed desire to do something, to be something. But as I’ve pondered the direction of my life, I’ve begun to recognize how much I think and say regarding my own personal growth without much coming of it. I know we all need to hear this, because we all have aspirations. We all want to be better in a month, or a year, than we are today. But it’s so easy to look at the roads to these areas of improvement, deem them too difficult, and sink into a resigned, complacent contentedness with our personal status quo. So I’m here to say, stop that! You’re better than that! You have what it takes! Just stop talking and start doing. The first step is the hardest… but once you build habits, I think you’ll find it gets easier to get down to business and make good choices every day. And if you don’t believe me, just listen to these guys.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The apostle Paul, writing from prison
“He conquers who conquers himself.” Cinefactus
You see, it’s great to want to improve yourself – by all means, talk about getting rid of that bad habit or sinful crutch – but don’t stop at talking about it. Some of the most frustrating people I have ever met are that way because they talk and talk and talk about changing things in their lives, but never do a darn thing about it. I don’t want that to be me; and don’t let that be you.
Now go out there and accomplish great things.