Your Champions Brew for Friday, October 8, 2021

Hey Champions Brew nation, welcome back for another  weekly coffee accompaniment designed to equip and call you to uncommon leadership.  It is my hope that you are finding these weekly bullets to be useful. 

Fill your cup and enjoy!

What you need to know:

  • Eat Healthy (sort of!):   I knew it!!  Headline reads, “Nutritionist Says Pizza Is Better For Breakfast Than Most Cereals”.  I guess it is possible.  Fun link to the many nutritional benefits of a cold piece of pizza for breakfast on a Sunday morning.  NOTE: The article ALSO says that there are a million other foods better than cereal for breakfast, too, but HEY, don’t judge me!!
  • Live Forever and Build Faith and Be Happy and Think Positive:  Isaiah 90:12 reads:  “Lord teach us to number our days. So that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – So much I love about this verse.  I really like the “so that” in the verse.  It answers the question of WHY we need to take action, in this case, “number our days”.  A coaching client of mine said something recently that sparked my memory of a story that I heard from John C Maxwell years ago that included a unique way to “number your days”.  The first time I ‘heard’ this was on one of John’s monthly CD’s.  I can’t seem to locate the audio version of it so I thought I would record  it myself.  Imagine yourself sitting in front of a radio in your garage or on your back porch and this story comes on the radio.  So, here is MY audio version of the story of 1,000 marbles:

My friend Dwight Bain sent me a story of a ham radio operator who overheard an older gentleman giving advice to a younger man.“It’s a shame you have to be away from home and family so much,” he said. “Let me tell you something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities. You see, one day I sat down and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about 75 years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and came up with 3,900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in his lifetime.“It took me until I was 55 years old to think about this in any detail,” he continued, “and by that time I had lived through over 2,800 Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be 75, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.” He went on to explain that he bought 1,000 marbles and put them in a clear plastic container in his favorite work area at home. “Every Saturday since then,” he said, “I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There’s nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.” Then the older gentleman finished, “Now let me tell you one last thought before I sign off and take my lovely wife out to breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday, then I have been given a little extra time.” 

We can’t choose whether we will get any more time, but we can choose what we do with it!!

This excerpt was from a John Maxwell blog post from May 16, 2011

  • Quote: “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” – Kofi Annan

What you need to do:

Call to Action:  So, Brew Nation, will you be going out and buying some marbles this weekend? How can we be better at ‘numbering our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom?  Drop me an email to let me know ([email protected]) or comment on the blog.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of Champions Brew.  If you enjoyed it, I would appreciate it if you would share it with a friend who might enjoy it as well and ask them to subscribe! I will make sure they automatically get this email every week. 

Also, check out the Uncommon Leader Podcast – with some great interviews of leaders and influencers who have made a difference in my life and just might help you as well! 

Also, the Uncommon Leader podcast is growing!  Click HERE for a list of the episodes of interviews I have done with Uncommon leaders.  It has been enjoyable for me and I know the guests will add value to you as well !

Until next time, go and Grow Champions!


3 Responses

  1. John, I love the marble story. That word picture really made an impression. I think others will be impacted also… great word pictures are a wonderful way to teach. (Adults especially!) Those that can use word pictures effectively are truly “Uncommon Leaders”. Thank you for the Friday Champions Brew.

    1. Keith, thanks so much. This story impacted me the first time I heard it and each time thereafter, if not more as the marbles dwindle more and more.

  2. John – Your blog today perfectly encapsulates the preciousness of time – something I hope we will be able to pass along to younger generations. In childhood, the concept of time is boundless. Only when the marbles have really diminished does the awareness seem to come round full force. What lives would we all lead if we understood that from youth? And the quote by Kofi Annan is an excellent testament to the importance of understanding your Values, Vision, and a Life Plan to support it all.

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