How to Stop Worrying

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“Do not Worry about tomorrow; today has enough trouble of its own.”

I only worry about one thing – the future. The problem is that everything is in the future. I have bills but I don’t worry about the bills, I worry that someday I won’t have enough money to pay them. I don’t worry about my kids, I worry that someday they will do something that will have a negative impact on their lives.

Whether you call it worry, anxiousness, anxiety, panic, fret, concern, agonize, stress, torment, over think or to lose sleep over something, these feelings are the opposite of what I want in my life. I want Peace, tranquility, serenity and calm. (It’s interesting that I can think of more words that express worry than I can of peace.)

Worry affects how we feel, think and behave in a negative way and has a subtle effect that sneaks up on us when we least expect it. It distracts us and causes us to do the wrong things. Sometimes I find myself doing things in response to worry but I don’t recognize this until someone asks me why I’m doing it. When I really step back and look at my thoughts, I see it comes from a worry that snuck in when I wasn’t looking. Worry pops up at times and it’s all about the future and out of my control.

The Illusion of Control

I’ve always told my kids there are two things you should never worry about; things you CAN control and things you CANNOT control. If you can control something, fix it and stop worrying about it. If you cannot control something, leave it alone and trust that GOD will take care of it.

The reality is that EVERYTHING is out of your control. People who were starting a new business on September 11, 2001 did not factor in the horrible events of that day into their business plan. We cannot plan enough details into life to never be surprised at what comes our way. So we have to acknowledge that GOD is in control of everything (even the tragic things) and that he has a plan. Just because we don’t like or understand the plan does not mean he doesn’t have a plan.

Why Worry

“Who by worrying has added a single thing to their life”

I’m 52 and GOD has never let me down. Even in my darkest hours of the worst days of my life, I still felt GOD was with me and He carried me through it all. In times when I had practically nothing and there was no relief in sight, He brought a solution that proved to me nothing is too big for GOD. So why after 52 years of GOD taking such good care of me do I allow myself to worry about anything?

I love the song “I Will Look Up” and the line that says “I will look back and see that you are faithful. I’ll look ahead believing you are able.” GOD has proved himself faithful all my life and I am absolutely confident that He is able to do anything and loves me like a son, so why worry?

The Solution

The driver of all our worry is Fear. We sometimes call this our “Comfort Zone” but it’s really Fear. Fear that things are not in our control, that something bad might happen, and basically fear of the unknown all lead us to worry and take away our peace. But I have found a solution – LOVE.

“Perfect LOVE casts out all fear.”

When I think of how much GOD loves me and I focus on the truth of God’s word, my fear and worry goes away. When I remember that GOD loved us so much that he gave his own son to die so we might know GOD personally, it makes the worries of this world seem tiny and brings me peace. When we put our hope in GOD, we are not disappointed because He never gives up on us. We can be bold and confident as long as we put our hope in Him and His love for us, and not our feeble attempt to control things or know what will happen in the future.

HOPE

 

Life is challenging so we need others around to help when we allow ourselves to worry. People who can sense when we’ve lost our focus and are allowing worry to cloud our vision. People who will remind us of the truth when they see we have allowed ourselves to spiral into anxiousness. Someone to encourage us and hold us up when we are just too beat down to try one more time. Join us as we plan this years DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast and let us support you as a group who knows there is plenty we could worry about but we will put our HOPE in the Lord and He does not disappoint.

* If this does not make sense to you, it may be because you do not know the GOD of whom I speak. If that is the case I wold be glad to meet with you and tell you about the GOD of the Bible and His son Jesus Christ. Contact me at [email protected]

Robert Hunt

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Are You Listening to GOD?

asian businessmanEvery leadership decision I’ve ever made that produced any type of fruit has not been the result of my brilliance but God’s goodness.

If you are a CEO, a small business owner, or an employee, let me assure you that listening to God is the best leadership tip I could ever offer. The best business advice I could ever give is to listen to Jesus and do what He says.

God wants you to be the best version of yourself, the you He made you to be. We hear from Jesus by reading the Bible, from the Holy Spirit during quiet times of prayer, through the wise words of those around us, and from our pastors. His direction is there if we are willing to listen.

Almost every morning I get out of bed, make a cup of coffee, opened the Bible, and allow Jesus to guide me for that day. Leaning into God as much as possible will keep us humble and remind us what we are doing and Who we are doing it for.

When our plates are filled with things we feel like we have to do, rather than the things we are called to do, we begin to operate out of obligation rather than celebration. A leader’s responsibility is not to make as many people as happy as possible. A leader’s primary responsibility is to be obedient to God and HIS ways of doing things (Colossians 3:23-24) and let others follow the example we set.

As you start to say no to good things to make room for God things, people may not like it. On those days, remember this: One day when we stand before God, we will be held accountable for whether or not we were obedient to our calling and the resources He gave us. The Parable of the Talents reminds us that we have a responsibility before GOD for the life he has given us. What will be the ROI on your Life?

Live your life in such a way that one day we hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:14 – 28).

The Annual DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast is created to provide a safe place for Technology Leaders who follow Jesus Christ to start living out their faith. Being a Table Host allows you to invite people to join you so they can hear how a faith in Jesus Christ has changed our lives. Remember, you are light in the darkness – let it shine.

Robert Hunt

  •  Get involved in helping us plan for this years event. Sign up to be a Volunteer, Table Host, or Sponsor. Join us at our next planning or ramp-up meeting and help us plan, pray and promote this event. 

Why Steve Helms is Involved in the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

Why are you involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

Steve Helms, Account Executive at Anaplan  had this to say:

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I am involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast because something happened. Something important.

The DFW Technology community spends a lot of time talking about important things. What leader built a powerful company, which great thinker developed a new technology, whose new venture will become this year’s breakout, what IPO is worth our attention, and whose strategy is going to disrupt the industry.

These are all things that make a direct impact on what we do professionally on a daily basis. All of those important things guide our decisions about who we work for, represent and do business. They shape our careers and lives. We also spend our time building relationships that help us on that journey. Regardless of who the relationship is with, we always learn from them. Whether it is a peer, an employee, a boss, or a mentor, these relationships inform us and shape who we become in our careers.

Now imagine that the CEO of your biggest customer reached out to you personally and asked to have a personal relationship with you.  Wouldn’t you respond immediately and give that invitation your full attention? Of course you would.  Why? Because that relationship and closeness will take your career to new heights. Knowing that this is true, then why not give that kind of attention to a far more important relationship?

God sent his Son Jesus Christ to save us. He came, he died, and he conquered sin & death for us.

It happened.

This is a lot more important than our latest technology product announcement, and just as important, Jesus Christ who is the “Chief Executive” of the Universe invites us to know Him personally!

After his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus invited his followers to “Come and have breakfast” and “Follow Me.” (John 21)

It happened.

The one who conquered death wants to spend time with you.  How you respond could be the most important decision you make. Come have breakfast with us on September 30.

We are very thankful for Steve, who helps lead the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us for an even better event in 2016!

Do you have a Bucket List?

Bucket_List__001I don’t have a “Bucket List.” Not that I don’t want to do cool and amazing things, I just hadn’t sat down and created a list that drives my efforts in life around tasks or accomplishments. I’m a very driven and organized guy. I set weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual goals for my business and my personal life, but no Bucket List. So I started to wonder if I was missing something here. 

I read an article with ideas about creating a Bucket List and one of the first things it has you consider is “What if you were to die tomorrow? What would you wish you had done before you die.” Then it lists out other questions like:

  • What would you do if you had unlimited time, money & resources?
  • What have you always wanted to do but have not done yet?
  • Any countries, places or locations you want to visit?
  • What are your biggest goals and dreams?
  • What do you want to see in person?
  • What achievements do you want to have?
  • What experiences do you want to have / feel?
  • Are there any special moments you want to witness?
  • What activities or skills do you want to learn or try out?
  • What are the most important things you can ever do?

Bucketlist.comI also found a website called Bucket List that allows you to see what others are doing and say “Yeah, thats something I want on my bucket list.” There is certainly value in taking stock of your life and making sure you use it to the fullest, but all this needs to be kept in mind with your purpose for living in the first place. 

Why are You Here?

Jesus told a story in the Bible about a Master who gave his servants a specific amount of Talents and held them accountable to use them wisely. (see this review of the Parable of the Talents for more info) We too will be held accountable for the things GOD has graciously given us while here on earth. That includes the fact we live in the USA, have our health, went to school, have a home and food each day, and more! These “talents” were put in our hands in various amounts, but we are still responsible to use them for God’s glory, not just to check off our Bucket List.

Everybody Dies

The Bible says that everyone, good or bad, religious or not, will kneel before GOD when you die (Romans 14: 10 -12).  And the fact is that NO BODY is good enough, or religious enough, to deserve to pass through those pearly gates. That is why GOD sent his only son Jesus Christ to live, die, and rise again to pay the price for all our shortcomings. And this sacrificial gift of the forgiveness of our sins is a FREE gift that anyone can check off their bucket list today!

Today is the last day on earth for and estimated 153,000 people.  If you were to die today, would you really worry about how many things you knocked off your Bucket List, or what it will be like when you kneel before the King of Kings and answer for the life you lived on earth.

I hope you will choose God’s free gift of salvation through a faith in Jesus Christ today. Then see what GOD can do with a life that is completely His. We would love to talk with you more about how this can change your life so contact us at [email protected].

Robert Hunt

  •  Come get involved in the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast team for 2016 and use the talents GOD has given you to serve others. Sign up to be a Volunteer and make plans to join us at our 2016 event on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Why Shawn Tuma is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

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Scheef & Stone, L.L.P.

Shawn Tuma, Partner at Scheef & Stone, L.L.P., had this to say:

It’s the feeling that I got when I first walked into the building. It’s the overwhelming presence of the Lord that told me I was in the right place and needed to be a part of it.

It was a feeling that I had experienced before and I knew that I could not ignore it. In the spring of 1996, I visited Regent University to see if that was the right place for me to attend law school. When I placed my foot on the ground to step out of the cab at the front gates of Regent, I felt that same feeling. The chills, feeling of warmth, the hair standing up on the back of your neck. You know, the feeling you get when you enter into a place that is filled with the Spirit of the Lord. At that moment, I knew that I was in the right place and there no doubt whatsoever. In hindsight, attending Regent University School of Law was one of the very best decisions I have ever made.

In the fall of 2014, my friend Robert Hunt invited me to be a guest at his table for the 2014 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. Bright and early on September 26, 2014, I arrived at the Irving Convention Center having no idea of what to expect. As I walked up to the building, all I could tell was that the place was huge and insecure feeling of knowing nobody, except Robert, in a building full of people, was knawing away at me.

Then I opened the door and walked in. At that moment, the feeling hit me and everything was just right. I could feel the presence of the Lord and I knew that I was in the right place. I was quickly greeted with coffee and smiling friendly faces that made me feel right at home. The more time that passed, the more I knew just how special this event was. By the end of the Breakfast, I knew that I had to be a part of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast going forward and committed to both volunteer and purchase a table for 10 people for 2015.

Today was the 2015 Prayer Breakfast. It was absolutely amazing! As I entered the building, I felt the same Sprit that I felt last year. The speakers’ messages were perfect and I could see that many people’s hearts were touched, believers and non-believers alike. It was also very fulfilling to see how much the nine guests I invited to my table were enjoying themselves. I can only wonder if any of them were impacted the same way I was last year, and whether they will have their own tables next year — with nine more guests each! Isn’t it amazing to see just how easily God can expand this exponentially?

It just doesn’t get any better than this! I am excited to be a part of the 2016 Prayer Breakfast and I hope to see you there!

We are very thankful for Shawn, who is one of our great volunteers and served as Chair of the Communications Committee for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us for an even better event in 2016!

Why Robert Hunt is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

RobertRobert Hunt, Owner of Renaissance Executive Forums Dallas,  had this to say:

I do not have a line between my work and faith and I am part of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast because it is an event that celebrates the marriage of the two. My faith in Jesus Christ weaves in and out seamlessly through my work because it is the foundation of what I think and do. I don’t have a way to shut it off to meet certain situations any more than I can turn off being a Husband or Father. And frankly, I don’t see a reason I would want to. People are looking for what I have and I am happy to share it with them.
I have found that most people are searching for something MORE out of life. Many have a longing in their hearts that never seems to be satisfied. They search for peace and joy but it always seems just beyond their reach. We spend most of our lives working. Whether we’re thinking about it, going to or from it, or actually doing the work, it takes up the majority of our lives. Why would anyone hold back their faith during all this?
I have been given a place of influence in the lives of Owners and CEO’s here in DFW, and GOD expects me to live boldly for Him so others will know the life-changing message of a hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Someday, I will stand before my GOD and be accountable for the opportunities He placed in my life. I want to be found worthy of the marriage, children, friends, and work He has given me to care for. That is also what I want for you.
Join me and over 500 Technology and Business Leaders this year at the Irving Convention Center to hear what GOD is doing in our lives. If you do not know the GOD of the Bible in a personal way, come hear and believe. If you are a part of God’s family, come be inspired to live boldly so others will see your faith and seek to know GOD themselves. There is a seat for you if you want one and I’m praying you will join us.

We are very thankful for Robert, who is one of our great volunteers serving as Chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please contact one of the volunteers directly or fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us!

Why Jeff Clement is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

Jeff ClementJeff Clement, Managing Director of 3Ci,  and Director and Founder of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast had this to say:

There are many reasons why I find organized religion intrusive, unfriendly and overbearing.  I am NOT supporting the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast to be any of those things.   Despite what man has done to organized religion, I am supporting and pushing a pure pursuit of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  This and this alone is life changing – and it changed my life and it has changed many people’s life throughout our technology community.

However, you probably do not know that.  You probably have never heard the “who” and the “why.”  Because before now, there were limited opportunities for those in the technology community to share their faith in a venue that was considered appropriate and open.

I want to change that and have been working hard to do so.  I want you to know the ‘who,” the “why,”  and the “how.”   There is no money in it for me or others who support our efforts.  We do it for you – because you should hear the authentic truth without any distractions of religion, ritual or tradition.  You should hear the truth of how a BIG God is personal in His love.  Personal in His efforts and personal in His pursuit of you knowing Him (he already knows you)!!!!

Just come and see!  No pressure.  No push.  Just come and see! Please.  If you are interested in attending the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast, please email me at [email protected].  I will save a seat for you.

We are very thankful for Jeff, who founded this great event and continues to be one of our great volunteers serving as Committee Chairman for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please contact one of the volunteers directly or fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us!

Does Prayer Work?

When all else fails...Pray

Some people pray only when all else fails. However, if prayer works, why wait until things are horrible to apply it to our lives? If prayer really works, why not use it all the time? I know that prayer changes everything, and it starts by changing us.

There was a time written about in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (yes that’s a part of the Bible) when God’s chosen people turned their backs on Him, and this led to another nation taking them into captivity. So GOD gave them this challenge:

“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Prayer is talking with GOD and it’s not complicated. It draws us to GOD in a personal way, to connect with the creator of the universe, to experience all that life has to offer. Many people reserve prayer for holiday meals or times of trouble. That’s like having a phone and only using it to call on Christmas and Easter to say hi, or just when your car breaks down on 635. Instead we use our phones all day long and enjoy the benefit of staying connected with others. Prayer is like that. It works and should be enjoyed.

Pray Without Ceasing

If you believe in the power of prayer, and since GOD has directed us to pray, why don’t we do it more often? In my past, I considered prayer as a “get out of jail card” to be pulled out when things got really bad. Until then, I was doing pretty good on my own so I didn’t need the man upstairs. I began to look at GOD like a butler or rich uncle who I called on when I needed something. This routine went on for years until I really understood that my Heavenly Father loves me and actually enjoys talking with me each day. Prayer was a way of staying connected all day long to a source of love I could not get enough of.

The Bible teaches us to “pray without ceasing,” which means all the time. It’s like being on a long journey with a friend where we chatted about life, our thoughts and dreams, the experiences and lessons learned along the road, and our excitement about the destination. You would not get in a car at Dallas with your best friend and say “I’ll let you know when I get tired so you can take over” and then ignore him for the next 12 hours. Yet this is how many people consider GOD as they journey this adventure called Life.

Prayer Is For Our Benefit

intercessory-prayer1Since GOD knows everything, then He certainly knows what I’m thinking or what I will pray even before I pray it, so why pray? Well it’s because prayer is for US. The process of taking our prayers to GOD (talking with Him) helps us to remember who is in charge. It helps us become grounded again as we think of how powerful and awesome He is, to remember all the great things He has already done for us, and look at our current situations from an eternal perspective.

If you are not experienced in praying, let me share with you something I learned a long time ago called the ACTS of praying:

Adoration – when I start praying (talking with GOD) I realize just how awesome it is to talk one on one with the GOD of the universe, and I cannot help but pour out praise and compliments on how awesome He is. This get my head in the right perspective that I am in the presence of greatness, the King of Kings. This also helps me to see how I fall short of His perfection and leads me to confess where I come up short.

Confession – I sin, Jimmy Carter sins, everybody sins. The cool part of GOD is that he made a way for all of us to come speak and be with Him by having Jesus Christ die on the cross to pay the price for my sins, and the sins of the world, once and forever. We are directed in the Bible to confess our sins so that GOD will remove them forever and allow us to be in His presence. This puts us back in a right relationship with GOD so He can give us the blessings a loving Father wants to provide His children. Knowing all He has forgiven me of makes me very Thankful.

Thanksgiving – when I start by telling GOD all I am thankful for, it helps me to see just how much he has already done for me. I also thank him for what I do NOT have, like cancer, or a child with special needs, or a wife who has lost interest in me, or friends who betray me. By the time I cover all that I have to be thankful for, the things I was going to ask GOD for almost seem insignificant. A Thankful heart turns my focus off me and over to the needs of others.

Supplication – this means asking GOD for what I want. Yes, I do pray for my family to be safe, for wisdom to raise my children, my business to grow, and much more. However, after realizing how awesome GOD is, how foolish I often behave, and how thankful I am for all He has done for me already, I realize I have a great life and my attention turns to the needs of others. I like praying for my friends because I love them and want God’s best for them.

The ACTS process moves our attention off ourselves and over to a world in need. Like some of your coworkers who do not have the HOPE you do, and who need the PEACE that GOD has given those of us who believe in his son Jesus Christ, and the JOY of knowing I am LOVED above all else.

This is the hope we share at our annual DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast on November 13. We will indeed pray that morning but we will spend most of our time talking with other Technology leaders from the DFW area, and hearing great stories of how GOD has changed the lives of business leaders just like you. I hope you will come join me that day.

Sign up to become a Table Host or Sponsor, or contact one of the Table Hosts you know and see if they have an extra seat. (see the list of Table Hosts at http://wp.me/P4GP4n-3g)

See you then,

Robert Hunt

“Links Fore Kids” Golf Tournament – Charity Raising Money to Help Abused Children in North Texas

Links Fore Kids September ScrambleOn September 15, 2015, the “Links Fore Kids” September Scramble golf tournament will be held at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas. The Links Fore Kids tournament was founded by Gary Peek, one of our speakers at the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast (see Announcement).

The Links Fore Kids September Scramble is an exciting team-based charity golf event designed to raise awareness for abused children in North Texas by supporting Trinity Kids, Inc., a Trinity Kids, Inc.registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for which Gary also serves on the Board of Directors.

Please consider supporting this very worthy cause. You can learn more about Links Fore Kids by visiting its website’s Home Page and Sponsorship Page.