Designed for Success (055)

Happy Success Sunday everyone,

I’ve fallen behind in my posts, so for the next few days I’m going to give you all two (or possibly three) different quotes for your consideration.

Today’s 2nd Success Quote is from Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson is best known for his gifted hands that have performed miraculous surgeries on children.  Dr. Carson is also a devout Christian and credits all of his personal and professional success to God.  Dr. Carson reminds all of us that to truly achieve success in this life, we must believe in something bigger than ourselves.  I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Carson.  Let’s all take this Sunday afternoon to learn and benefit from the wisdom of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Designed for Success (057) BONUS

Happy SUCCESS Sunday!

I’m getting very close to being caught up for the first three months of 2018, but I wanted to share a thought from another of America’s most beloved pastors, Joel Osteen.  Not only am I a supporter of Joel’s ministry, but I have enjoyed many of the books that he has written.  His views on positive Christianity are truly inspiring.  Pastor Joel reminds all of us that we are created for excellence, and we all have a destiny to fulfill.

Let’s all learn from the wisdom of Pastor Osteen and commit to life-long learning so that we are all prepared to fulfill our destiny.

To your health, happiness, prosperity, and SUCCESS!

Kevin

Designed for Success (052) BONUS

Happy SUCCESS Sunday!

I’m getting very close to being caught up for the first two months of 2018, but I wanted to share a thought from another of America’s most beloved pastors, Rev. Robert Schuller.  As a high school student who wanted to become an architect, I thought that the design and construction of the Crystal Cathedral in the late 1970’s was one of the most amazing things I had even seen.  Rev. Schuller overcame near insurmountable odds, including the Carter era depression, interest rates that neared 20%, and massive unemployment (with a corresponding drop in tithes) to create one of the most beautiful houses of worship in the entire United States.  Rev. Schuller reminds all of us that it is preparation that sets us up for success, not blind luck, or happenstance.  Preparation gives us the tools wee need to succeed when opportunity appears.

Let’s all learn from the wisdom of Rev. Schuller and commit to life-long learning so that we are all prepared when opportunity appears before us.

To your health, happiness, prosperity, and SUCCESS!

Kevin

Designed for Success – Billy Graham (2)

Good Day Everyone!

Continuing my tribute to the late Revered Billy Graham, who passed away yesterday at the age of 99.  Character and Faith were two of Rev. Graham’s strongest and most consistent themes as he preached to millions of Christians in the USA, and to millions more across the globe.  Today’s 2nd SUCCESS quote reminds us that character is a legacy that anyone, regardless of socio-economic status can provide to his/her children and grandchildren.  Let’s all learn and benefit from the wisdom of Reverend Graham and use his wisdom to help us achieve  success in business, politics, life, and everything we do.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Designed for Success – Billy Graham (1)

Good Day Everyone!

I assume that by now, most of you have heard that the Revered Billy Graham passed away yesterday at the age of 99.  Reverend Graham was America’s Pastor to millions of Christians in the USA, but we was also beloved to millions more across the globe.  While Rev. Graham is best known for his passionate sermons taken directly from biblical scripture, he also gave many sermons and speeches about character and how we all need to strive to be good people of good character.  Today’s 1st SUCCESS quote reminds us that character is everything, and without character, you are nothing.  Let’s all learn and benefit from the wisdom of Reverend Graham and use his wisdom to help us achieve  success in business, politics, life, and everything we do.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Designed for Success (035) BONUS!

Good Day Everyone!

Today’s BONUS SUCCESS quote from Rev. William Boetcker.  Rev. Boetcker reminds all of us that the opposite of passion (see Success Quote 032) is apathy.  He despised apathy so much that he called it a National Crime.  Apathetic people are disengaged, disinterested, and dis-passionate.  Positive, forward thinking, leaders are always interested, and always looking forward.  He/She engages  followers and is always working toward effective solutions to the problems that inhibit all of us from achieving success.   Let’s all learn and benefit from the wisdom of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Are Faith and Reason Incompatible?

Since my conversion to Catholicism, and return to the Church, I expected that some would view my personal and faith-based life changes as positive (and most do), but what I was not prepared for, was the extreme negativity of some of my peers in the environmental fields.  It seems that every time I disagree with a particular notion about climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability, conservation, or resource management, I am somehow “turning my back on science.”  Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.  I have spent my entire adult life embracing mathematics, physics, geology, hydrogeology, meteorology, biology, paleontology, and a whole host of other fields that end with “ology” in my quest to design and develop neighborhoods and communities that embrace and can be sustained within the natural world.

So, when I started being attacked for my renewed faith, and specifically for becoming a Catholic, I found it odd because I never before believed there was a schism between the church and science.  Aren’t both religion and science searching for the truth of our existence? After all, doesn’t everyone know that  a HUGE number of scientific advancements were made by Catholics in their quest to fulfill God’s commandment to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28).  In order to fulfill this commandment, we must understand the science behind God’s works.

Because I am the curious sort, I wanted to take a moment to see if my memory was correct about some of the great scientists and philosophers and their professed faith.  Of course, the great Catholic scientists such as Alios Alzheimer, Claude Bernard, Louis Braille, Rene Descartes, Enrico Fermi, Galileo Galilei, and Guglielmo Marconi came up immediately.  But I was amazed that the list I found of Catholic Scientists, their works, findings, and breakthroughs went on and on. many were Nobel Prize winners. List of Catholic Lay Scientists

So, once again it appears that the division between faith and reason is not quite as sharp as liberal progressivism would have it appear.  For myself, as I continue to work to resolve some of the incompatibilities between the natural, built, and human environment, I will rely on both faith, and reason, to guide my hand.

This post inspired by “The Clergy Behind Science as We Know It” by Jennifer Powell McNutt.