Here I am again...in the midst of a challenge. We find ourselves here often don’t we? I continue to realize the biggest challenge my generation faces today is being distracted by the things that have little to no meaning and do not help compound the best version of ourselves for the future. Most things I see around me are a time suck and a major derailment of our ultimate purpose in life. I feel in my short life of 37 years I have lived and seen more than most men will ever see. I have been surrounded by and intentionally spent time with the most diverse people I know to exist on this earth. I love something about all of them. I learn something from everyone. We live, we love, and we learn all the same. It’s what we choose to do with it that continues to separate us or bind us together. I wholeheartedly believe that God IS LOVE. The mercy and grace he pours out for each of us is the same. That’s what can bond us together. His Love. Our love for one another. Through our smallest and biggest challenges we can never forget that Gods love for us outweighs anything we can wrap our head around. He will pull you through it and you will have the strength. Sometimes all it takes is the faith of a mustard seed to get you through. But you have to make the choice.
Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” #mustardseed#faith#vision#love#God#Jesus#strong#challenge#adversity#thewilltofight#unbreakable#truth#real
Being a father is the most important thing in the world to me. It’s a journey. I learn everyday. Leadership, Communication, direction, structure, and guidance are critical for these young minds to develop. Life is noisy and it was important to take my kids somewhere that isolated the senses. Post bjj practice I took them to the beach to sit and talk with them in the dark. We talked about respect and family. Before we left they both prayed to leave the challenges they have faced behind them and to ask for the strength for a new vision and to be the best self they can be that will honor God in the best ways possible. I don’t know exactly what they prayed but I helped guide them on what to focus on. They both walked away feeling really good and excited about what is to come. I know each moment I get like this with my kids is so meaningful to all of us. It took time and Intentionality to pull away from what was easy. I know it was worth it and time well spent. It was an important moment for us and The only reason I felt the need to post about this was because I pray someone else can find clarity from what I am learning.
Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise— ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.’ #fat#father #father #kids#faith#family#values#teamwork#challenge#freedom#thewilltofight
Post Tommy-V Honor workout. I am so fired up, humbled, and thankful. There is nothing in the world that drives and pushes me more than knowing I have the opportunity to live and strengthen myself and they don’t. Thank you Tommy for continuing to being an inspiration and setting the standard for what a warrior should be. 🙏🏽 #allinallthetime#honor#TommyV
🙏🏽 All in. All the time. #Repost@allinallthetimefoundation
It is 10 minutes after Midnight it is now February 13th. I have 364 days each year to prep for this date. Yet despite my best efforts, it is still a gut punch. It's unavoidable this day and these feelings.
Tonight, many will raise a glass in memory of Tom. I will hug the kids just a little bit tighter than I did yesterday. I will call Tom's parents and tell them how much I/we love them, how grateful we are for them. How fortunate we are that our Valentine family did not implode after Tom died.
We will celebrate Tom's life and his service to his country with family, friends, teammates. It will be good to be in their company.
I hope that every day since Tom's death, I have lived a life worthy of his sacrifice. Lived a life filled with love, honor, courage, compassion, and conviction.
We will strive to live as Tom lived. He embraced each day head-on. It was a day filled with hard work, kindness, honor, integrity, courage, humor, joy, courage, and compassion.
He was and remains one of the finest men to ever grace this planet.
We are better people because Tom lived and touched so many lives in so many ways.
Long may his spirit endure.
Long may his memory and deeds survive the annals of time.
Finally, I know that Tom would want us to remember all of his teammates that have sacrificed their lives as well.
Today, please join me and the entire Valentine family as we honor and remember not only our beloved Tom but his teammates who are no longer with us.
In your humble service, we remain,
All In, All The Time
"Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!" The Good News: If we must persevere in anything, it should be turning our attention to God. He is there for us through anything, and we can call upon him any time. "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."