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Monday Morning Motivation – Obedient

(Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially)

Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement — along with a good cup of coffee! — to start the day.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


My guess is that this week’s topic has already caused a few eyebrows to rise.  Let’s face it, when someone says “obedient” the connotations are NOT good!

However, when we step back from the initial “shock” and think about the term, we normally conclude that you like it when OTHERS are obedient.  You just don’t like it when WE have to be obedient!

Obedience implies two main things:

  • First, it implies that there is some sort of criteria that exists/condition that exists that we need to adhere to
  • Second, it implies that by nature we normally are NOT inclined to adhere to that criteria

We all like to think we know better AND that we are “special” and the rules don’t apply to us.  And, while I don’t know about you, I know that for me when I decide to ignore the criteria and go my own way (i.e. I’m dis-obedient) it normally doesn’t work out so well for me.

Success – and significance – in life requires obedience in faith, obedience to your friends and family, obedience to fitness, and obedience to your finances.  We all KNOW how we should address / live our lives in each of these areas.

And yet we deviate all too often.  Normally with less than desirable results.

While perfection is NEVER attainable, committing to be obedient to these key areas in our life is a wise, wise move.  And, while it’s likely that we’ll stumble from time to time, if we are serious in our commitment things are going to work out pretty well in the long term.

That brings me to this week’s question:

  • In which of the fiver areas of focus (faith, friends, family, fitness, or finance) would you be best served by focusing on becoming a bit more obedient?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.


(Note:  Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life.  My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.  For the next several months I’m going to be drawing from Zig Ziglar’s book “Over the Top”.  It’s a great source of inspiration and wisdom and I would be remiss if I didn’t give him credit up front for the motivation)

Blog posts from this past week:

At F5 Financial Planning we focus on helping individuals and families find balance between faith, friends and family, fitness and finance.  We make sure that they have the financial freedom to enjoy those things in life that are important to them.  And while we believe the left-brain facts and data are critical; we work with our clients to get them in the right state of mind to focus on the goals they want to achieve.

Some other posts that you might like:

Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.