November 30, 2018

My brand new book called “Rare, Medium, or Done Well—Making the Most of Your Life” is not a political book.  It’s an inspirational faith book and would work beautifully for individual study or for small groups and has discussion questions at the end of each short chapter.  It’s about stopping long enough to step back and think about what’s important—not urgent, but truly important in life.  We often are so busy doing the immediate that we miss focusing on the ultimate.  If we live solely for success in THIS world and fail to prepare for the life that comes after we exit, we not lived very wisely.  We need to leave a legacy, not just loot for our children and grandchildren.  What kind of legacy?  Well that’s what the book outlines—a legacy of honesty, love of God, commitment to family, hard work, generosity, a sense of humor and a positive attitude toward life.  Those are among many attributes that will live beyond our lifetime. 

During Thanksgiving week, I unexpectedly experienced a little slice of the legacy I’ll leave behind and you’ll never believe where and how I experienced it.  Janet and I took our 3 adult children and our 6 grandchildren to Disney World for a week.  Yep…one of the busiest weeks of the year there—so busy that one of the days the park hit capacity and they stopped selling tickets.  Even Mickey couldn’t take any more!  And it was beyond exhausting.  My Apple watch said I walked about 8 miles a day, and stood on my feet for 12-13 hours a day.  Keep in mind that my 6 grandkids range in age from 7 down to one year old.  As my wife says, “there’s a reason God gives babies to younger women.”  I’ve never ridden so many roller coasters in a week, met so many cartoon characters, or took so many photos of princesses.  And in addition to the sheer physical toll on my aging body from chasing tykes around the world’s largest amusement park, I think I might have to sell a kidney to pay for it.  But when I look at the photos I have from the week watching the one year old hug Mickey Mouse, or the unbridled joy on the face of my two granddaughters when they got to dress up like princesses and meet characters they’ve watched in the movies, or the laughter caught on video when the 7 year old took on the 5 year old and 3 year old in a sword fight that spoil-sport Papaw had to intervene and stop, I sit with a silly grin on my face.  I fully believe that long after I’m gone they will remember our time together. I hope they’ll relish it half as much as me.  And sure, maybe I could have sent one of them to college for what it cost to give them that experience, but to see them enjoy a week of reckless abandon to adventure, learning, and simple fun was great for them, but worth every penny to ME.  Sure, I hope to leave them some funds for college, but I realized that I left them-and me-something too valuable to put a price on—TIME--time together to love, laugh, and live large with an overgrown rodent with massive ears who just turned 90 years old this year.  If you live a “Rare” life, you never really lived; a “Medium” life?  One that wasn’t bad, but not that good.  But a life “Done Well” is a life that will keep living beyond your lifetime.  I knew it was a good book, but after realizing I lived it, I decided it’s a great book! And who knew that a mouse would drive home its message!


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    12/03/2018 02:32 PM


  • Norman R Able

    12/03/2018 10:25 AM

    p Some people may question your conservative viewpoints, your Christian beliefs, and your high moral standards, but no one can question your right priorities described in this book. Leaving a Christian legacy is so very, very important! That is my lifetime desire. With the help of the Lord, I am determined to end strong in "the faith once delivered unto the saints." Right now, I am 90 with continued good health, thanks to the rich blessing of the Lord. Keep up the needed work for the USA.

  • Sheldon K Larsen

    12/03/2018 09:25 AM

    I look forward to reading your new book since these have been the same goals as my wife and I, but leaving too much behind to assist them will only leave them without the opportunity to earn a life Well Done!

  • Jane Johnson

    12/03/2018 06:44 AM

    This Russian collusion witch hunt needs to end. How many more tax dollars are going to be wasted on this sour-grapes expedition? Why can't those in the House or Senate that started this investigation be fined for false accusations and made to reimburse the American people? That would stop a lot of this foolishness since most of them are already millionaires anyway!

  • Hilda Foley

    12/03/2018 01:46 AM

    Thank you for the wisdom you pass along to us. You are a truly wise man.
    Blessings ,

  • Charles H King Jr

    12/02/2018 10:44 PM

    What a commentary on your wife's and your vacation in Disney World with the grandchildren. Well done, oh, "Done Well" governor and Mrs. Governor. Several years ago I was afraid you had been taken advantage of when you had been talked into running for President. I can't imagine ANYONE I would rather see as President than you but I just felt you fight too fair to be able to win. I don't know if that is why you lost but I seriously think you have served God and our country better in what you are doing than the "swamp" would have allowed you to do as President. Keep up the good work Governor and be sure to continue to let President Trump know we want him to fulfill his campaign promises. Even if he has to SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. It would not be any loss at all. God Bless You

  • Anita Mae Barker

    12/02/2018 08:29 PM

    Good for you, Mike. Blessings on you and family.

  • Jon Skillman

    12/02/2018 07:01 PM

    You still have a pastor's heart, I see. Good job.

    In His grip!

  • Susan Hanes

    12/02/2018 06:59 PM

    Thank you for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the present. I think next year Iwill take my children to Disney too. You are a gem. I wish you could be our President because I know you ask God for wisdom. But if you were President, you would have way too much stress with this current political mess! Thank you for being you!

  • Dorcas "Jo" Cluck

    12/02/2018 06:07 PM

    The new book sounds delightful. Can't wait to get a copy. Thank you and God bless for allowing us to keep getting the truth from you daily newsletters.

  • Lorri Okeefe

    12/02/2018 06:04 PM

    I enjoy reading your books and look forward to this one! Thank you for sharing this story about what’s important in life. You are a wonderful grandpa and your family is blessed.

  • Joe Hartman

    12/02/2018 05:49 PM

    Hope you & yours are well.I have
    Several Times written the White House concerning corruption & how
    It has profoundly interfered with my
    Everything the 15 years I have owned
    & tried to live on or meager properties.The most has been our 18
    Acres rural in Solgahochia.Just this weekend I was literally harrased to
    Enclude armed shooting trespassing
    & I had to cancel our family Thanksgiving here for same .I continue to support our President in
    His drain the swamp effort as seems
    Only crooks are getting Federal funds,to enclude so many episodes of stealing Our needy school children’s lunch money.Please help
    Our Federal Government to get that
    Money to children & schools & Same
    Time knock the socks off so many hateful,greedy corrupt individuals.
    I know you & you Daughter do so
    Much already fo our Country & President as I’m sure is a family effort.I am greatful & apology for
    Joseph Hartman

  • Gerry Davis

    12/02/2018 05:31 PM

    Been there, done that with 5 grandchildren. Very exhausting but memories never fade. So glad you were financially able to do this for your family. We did this one year, for Christmas, with the entire family. A very tiring but unforgettable experience. Enjoy all of your postings.

  • Ernie Nowlin

    12/02/2018 04:57 PM

    Your comment about "who can we believe, a person who does discusting things in front a camera for money or a pornstar?" made me laugh out loud in a public place.