My wife Judy & I have owned a Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Company in Lynnwood WA for the last 25+ years. My son, Bruce Jr. has been our General Manager for the last 3 years & he’s been doing a fantastic job. Since he was little, he’s been working at the Company, pulling weeds, cleaning, doing year-end inventory counting during his Christmas Vacation; in fact he’s never worked anywhere else.
A couple of days ago Judy & I were having a business lunch with him, and as he was going over some issues he needed to review with us, I was struck with how incredibly fortunate & blessed we are as a Family to be able to enjoy each other & work together all this time. And how we are so blessed that his brother & sister & their Families are all close & healthy & we get to gather often & enjoy each other in many ways.
With one part of my mind I was trying to pay attention to his issues, but mostly I was casting my mind back over the years, thinking about all the hard work, all the long, long days & nites & Holidays spent working & building together,untieing the ‘knots’ of problems that so plague a small business… and I realized that all of it had come quite literally, one day at a time; day by day by week by month, quarter, year after year; daily.
At times, things were very, very tough, scary & challenging; both personally & professionally. At the depths of one of the darkest times, I wrote this poem, & it has stayed with me & encouraged me ever since…
Today, I will hope in God
To Help , to Heal, to hold my hand.
Today, I believe.
I will not receive,
The Enemy’s lies or his plans.
Today, I choose Jesus
As Master & Lord,
Through the strength of His Spirit
Today, I’m completed
By Faith firmly seated,
In the Palm of my Father’s right Hand.
Amen; Bruce Sr.