Ask, Seek, Knock
Courage is a three letter word — ASK.
In fact, the acronym comes with built-in promises.
Ask and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; Knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; those who seek, find; and, to those who knock, the door will be opened.
Within the last week, I have been reminded of how powerful one little word can be. As a parent, words are inadequate to describe the appreciation for two young adults, who are boldly making the world a better place. More than words, these two young people are living the principles — and, that takes courage.
Two children with different approaches. Yet, they are using the same Universal Tool to receive goodness into their lives, discover new paths of growth, and have doors of opportunity swing wide open. All because they show up each day and do their part — to ASK.
One has been enrolled in the School of Hard Knocks (pardon the pun) for the last two years. The education and experience ranges from building log homes, pouring concrete foundations, driving beet truck, guiding dudes on hunting trips into — and, back out of — the wilderness, creating barbwire works of art, managing a crew of rednecks, tending bar in a cowboy saloon, busting broncs, and spurring hair off of bulls.
Upon deciding to begin work on his graduate degree in finance, he went to where new wealth is being extracted and asked to be part of the action. By the time he made it back home, a Company wanted to know more — about him. After one five minute interview and a week’s worth of passing tests, this young man is across the threshold into a new adventure of fracking oil wells, in North Dakota, for Sanjel.
His older sister, while more conventional in approach, is just as non-traditional in her own way. A high school math teacher once described this marvelous combination of logic and emotion, straight-line thinker, and creative genius, with this statement, “She does everything asked of her and some things just for herself.”
Directly out of high school, she marched into college. At the beginning of her junior year, she doubled down by starting a full-time job — and, adding another facet to her degree program. Towards the end of four years, a few credits were standing between her and graduation. With a faculty open to negotiation, the delivery of a little extra work earned the equivalent of a five-year degree in four.
For the last two years, education has continued with a ‘Master Certification’ in customer service — and, the experience has broadened to managing technicians into productive roles, for the benefit of all. Wanting to be closer, geographically, to a ‘Special Someone’, she is carefully considering a variety of new opportunities.
A dad’s response to their effort — to ASK — “Wow!”