If You Don’t Show Up You Can’t Complain

How many times have we heard people complain after an election, or a meeting? The ones who complain the loudest are the ones who never show up. They haven’t done their homework; their research and they haven’t heard all sides. They are the ones who have an opinion about everything and yet have no facts about anything.
How many times have we found ourselves in the same position? We think we know things when we don’t know what we don’t know. The reason we don’t know is because we didn’t show up. For whatever reason we couldn’t be bothered, maybe other things got in the way.
The same can be said in our Spiritual life. If one doesn’t show up, one can’t complain. Well, one can, however, it makes one look foolish.
There is an old saying that one should never go into a battle unarmed. We are also told that in Scripture. And yet we do it everyday when we don’t show up and then complain. Without fail we wind up dying the death of a thousand cuts because others are more informed than we are.
Trying to make an informed opinion based on a few words is like trying to empty a boat with a hole in the hull, using a small teaspoon. It just doesn’t work. Remember, the next time you feel the need to complain, ask yourself this question, “Did I show up?”
Make it a habit to Show up!

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Yvonne Mason Sewell

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple

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