Growing up I was really fortunate to have had a wise earthly father who was never afraid to speak truth into my life, whether I wanted it or not. I’ve also been blessed with a select couple of mentors who are way smarter than me, and have selflessly decided to invest in my career and life. Throughout this fall, I hope to share some of the thoughts these men have taught me through letters they’ve allowed me to share with you. These are letters from my father(s). The first part is from my dad, Luis Vazquez. He has been the father to my brothers and I, an elder at his church, and the President of his company (Roxcel Corporation). Here’s what he shared with me.
Over the years you have heard me say, “Pray like it all depends on God and work like it all depends on you.” I wanted to give you a more practical definition of what I mean by this. Praying like it all depends on God means literally praying and also thinking as if the outcome has already been set. You know the ultimate success or failure is ultimately not in your hands, but you still work to the best of your ability to accomplish the task at hand. Ultimately, God is in control. So work hard, but don’t focus or stress on those things that are outside of your control.
Today is a new day and your focus must be on what you will accomplish in the next 24 hours. Apply yourself to your daily work. It’s called “work” for a reason, and it’s going to be hard. Anything worth doing/having is difficult. Similar to physical training – work is not an easy endeavor, and there will be many obstacles. That being said, you can always overcome them and reach your dreams. Refuse to give up.
Finally, respect your peers, subordinates, and superiors. In turn they will respect you. Be ready to forgive others because no one is perfect (although I am pretty close…;). At the end of the day, people are most important. Never let success or failure distract you from the people you live to serve. Thank God every day for who and what you are and be grounded in His truth to live every day to the fullest.