John Ransom

In being a man, happiness is not your prime consideration, although being happy is a good thing to strive for. No, you must strive to be good above all else. Being good consists of living your life in the will of God. That is, you should keep His commandments and conform all of your acts to those laws. Act honorably in all things. Do those things that you say you are going to do, keep your word.

Pray daily. Rely upon God to help you through your daily challenges. Don’t worry about bothering God with problems that may seem too big or too small to you. God is big enough to handle the large problems and the small ones with equal facility. He wants you to come to Him with every problem. So for example, you may find that as a fullback you run a little too high at times (yes, you do, I’ve seen the tape; get lower through the line). This is a problem God would love for you to come to Him with. He will help you with it. Pray daily. Try it. You’ll see.

See who you want to be and then be who you see. Forget about what you think other people may have as expectations for you. You will never really know that for sure.

Rather, be the person you want to be.

Set your goals high, but be happy with trying your best.

Never, ever stop yourself from doing something just because you are afraid of failing. Failures fade. They are soon replaced by new successes. Regret lingers forever.

Lastly, love your country. Believe in the special mission of America. Spend time getting to know the country, its history, its small towns and unexplored byways. Be involved in history by voting, writing letters to the editor and speaking your mind. Try to get elected to some political office once in your life, even if only a volunteer position.

When your heart tells you that your country needs you, respond.

You are quite an amazing man now. I love you very much, and want to thank you for how much you have given me. I am very proud to call myself as always,

______  John  

Merry Christmas from Townhall Finance. You guys made 2012 another great year and we'll do lots of great things together next year too.   

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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