Ep. 70: Be a Lighthouse!

I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a Lighthouse. They were built to do only one thing—SERVE!”

George Bernard Shaw

I’ve always been enthralled with Lighthouses. Not sure if it’s my growing up on the Jersey Shore and having traveled up and down the Eastern Seaboard many times. Or the fascination of the gorgeous Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island areas which are lined with lighthouses.

A few years ago, I was visiting Cabrillo National Monument out here in Pt. Loma, CA, and there is a “famous” lighthouse on the point of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego harbor called the “Old Point Loma Lighthouse.”

It was open to visitors so I decided to climb it.

At the very top of the lighthouse, there was a quote inside from George Bernard Shaw that I’ll never forget. It read, “I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a Lighthouse. They were built to do only one thing—SERVE!”

When you think about a lighthouse, what do they do?

They attract lost ships back to the harbor safely. Maybe there are storms. Maybe it’s dark. Maybe they just project “light” so the captains of the ships can see the harbor or inlet even more clear.

Either way, the brighter the light, the more the ships can see their way into port safely.

Today, I want to help LIGHT YOU UP with my podcast called “BE A LIGHTHOUSE.” In it, I cover 3-ways to protect, ignite, and amplify your light and implore you to make sure your light is on!

Enjoy the episode and let me know what you think…


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3:11   What does it mean to be a lighthouse? 

6:06   3 Ways to Protect, Ignite and Amplify your Light: 
#1. Input vs Output and Create vs Consume

11:18  #2. Amp up your Faith

16:51  #3 Serve more – How can you serve right now?  Ask your loved ones – What can   I do to help you have a better day?

22:02 Go out and change the world – Light someone up today!

Quotes/Verses from this episode:

“I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built to do only one thing—SERVE!”

Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo National Monument (Pt. Loma, CA)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has Light with darkness.”

2nd Corinthians 6:14

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people Light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on a stand and it gives Light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your Light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

For many years, I’ve viewed my gym, Fitness Quest 10 as a lighthouse. The brighter the “light” INSIDE the gym, the more “vessels” we can bring back home safely. Maybe they are hurting. Maybe they are “lost.” Maybe they just want to get better and need to see some bright light (positivity, energy, enthusiasm, love, compassion, and care).

Either way, for 20-years, we’ve been serving as a lighthouse.

It takes work…and lots of it. But don’t forget WHY lighthouses are built. They are built to shine light…and to SERVE.

Additionally, when there are storms and the seas get rough, the LIGHT in a LIGHTHOUSE doesn’t get extinguished. As a matter of fact, the LIGHT is even more welcome because of the darkness looming everywhere.

My friends, I can promise you that the LIGHT is on at Fitness Quest 10. And it’s on inside of me as much as it ever has been. This is when God’s whispers reveal his deepest callings.

I hope the light is “ON” inside of you as well.

My friends, in one of the “stormiest”, toughest times we have faced, I commit to being a LIGHT to help people navigate and get through these turbulent times. Together, with a lot of toughness, resilience, faith, conditioning, love…and LIGHT, WE WILL get through this.

Hope to see you soon at the Lighthouse.

Until then, much love…and lots of LIGHT. #KeepShining #BeALighthouse


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