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Brain Bredensteiner intros. Tom Hughes and his many accomplishments as a home builder in St. Charles County, MO.
Tom talks about the significance of being “happy” and how you find true happiness.
Tom talks about inviting God the Father into his heart at the age of 33. Why age 33?
Tom was a police officer and 33 is a number that is important to him and why.
Now, he is the happiest guy he knows, but he wasn’t always happy. He talked about marrying and divorcing. But he wanted God to prove He was real. So, he lacked faith at an early age.
Tom talks about how and why he prays and who he prayers for….don’t take things for granted.
At 33, he started to analyze what was making him unhappy. Then, it about making a conscience effort to make changes, and praying to God for the strength to recognize sin, the need to make changes, and the strength to make changes.
Why he always gives credit to God though not too overly the top. Be subtle. Talking to younger people is impossible without faith, knowing the Bible and accepting God. Then, things start to make sense. God set it up so that you got to have faith and until you do, you will not have proof of God’s influence in your life.
Then, he talks about being a police officer and then working his way into the home building business. Tom sayas he was always a big dreamer.
He got his real estate license, got a construction loan, and built their first house with his brother.
Kept building house after house, then he built up a portfolio of clients who wanted him to build houses for other people.
Then, the recession of 2007 & 2008 hit the housing market, his company and 173 employees, and caused him to get overextended with the banks so he had to make drastic cutbacks….selling his Lake House and his helicopter.
Once he accepted his Christ and grew stronger in his faith, he found that his Father God was always there for him.
Tom talks about his daily attitude. We all have the ability to make a choice to be happy.
Then, Brian and Tom start to talk about getting younger men involved in the Christian faith. It takes repetition and being Salt & Light to get younger people to notice what’s different about him and most Christians. Most importantly, don’t lie in general, but especially about one’s faith.
How he put that honesty into practice when his business crashed. He told the bankers and lawyers that through honesty and hard work and how he was going to dig his way out of the hole. God put necessary people into his life and they helped him work his way out of depth.
What he most proud of is that he paid all of his subcontractors. The banks lost money, and he and his wife went broke. He always tried to stay true and do what his Father God led him to do.
Tom talked about his real strength…hanging out with people who knew what they were doing, and then make it fun for them to hang out with you in exchange.
He is also proud of the work environment where people wanted to come to work.
Brian then plugs the Ministry to Men website.
Favorite restaurant?: Tony’s on Main Street.
Steak or Chicken?-Lee’s Chicken
Who dusts off the awards at their company? -his team. No, he doesn’t dust them.
David or Goliath/-Definitely, David.
Then, they thank each other for their involvement in discipleship.
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I have known Tom 50 years this year. His faith is unshakable. He lives it all day, every day. He serves his Father in Heaven and offers love, kindness, charity, forgiveness and a beautiful smile to all he comes in contact with. It has been a honor and a true gift from God….to call him my closest friend.
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