AuthorDino Katsiametis

Marriage Is A Blessing

MarriageI was told once long ago that if you’re not growing together, you’re growing apart.  Since then, that advice has rattled around in the back of my mind and always seems to pop up just when I need it the most.  When I consider my marriage I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.  The Lord has blessed me so much in my life, but no blessing is greater than my wife Lindsey and my children.  We have a wonderful relationship, filled with love, fun and teamwork.  Of course, we’re not perfect and therefore we fight.  It’s at these times that I remember that phrase “if you’re not growing together, you’re growing apart.”

Arguments are a part of marriage; there’s just no getting around it, from time to time you will disagree and a few of those times it will get pretty heated.  The trick is to remember how much you love your spouse and that no matter what you both ultimately decide, his or her opinion is just as valid as yours.  After all, I’d appreciate it if she would understand where I was coming from, it’s only fair that I do the same.  An example is when I begin to get consumed with work.  It’s easy for me to justify staying later and later at the office, because I’m trying so hard to provide for my family; why can’t she see that?  On the other hand, she’s exhausted from taking care of our family all day long, misses me and would like some help at night.  How can that upset me…after a really deep breath and a very needed change of perspective?  So a compromise is reached. A compromise; that by the way, benefits me anyway because honestly, I’d rather spend more time with my family anyway.

Now if reason truly escapes me and I get stuck in my own stubborn righteousness, I ask God for guidance.  Inspiration comes quickly then.  When I think about my marriage as a true blessing, I realize that to do anything other than compromise and make it work, would be to be ungrateful of the Lords gift.  Once that becomes clear, I am unburdened of my frustration and gratitude and joy fill me once again.  I love my wife and I love my marriage and with God’s help I am convinced it will stand the test of time.


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Infidelity and the Demise of Manhood

PrayerToday I was listening to the radio and heard a commercial that completely disgusted me.  I’ve heard it before and it always bothered me, but for some reason I feel particularly offended right now.  The fact is that there’s a company profiting by helping…no not just helping, but promoting infidelity.  They’re actively participating in helping people cheat and deceive their spouses.    Marriage can be difficult enough and it upsets me that as a society, we allow this to happen.

Unfortunately, divorce is rampant and has been for a while, so let’s take a look at it.  The 2 major causes of divorce are money and infidelity, so; although they do a good job of helping it along, it’s not like this company has caused the problem of infidelity. So why do people cheat?

I really can’t claim to know, other than to say that I think people are spending too much time focusing on the wrong things. Money problems can always improve and your spouse and the integrity of your marriage are always more important than the temptations of the flesh.  As men of Christ we must believe that temptation is around us so that we have the opportunity to prove our worthiness.  Therefore, we must focus our attention on our families, friends and our Lord so that temptation can not gain a foothold on our thoughts.

We understand that it’s not ok to kill or steal, so most of us don’t and the ones who do, are imprisoned.  Why is the commandment of “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery” so easy for us to disobey when it can do such harm to those we love?

Someone I cared for very deeply said the following and the phrase has stuck with me “I never put myself in a situation where I could get myself into trouble.”  This is the most useful thing I think I’ve ever heard because he was saying essentially, I don’t ever allow temptation to get a foothold… it never gets a chance.

Temptation will always be there, but if we focus on the things that matter, family, friends and our Lord, then it will never gain that foothold.  Infidelity will no longer be the demise of manhood.

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Drugs, Alcohol, Addiction and God’s Intervention

divine interventionRecently, I heard a particularly moving story of struggle, loss and redemption from a guest on God’s Men of Influence named Derek Graham.  Derek is the co-owner of The Twelve, a thriving nutrition and fitness business in Orange County, CA.  He’s also a devout man of God, but that wasn’t always the case.  Like so many of us, Derek was raised Catholic and new God, but never had a relationship with him.  Personally, I’ve found that not being in a true relationship with the Lord, leaves us extremely vulnerable to our circumstances.  Temptation is allowed to creep in and we are more likely to stray from the word and our true path is forsaken.

Derek, admittedly had all the trappings a young man could with a career to match.  He spent his nights making a lot of money as a DJ, surrounded by drugs, alcohol and women.  The party lifestyle quickly took hold and he indulged in all of it.  The first sign that Derek had a real problem was when he woke up in the emergency room having overdosed.  Now that’s a very scary moment, but he was surrounded by friends and family who loved him and were willing to help.

At this point I must recommend that you listen to the show, because the most compelling part of Derek’s story is that he went back to his life without God and proceeded to continue the behavior that led him right down the path to a second overdose.  This time when he awoke in the hospital he was completely and utterly alone.  Somehow, he had managed to alienate himself from those who loved him most.  He had hit rock-bottom and it was then;finally, that he began to pray…and he never stopped.

Through prayer and faith he came to the idea that to beat a negative addiction, he would have to replace it with a positive one. Fitness and prayer were his new addictions and they have led him to be reborn with a new life that he loves.  Today he changes 1000’s of lives with his nutrition/ fitness education and products.  He has become a God’s Man of Influence.

What this story; and many other stories like it, prove to me is that though behavioral science and medication can assist in the process of recovery, they are not the most powerful weapons.  Medical doctor’s are missing a weapon of immense power… and that’s God.  God never stops loving us even when we’re our worst version of ourselves.  He stands patiently watching over us until we come back to him and ask for help and forgiveness, which he grants unconditionally.

Anything can be achieved through faith in God.  His love for us is infinite and his grace undeniable to those who are willing to have a relationship with the Lord.  This is why I love hosting this show, because I get to be exposed to these amazing men of God and bring their stories to you.


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What Is God’s Men of Influence

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That is a very good question; one that I’ve been thinking about for a long time.  The truth is that the concept I believe, was divinely inspired.  Let me explain.  There was a point; and I’m not sure exactly when it was, that I looked at my friends and colleagues and understood that God had surrounded me with smart, successful, Christian men.  Men who were there for me at the lowest time of my life.  These were men of consequence and integrity, who truly understood what I was going through when my business collapsed and my divorce was imminent.  They were a fantastic sounding board as I struggled to find the path that God now wanted me to walk.

I was confused, unhappy and did not at all feel like me.  After suffering what felt like an eternity, I was forced to look inward and realized that I had not been honoring God at all, even though he was trying to show me the way.  I was blaming him for my troubles, instead of taking responsibility for my part in it.  The answer was not to lose faith, but to open my heart to our Lord…to surrender to his will totally.  Men should stand up and be leaders for the family and their community.  I began getting up early in order to have the time to study my bible before going into work.  I took notes, underlined passages and considered deeply what God’s Love meant to me…and things began to get better.  I joined a christian men’s group to gather support from my community. Beyond all reason I was able to find love and a beautiful wife to cherish…things again got better.  My business launched into a new realm of success as I continued to surrender even further to our Lord.  So the question became, not why was God punishing me, but why had I lost faith at all and how would I honor what God had given me.

The inspiration that came filled me with such joy that it’s hard for me to express in words…at least my own.  The words of my favorite proverb rang in my head “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 Iron does not sharpen with a caress but with a clash. The struggle strengthens.  What if there were a community of men; much like the Christian men I had been surrounded by all this time, that had a platform that could reach literally the world?  What would that be like?  I knew one thing, the power of a man who’s surrendered to God was tenfold that of other men…and a community of these men of God, could influence and change everything.

Now, I had already had a few years years of experience hosting a successful radio talk show, so I decided that would be the platform we would use.  With the right message of faith, hope and love delivered through our show, these powerful men could positively inspire other men, women and children to walk the path God had set for them and create a better world.

This is why I believe God’s Men of Influence was divinely inspired.  Join our community and help us on our mission.  At God’s Men of Influence, men can learn to be better husbands, better fathers, better friends and a better example of God’s strength.

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