My New Years Challenge to ME (and all my FRIENDS):
STOP IT! STOP it! Stop it! Stop blaming everyone and everything for your failures/shortcomings! Man/Woman up! Take responsibility! You are WHERE you are - because of YOUR decisions. You are WHO you are because of WHAT you have done with your LIFE.
Stop with the excuses - and feel the FREEDOM! Knowing you are taking responsibility and being a MATURE ADULT is Liberating! You may have obstacles, challenges and dire situations - but allow God to guide you through it!
Think about this:
Millions watch Sports Teams - and the entertainment of the game is BOTH teams are trying to win! SO they play STRATEGICALLY and think FAST and work HARDER than the other team - just to WIN! What if they just made excuses and blamed all the other team players for their weaknesses? NO! They PAY people to critique them - show them where they're going wrong... and THEN they focus on turning that weakness into a strength! Then they go WIN THE GAME!
I suggest that we should not only work within our areas of strength and comfort - but figure out what our weaknesses are... and then STUDY, PRAY, READ A BOOK, TAKE A CLASS, HIRE A TUTOR - OR MENTOR... But we can turn that weakness around and STOP making excuses and BLAMING everyone else for our non-productive life/career/church/ministry... etc! Any takers? Just throwing out the challenge! I'm in!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Judges 7: 9-15 (Gideon's army has been whittled down to 300 men - and God has directed him to take them into battle against an innumerable army)
9 That same night the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand.
10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant.
11 And you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outposts of the armed men who were in the camp.
12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the East lay along the valley like locusts in abundance, and their camels were without number, as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance.
13 When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade. And he said, “Behold, I dreamed a dream, and behold, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian and came to the tent and struck it so that it fell and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay flat.”
14 And his comrade answered, “This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp.”
15 As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand.”
My thoughts as I read this passage...
- God is not mad at me if I have fears and hesitation - he will give me the confidence I need to pursue and conquer my dreams.
- God is okay with my "need" for a companion during my times of weakness. He may place someone right there beside me to walk with me in those times.
- What is my enemy saying about me that could strengthen me and give me courage to go forward? When I see someone looking my way and whispering - instead of feeling intimidated and upset - I should be encouraged and worship God! For all I know - they are sharing insights of my past victories and acknowledging the anointing upon my life. Gideon heard what his enemy was saying about him - and began to worship God! He then went back to his "Team" and encouraged and motivated them to a miraculous Victory!
- Today I will Arise - and Conquer my Dreams!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I Will seek Gods face early each day
I Will not do anything else until I have connected with Him
I Will keep His Word as my first read of every day
I will not check email, messages, or social network until I have read deeply of His book
I Will dream big
I Will not feel unworthy of my dreams
I Will work to see my dreams fulfilled
I Will not wait for them to materialize magically
I Will stop making excuses
I Will take responsibility for where I am - who I am - what I am not - and why I am not where I want to be
I Will start now
I Will not procrastinate
I Will eat healthy
I Will not be unkind to my body by eating unhealthy
I Will set and meet my exercise goals
I Will not put off exercise another day
I Will schedule my life around my priorities
I Will not fit my priorities into my schedule
I Will live in Gratitude and Abundance
I Will not give up or give in