What one thing can you do today that would change your life for the better? Now don’t be so quick to jump on this question with an answer! We are talking about the choice of “one thing” and “your life”! If you only had the power, energy and ability to do one thing today – what would that one thing be? If there was only the option of one thing, we would make our choice much more carefully! Life is full of choices and we make thousands of choices every day, but what if we started to make one -on purpose -well thought out and deliberate choice everyday? What if this choice was made based on our seriously, intentionally and specifically trying to make our life better? What would your choice be?
I believe that God desires for each of us to live powerful, productive and purposeful lives. The truth is: Most people live powerless, unproductive and “I hope I get lucky” lives! Stop right now and think about your life! What does God want for you and from you? What can you do to make your life better? What can you do to tap into His plan and His power? Figure out your ONE THING and you will be amazed at the difference that it will make in your life!
Paul said in Philippians: “This one thing I do!” What is your ONE THING?
Where are you? Right now – in your life – think about it – where are you? Are you where you want to be? Are you doing the things that you want to do? Are you accomplishing things that fulfill and challenge you? Wherever you are right now – it is where God wants you to be! And God is willing to use where you are to get you to where you are going!
Your “right now place” generates one of three ultimate emotions: You are either happy about where you are, sad about where you are or you are indifferent about where you are. If you are happy, then build on that happiness and go to the new place that God has for you! If you are sad, then realize that you don’t have to stay that way. You are a child of the King! Get up and do something about your unhappiness and move to the new place that God has for you. If you are indifferent, then it means that you have moved to the place that you don’t really care. Start caring! You need to care! What is God speaking into your heart and life? What is He saying about where He wants to take you? What is He saying about what He wants to do to and through you?
God has a plan and you are where you are right now because God has you on your way to somewhere to do some really special thing. Get excited about where you are knowing that this place can be the launching pad for an even greater place as your grow in your relationship with Him! Where are you? Right where God wants you to be, now where are you going?
Yesterday we talked about how so many of us have a problem with guilt! Many of us have a problem and we don’t even know it! For most of us, it would seem that guilt is not really a big deal! We have a little every now and then, but we are basically good people and guilt for the most part seems to be something that just comes and goes! The truth is: Many of us have guilt that we never ever really get totally free from! What happens a lot of times is, we feel guilty about something that we have done or have failed to do and in order to deal with the guilt we will try to get the next thing in our lives right! The problem with this is, while we do a good thing, the good thing does not cancel out and get rid of the bad thing’s guilt in our life. A lot of times – our good thing will get rid of the guilt feeling, but the guilt is still somewhere in us and on us and having an effect on our lives. Many of us are walking around with layers of guilt and the problem with all of this guilt is that it gets in the way of our being and doing all that God has called and equipped us to do!
The fact is: When Jesus came and died on the cross for our sins – He died not only so that we could one day go to Heaven. He died so that we could be free from sin and all of it’s effects! The Bible puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away and all thing have become new!” Let God really set you free! Get rid of the guilt feeling and the guilt! If God forgives you – who do you think you are to not forgive yourself? Don’t let guilt hold you down or keep you back! Guilt should point you to Jesus who loves you and wants to forgive and restore you. Let Him do His thing! Let Him set you free and then use your freedom for His glory!
Galatians 5:22-23 says “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self -control. Against such there is no law!”
When we have a real and rowing relationship with God we should be producing this fruit of the spirit in ever increasing ways!
Is your love for God and others growing, so that it becomes the major motivator of your life?
Do you have joy, no matter what the situation and circumstances of life? Are you experiencing a peace that cannot be explained with words?
Are you able to withstand whatever life throws your way – knowing that as you trust God, you can suffer ever how long because it is all going to be all right?
Do you show kindness to everyone, especially those that fail to show it to you?
Are you good and encouraging others to be good with your goodness to them?
Do you live a life of faithfulness by letting your yes be yes and your no be no?
Are you living the gentle life by having a kind heart, sweet spirit and open hand?
Do you practice self control showing that God in you is in charge not the situations around you?
We all have some work to do in the garden of our lives! Make sure that you are working to produce fruit that brings glory to God and blessing to others!
Are you ready for life? Life is a journey that will lead you to unexpected places! Life is an adventure that will allow you to experience amazing challenges and opportunities that will lead to incredible change and growth! Are you ready for what life is bringing your way? What are you facing right now - today that seems bigger than you? Whatever it is – God can and will use it to make you stronger, if you will let Him! Does it seem that the circumstances of life are out to take you down? Realize that in this moment circumstances can push you down or push you up – you get to make the choice!
Get connected to God and His Word and you will discover the source of wisdom that will help you to face whatever life might throw your way! Whatever you are facing or dealing with – God has a strategy that can help you to take positive steps to victory and growth! Whatever your challenge – look at it as an opportunity to get closer to God and His amazing will for your life!
Seek everyday to apply the wisdom of His Word to your living!
This is the clip that I shared Sunday – hope you enjoy!
So hopefully this week, we have started to take our eyes off of others and hopefully we have started to inspect our on lives! If we have taken the time to inspect our lives, then we know that there are some things that we want to change and even more importantly, there are some things that we have to change! If you have not made you “Change List” – STOP right now! Think about it! What needs to change in your life so that you can be all that God created you to be? Make your list – please!
Yesterday, you should have taken some time to think through some of the people that God has placed around you that can help you with these changes. You may think that you can handle this by yourself and that you don’t need any help, but somewhere inside of yourself – you know better! Start building your “Change Team” today – give these people the information and permission they need to help you with the changes that you are going to be working to make!
The Third Step is to Design A Plan! There are basically five questions that you will need to ask yourself and answer about each change that you are going to be making. Here are the questions:
1.) What are you going to do?
2.) How are you going to do it?
3. ) When will you start?
4.) Where will you be at the beginning, middle and end of the process?
5.) Why must you do this?
Use these questions to help you think through the changes that you need to make in your life and start to put together a step y step plan of the steps that you will take to make change a reality! WE CAN DO THIS!
How did you do yesterday? Did you make a decision to make your life better? Did you make a decision about some things in your life that you want to change and did you figure out that there are some things that you are going to have to change? If so, then you are on your way to experiencing some positive change and amazing miracles! Today we will take a look at the second step!
Step Two: Get Help! You cannot do change and do it right by yourself! Who do you have around you that really cares about you? Who do you have around you that can help you in the positive ways that you need help? Who do you have that can lift you to new levels and push you to greater heights? If you can’t think of anyone, then you need to get busy searching! You need to start to build a team of friends that you can help and that can help you!
Take some time right now to identify people around you that could help you become the better you! Now make a plan to go and ask these people to help you in dealing with the things that you have decided must change in your life. Let them know that you respect them and think that they will be an asset in helping you to go to a new place in your life! Remember you invited them to help you, so don’t force your help upon them, but be willing to give it when they ask!
The Bible says that two are better than one, because they have greater return for their labor! God plus you and your friends equal a majority! And it will be amazing what can be accomplished in and through your life with a majority team! (Tomorrow we will talk about your plan for change!)
For the next several days - I want to take some time to talk about personal change! When we take our eyes off of others and start to investigate our own lives, we will begin to identify some stuff that we need work on and through. We all have stuff that if we would take the time to deal with it, life would be better and we would be more productive! John Kotter, a professor at Harvard Business School in His 1995 book, “Leading Change” presented an eight step process for change. I have personalized the process and want to share some insight into how you can use it to start bringing about positive change in your life!
Step One: Make The Decision! Decide that you want to change and decide that you have to change! Decide that you want to change – Most all of us could identify some area of our life where we need to change. The main reason that most of us don’t change is because, while we want to change, we don’t ever really take the time or make the commitment to change! When we do make the decision then we begin the process, which is important because you cannot have an ending without a beginning!
If you are honest with yourself – there are some things in your life that you have to change or you are not going to have a very good life! It may be taking on and getting rid of destructive behaviors. It might be seeking forgiveness and strength to defeat some sin. It might be spiritual, physical, financial, emotional, mental – you name it! What is it in your life that you want to change and what is it in your life that you have to change or you are not going to have much of a life? Identify the “it” and make the decision to deal with “it” and you will be on your way to victory! A good question to ask yourself here is: “What happens if do nothing?”
Take this step today and we will take a second step tomorrow!
We spend so much of our time looking at others and judging what they do or do not do, that we neglect to take time to think about our own lives and what they need and are missing! We are taught all through the Scriptures that we are not to JUDGE! The Bible makes it pretty clear that JUDGING is God’s job! But we live in a world that is constantly judging! About the only time that we are not judging is when we are sleeping and some of us have even learned how to judge in our dreams! The really big problem with all of our judging is that it gets in the way of our own personal growth and keeps us from becoming what God created us to become!
When we are expending our energy looking at and over-analyzing someone else’s life, we cannot truly be focused on ourselves and our life! Sometimes it might seem a lot easier to get into someone else’s business, rather than deal with our own, but the truth is that when we are in someone else’s business, we cannot help but to neglect our own and neglecting our own lives will not cause them to automatically get better. The fact is: Everyone of us have room for improvement and growth! We need to take our eyes off of everybody else and what they are or are not doing and take a look in the mirror at ourselves!
Go and take a look in the mirror! What do you really know about that person that is staring back at you? What is that person’s strengths and how are they using them for good in this world? What is that person’s weaknesses and how are they dealing with them so that ultimately their weaknesses make them stronger?
What does that person staring back at you need to do with their life? What will really bring them happiness and fulfillment? Has that person in the mirror settled for less than the very best that God desires for them? What does that person need to do today to start making their life better?
Spend some time with that person in the mirror and you will discover that they really are special and that they have a life filled with promise! Start dealing with your stuff and you will be amazed at how it not only will change your life, but make a difference in the lives of the people around you as well!