Never before have I been so scared and excited of my goals and dreams – all at the same time. That’s how I know, I am dreaming big. If you have nothing to lose and it is not a must for you to make it, then your dream is not big enough.
In our family, we love “The Incredibles!”
The idea of a family working together to protect and solve the world’s problems is appealing to all of us.
Apart from their every day lives, they have something more to offer the world. They have special powers. The most interesting thing is that they had nothing to do with it. They were born with it and their creator decided the specificity of each of their powers.
Just like them, you were born with special powers. You are equipped to handle all the ups and downs, brokenness and completeness, success or failure, sickness and health, as well as life and death.
You did not ask for them, but God has equipped you with the powers you need to live your life. It is up to you to discover your powers and use them. Regardless of what you decide to do, you are a powerful person who can make a difference wherever you are.
For the Lord God is a son and a shield;
the Lord gives grace and glory;
no good things does he withhold from
those who walk up rightly.
Many of us have a warped perception of God. We see God as a domineering father figure who is ready to strike us down when we do something wrong. To the contrary, God is the opposite. He is loving, benevolent, generous, and caring. God does not pay us lip service when He says that only He is good. He has given us ample evidence to demonstrate that. He shows us his goodness through nature, the way that he cares for us, and through His Son Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, the evidences for God’s goodness permeate our everyday living. The natural blessings that we take for granted on a daily basis. For example, we take for granted waking up every morning, having good health, and experiencing the seasons of life. God is good enough to give us food when we need to eat, clothes when we-re naked, comfort when we feel afraid, and music to soothe our very soul. God delivers us from everyday troubles. He delivers us through the ups and downs that we go through when we experience life’s trials and challenges.
When we understand the goodness of God and we take it to heart, the Spirit of God will move us to repentance because we often doubt that God is good and that He has a good future for us. Once we have God’s goodness in the right perspective, the mind will be renewed, will have the confidence to pursue a different direction; and as a result, we will begin to see the Holy Spirit change our lives. In addition, when we understand the goodness of God, we will not be surprise when adversity comes. As a matter of fact, we will be excited to take big risks and step out on faith. Deep down we know that God will never ask us to do anything that will hurt us. Everything He asked us to do is to transform us to the likeness of His Son.
Psalm 84:11 is a good example of God’s goodness. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does he withhold from those who walk up rightly.” “The Lord is the sun” – your source of power energy and resources. He’s a shield – your protector. “The Lord gives grace and glory” – your comprehensive source of resources and blessings. “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk up rightly” – if you live your life God’s way, he will make sure that you lack no good thing.
Here is a prayer by Chip Ingram taken from God: As He Longs for You to See Him that will be a blessing to you if you decide to meditate on it.
Oh Lord, full of goodness and mercy, as I look into the
face of Jesus and ponder the goodness of the cross, grant
that I might
repent of my unbelief and ingratitude,
rest in your goodness even in the midst of trials, and
risk trusting you in every area of my life like never before.
I praise you that I live under a friendly sky, that you are for
me, and that I need never be afraid of the future because
you are good!
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Work is a place the majority of us spend most of our waking hours either loving every minute of it or killing ourselves slowly. It is a place that provides many opportunities to build character, to learn new skills, and to discover the phenomenon of working with others. Above all, that seems to be the hardest part of working.
I don’t know about you but I would rather love every minute of my work than to allow it to ever placidly suck the life out of me. You can begin to incorporate a few simple steps in your daily habits to help you make the most out of work. Here are seven simple keys that can help transform your working life from a boring and insignificant one to an enjoyable and important one.
1. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.” Colossians 3:23
Being in the present is a great thing, that includes being enthusiastic about the work you are doing right now. So, WHATEVER you do –making a presentation, taking out the garbage, answering phones, writing the needed reports –put your entire heart (100% +) into it.
Every job is a preparation for the next job. It is an opportunity to develop you in ways you may not be aware of. Luke 16:10-12 states, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…If you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own.”
It is helpful to keep in mind that is a test of not only your skills but your attitude as well. Your attitude towards life and your work in particular determines your level of enjoyment. A negative attitude that encourages continuous griping and complaining does not facilitate the creation of joyful moments.
Proverbs 12:24 provides that the “diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work.” One of the ways to facilitate enjoyment in our work is to determine to add value to the organization, its people, and its daily mission. When you feel that you are making a difference, it does something inside you–it makes you feel needed and significant.
You are needed. You are important. You are significant. That is why your work cannot be haphazardly put together. That is why your work cannot remain undone.
So, let’s show some enthusiasm.
Success sounds wonderful. Who wouldn’t want to have it? So many have made it sound so easy and beautiful in every way.
However, that is far from reality. Success requires hard work and is at times not very beautiful.
Achieving daily success includes:
Waking up early to review your goals and to perform your morning routine.
Pushing back the “I don’t feel like doing it” to the aside and proceed to your agreed commitment to yourself.
Working hard when others around you are having “the time of their lives.”
The truth is success is hard and it is not for the faint of heart. It requires consistency.
Inherent in the word consistency is the promise that if you take consistent action towards your goal, you will be rewarded with consistent success. We get better at things when we do them repeatedly or consistently.
Consistency does not in any way demands perfection.
Consistency is a decision to:
Do something every day no matter how small it seems to you.
Refusing to give up when you face negative people, obstacles and emotions.
Keeping your eyes on the goal.
No matter what the pursuit, consistency is the key.
The answer may very well surprise you.
Because being brave is a decision and you make decisions every day.
Brave is not a word people often use to describe themselves. It is too grandiose and lofty. It is too far removed from how we see ourselves on a daily basis.
It is a word used to describe warriors, soldiers, and fighters because they face danger and pain willingly. The reality is BRAVE is a word that describes YOU when you:
Do things others will not.
Greet a stranger.
Ask for what is important to you.
Take the first step knowing that you will not be perfect.
Admit you have all you need at this very moment to start making a change.
Feel the fear and do it any way.
So being brave is not about having all the answers, because you do not. It is not about not being afraid. It is all about acting unafraid and pursuing your goal anyway.
A valuable strategy that can be helpful is acting as if. You can pretend bravery — encouraging yourself to actions that are out of your comfort zone. The more you take action, the better prepared you will be to be brave when the next opportunity present itself.
What a wonderful blessing it is to have friends who truly listen when we speak; they stay in the present with us and value what we have to say. It is also quite invigorating to have friends who accepts us unconditionally; they know what they can get from us and what they would be crazy to ask for. In this way, we do not have to stress each other out by demanding things that are not in our skill set to give. That brings me to the fifth tip for attracting and developing lasting friendships.
5. Be a Significance Disseminator
Every single person in this world is seeking to be significant to someone, to a cause, or to a community. That is how we deride our meaning, zest, and passion for life. So, make it a point to impart significance. Help make people feel that they matter and they have something special to contribute to this world in this very time that we are living that may transcend their time here on earth. In Romans 12:10, Paul declares that we “Honor one another above yourselves.” People are looking for others to lift them up. The research is clear here as well. We only need ONE person to believe in us to help us accomplish great things. So make it your business to notice and to give a word of encouragement. Be a significance disseminator.
6. Be a Peacemaker
We all love to have peace in our homes, schools, work, churches, and communities. How do we get peace? Does it happen all by itself? No, to have peace we must actively make it happen—we must get involve and actively look to resolve conflicts that are around us. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” That is according to Matthew 5:9. We are aware of certain people in our lives that thrive on turning people against each other, and who uses harsh, hurtful, and damaging words. They thrive on conflict and they will do anything to see a fight. Stay away from them and seek those who have healing and peaceful words. Let’s be mindful of the words we use because they have the power of life and death.
- Be a Lover of People
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins” (I Peter 4:8). What an amazing verse. When we practice love, our buckets are never empty; it is a well that keeps on giving. When we love, we care deeply. When we love, we forgive often and quickly. When we love, we share with each. When we love, we practice patience and kindness on a daily basis. When we love, we stand up for others and protect them the best way we know how. When we love, there is no such thing as giving up knowing that there is nothing that is too big, too tall, too strong, or too weak that love cannot conquer.
I sought the Lord
and required Him,
and He heard me,
and delivered me
from all my fears.
If you are going successful in life, you must move against your fears. You have to do the very thing that you fear the most. With every talent, there is a corresponding fear that keeps you from using that talent.
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
I love to read verses like this one. No need for special tools to extrapolate the benefits of waiting. I don’t know about you, but when I read this verse I feel like I can become a super human just by deciding to wait on the Lord and not take matters into my own hands – especially when directed not to.
There are so many things we can learn in this verse that can be very beneficial to us. When we wait on the Lord…
We gain new strength
This is a promise we can hold on to. We may have come to him feeling weak and exhausted from the everyday trials of this life, but he promises that while we wait, he will replace our weakness with strength. Therefore, we will be prepared to respond to whatever he allows for us to experience.
We see the big picture
The verse says that we “will mount up with wings like eagles.” Sometimes it is hard to see and understand what is going on when faced with different circumstances. We may be too close to see clearly. So, God promises we will soar like the eagles when we wait on him, allowing us to gain a fresh perspective on what we currently face.
We get loaded up with energy
How would you like to run and never get tired? Well, when you wait on the Lord, you get loaded up with energy to combat any negative forces that may be in our future. At times, positive experiences may be overwhelming too. Believe that he has given you the strength and energy to handle them properly.
We stay the course
It says “we will run and not become weary.” The Lord reassures our every step letting us know that he is always with us and will give us all necessary ingredients to stay the course and renew our determination to persevere and not to give up.
All this happens while we wait. So waiting is not a waste. It can be a very productive period in our lives. It is a time used by God to give us new strength, a clear perspective, more energy, and the determination to stay the course and not to give up. Let us wait on the Lord, so he can fulfill these promises in our lives.