The seasons of our lives change
In life we have seasons we go through. There is season in life of the building of our lives. We all have a season of life to build our careers and work toward building a home of some kind. The home can mean a single home, family home, legacy, or whatever we are inspiring to accomplish. The season of building often will last for many years of our lives and for some may last a lifetime.
In this season of building we have other seasons of life that come along. We must be aware of seasons of change in our lives. Even though the building season may never stop. There are times we have delays. We go through stuff and stuff happens to us. These are season of life with many others to come.
The key I want to point out is that we need to be aware of changes and seasons we are going into and out of. The better we get at understanding these changes the more prepared we are to weather any storms. I wanted to remind us today that we must have an awareness that seasons in life come and go. The more we pay attention to these coming seasons and prepare for the coming seasons of life the better we weather these times.
Yes, I know some may be wanting more information or thinking their is so much more to this. Of course this is true so keep the conversation going in your life.
The Business season changes
The productive person knows that certain seasons call for certain kinds of work.
There are no short cuts we must pay attention to the mundane details that make us successful. Seasons change as we see with our eyes. With those changes, we must notice and see the signs of change in our business. The signs are all around us of growth, personnel changes, events in the world, social changes, things like the internet changed businesses forever.
Those who did not see the changes right away paid a price. Those who did not see the internet coming were behind. Some they still are playing caught up because they have not found people to help them stay up with changing technology and how it impacts their business.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8King James Version (KJV)
3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Small short-term goals
Every time you set and achieve a goal, your confidence and sense of competence increases. Start your journey by setting small achievable goals and then taking the steps necessary to achieve them.
Set some easy goals that you would like to achieve this week. It could be applying for that great job you really want or exercising after work tonight. Every time you achieve a small goal, set a new one. As you build your confidence in achieving small goals, you will believe you can achieve big goals.
What is important to you?
Let’s be honest, to achieve any worthwhile goal requires you to do things you would prefer not doing. If your goal is not HIGHLY important to you, you won’t do what’s required of you to achieve it. The obstacles in your path won’t be worth overcoming, because the prize isn’t important enough.
What are the biggest obstacles
When you look at your goal, ask yourself, “What will be required of me to achieve this goal? What will be the biggest obstacles I will have to overcome?” Make a list of all the things you will need to do and challenges you will likely face and be honest about it.
Will I do what I must to achieve this goal?
This is the time when you need to be honest and ask yourself one more time, “Is this goal important enough to me that I will make the sacrifices necessary and do what is required of me every day to achieve my goal?” We have to sell out.
Break your goal down into smaller goals. If your goal is to making 10,000 extra money this year, then set the dates when you will be at $100.00, $500.00, $1000.00 AND SO ON. If eating right or changing other habits are what you need to do then set these goals with milestones to help keep momentum.
Break your plan down into daily activities
If you are going to achieve any worthwhile goal you must know what you should be doing each day. It i knowing what we must do everyday that allows us to keep momentum today the goal. We see a large goal ahead to say make 100,000 dollars then we need a daily, weekly, monthly, plan or we get overwhelmed. Just to see that is 273.97 a day or $1917.81 a week.
Following the plan
Once you know the actions you need to take every day, you must use your personal initiative and discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it. Use grit or will-power to overcome those obstacles.
Accountability partner always help you stay focused but no one care like you do about your goals. It’s your life and these are your goals. We need to be responsible to follow through on the goals we have. No one care like we do about our lives.
Enjoy the journey
Do not be all about work and not play. We have to experience fun. or some reward. Give yourself a little something every time you push yourself outside your comfort zone. As you reach each goal, reward yourself.
See your goals coming true
The best way to stay motivated and disciplined is seeing your goals coming true. Create a vision board or something to see and check off things you have done. Small success leads to larger success.
Hope these help!
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When we hear Christians say stand do we really understand what that means?
Does the single mom understand?
Does the Father trying to be a good husband and dad understand?
Do the hurting people going through things understand?
How about just trust God? What does that mean?
Sometimes it seems like people just feel like God is going to just bless them somehow with great wisdom, money, or provisions for whatever is wrong. Like it will just fall from the sky, but is that what the bible is talking about? Miracles happen after all but that is not how God typically does things. God loves to use people to bless us or help us. Sometimes it is those failed relationships, lost opportunities, jobs, children, family, and the list goes on that He uses to grow and teach us.
God uses these tough times in our lives to build the character of God in us. We often here the word transformed used by Pastor’s or even read it in the bible. Transformed means we are going through a process to change us.
Change is apart of our lives, so is pain and joy. God does not love us any less because of the season we are in life. We sometimes question our seasons of life. God is glad to help us through each season even when it is the final season for us on earth.
What does it mean to stand?
Here are just a few keys I hope will help.
The Word of God is powerful that is why we are to be washed with the water of the Word. Meaning we actually need to read it, learn to understand what it is saying, then apply it to our lives and situations.
Prayer- this is our communication with the creator of us all. Prayer can be as simple as learning to talk to God. We talk about our day, lives, problems, solutions, pain, joy, and others who need help. I have meant to put this simply. Prayer need not be hard it is simple. Then, when we thank God, tell God about our lives, tell him of others needing help stop, and listen with silence.
Learn the principles of daily living. Learning the daily principles of living are keys to living a life God can bless. God has many promises in His word and He is faithful to carry them out. We also have a part to play in those promises. We must understand them and what is expected of us.
Learn what the fruit of the Spirit is. Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. These are things we are to grow in our lives.
Humble ourselves and surrender to our purpose God has created for us to fulfill. We must be able to enjoy the journey even when it is not what we expect. The purpose God has created us for will fulfill us.
Realize the Holy Spirit is there to teach us, help us grow, lead us. And empower us to live out our lives for Christ.
With God, the words stand and Trust are action words.
Miraculous things happen when faith and actions come together!
Understand these are just a few things but a great start.
Where are we really at with our lives. There are times we are unhappy and it is easy to blame others for us not achieving the things in life we set out to do. Have we looked at the book inside our own lives we are writing?
Have we taken the time to stop and look at who we really are and what habits we really have.
We all have a way of looking at ourselves and it involves us seeing ourselves as the person wanting to do good things. The person who is planing on accomplishing great things. Have you ever hear someone say? If I had a million dollars I would do so much for people who are less fortunate then me. They go on to say the list of things they would do and in their minds they have accomplished something. They feel justified that they want to do good.
We often justify things in our lives this way like purchases we made. I cannot help them they are on the other side of the road someone will stop for them. The list goes on yet we actually never accomplish anything.
This is the challenge I have. Dare we be courageous and take on with action these things in our lives. Instead of thinking about it and justifying it, will we put actions to work. Look at what Joshua was told:
Courage Joshua 1:7-9
7“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.
One of the greatest keys we have is to continue the journey God has for our lives
Too many times people will turn off the path when it is not happening fast enough.
They decided it is not for them, they quit what they said was the purpose God had for them.
meditate on it day and night
Gods word and plan for our lives we are to envision and plan everyday.
We should meditate on what God has told us in His word and the purpose He has for us.
In our dreams, our lives should be focused planning life around the purpose we are created for.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We need to have faith in God’s plan for our lives
The word for me this year is courage. I think of the lion, and the tin man. I have had words in the past. The truth is courage is at the level I am at in life. Some may say just have faith and courage in what you are doing. The key is most of us are at different levels in life. The level I find myself at requires a lot of extra courage for me.
I believe as a Pastor in faith, healing, and God’s Word. It is easy to say we believe but harder to live out that at times. When we are faced with the challenges in life they come at our level. The next 12 months will be the greatest exercise of faith to this date of my life.
We have started to expand our ministry efforts in many ways.
We are expanding our businesses as well.
We are making life changing decisions.
These all come with risk, reward, and it takes courage.
We are almost done with making our vision board. I know there is nothing impossible with God but often we see through our own faults. It is Christ living through us this year that will allow us to accomplish these tasks. We cannot due it alone that is why it takes courage to know that whatever the risk the reward of following God’s plan and purpose for our lives is worth it.
Just the hope of being able to help another person know Christ, know how priceless they are, and their purpose is worth it all. I pray that in all we do we can have an impact in a positive way on the lives of others. When life if done for me here on earth I want to leave behind a legacy of hope. It all takes courage.
God told Joshua:
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I am reminder to be courageous and strong God is with me..