May 17, 2013 Comments Off on Set Sail
After many years of college, I have come to a very valuable conclusion that I wish I could tell myself many many years ago.
I realized that I was living in a critical fallacy that I believe thousands, if not millions, of people still believe to this day.
It’s sort of a long and complicated problem, but bare with me as I explain it.
For many years of my life, I truly was living under the belief that I can attain friends in my life by simply succumbing to their interests. It was a subconscious habit that I didn’t even realize I was actually living out until recently. I saw all the “popular” people, the ones that everybody knew their name, doing something or being at a certain place. I believed that’s what I needed to do or be at that place doing those things to have their kind of attention attention. I believed that in order to attain the amount of friends or social standing they had, I simply needed to copy and paste what they did into my life and I could get to that same place.
I truly don’t believe it’s a conscious thing or decision you make, but it’s something that you might find yourself doing everyday if you simply analyze your own life.
So, am I merely saying the 100 year old question “If someone jumps off a cliff, are you going to do it too?” No.
It’s time to pause your life, think about where you’re headed, and either continue or set sail for a new destination.
To truly reach your God-given purpose and maximum impact on your world it requires a lot of thought and sacrifice.
Setting sail for a new era in your life requires that you head to sea alone, with no crew. It requires that you may not know exactly how to get where you want to go, but you’re going to trust God to fill your boat with the crew you need to succeed on your journey and fill your sails with the energy needed to reach your destination.
True and meaningful relationships always abide by the rule “like attracts like.”
Plain and simply, actually live out who you want to be and God will provide the people along side your life. Don’t be afraid to walk alone, know that the trail in your life is very long and has many opportunities for God to put someone(s) next to you.
Don’t be afraid to start by yourself, know that you won’t end alone.
Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
November 16, 2011 Comments Off on Breathe to Succeed
The next day, the young man showed up in a suit at the beach at 4am. He was planning on making money, not swimming. The old man grabs his hand and asks him “How bad do you want to be succesfull?” He said “Real bad.”
So the old man tells him to walk out in the water, so he walks out until the water was at his knees. The old man said “Keep walking”, he walked until the water was at his chin.
The old man told him again to keep walking, but the young man said “You are crazy- I don’t want to be a lifeguard, I want to make money.” But he took another step until he was completely under water.
The old man held his head down while he was under water, just before the young man passed out the old man raised him up.
The old man asked “When you were under water, what did you want to do?” He said “I wanted to breathe” the old man said “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, you will be successful.”
The only thing you are trying to do is get air when you are under water. You don’t care about someone texting you, going to a party, watching tv, about that cute guy or girl- all you care about is breathing. But when you get to the point that you want to be succesful as bad as you want to breathe, you will be succesfull.
So many people think they want to be succesfull, but they care more about other things then they do than success. You just kind of want it- you’d rather be cool or popular than succesful.
Some of you love sleep more than you love success, but you have to be willing to even give up sleep. If you go to sleep, you might miss the opportunity to be succesfull if you sleep.
How bad do you want it? I realize I have to commit my very being to this: I have to eat it, breathe it, see it. Understand that and work hard and this world is yours.
November 7, 2011 Comments Off on Obedience = Resistance
“Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may live long in the land that the LORD swore to your forefathers to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Deuteronomy 11 : 8 – 9
We believe that God treats us like we may treat our dog. God may ask us to do something, but if we decide to go and chase a squirrel instead God will still be happy with us because it’s all about just enjoying eachothers company, right? Wrong.
Sometimes great obedience to God causes great resistance from others in our life. Others will not understand why God has called you to make a certain decision or live your life in a certain way. However, that’s ok if they don’t understand because we’re not out to please others with our life choices – only our God. I have found that the quickest way to lose obedience and closeness to God is to start valuing what others think of me more than what God thinks of me.
People may make fun of you, friends may forsake you, or you may not get invited to all the functions you used to go to. But hold firm to the promises God has made you. Understand that when someone may threaten you or tell you your full of lies and God tells you something different, God will always 10 times out of 10, 100% be right.
Look at Deuteronomy 11:8-9, the verse opened with, God called Moses to obey the commands He had given him for today to be able to accomplish Gods plan for him weeks later. God promises the Israelites the promised land, but it was only going to be accomplished by following the commandments He was giving them in the here and now.
What are the things that God is asking you to sacrifice for today? What is He asking you to do right here, right now? Sure certain things about our life may be fun or important to us for now, but they are the very things that are going to keep us from inheriting the life God has planned out for us later.
The greatest intimacy found with God is created through our obedience on the smallest of things.
November 2, 2011 Comments Off on All Things, All Possibilites
“19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” -Corinthians 9:19-23
Freedom from sin is not an excuse for self indulgence, but a means of greater intelligence to reach others for Christ. Paul became all things, to all people to further his evangelism. Paul cared so much about Christ that he even lived under jewish customs, despite not being jewish. What are you holding back?
Paul understood the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He understood he had the ability to become all things because Jesus has conquered all things. I think so often times we are afraid to reach the people that need Christs love the most because we are afraid that relating to them would somehow make our reputation and status lesser.
But understand this, your opinion of what others think of you cannot out-weigh what God thinks of you.
Paul is an excellent example of turning his entire life over to Christ because he held nothing back – even the way he lived his day, what he ate and what he drank was adaptable to whoever he was around. Historians also noted that Paul would even drink an alcoholic drink in geographic areas that mandated that part of their social customs to be more approachable by others.
Let us give honor and service to Jesus in all of our life, not just the obvious. You may have gone through a traumatic physical disability, maybe you lost your virginity at a young age, maybe your sibling is mentally handicapped. Whatever your situtation may be, God allowed these specific events to occur for many reasons, but I believe the greatest is that you may be able to relate to someone else in a unique way than the next. What happened has happened, you can only use these difficult situations to further the gospel.
Become all things to all people because Jesus died for all sins for all people.
October 18, 2011 Comments Off on L-E-A-D-E-R-S
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” -Galatians 6:9
One of the most important issues to me recently has become leadership and the way it’s done. Too often times I see people leading others to places they have always been, never wanting to change anything. A great leader is never afraid to push the envelope because it causes the team to use their individual potential to the fullest.
Here are 4 leadership concepts to understand and apply to your leadership style:
• Leadership isn’t letting the people around you stay comfortable with the same old process, but thinking of innovations.
• Leadership isn’t being easy on your team, but pushing the limits of each individuals in their strengths and gifts.
• Leadership isn’t speaking in ways that avoid conflict and letting things go by without calling it out, but being honest 24/7.
• Leadership isn’t about not putting yourself in tough circumstances, but where you have to trust your instincts and spirit.
As a leader you cannot have a mindset of accomplishing and upholding everything that was done before you, but attacking what is missing in the world. When you settle for wanting to uphold last years standard, you’re setting yourself up for failure or even worse, successful mediocrity in changing nothing about the world. Wasting your time your potential, and your team.
Jesus didn’t lead by worrying about what the people thought about Him or always trying to satisfy their needs or time constraints. He didn’t prepare them for opposition by making sure they were never overwhelmed.
Instead, Jesus put his disciples in extremely difficult situations with zero resources, high expectations, and a huge opportunity to make an impact. Why? Because He knew what was ahead in their future and that they needed to grasp the concept of great obedience before great opportunities to serve the kingdom.
We want to have great responsibilities and opportunities before we can trust God, but God wants us to have great obedience to earn responsibilities and opportunities. If God is asking you to push the limit, push the limit. If God wants you to do something drastically different, do it. You never know what door God is opening for you because only He can open it, you can’t. Trust Him!
October 14, 2011 Comments Off on Watch Yourself