Are You Going to Dream or Are You Going to Climb?

The number one characteristic of people who climb to their God-given potential is that they are action oriented. They may make mistakes along the way, but they make adjustments and keep moving forward.

green-lightsOften times we wait for everything to be just right before we take action. That is like waiting for all the traffic lights to turn green before you drive to your destination. Get in the car and drive. If you must temporally stop along the way, then stop for a short period and then go.

Sometimes I hear people talking about waiting on God. There are times we do need to wait when God has made it very plain that waiting is what we need to do. However, most of the time we are just trying to spiritualize our reluctance to take action. Most of the time when I hear people talking about waiting on God, I get this strong feeling that God is probably waiting on them.

Take action! You are only on this earth for a short period of time. Do not waste it by spending most of your time just waiting. Do something! Anything!! Just take action!!!

John Maxwell says, “What separates a developer of a successful dream from a mere daydreamer is committed action.” I strongly encourage you to dream, but then do something about that dream. Do not just dream for the sake of dreaming. Dream so you can change the world! That will only happen if you put the dream into practice by actually taking action.

Sure it is scary. That is the reason most people do not take action. You are different. You are not just a dreamer, you are a climber. You are not content to just dream about reaching your God-given potential. You are going to actually make the climb to achieving it!

not doneYou are the person who is willing to join the top 10% of people who invest in their personal growth and development. You do not stop there, you are a part of the 1% who actually put into action what you learn. You do not just read blogs, books, and go to seminars to learn. You do all that stuff and more to be the best version of you!

Take action! Whatever it is, do it!! Overcome the fear that stops most people in their tracks and become a part of the 1% that turn the world upside down!!!


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Start Your Journey On Your Knees

kneesMatthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (NIV). Ask, seek, and knock is the 3-step process of reaching your God-given potential. Let’s take a look at what each one of these entails.

Ask
Pray about what God is wanting to do in your life. If you are going to climb to your God-given potential, it must start with talking to the One who created that potential in the first place. If you are going to climb that mountain, it must start on your knees.

Seek
Seek out the best ways to make it happen. Be creative. We serve a creative God. He created us in His image. Therefore, we must have some level of creativity as well. Let’s use it. Creatively seek out ways to get from where you are to where God wants you to be.

Knock
Knocking is taking action. All the prayer and creative seeking of God’s plan will not do any good if we do not act on that plan. Take action! Nothing happens until something happens. So, go make things happen!not done 2Ask God about climbing to your God-given potential, creatively seek out ways to make that happen, and then take enthusiastic action. If any changes are going to take place in your life it must be done immediately and enthusiastically. Start now and start inspired!

Tie the ask, seek, knock plan in with the three actions we have talked about this week of never settling, living with enthusiasm, and turning the world upside down and you will be well on your way to reaching your God-given potential.

Are you ready for this journey? Are you ready to join the revolution against the mundane into an enthusiastic life of God-sized proportions? Ask, seek, knock, never settle, live with enthusiasm, and turn the world upside down.

God is still wanting you to be a part of what he is doing in this world. It is not just about going to heaven when you die. It is also about bringing strong glimpses of heaven right here on earth by serving God in the way he has made you to serve him.

God is not done with you… so never settle, live with enthusiasm, and turn the world upside down… Here we go!


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March Madness That Never Ends

In John 15:16, Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” The fact Jesus chose me makes me feel ecstatically accepted. Jesus chose me! With all my hang-ups and shortcomings, he chose me!!
gymI guess I do not think about that often enough. It is kind of like being lined up in gym class to be chosen for a team and Jesus chose me. Not because I was the only one left, he specifically brought me to the game just so he could choose me.

Coach CalWow! That has to make you feel special. Just like John Calipari (or any other college coach that recruits players) chooses to recruit specific players for the University of Kentucky, Jesus has specifically chosen me.

I am on his team and he is my coach. We may lose a game from time to time (because of my play) but we are destined to win the championship (because of His leadership). That is a March Madness that never ends.

Can you tell I am a big basketball fan and March is my favorite month of the year? As I thought about John 15:16 this blog came to mind. You are chosen by Jesus. Will you accept that invitation?

Jesus wants to be our Life Coach. Jesus himself said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV). The King James Version says, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The Message puts it this way, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

john 1010How does it make you feel knowing that Jesus specifically chose you?


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How Your Personality Affects the Decisions You Make

 

Over the past three blogs (not counting “The Shack” movie review) we have looked at how each personality style energizes, prioritizes, and communicates. Today let us look at how each personality style makes decisions.

heart_PNG691The security seeking style-The Hearts-typically make decisions based on past experiences. (Remember their time focus is on the past.) Some hearts are more logical in their decision making while others can be more emotional. They tend to base their decision on what has worked in the past, the tried and true.

bodyThe thrill-seeking style-The Bodies-typically make decisions based on what is taking place right now. (Remember the time focus for the Bodies is the now.) Some Bodies are more logical in their decision making while others can be more emotional. Bodies tend to base their decisions on what makes sense in the moment and not necessarily what has worked in the past.

soulThe identity seeking style-The Souls-typically make decisions based on how it will positively impact the future. (Remember the time focus of Souls is the future.) They are more likely to base their decisions on emotion rather than logic. Souls tend to base their decisions on how the decision will affect everyone involved.

mindThe knowledge seeking style-The Minds-typically make decisions based on strategy. They are much more likely to base their decisions on logic rather than emotion. The Minds tend to base their decisions on what will be the most strategic and efficient, often times giving little regard to people’s feelings.

Just to be clear, we need all four styles of decision making to run churches, organizations, and even families at their optimal level. Great minds do not think alike, but they do think together. We need to appreciate and work with each other’s decision-making style so together we can better reach our God-given potential.

What is your decision-making style?


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The Shack: A Study in Theology Pleasantly Disguised as a Movie

ShackoverSeveral years ago I read “The Shack” (actually, I listened to it on CD) and recently I watched the movie. I have come to a similar conclusion about the movie as I did the book. It is a study in Theology pleasantly disguised as a novel or a movie.

It gives us a study of the Trinity, redemption, forgiveness, judgment, the relationship between God and humans, etc. I am not saying I fully agree with everything the movie may have taught about these subjects. To be honest, I do not agree with everything I hear taught in a typical church Bible study about these subjects, either.

The movie did seem to hint at universalism (the belief that everybody goes to heaven). I say it seemed to hint at it because it did not directly teach universalism. There are some aspects of the movie that could be taken that way. I do not know if that was the intent of the movie producers. They left this unclear. (Just for the record I do not believe in universalism).

shack_0I enjoyed the movie. It touched me emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I would recommend this movie to a believer or an unbeliever.

Is it perfect Bible teaching? No. But neither is all of the Bible teaching in our churches. Do not get me wrong, I believe the Bible is the perfect Word of God. However, those of us who teach it are very imperfect, even in our understanding of the Bible. (Yes, I do include myself in this.)

Rich Mullins once said, “I think if we were given the Scriptures it was not so that we could prove that we were right about everything. If we were given the scriptures it was to humble us into realizing that God is right and the rest of us are just guessing.” We all have a messed up view of the Bible in some way. If we did not, then we would not need the Holy Spirit’s involvement. Let us speak the truth in love and hopefully, where we are clueless about the truth love will overcome.

So, if you do not want to watch “The Shack” then do not watch it. If you do want to watch it then do so. Come to your own conclusion.

The Bible is truth. I am sold on that. “The Shack” is a good movie that goes much deeper into some of those biblical truths than most other movies (even other Christian movies). Maybe it will drive you to get deeper into the Bible for yourself. A Bible study curriculum could very easily be set up around this movie.

If you like emotional movies with a strong intellectual and spiritual component you will probably enjoy this movie. If you do not, well, you probably won’t.

For those of you who have read the book or seen the movie, what say you?


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