What do you REALLY Want?

We are in that time of year when many people are going on vacation. Most of us do a great deal of planning for our vacations. We decide where we are going, how long we will stay there, and what we will do while we are there.

If you are like my wife, you also plan exactly when, where, and what the whole family will eat; at what points we stop for gas and bathroom breaks; and keep exact track of what time we are supposed to be at each mile along the way (that is a slight exaggeration, but not by much). You will also have planned out what the family does on each day and when nap breaks can be had. For many people, if the vacation is not well planned it is not a vacation.

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However, I wonder how many of us put as much planning into our lives as we do our vacations. On vacation, we have goals or checkpoints to make sure we stay on task. Do we do the same with our life? Is not our life, as a whole, more important than a temporary vacation?

Yet, it seems, more people put more thought into their vacation than they do their lives. We put more effort into planning the wedding than we do the marriage. We put more concentrated effort into getting the job than we do actually working the job itself.

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Imagine how much better and in control our lives would be if we took the time to plan out our lives. Not that every little detail needs to be planned (I would say the same thing about a vacation), but how nice it would be to have checkpoints along the way, ways of measuring where we are in relation to where we want to be. What are your goals?

After doing a workshop on goals I had a lady say to me, “I guess that has helped a lot of people who have the willpower to do it.” She seemed to be insinuating she did not have the willpower. My response, “It is not about willpower, it is about ‘want power’”. It really does come down to what you really want out of life.

People typically do what they need to do in order to get what they really want. They may say they want something different, but as a general rule, we all have exactly what we want. If we really want something we will do what it takes to get it.

I can sit around and say, “I want to be healthier.” But if I am just sitting around all day eating junk food it is because I do not REALLY want to be healthy. What I REALLY want is to sit around and eat junk food.

Rowboat.ship quoteBe intentional! Do not sit around waiting for your ship to come in. If you want that ship, then swim out and get it. Stop waiting for it to come in. If you just sit and wait for it, somebody else will swim out to the ship you want and then you will just sit and complain about how lucky they were. I have discovered that the harder I work the luckier I become.

So, let’s be intentional! Let’s take some time to plan our life and then take massive action to make it happen. Use your “want power” to make it happen!


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Are You Laughing Yet?

bulletin3Actual church bulletin bloopers:

“Next Sunday is Easter and Mrs. Anderson will come forward and lay an egg on the altar”

“Tonight’s sermon: WHAT IS HELL?  Come early and listen to our choir practice.”

“The sermon this morning: JESUS WALKS ON WATER.   The sermon tonight: SEARCHING FOR JESUS

“The Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please use the back door.”

“The sermon this morning: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES #3… EUTHANASIA.  The closing song: TAKE MY LIFE

“CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE. A good opportunity to get rid of anything not worth keeping but too good to throw away. Don’t forget your husband.”

bulletin2“Due to the pastor’s illness, Wednesday’s healing service will be discontinued until further notice.”

“Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Memorial Church. Come and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.”

“The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.”

“Peter Matthews, in memory of his wife…is donating a loud-speaker to the church.”

“Don’t let worry kill you…let the church help.”

“Weight Watchers will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.”

“The associate Pastor unveiled the Church’s new Tithing Campaign slogan last Sunday: “I UPPED MY PLEDGE…UP YOURS.”

bulletin“Remember our pastor in prayer. He was on his way to the doctor with rear end trouble when his universal joint gave way, causing him to have an accident.”

“Our Church Book Store announces their Semi-Annual After-Christmas Sale.”

“Please help our young people with their Flea Market. They are starting from scratch.”

“Benjamin Benson and Jessica Carter were married on October 24 in the Church Sanctuary. Thus ends a friendship that began in their school years.”

Laughing yet?

Hopefully, you are laughing by now. But just in case: Did you hear about the guy at a fancy banquet and while he was eating he bit into something hard and broke his dental plate. The man beside him reached into his pocket and pulled out a dental plate for the guy to try. He put it in his mouth…pulled it out and said: “This is too big”. The man pulls another one out of his pocket…The man tries it and says, “This is too small.” The man pulled a third dental plate out of his pocket. The guy tried it and it fit!

“Imagine that”, the guy said, “I broke my dental plate while sitting right here beside a Dentist.” I am not a Dentist” the man replied, “I am an Undertaker.”

One more attempt!

If you really want to have fun walk into an Antique Shop and asks, “What’s new?”

bulletin 5Benefits of laughter

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

I find it funny when new scientific studies prove what the Bible has said for many, many years and people call it a new discovery. We now know, because of scientific studies, that there are health benefits to laughter. Some hospitals have actually started using laughter therapy. Among other things, laughter lowers your blood pressure and strengthens your immune system.

Zig Ziglar has this to say about laughter: “Laughter is low calorie, caffeine free, no salt, no preservative or additives, 100% natural, and one size fits all. It is contagious, never committed a crime, started a war, or broke up a relationship, it cost nothing and is non-taxable.

bulletin 6The Sad News About Laughter

Here is the sad news about laughter: The average four year old laughs about 400 times a day. The average adult laughs only 15 to 16 times a day. Maybe that is one of the reasons Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3 NIV)

Take a few extra laughs today. It will make everybody a little happier.


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

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What Can You Do With a Lot of Money?

 

On Tuesday we discussed saving money for an emergency fund. Yesterday we discussed saving money to make cash purchases to avoid debt. Today let’s look at a third reason to save money, wealth building.

Remember, I am not talking about being eager for money I am simply talking about being wise with money. There is a difference. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10), but to be wise with money…well…that is just wise.

savingProverbs 28:20, says; “A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished” (NIV). Please do not misunderstand me. I am not advocating a prosperity theology here. I believe this verse describes just the opposite. God does bless those who are faithful. All those blessings are not necessarily financial, although they can be. God blesses in many ways.

However, if your goal for faithfulness is to become wealthy, that would be “eager to get rich” and as this verse says, those will be punished. Again, do not be eager for money, but be wise with it. Saving money for wealth building does not have to be an “eagerness for”, it can simply be gaining wisdom with our money.

Someone who is faithful about saving a little money every month over a lifetime will build wealth. Being wealthy is not a sin. It is the attitude behind the wealth and the accumulation of it that makes it right or wrong. There are many wealthy people who use their money for godly purposes.

saving moneyDave Ramsey often uses the following equation: If you save $100 per month, every month for 40 years at 12% interest you will build it to $1,176,477. Then he goes on to say, “what if I am half wrong?” Well, the answer would still be $588,238.50. That is still not a bad retirement. Imagine the people you could help with that kind of wealth!

What do you want to do with your wealth in retirement?


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

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