Risk or Safe

Had a thought the other day about not playing it safe. Wish I had read these verses then. Luke 19 tells the story that Jesus shared about the individuals who were left in charge of particular sums of money and how on the return of the master, two of them had increased what they had been given, while the other had just hidden it.

What a great example of the dilemma many of us face. Should we take a RISK or should we play it SAFE. Rewards come to those who RISK. Not stupid risks, but intentional, purposeful risks. Taking hold of what God has given us and doing something with it.

‘Risk your life and get more than you dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.’ The Message I think I know which one I would rather have – how about you?

Obvious Truth: Jesus is THE MAN

Reading through the gospels at the moment and I know I shouldn’t be but I am just astounded at how absolutely incredible Jesus really was. His capacity to do stuff was immense.

Marvelling at the pace Jesus did life at. Everyday was filled with so much. Usually unplanned, unexpected and unusual. Is it just me but Jesus seemed to have no two days the same. I realise it’s not an exact timeline for his 3 years of ministry but WOW! So much going on. Things coming at him from every conceivable direction.

So many demands on him.
So many people wanting a piece of him.
So many questions from all different types of people.
So many opportunities.
So many choices.

Yet amidst it all he still had time to teach. He still managed to stay on course. He still maintained times of quietness and stillness which I guess are what maintained him. He still had compassion for people. He never tired of helping. He always spoke with clarity and purpose. There were not many empty words that he spoke, he wasn’t frivolous in his actions, thoughts or words. Instructing, challenging, rebuking.

His ability to answer questions is just incredible. Knowing that many times the questions were loaded, an attempt to catch him out and trap him, yet his thought processes were always sharp, ready, never dull.

My life is nowhere near that pace and I so easily become careless, thoughtless and useless. I probably miss out on so many opportunities because I’m not alive enough to what is going on around me. Maybe I’m to inward looking while Jesus was always outward looking. That’s not to be to down on myself but when you reflect your life on Jesus the shortcomings always seem so much more obvious.

I realise I’m talking about the SON OF GOD here but nonetheless…what a role model…what an inspiration…what a challenge…
…to not get distracted or frustrated or exasperated with people
…to live life on purpose
…to be centred around the needs of others rather than my own
…and so much more!!!

Interesting though? Do you agree?

Stay on the Right Path…Day 32

In my quiet time this morning I was reminded of a scripture. Reminded that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph 2:10)

Incredible when you think about it that God has prepared good works for us to walk in.
Ahead of you and me lay great things…if we only stay on the right path!

Don’t know about you but that can be a challenge at times. Easily distracted. Easily frustrated by things – just read yesterdays post. What are the things that might stop you from staying on the right path?

Just Keep Moving Forward….Day 8

As I was praying this morning I was reminded of something I read the other day…

‘To us, our plans sometimes trump God’s purpose. However, it is God’s purpose will ultimately prevail.’

Praying and believing God for breakthrough is fine. Trying to convince God of how He should bring the breakthrough I want is not fine. I think I am becoming more careful about how I pray…yes, I ask for certain things but very often now I do find myself praying much like Jesus did in the Gethsemane.

He knew what was coming.
He prayed specifically for what was coming to be taken away.
He stayed focused though and remembered that it was not about his own will but about doing the will of the Father.

That is an extremely difficult prayer to pray but I am trying.

How good are you at keeping Gods purposes in view rather than your own?

Book Review: Chazown by Craig Groeschel

9781590525470-11If you have read my recent posts – fresh year, fresh ideas & fresh goals then you are seeing how this book has influenced me. For anyone moving into 2009 with questions about what the future could look like, God’s calling, destiny and purpose then this book is highly recommended.

Love the way Craig Groeschel writes, very easy to read, lots of honesty. However, if you want to change then the journey Craig Groeschel takes you on, will not be as easy. The questions to challenge you, taking your intentions and transforming them into values, making difficult decisions that will help you achieve more.

Take the 5 areas and do a little check up. Honesty is never easy. Think about what you want it to look like and set some goals to move towards. Done properly, the rewards might be life-changing. To you, and to those around you too.

Get your copy here and make a choice today to have a go at making this year your best one yet.

Make 2009 Your Best Year

New Year resolutions. Most people make at least one. The change of year is a great time of reflection, looking back on what the last year brought and then believing for better in the next. Problem: good intentions are not always enough. Many of them never fulfil the promise.

There are many things that could help…

1. Set some goals
Make them specific and measurable. Be realistic but with an element of stretch involved. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?

2. Make a list
How do you eat an elephant? The same attitude is needed to make goals a reality. What do you need to start doing to see the goals achieved? Break them up into bite size chunks then you can tackle them, one at a time, rather than trying to swallow the whole thing at once.

3. Remember the BIG picture.
One successful day doesn’t mean you have made it. One bad day doesn’t mean the goal can never be reached. Failing is likely to be part of the process, but it doesn’t make you a failure. Edison took 1600 attempts to get the light bulb working so keep that BIG picture of the future clearly in your sight.

4. Become accountable.
You can do this in many ways. Tell someone you trust about your goal. You are not necessarily after an opinion, just support, someone to ask you how you doing, are you on target. An accountability partner can work for you, if you are truly willing to hear what they say.

5. Get a Life Coach.
This is the next level but maybe paying for some coaching will add the value to what you want to see happen, encouraging you to stay on track. Check out excelyourself for more information about how a life coach can help, plus a great offer for 2009.

6. Celebrate.
Rewards along the journey are fantastic incentives. Mile markers are great. Where do you want to be in 6 weeks time, 3 months or 12 months time? What will it look like? How will you feel? When you get there – spoil yourself, have a day off, celebrate.

For more information on how coaching can help you, your team and your business…please contact me.

What is Life Without God in it?

Made a comment yesterday that as Christians, when it comes to loving life, we have to remember where most people are coming from. I suggested that maybe we have forgotten what it’s like to live life without God in it. Now, that’s not a bad thing…I mean we were created to have God in our lives and be connected to Him.

BUT!!

You don’t need to be a Christian to love life. Actually, is saying that not slightly ignorant and offensive to those we want to reach out to. Oh, but you can’t really love life without God in it, I hear you cry. Well, we know that – we recognise the difference that Jesus has made in our lives but until the light of the Gospel is shone over someone’s life, they don’t think like that.

People don’t consider themselves lost.
People may not love every aspect of their life but they get on with it.
People have bills, a home to run, work to do, things to deal with…much like me. For most though they do that without understanding or even being aware of the bigger purpose they were born for.

Think John 10:10. We all want an abundant life but if you asked your colleagues at work if they felt life was being stolen, killed or destroyed, they would wonder what you are on about. We know the truth of this verse and must demonstrate that love for life by not allowing stuff to kill us off or destroy our sense of purpose. Hope you get what I mean?