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Trust His Plans

I was reading a devotional this morning written by Rick Warren, where he talked about how the 40 year journey from Egypt to the Promised Land should have only taken a few weeks. The reason it took longer was because God was continually testing His people.

I think more often than not we pray and ask God to take us out of the situations we are in, instead of praying and asking God what we can get out of the situations we are in.

God might be testing you, trying to teach you something, or preparing you for what’s coming next. There is peace in trusting Him instead of leaning on our own understanding. We need to believe that the God of the universe who knows no limits understands what He is doing. He has a plan and we can trust that He will provide a future of goodness and hope.

We need to pray, but we can’t forget that prayer doesn’t just have the power to change our problems. Prayer also has the power to change our perspective.

Value of Uncertainty

“The uncertainty of the outcome does not negate the value of the pursuit.”

We often allow not having all the details deter us from pursing what we know is right. However, doing the right thing isn’t always the easy choice. It also doesn’t mean that everything turns out the way we want it, but the uncertainty of the outcome does not negate the value of the pursuit. Just because you don’t know how something will turn out in the end, doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.

Realignment in the New Year

As we look ahead to a new year, we need to remember how easy it can be to start drifting and falling away from our priorities. That’s when we have to realign, resubmit, and recommit our lives to what really matters most.

Have Confidence in 2016

I read an article that I enjoyed so much I wanted to repost it here and encourage you to subscribe to Jon Acuff’s blog if you are interested in receiving encouragement to design a life worth living. According to Jon Acuff there are three things you need to give yourself confidence and have the best shot at accomplishing your goals in the new year.

  1. Clarity – A focused sense of what you’re trying to accomplish.
  2. Consistency – The grind of stacking small wins on top of small wins, day after day.
  3. Community – Leaning on friends when you don’t feel like hustling.

Those three “c words” will help you stay on track and accomplish your dreams, plans, and goals 2016. However there is another “c word” that is a sure-fire way to derail you. This one is straight poison and unfortunately social media has a tendency to pour gasoline on the fire.

It’s comparison.

As the one year ends we reflect and as the new year begins we dream and plan. Every year we need to remind ourselves that comparison leads to arrogance or shame, but never happiness.

Merry Christmas

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Audrey and I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This past year has been an amazing experience as we have both grown in our faith, built stronger relationships with loved ones, and ultimately learned to lean not on our own understanding. We are confident that the best is yet to come and can’t wait to see what God has in store.

There’s Power in Writing it Down

Within the last couple of days Jon Acuff sent me an email. Don’t get me wrong we aren’t exactly friends. However, I am sure he would be better off knowing me as his life would then be complete. I subscribe to his newsletter and he said, “Results are more fun than resolutions, but you don’t get the first without the second.” I found it as a powerful reminder on how to create goals. It’s not just about a desired outcome, it’s also about how you plan to take each individual step that will lead you to your destination.

I feel like there is one incredibly important note that needs to be added… Don’t forget to write it down. There is power in writing it down. If you don’t write down the things that you are dreaming, praying, and believing for there is a good chance that when the day comes you will fail to realize it’s significance. Let me explain.

If you are believing for something write it down. If you have a dream, a goal, write it down. If you are praying for something big, don’t just pray. Write it down, date it, and then look back afterwards and celebrate what God has done. I think too many people fail at this step and if you fail to write it down it can become too easy to under appreciate all the blessings in your life.

I met with a Small Group of men this past week. We challenged one another to write down the ridiculously big things we were dreaming, praying, and believing for so that later we can look back and celebrate what God has done. I encourage you to do the same.

Wise Investments

It’s important for your financial future to make wise investments. You can find it in scripture with The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30. It’s equally as vital to make wise investments in other areas if we are to make the most of our lives.

If you don’t eat the things that your body needs and you aren’t getting proper exercise, you fail to make wise physical investments. If you are reading, learning, and growing, you are probably making plenty of wise investments in the area of personal development. There are all types of ways that you can make wise decisions in how you invest your time, talent, and treasure.

If we are to be good stewards then it must become essential to continually develop the things that we have been given. We can make the most of our time, maximize our talents, and multiply our treasure with wise investments. I feel challenged to make wise investments in every area of my life. What is one wise investment you know you need to make?

Help Other People Dream

I am a husband, son, brother, pastor, friend, and occasionally I help people with their websites on the side. I have a small portfolio that shows some of the websites that I have helped design and develop. Across the top is a statement that reads, “I am passionate about helping people who have a message to share and a mission to accomplish.”

It is something that I wrote some time ago, but still firmly believe. However, recently I was reminded of the value in helping other people dream. I was on the phone with a friend who was describing a new dream that he had. He was describing his vision for the future and I was passionately moved that I couldn’t help but encourage him. I was so excited that I wanted to help him find a way to make it happen.

I believe that one of the most rewarding things in my life is helping other people realize their dreams and passions. I want to be known as someone who helped others discover their purpose and make a difference. I think deep down, we all want to make the world a better place.

The world is not going to become a better place because of the things we intend to do. The world will only become a better place because of things we actually do. So dream, dream big, then do something and make your world a better place.

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