BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

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We start out in life full of enthusiasm and ideas and then we fail. Those of us who have big ideas fail and fail and fail and fail again. The reason we fail so much is because we are in unfamiliar territory that is outside of our comfort zone.

Achieving is a personal journey do not expect the support or company of friends or loved one. Often it is the very people you know who will be the ones who are trying to talk you out of pursuing your goals. If you began this journey with faith in God through Jesus you will discover an internal motivation that keeps you going despite the nay-sayers. Success comes if you go after the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Jesus will never leave you and the Holy Spirit will help you.

As a follower of Jesus you are not alone yet you must believe in yourself. Are you determined enough to move forward despite the discomfort of being in unfamiliar territory? Continuing to go after your goals is difficult particularly when those around you advise you to quit. When the people who you thought were going to be there for you are no longer there are you willing to keep moving? When those you trust stop believing in you, though they may not put it in those words, quitting becomes easier than moving on. The longer it takes to achieve the less support you will receive.

There is a difference between dreaming and going after a dream. Children dream dreams; people who want to be successful establish plans inspired by a dream. Your big ideas are not bigger than God. You are limited only by what you believe. You will never fail if you just dream.

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GOOD WORKS vs GOD WORKS

Many people I know, myself included, have spent 2014 being busy. As I think of those individuals I know the works they have done have been good works. Unfortunately, some of the activity I have done as well as those others have done, as purposeful and good as they may have been, were not God works.

directions sillouette                   – God will not keep your agenda so full that you neglect your health.

– God will not keep you so busy that you neglect your spouse.

– God will not have you traveling so much that you neglect your family.

– God will never call you to do something that will prevent you from spending time with Him.

A few months ago I found myself forgetting little things, neglecting some things and not feeling like doing other things, my plate was too full. I took a few days of doing nothing but spending time with Father God and made a list of all the things I do. Slowly but surely with the help of the Holy Spirit I began to see why some of my works, though good, were not things I did not need to do.
2 people and sunsetToday I still have a full schedule but it is a manageable one. I changed the agencies I work for so that I could focus on a specific market, those who need Final Expense Planning. Freeing up work hours without decreasing my income has allowed me to dedicate more time to writing and serving. The result of tweaking my schedule is free time, time to do absolutely nothing and not be worried about what was not done.
Beginning today it is important to evaluate ALL of your activities. I am sure the things you do have great value and you do it because no one else will; if God does not tell you to do it don’t do it. There are times when an opportunity to do something exciting comes up and you cancel one activity to do the other; stop! Playing catch-up is how you get overwhelmed; honor your commitments but do not commit to anything new until you give yourself that needed down time.
Finally, a lot of your activities are not God works and but good works. It is import to examine your motives. Know why you volunteered for that activity. Is it because of the recognition you will receive? Understand why you are busy from sunrise to sunset. Are you afraid to be alone? Are you lonely and want to fill the time? Are you avoiding a relational issue? Good works are bad works if they prevent you from doing God works. In 2015 dedicate yourself to stop doing good works and start doing God works.