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No One Wants To Sit On the Bench

No One Wants To Sit On the Bench

One of the worst things you can do to a kid is give them the excitement of being picked for the team, then never allowing them any playing time. At the end of the day, no one wants to sit on the bench.

Plugged In

Plugged In

Have you ever thought you were doing everything right and things still didn't turn out the way they were supposed to?

 

13.5 Signs That Complacency is About To Wreck Your Life

13.5 Signs That Complacency is About To Wreck Your Life

I've been doing some soul searching over the past few weeks. Because, if I am honest, I've not been as motivated to pursue greater in many areas of my work like I’ve done in the past.

Have you ever been there? Those times that you feel as though you've lost your mojo? Where you feel like you are maintaining and not thriving?

It might be that you are suffering from a bout of the "complacency virus". It's an annoying little bug that creeps in and before you know it, it's affected your work, your life and your spiritual growth.

Get Up and Go

Get Up and Go

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Have you ever taken a look around and witnessed everyone around you moving while you stay stagnant? Picture a small bud in the middle of beautiful flowers. It’s stunted. It won’t grow. Connected to the same vine, yet for whatever reason, it is unable to burst forth with rich color. Have you ever felt like that? Many of us do. We are told the the cliche lines:

“Don’t compare yourself to other people.”

“Don’t worry you will hit your stride one day.”

“Oh, they cut corners, you are just going about things the right way.”

While there may be some truth to those comments, I think there is another dimension to us not reaching our goals we try not to look at.

Plainly, we don’t grow because we don’t go.

We talk about it. We pray about it. We read books about it. We make plans about it. But we don’t do anything about it.

I’m reminded of a story in Acts about the Day of Pentecost. The awesome time where these once scared and weak-willed rejects became bold witnesses of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus which resulted in God adding 3,000 people into the family of Christianity.

Maybe you’ve heard about the main character of the story, Peter--this dude was an epic failure. He talked a good game about standing for Christ even ‘til death. Then when death was presented, this guy ran like a pack of gazelles when the cheetahs show up!

He was a failure. But by the time of Pentecost, Peter boldly proclaimed JESUS to thousands of people, many of whom crucified JESUS.

What made this bud turn into a bold, rich in color, vibrant proclaimer of soli deo gloria? What can we learn about how to move from inaction to action? What encouragement do we get to help us reach our goals for the glory of God (because any other striving is vanity)?

  • Do the last thing God told you to do. And if He didn’t tell you to do anything, then ask what He will have you do. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came. So they went to Jerusalem and stayed in Jerusalem.
  • Wait actively. They didn’t just sit there with their feet up complaining about society watching Fox News. They were actively waiting and praying and hoping and planning for the work ahead--for this new thing God was about to do.
  • Jump on the opportunity once God opens it up. This is unfortunately where it falls apart for most of us. We can be obedient and wait. We can even plan out everything down to the T or the last penny. But when the gun goes off, we stay at the starting line frozen in fear.

How do I know? Because I have done this time and time again (and again and again).

Look at the end of the story...

When the Holy Spirit fell, the Apostles and friends began speaking in foreign tongues and people thought they were drunk. Just then, pitiful Peter, with all boldness and power, got up and preached his heart out! People were convicted and God called people from death to life! Boom. New life, new ministry, God’s glory!

So why does everyone else seem to be progressing and reaching their goals in life and you’re not? Maybe, just maybe, it's not because you’re not qualified. Maybe it’s not because they are more connected than you are.

Maybe it’s because you’ve been slow to the punch.

It could be fear, laziness, doubt-- whatever it is, it’s paralyzing you. IT has to go! If not, kiss the sunshine goodbye because every dream you have will die.

So, you have two choices: continue to watch others live the life you’ve always dreamed of or live it yourself.

What's Your Resolution?

What's Your Resolution?

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2015 is in full swing! What do you have planned for this year? That's what I've been thinking about a lot lately. What can I do different? In what areas can I grow? Resolutions have got a bad rap, but is it bad to hope in something better or even greater?

A greater effort to lose more pounds. A greater effort to accomplish more. A greater effort to take your idea and make it a reality. A greater effort to become more grateful. A greater effort to overcome the mistakes of the past.

Do any of these apply to you? Striving is not bad. In fact its commendable. Paul the writer of the Book of Philippians put it this way:

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way... (‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭14-15‬ ESV)

You know what? If you have some things you want to accomplish in 2015, go for it! So what if they say most people never accomplish our New Years Resolutions. Without a resolution to move forward there would be no such thing as accomplishment.

But what about this thing, this prize that Paul is talking about?

Is he talking about financial blessings or that our life will actually go the way WE want it to go? No those are elementary concerns to Paul. The prize Paul is talking about is the "fullness of blessings and rewards in the age to come, most especially being in perfect fellowship with Christ forever."

That is Paul's greatest resolution&emdash;being made perfect in Christ. In fact, Paul is not even talking about anything that can be attained on this earth. He begins the passage with this statement:

"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ has made me his own." (‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬ ESV)

Paul recognizes that this Christian life is about constant growth. It is a life of one resolution; to make Jesus, Lord of every part of our lives because He has given us His life.

None of us are perfect—even though some of us try to act as if we are—we are all on a journey. A journey that's going to culminate at the glorious return of Christ, where it says "this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15:53) A time "death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭4‬ ESV)

I don't know about you but that seems like a worthwhile goal. May that be our ultimate resolution this year and next and every year after that!