My Next Year With Jesus (Joyful Reflections On My Walk With The Lord)
The one question I keep coming back to is...
"Am I involved with life the way God wants me to beinvolved?"
Now two related questions for you:
1. If that question doesn't ring true with you, how wouldyou modify it to be *most* meaningful to you?
2. If you do connect with that question, what ideas orthoughts come to mind?
Obviously, the most important concept we have to deal withthis year -- in one form or another -- is how we willrespond to the Lord's working in our lives.
As I write these words and reflect on what I just mentioned,maybe a few additional related questions would be...
"Am I following Jesus the way He would have me to follow Himat this stage in my life?"
"As I think about living for Jesus this next year, whatwould give Him great joy?"
"What would excite me the most about following Jesusthis next year?"
"What untapped potential could I bring to world this yearand be a positive influence for Christ in doing so?"
"What one discipline could I initiate or improve upon thatwould help me be a better person, a stronger influence forgood, or please Jesus most in my world?"
"Is there anything I need to stop or finally put an end to?"
"If I were to influence three people for Jesus this year insmall, consistent, easily achievable ways, who would Iinfluence?"
"How could I connect with God more in my devotions?"
"What talents do I have that would bring Jesus *and me*great joy in developing them together this year?"
"If Jesus were to step into my world and assume the dailyroutines of my life, what would my life 'look and feel like'--inside and out?"
These questions -- and the others you create -- should beenough to get us started thinking about next year!
May the Lord give you an increased sense of His presence, agreater understanding of His love, and more than an extradose of His power this coming year and always.
Because of God's grace,
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Making Commitments of Love and Courage
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Save the Planet with Your Joy!
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The Karate Kid
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Passion: What It Means To Live With It
Passion can guide you, not just to live, but to live with purpose. Throughout my professional career, I've had most fortunate opportunities to associate with numerous high profile individuals and organizations, including Forbes 400 successes, politicians, celebrity entertainers and athletes. And I've learned to recognize that people who live with passion exude alluring energies from within themselves that seem to "magnetize" great people, situations and circumstances into their lives.
From the Hint of a Rainbow to...
The grey sky of morning contained an ominous quality. The clouds were so thick they were almost tangible. Then I saw it. Faintly sandwiched between the clouds was the hint of a rainbow. Barely visible were the bands of color, with a straining, subtle expectancy as the dim colors arched upward. It was the beginnings of a rainbow. The hint of a possibility of something beautiful, magical and rare.
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Its Not My Job to Free Tibet
I hate saying that. It feels so very wrong. It's not that I wouldn't like to help them. It's not that I am not appalled at what is happening over there. I have been wrestling with my guilty feelings lately. What have I done to make the world a better place? I started by taking inventory of the areas that I'd love to 'fix'. My to-do list looks like this:
The Power of One
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The Author Within You!
I always had an active imagination when I was young. I hated school, and would pass the time away day- dreaming about things I should not even have known about at such a young age. I used to make up stories in my head, that would always have me as the centre of attention, like collecting an Oscar for a Hollywood film that I had starred in, or recovering from a major operation or accident. I think I was like this because I was a shy kid who lacked a lot of confidence. It was no different when I started work.
Charity ? Give To Receive!
We all know the truism that "charity begins at home." Does it? And what is charity about, anyway? Is it just a square on a Monopoly game to you or is it a regular practice of giving from your abundance to those in need?
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