God will help you move mountains, but you need to bring a shovel.

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Christians pray and ask God for help with problems. Some people think that means sitting back and doing nothing, waiting for God to magically work it all out. That sort of faith will get you nowhere. The Bible clearly teaches in James 2:17 that faith without works is dead.

There is no big secret. There is no magic pill. Things in this life worth having require counsel with the Most High, dedication and hard work. That’s it.

Sometimes, we are our biggest opponent to completing the mission. We are blinded by temporary obstacles, unable to see the potential within ourselves. Having faith means that we tie a knot and hold on at the end of our rope. This mindset becomes habitual and success, inevitable.

Getting started isn’t enough. As I recently heard Kai Greene put it, one must string together consecutive days of efficient action on a basic level, in order to achieve desired results. This implies the need for consistent action steps toward your goals, everyday. Personal accountability and follow through are vital.

No matter how big the obstacle, you can surpass it. By the Lord’s grace and mercy, you are a creature made with a spirit of power and not one of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). You just need to talk to God, find your purpose within your spiritual gift and be ready to work.

No weapon formed against you will prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

Get your shovel ready, God’s waiting.

Group Projects Suck!

img_0272This is a reblog of a post from a couple of years ago.  It’s still pertinent today, maybe even more than ever…

When I was in college, almost every class had an element of working in groups or figuring out something within a team. I can’t tell you how many times I cringed, when I heard the professor describing the project and giving the criteria for grades. My issue? I was a pretty good student, obsessively driven to get an A in each class. I worked harder than most and didn’t want my grade to be reflective of folks who weren’t “putting in the work”. Continue reading to see how I survived.

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The strength to stand firm, when they say you’re wrong.

img_0205Living in a world where everybody likes you and your choices is not ideal or realistic.  Here’s an old story about myself that I wanted to re-post, as it taught me a very valuable lesson.  Maybe someone else can learn from it.

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3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.

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Jesus has haters.  From before he was born, all the way to now, his haters are all around us.  He reminds us that while living for him, we will experience this fate as well.  Seems like a shame, but there is value in understanding that not everyone is going to like you.  Read on for three specific things haters can do for you. Continue reading “3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.”

Thoughts on proper prayer.

IMG_4356Talking to God through prayer and meditation has many benefits.  As a leader, it’s paramount to our success that we remain vigilant in this effort.  When we falter in our daily communication with Him, we lose focus.  God gives us the proper way to pray in Matthew 6: 9-13.  The Lord’s Prayer is the perfect outline.  Here are three things about prayer that will lead to the proper utilization of this divine interaction.

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