Before you give up, try this…

DD79AA6C-DF76-4DAA-BA26-2DB794215570You’ve all been there… At the end of your rope with no hope.  Delaying what you feel is inevitable, with futile attempts to stay relevant to your goal.  As you hang in the balance and your mind shifts towards giving up, to save yourself the embarrassment of failure, there’s one more thing you should try…

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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.

We’re always focused on something.

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Ever hear people say that you’ve lost focus? I’m sure it’s probably happened to you every now and then. It’s certainly happened to me. It’s part of being human. But saying that we’ve lost focus isn’t exactly right. We’ve just become re-focused onto something else.

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When you feel like everyone wants something from you.

4635259E-A61B-415A-BA6E-8D531D0258E2As a leader, you will have times where everyone wants something from you.  It will seem like the questions never end, the requests get bigger and the time required to respond to these needs takes away from your “personal time”.  You may say to your self, “I can’t get a break” or “I need some time alone” or “I just want to do what I want to do”.  The truth is, the more you are entrusted with leadership duties, the more you will be called on by others to fulfill their needs.  There is, however, a way to do this without losing your mind.

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New Year’s Resolutions or Reflections?

img_0286As we prepare for 2018 to roll in, I wanted to take a look at the concept of resolutions. There are folks that make them every year, swearing that “this is the year I’ll do blah blah blah”. Some keep the resolutions, while most fail to do so.

Others don’t waste their time. The thought being that they will break the resolution or that making a promise to do something worthwhile, like eating healthy and exercise, should be lifestyle changes totally detached from a “time of year”. They don’t want to make empty promises to themselves.

So what’s a leader to do?

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