Make this year happen: 3 things you need

“This is the year I become a writer and do what writers do. They write.” -Jeff Goins.

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And you wanna know how much fear fell behind me when I typed those words. If it were a wrecking ball I could tear down an entire building in one swoop. Yeah. That’s the fear that has held me back for far too long.

When I looked over last year’s goals and realized that 9 out of 10 of my goals happened but the one that didn’t was bound in fear. Actually acceptance, which is rooted in fear.

Turns out, that’s all writing really is — showing up. Not worrying about the outcome, just honoring the process. – Jeff Goins

Acceptance, that wretched little jagged pill that I often swallow. Acceptance & approval addiction are cousins to perfection. I read somewhere that we should never strive for perfection but growth. This year I am committed to dropping that focus of perfection, push forward on my growth plan and accept when God has moved me and shown me favor.

Making this year happen really only requires that we focus our commitment on 3 things. In our commitment to each one, let’s refuse to allow anything to create a wedge of any distance between us and the thing, to never apologize for the commitment and to value the opportunity within it.

  1. Time – Slow down. Enjoy each process, the people involved and the specific appointed time. Don’t skimp on time with God. “Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be done. You have chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from you.” – (Jesus Calling)
  2. Talent – Because authenticity & transparency ARE NOT the same thing. Because our public lives should always be a reflection of our private lives. Because influence happens whether you intended it or not. Because being driven by an internal addiction of approval leads to beautiful deception. Because Galatians 1:10 has adjusted my #FOCUS {Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ} (inspired by #leadingandlovingit)  Asking God to help balance my expectations of others, myself and Him. To never allow anyone to fill an expectation only He is intended to fill!
  3. Treasures – What matters most? The cliché statement on everyone’s tongue as we all try to take inventory and ‘become’ something of value; “what’s God’s plan for my life”. Treasure what matters most. When you find it in your heart of hearts, value it so much that you’ll never sell it but freely give it because it was freely given to you.

2 Corinthians 4: 1-2: Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.

3-4 If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.

5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

 

“It takes as much energy to wish, as it does to plan” – Eleanor Roosevelt

FOCUS CHALLENGE Day 2:

The first step, the step that so many people neglect in our fast-paced world is to determine what you want! What are your priorities?

It sounds so obvious, but you won’t believe how many of us forget to ask this of ourselves. What do you really want?

What is meaningful to you?

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