FAITH HAS EYES

WHAT ARE YOU SEEING?

Read through Hebrews 11 from the New Living Translation to see how FAITH HAS EYES. 

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed[b] that God would keep his promise. 12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

WHAT ARE THE EYES OF YOUR HEART LOOKING FOR TODAY… 

Hebrews 1:1-3 (NLT)

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Testimonies are awesome, so please share you faith stories when you get a minute!

Have a great day!

UNDISCIPLINED THINKING…

PRODUCES NEGATIVE OUTCOMES

Undisciplined patterns of thought steals your time, your energy and blocks your innate, creative problem-solving ability.

Today, I want to offer you an opportunity to change your life, by identifying and then changing your defeating habits of thought that produce unnecessary pain and heartache in your life.

Let me be right up front with you, I am not offering you an easy answer, but one that works! I will show you that positive change is possible when you add perseverance to your faith!

So, why do we keep thinking the worst about specific challenges in our lives? Because the invisible nature of undisciplined thinking is in the way!

Think about the possibility that you may have programmed your brain for survival or just to getting by, rather than overcoming and success?

  • Remember, your brain must produce what it programmed to produce.
  • It can’t go beyond the patterns of thought you have given it power to produce.

If you have given your brain the power to produce something negative, then you can give it the power to think something positive… right?

I know it can feel impossible, but feelings will change as you purpose to activate discipline and perseverance that leads towards the change you really want.

Right now your brain feels like the change you want is not possible because it believes what you programmed it to believe. Let’s keep in mind the principle; since you can train your brain to think negative, you can train it to think positive!

You have to intentionally change your programming through repetition and emotional involvement if you want to experience the change that you determine to be important, worth fighting for… 

  1. Affirming statements will help you change your thoughts, but are not enough. Make them but purpose to implement each step.
    • I can do this
    • I have what it takes
    • With God all things are possible
  2. Set exciting achievable goals based on your desired outcomes.
    • Ask yourself, “Why is this goal important?
    • What is at risk by realizing this goal?”
  3. Watch for the obstacles because you will feel resistance form the familiar!
    • Your excuses have been there for a long time.
    • People close to you may have reasons for the same problem and will offer them to you.
    • Media is often suggesting the way you should be…
  4. Focus on the new behavior or outcome that you really want.
    • Remember you have been focused on what you don’t want for a long time and you keep getting what you don’t want!
      • I can’t go one step further!
      • It didn’t work before!
    • I will feel so much better!
    • I will look like!
    • I will be able to…!
  5. Invite Holy Spirit to help you, when your will-power wants gives out! Better yet, ask Him to help you at the very beginning of the change you desire!

No one else will believe in you like you have to power to do. However, having a coach to help you to learn to persevere is really helpful!

Write down your desired change! Review this post often! You can do this, because you have what it takes!

Sincerely,
Rob

PS, post your testimony of positive change in your life!

 

OPINIONS

OR FEEDBACK...

Last night before going to bed, I made a Facebook post that I am still pondering this morning…

“When you are secure in your true identity, opinions don’t distract you so much, not even your own…”

In today’s world of technology, comparison is a subtle but ongoing reality whether you think about it or not. Of course with comparison comes opinion. The suggestive nature of marketing creates an opinion and then when you look at your life, you create an opinion which may or may not serve you well.

I had to stop and ask myself, who or what am I comparing my life and success? Then I realized that there is a difference between opinion and honest feedback! Yes, I have let people’s opinions sway me from time to time, but for the most part don’t take them personally since I learned what they are…

Purposing to receive feedback in various areas of my life helps me to focus on things that help me grow, which does not allow time to focus on opinions so much.

People that are learning to be secure in their identity seek honest feedback from time to time. This exchange of ideas is much different than hearing random opinions, because the purpose is for personal growth.

Food for thought…

  1. What might life look like, being secure in your identity?
  2. Do you seek honest feedback for the purpose of personal growth?
  3. Who or what are you comparing your life too? Do you like the results?
  4. What is one thing you will do different as a result of reading this post?

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Wisdom for Leaders

Honor and Respect

Leaders are stewards of people. Young leaders should consider the worth older generation bring to them and the organization. They can be the difference-maker in the young leader’s ability to lead others. Like wise, older leaders need to listen to new ideas from the younger leaders and openly discuss possibilities. HONOR and RESPECT are essential values! How do team members see these qualities in your day to day actions?

Five common mistakes…

Ignore generational differences.

  1. Determine to learn all you can from young ingenuity and years of proven experience.
  2. Learn what motivates the other generation.
  3. Learn how their views differ from your views.
  4. Learning about generational differences will help you become a better leader even if you are soon ready to pass the torch.

Ignore experience or potential innovative ideas

  1. Honor experience and a proven track record, while keeping an open mind
  2. Each team member brings value to the team.
  3. Ask each other questions and dream together.
  4. Before making major decisions, get input to be sure to each side of the generational coin is heard.

Ignore their historical knowledge.

  1. Treasure it. History can be a teacher or a prison.
  2. There is great worth in the personal knowledge of an organization’s history.
  3. Knowing the history of an organization, its past decision-making, and its people helps you avoid future mistakes. (If you are willing to learn!)
  4. You are either a prisoner of “your way” or an open-minded pioneer.

Ignore what they can do that you can’t do.

  1. Instead, recognize how they can help you lead.
  2. Those of older generations often have significant relational capital that can only come with tenure.
  3. A younger generation can make connections to younger generations that will help bring sustainability.

Ignore each other’s perspective.

  1. Instead, pay attention with a listening ear to learn.
  2. Having older generation team members can be stabilizing, unless they need to control because of fear or pride.
  3. To simply dismiss a team member because of age is a huge mistake.

Whether you are older or younger,  leading or following, honor and respect are essential values that help keep the relationship on the same path.

Blessings on your day, Rob

WHAT GUIDES YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE?

RELIGION OR RELATIONSHIP?

Sometimes I find it helpful to stop and ask myself, what am I doing and why am I do it? This action step is really helpful when it comes to spiritual life. It seems so easy to drift away from relationship with God into a habit of religious activity that has no power, none-the less a hint of personal connection with God.

A couple of years ago, I put together a check list to help me and my clients take an honest assessment of my spiritual life. I hope you find this helpful too. The last two rows are empty because you may think of other check points as well.

The left column comments are not right or wrong, but can be limiting in nature. My point is to see where “religious habit” is distracting me from relationship with God and other people.

Please let me know what comes to mind and be sure to let me know if you have questions or comments.

Religion

Form of godliness theology

Relationship

Kingdom of Heaven theology

Works based, be good, try harder For by grace I am saved through faith and not of works…
Saved from hell Saved into God’s world
I have to work out my salvation Holy Spirit is my helper
I go to church We are the Church
History and Doctrine focus Love and relationship focus
Truth comes from information about the Bible by using logic and reason Truth comes from revelation from Holy Spirit about Biblical truth
Bible is a historical guide Bible is alive and speaks to me
Teaching is based on the theology of my denomination Teaching is based on principles of growing in relationship with God and others
Church tradition and systematic theology reveals God’s ways Revelatory gifts reveal God’s ways
Spiritual leaders hear for people and speak to their minds We Hear God in our heart
Audience Participant
Revelation, prophecy have ceased Prophecy and spiritual gifts are valued
Focus on getting people to church Focus on making disciples
Know about God Know God
Water baptism is a ritual Water baptism is a celebration of a new life
Add Biblical information to the mind Transformed by the renewing of mind
Preacher, pulpit, audience Citizen of heaven, meet people as you go
Tell audiences about principles Mentor, disciple, apprentice

 

YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES OUTCOME

A SIMPLE SHIFT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Attitude, we all have one, and it it totally adjustable!  How you judge each of your life circumstances, responsibilities and perceptions will determine the gravity of your attitude.

Perhaps you are stuck in the belief that when more money, a new job or new person comes into your life then your attitude will change?

Perhaps, you need to change your attitude to see the things you think you need come into view?

Perhaps a positive change in the direction of life can come from a simple shift of your attitude?

An adjustment of your attitude from negative to positive, can put you on the path to the answer you been seeking, the solution to a problem you have been longing to solve or the next step you need to take to reach a goal.

Perhaps it is time for an attitude adjustment! The judgment you place on a person, situation, institution, or yourself will determine your attitude. A negative judgement cannot produce a positive attitude!

Once you pass a negative judgement you take up an offense. Once you are offended you can’t see other options. When you can’t see other options fear sets in which stimulates worry which can lead to blame. Now you are a prisoner of your own making; a victim of circumstance…

ATTITUDE DESTROYERS

  • Judgement
  • Offense
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Blame
  • Suspicion

ATTITUDE ADJUSTERS 

  • Thankfulness
  • Optimism
  • Forgiveness
  • Responsible stance
  • Focus
  • Hope

It seems like many people unknowingly position themselves in the stance of a victim. This state of personal imprisonment can only foster a negative attitude. The only way out is to take on the “responsible stance” which means that you take responsibility for where you are in life, in a relationship, in your finances, in your career and so forth.

Yes, there are often other people in your circumstance that do not make it easy to have a good attitude, but always remember, they can’t make you feel nor determine your attitude. How you process your emotions and shape your attitude is solely your own doing and you are 100% responsible for both.

So if you don’t like a specific outcome in your life, check the significance of your attitude and purpose to use one or more of the attitude adjusters noted above to experience something new!

Please share your comments and testimonies! Thanks so much!

BUSY DOES NOT EQUAL PRODUCTIVE

HONESTY ABOUT "WHY" WILL BALANCE YOUR LIFE

“I AM SO BUSY!”, seems to have become the replacement phrase for being PRODUCTIVE or SUCCESSFUL. It’s kind of like a type of status symbol, a badge to wear, and for some people, a cross to bear.

I don’t know about you, but I want to invest my time into ideas and activities that bring life not just to myself, but ultimately anyone that wants to go somewhere in life.

Looking back over the last two decades I realized that I clocked in a lot of hours that were busy, but not necessarily productive! With an honest assessment of the actual results, it became apparent that some of my action steps and goals were not based on my vision, but rather something good to do or worse yet, to avoid the perceived embarrassment of saying NO.

For example, there was time spent on going to conferences, workshops and other events that were good, but not necessarily supportive of my vision. Don’t get me wrong, the experiences were good, but after honest evaluation, the end result, a distraction.

So, when I learned that TIME is my only non-renewable resource, I purposed to ask the following,

  • What is the “why” behind my choice?
  • Is this choice supportive of where I am going? If so, how?
  • If not, is there another benefit that it will produce in my life?

Busy can be described as active, bustling, diligent, engaged, industrious, occupied, tied up, and working. Curious, what have you made the word “busy” mean in your life?

Perhaps now would be a good time to set up a free 1/2 hour phone consult to talk about action steps to take!

Stay tuned for the release of our newly revised Learning Experience, “Investing Your 24 Hours for Exponential Increase!”

Enjoy your journey, by investing your time well!

 

8 SECRETS TO SUCCESS

Walt Disney

Everyone wants to experience success in their life time. What is the success you are working towards at this point in your journey? Perhaps this article will help motivate you and give you some new ideas of how to gain momentum!

Walt Disney was an innovator and a visionary. But he was also one of the most successful business leaders of his time. Here are eight principles that made Walt Disney one of the greatest icons of the 20th century:

  1. Provide a promise, not a product: The legend goes that Walt Disney was sitting on a bench watching his daughters ride a carousel when he came up with the concept for Disney World. He noticed amusement parks and state fairs were always littered and poorly organized, and the employees were generally rude and resentful. His wife once asked, “Why do you want to build an amusement park? They’re so dirty.” To which Walt replied, “That’s the point. Mine won’t be.” From day one, Disney has focused on “the experience” as a key component to increasing the value of its parks.
  2. Always exceed customers’ expectations: One of the reasons the Disney tradition stands the test of time is that Walt Disney was more critical of his creations than anyone else could ever possibly be. He was a relentless perfectionist with a keen eye for detail, often forcing projects to go over budget and past deadline because he wasn’t satisfied with the finished product.
  3. Pursue your passion, and the money will follow: Walt Disney went bankrupt more than once, leveraging everything he had in terms of assets in order to build his studio, his films and his dreams. The more profit one project yielded, the bigger the next would be. His vision was constantly growing, and he used whatever capital he had to allow that vision to evolve. His films and theme parks were labors of love, built to revolutionize an industry, rather than maximize profits.
  4. Stay true to your company’s mission and values: Walt Disney was famous for saying, “I hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” Decades later, Mickey Mouse is still the crown jewel of the Disney franchise, representing all the good will and imagination Disney represents. He’s also a constant reminder that the company has strong roots and it embraces American values.
  5. Differentiate your offer: Every facet of Disney’s operation is unique. Employees are called “associates,” visitors are called “guests,” creative designers are called “Imagineers.” And that’s just the beginning. The experience of being at a Disney theme park or staying at a Disney resort is all about creating a dream vacation – one where the attention to detail and personal service is just as memorable as the attractions themselves.
  6. Lead by example and delegate: Walt Disney was the artist who originally sketched Mickey Mouse, as well as several of the other iconic Disney characters. He even voiced several characters and provided the inspiration for a lot Disney’s animated classics. But as he built a studio and then an empire, he hired reliable men and women who understood his vision and trusted them to translate that vision to others. By the time Walt broke ground on Disney World, he hadn’t drawn a character for decades, nor was he a daily fixture at creative meetings. He built a strong foundation and developed self-reliant managers who embraced his vision. That allowed him to turn his attention to even bigger dreams, while the company and its employees continued to prosper.
  7. Defy convention: So much about Walt Disney’s rise was about bucking the odds and ignoring the critics, whether it was show biz insiders telling him no one would ever sit still for a feature-length animated film, or others saying Walt was crazy for buying acres and acres of murky swampland in central Florida, Disney always trusted his instincts first. Einstein once said, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Walt Disney was a perfect example.
  8. Leave behind something to grow: According to one historian, “The true measure of a man’s greatness is what he’s left behind to grow.” Disney World didn’t even open its gates until nearly a year after Walt Disney’s death. And yet, the tradition continues to evolve, almost 45 years later. While Disney has diversified in a number of ways, it’s still the company that started with a mouse. Perhaps Walt himself put it best: “Disney Land is something that will never be finished something I can keep ‘plussing’ and adding to. I just finished a live-action picture. It’s gone. I can’t touch it. I want something live, something that will grow. The park is that.”

Credit to: http://www.businessbrief.com/walt-disneys-8-secrets-to-success/

Have an amazing day and week!

ABUNDANCE IS ON THE HORIZON

SEED FOR THE SOWER

Giving, actually sowing and planting, have been on my mind lately. In order to experience increase we need to know how to sow/plant well. I am looking at ways to bring increase into my life journey for the purpose of getting our message about personal and spiritual growth out to the world and I want to grow in my capacity to sow into people’s lives with my time, treasure and talent.

As I was contemplating this thought this morning, the phrase came to mind that God gives seed to the sower. I am familiar with the verse, but didn’t know where it was in the Bible, but with Google’s help, it was easy to find.

II Corinthians 9 (AMP)

Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap generously [and be blessed]. Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity. As it is written and forever remains written,

“He [the benevolent and generous person] scattered abroad, he gave to the poor,
His righteousness endures forever!”

10 Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love].

It won’t be long that the farmers in our area will practice the principle of sowing seeds into the soil of their fields for an exponential increase when the plants are ready for harvest.

If we use the analogy of sowing/planting of the resources God gives to us, wouldn’t it make sense that exponential increase would come in the right season? Please understand that I am not referring to going to church and giving and throwing money in the offering plate. I am talking about strategically planting seeds for a specific harvest. I have heard numerous talks about the over the years and have experimented a bit, but have never fully embraced the principle.

So the challenge for me in the next few weeks is to discover what seed God is providing and where is the best place to plant it. I want to encourage you to do the same and then let’s revisit this topic in a couple of weeks to share what we learned.

If you have testimonies about how this principle has worked out in your life, please share them by replying to this post. Thanks!

KNOWLEDGE FROM TWO WORLDS

Father God, what is knowledge and how do I know when it is useful/beneficial or a distraction to my true identity? The reason I am asking is because of what you say in Genesis 2:17 (ESV) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 

As David asked in Psalm 119:66 (ESV) Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

Holy Spirit, please grant me personal revelation of Proverbs 9:10 (ESV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

There is so much in Proverbs 2 (NLT), please grant me revelation that works its way out in my everyday life!

1 My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.

2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.

6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.

8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.

9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.

In a general sense I get what 2 Peter 1 (NLT) is saying, but this is another place I could use Your help. Please reveal what it means to supplement my life with the qualities so that I can experience the promises and partake of the divine nature!  

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,

and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,

and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

After reflecting on these verses, I want to go back to my original question. “Father, what is knowledge and how do I know when it is useful/beneficial or a distraction to my true identity?” The reason I am asking is because of what you say in Genesis 2:17 (ESV) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

It sounds like there are two sources of knowledge; one that comes out of relationship with you and the other that comes out of the world that Adam and Eve entered after opening the door of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They left the source of pure and powerful knowledge to world where knowledge is subject to the whims of natural understanding.

No wonder Jesus exhorted us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Sounds good, but what is the Kingdom of God? For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 ESV)

Ah this is good, again You point to relationship!

So let this be the prayer for my friends who have joined me in the journey so that we are not distracted by a man’s perspective of knowledge!

Colossians 1:9 (ESV) And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

I would really enjoy hearing your testimonies and questions about this post! Rob