1. Trust Him. Starting a new church for the second time has taken my faith and trust in God to a whole new level. God has really taught me to trust Him more. I’m not where I need to be, but I’m learning to totally trust God for everything.
2. Rest more. I’ve learned to work smarter and not harder. I’m in this for the long haul. I’m not going to burn out. My best days of life and ministry are ahead of me, so I’m pacing myself for the long haul.
3. Enjoy life. The older I get the more I’m learning to enjoy life. I love my wife and kids so much. I love to spend time with them. I’m going to enjoy my family. They mean the world to me. I need to do better with spending time with my friends. I’ll do better because I’m going to enjoy life. I ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AND I CHOOSE TO ENJOY IT!
4. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Most things aren’t that big of a deal. Most people’s complaints aren’t that big of a deal. In the early days, I use to freak out about a problem that would arise in the church, a mean note that somebody would write or a complaint someone had. Now I realize 99.9 percent of stuff isn’t that big of a deal. As long as I keep my heart pure and humble before the Lord and lead with the utmost integrity, everything else is small stuff.
Why do we worry? Jesus addresses the cause and the cure of worry in Matthew Chapter 6. The primary cause of worry is not trusting God. We worry because we try to be self-reliant instead of God-reliant. Humanity was not designed to operate independently from God. God created us to be dependent on Him; so when we try to deal with the problems and pressures of life on our own, worry starts to creep in. The thing that we often times forget is that Matthew 6:27 reminds us that worry is useless. Worrying can’t add a single hour to our lives. Worrying can’t change our circumstances. Worrying can’t change people. Worrying doesn’t accomplish anything positive in our lives. Let’s commit together not to worry, and instead, let’s trust God. God is always faithful to meet all of our needs when we put Him first.
Are you a make it happen person or make excuses person? Do you produce results or produce excuses? If you are asked to get something done do you bring back results or do you find yourself bringing back excuses of why you cannot get done what was asked of you? There are always good excuses for why we can’t get something done, but make it happen people have learned to push past the excuses and produce results. In the parable of the talents, the man with one talent did not produce results and he felt justified because he had what he thought were good excuses. When the master showed up to inspect the results, all he heard from the one talent man was his well thought out excuses. The master wasn’t impressed with excuses because he wanted to see results, not excuses. When the master didn’t see results, he took his talent from him and gave it to someone who would produce results instead of excuses. I want to encourage you today to be a person who produces results in your life, family and career. MAKE IT HAPPEN....don’t make excuses!
1. Don’t stop praying
2. Don’t stop fasting
3. Don’t stop tithing
4. Don’t stop giving
5. Don’t stop being faithful
6. Don’t stop doing the little things
7. Don’t stop believing
8. Don’t stop loving
9. Don’t stop forgiving
10. Don’t stop working
You’re closer than you think to a breakthrough! The darkest hour is right before the dawn! DON’T YOU DARE STOP!
A good leader sees quicker than most people. A leader sees…
1. A problem coming before others do.
2. Potential in a person before others do.
3. Situations that will arise before others do.
4. The ramifications of a decision before others do.
5. The outcome before others do.
6. A preferred future before others do.
7. A solution before others do.
8. The motives of people before others do.
9. The vision before others do.
Do you see quicker than others do?
1. You won’t always be liked, but respond by loving people.
2. You won’t always be understood, but keep leading and loving people.
3. You will be talked about in a negative way, but choose to develop thick skin, pursue God’s vision and love people.
4. People will take a half truth and twist it to make you look bad, but respond by loving people because God knows the truth and has your back.
5. People will say things about you that are untrue to make themselves look better. You shouldn’t spend your time defending yourself, but instead, follow God and love people.
6. You will be attacked, and you should respond with grace, truth and love.
7. You will have many opportunities to be offended and carry a grudge against somebody, but forgive as the Lord forgave you.
8. You will be hurt and disappointed by people, and you should respond by giving your hurt and pain to God, by keeping a tender heart and by loving people.
9. You will have the opportunity to get even with those who have deeply wounded you, but instead, speak kindly about them, support them and help them succeed and bless them!
10. TAKE THE HIGH ROAD!!!
To get to the next level, you have to think on a higher level. Many people are trapped in an old way of thinking. They were taught stinking thinking while growing up with their family. They learned bad thinking from friends. They learned unhealthy thinking from a previous work environment. To many people, dysfunctional thinking is normal because it’s all they know, but it’s also one of the major things holding them back from going to the next level. You have to get into God’s word and let it truly transform the way you think. You have to get around people who are where you want to be, learn how they think differently from you and begin to implement that into your thought life. You have to realize that you are where you are because of how you think. If you will change your thinking and learn how to think on a higher level, your life will go to a higher level! Start thinking your way to the next level!
The dream that God has given me isn’t about me. The dream is about reaching as many people as possible with the good news of Christ. The dream is not about me. The dream is about seeing addicted people set free. The dream is not about me. The dream is about seeing broken hearts mended by the power of Christ. The dream is not about me. The dream is about seeing thousands upon thousands of people transformed by the power of Christ. The dream is not about me. Some questions for you:
1. Is your dream all about you? If it is, it’s your dream and not GOD’S dream. The dream is not about you.
2. Why has God given you the ability to make lots of money? Is it so you can spend it all on yourself? No way, it’s so you can advance God’s Kingdom and see more lives changed. The dream is not about you.
3. Why has God given you the gift of leadership? Is it so you can leverage it for your own personal gain? No way, it’s so more people can come to know Christ. The dream is not about you.
4. Why has God given you your job? Is it so you can just make money and pay the bills? No way, God has placed you on your job to be a light in the midst of darkness. God has given you your job so that His Kingdom can be advanced. The dream is not about you.
5. Have you made the dream all about you or all about God’s Kingdom being advanced?
1. Stay focused on God
2. Maintain a great attitude
3. Stay focused on your priorities
4. Delegate things that others can do for you
5. Remember that 20 percent of what you do produces 80 percent of the results
6. Say no to good things so that you can do the great things
7. Make time to take a break
A little about me. I'm a committed follower of Christ. I'm married to the love of my life, Kendra. We have three adorable kids Silas, Asher and Faith. I'm the Senior Pastor of The Life Church in Greensboro.