Archive for June, 2015

Most people have way more potential than they realize. Very few of us reach our full potential, because of self doubt, fear, just doing the minimum, not taking risks and worrying about what others might think of us. There are many obstacles to overcome to fulfill a dream and reach our potential. I believe real potential comes from God not ourselves and our own abilities, but in conjunction with how God made and gifted us. The real secret to reaching our potential and purpose on earth is simply take each step God shows us.

We should not move ahead or lag behind the clear direction of God. Sometimes we will question what he tells us to do, but we know it is him and what he said. This is where the difficulty comes in, are we going to believe and obey or are we going to doubt and disobey. In Luke 5 Jesus gets into Simon’s boat and tells him to put out into deeper water and drop the nets. Peter is reluctant, he had fished all night and caught nothing, a crowd is watching, and he is afraid of being embarrassed due to failure. It is very important to learn early on that success is simply doing what he says, not in the results that may come. I love what Simon says, “Because You Say So I Will”. BYSSIW is a new phrase in my life. It may look like there is no way you can accomplish what the Lord is telling you to do. Just to try and do what he is saying means people will call you crazy, say you’ve has lost your mind. You have tried and tried without success, people are watching and you’re afraid of failing. Remember success is doing what he says. Paul in the book of Acts did what he said but the ship sank. For Paul success was not keeping the boat afloat but doing what he said. I love what Simon says, “Because You Say So I Will”.

If real potential and success come from God, the key is simply doing whatever he says. Adopt a new philosophy BYSSIW and you will make a difference for the cause of Christ.

Because life is constantly moving and things around us are constantly shifting, yesterday’s knowledge and skill-sets may not work for tomorrow’s challenges. But that’s ok, because we were made to be curious, to learn, to expand; not only our knowledge base, but our skill-set.  Here are five ways to sharpen your skills.

  1. You sharpen your skills when you read good books. What a great day for publishing, for authors, and for those who need the content they create.  E-books are available almost instantly.  And even out of print books can be acquired without much work or effort.  If you’re not reading, you’re not growing.  And if you’re not growing, your skills are not only not expanding, they may very well be diminishing.
  2. You sharpen your skills when you attend a training event.  I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to show up in a place and time with other people and learn new skills.  I’ve been doing this for over four decades.  I’ve traveled across the country and paid lots of money to sit and listen to people smarter than me and more accomplished than me teach me best practices.  There’s something about being there that helps you focus on the new skill-sets.  And being around other people also helps you find practical ways for implementing them.
  3. You sharpen your skills when you teach.  I can’t tell you how important it is to develop the heart of a teacher if you’re going to be a leader.  If you’re going to do anything of significance, you’re going to have to teach.  And one of the best ways to sharpen your skill-set is to do the hard spade-work of study and preparation that is required of teaching.  If all you do is receive, there is only so far you can go.
  4. You sharpen your skills when you enlist a coach or mentor.  The most successful people I know constantly employ the services of people smarter and more experienced than they are. We call them coaches or mentors: the people who come alongside for a period of time and actually transfer their knowledge and wisdom without us having to make all the same mistakes ourselves.
  5. You sharpen your skills when you engage in conversation. Unlike any day in our history, we now have the privilege of talking to people all over the world, instantly through email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. we can actually reach out and find knowledge, and research a subject with the click of a mouse.  There’s no excuse for you not knowing everything you need to know about how to master a subject for which you have a sustainable passion.

What are the things you do to sharpen your skill-set?  What would you add to this list?

5 Money Mantras

Posted: June 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

During the process of preparing and preaching this series, I’ve come up with my own five basic money mantras.  I offer them here for you in the hopes that you’ll write your own.

  1. Every dime, every dollar, every day is a gift from God. I never forget that because I don’t want to take the resources that God pours into my life for granted. The minute I do, pride and hubris threaten my very existence.
  2. I’m not an owner, just a manager.  The truth of the matter is, everything I have; my car, my house, and all my other possessions that I think I own are just mine temporarily.  They are passing through my life, and I’m a manager. My future is not only the fact that I can accumulate a lot of stuff, but I can manage what I have that allows them to be a blessing.
  3. I am blessed to be a blessing.  God has poured all these resources into my life so I can use them to help other people. I’m not just a consumer and a taker, I’m a maker and a creator, a giver.
  4. I’m only responsible for my stuff.  I find myself related to people who live lives I don’t approve of.  The good thing is I am not responsible for their choices and behaviors.  Yea God!  Neither am I responsible for yours, and neither are you responsible for others – not even your own children.  So the truth is, I accept responsibility for my stuff.  I can’t accept responsibility for yours, or the government’s, or someone else around the world. All I need to do is focus on my personal responsibility.
  5. There will be a test at the end that benefits.  If you believe the Scriptures, and I do, we’re told that there’s a point when man wants to die and after that, the judgment.  I like what Don Henley said. “In the good old days, words like sin and satan had a moral certitude.

Today, they are replaced with self-help jargon; words like dysfunction and anti-social behavior discouraging any responsibility for one’s actions.”  Amen, preacher Don. I want to be able to stand before God at the end of my life and hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”