You made it! See you, scaling through 2016’s first half like a pro with no slowing down in sight 🙂
As you step into the second half, it’s definitely a good idea to evaluate progress towards your short term and long term goals. Christian or non, successful people like Oprah and Steve Jobs mostly tend to be expert planners, and that’s why their lives seem to be going quite well.
From that big dream God’s laid in your heart to simply walking along the faith path God’s paved for your feet, your purpose is a fundamental part of your life. One that’s also worth being reflected on time and time again. Check out these lessons I identified during my reflection time:
#1. Fuel is a must: A car’s ability to move from point A to B depends on the quantity (and quality) of fuel in its tank. The same rule applies in life really, especially one lived on purpose. If you want to go far, you need a constant supply of strength and passion that keeps you moving no matter what. It’s that inner force against resistance, the grounding against the free fall.
Even God knew that, giving people like Joshua, Timothy and now, you ‘the talk’ on how important it is to stay strong despite your circumstances and keep moving forward. Note, He is not saying I will take away all your challenges so you’ll never have opposition. He’s simply saying Be Strong… In Me. His fuel is a must.
“My son, be strong [constantly strengthened] and empowered in the grace that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1)
#2. The meaning of leadership: So here is my story. From the manipulative to the downright meanies, I’ve had my share of bad bosses/leaders. And at a point, I was super close to giving up on believing truly good ones were out there.
But they are. There are people in this world who dutifully invest all they have and know into making others better. And dare I say, into helping others find or walk in purpose. What then happens is a multiplier effect, one life impacting another and that person in turn.
I guess my question to you is Are you part of this movement?
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2)
#3. Enduring the heat: You’re cooking up something remember, so of course there will be heat in that kitchen of yours 🙂 Don’t think you can stroll away from that 9 to 5 job for a dream without your share of discomfort. Or advance a cause without the risk of some form of death.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go through difficulties alone though. He’s with you and has a way of connecting you to people too. Your very own kitchen helpers.
“Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3)
#4. Distractions: They’re the accidents en route your destination; that person or activity you had no business getting involved with… ever. They are distractions, and they will waste your time and energy with no remorse, only if you let them.
Distractions are designed to appeal to our senses. What may seem good is actually not God, and it takes His available grace to steer clear and not get caught in the first place.
“No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve.” ( 2 Timothy 2:4)
#5. Why principles matter: Sadly, many Christians tend to ‘overspiritualise’ things, making this walk of ours seem complicated. But it really isn’t. In a nutshell, God wants us to see, think and act like Him. This involves learning certain life and spiritual principles that fetch you results and applying them when specific situations come up. That’s all. 1 Plus 1 = 2 and living a life of love, faith and purpose will sooner or later produce the kind of success that’s genuine and can stand the test of time.
“And if anyone competes as an athlete [in competitive games], he is not crowned [with the wreath of victory] unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5)
What lesson hit you the most this year so far? Let’s talk about it below.