"Where there is no vision my people perish" - Proverbs 29:18 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” James 1:2 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
All our decisions can be traced back to 1 of 2 primary reasons: Avoid pain or Quagmire of comfort Pursue pleasure –
Some figures… 86400144024 622 8766303 Your life will be summarised in 1 hour at your funeral – what would they say if you died today? What do you want them to say if you are blessed with another 10 years from now?
If you live your full 3 score years and 10 you will have 3640 Sundays over 70 years So if you are 20 you have 2600 left If you are 30 you have 2080 left At 40 you only have 1560 left At 50 you only have 1040 left & if you are 60 you only have 520 left And if you’ve made it to 70 you know: every day is a gift
We are all born with one thing equal Live like you were dying
If you want to truly live you need to know what success looks like for you: To me success looks like …
I truly feel alive when… Are you enjoying life to the maximum? Do you even remember the last time you felt totally alive? Have you ever had a brush with death? Didn’t everything just gain so much more clarity – before you slipped back into comfortable
Success, to me, is the pursuit of worthwhile goal Purpose gives direction and joy – consider kids before Christmas and at end of the day Have something to work towards: A plane or ship rarely is on course but it has a destination point and can therefore make course corrections as needed – can you?
What is your purpose? I am alive to.... My purpose is to : Make a positive Difference every moment of every day My passion is helping people all they can be – esp teenage kids – sharing basic life skills so they don’t look back in 20yrs saying if only I knew then what I know now! My vision is to have the next generation living a fuller more purposeful/purpose filled life that they enjoy more
Perseverance Having a vision brings challenges and trials & This verse from James 1:2 always vexed me: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” Notice the WHEN not “if”!
Vision & Purpose = opposition It tests just how real the vision is – when you are called, inspired, driven you will be swimming upstream and occasionally crashing into rocks! The answer came with an ALL BLACKS advert
Trials and Temptations 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1: 2-4 (NIV)
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.“ Frank Outlaw What are you telling yourself about where you are right now? Remember you do have complete control of your actions and reactions
Attitude Do you feel like you are living life to the full? Is your life a passionate pursuit of a worthwhile purpose? “The thief comes only to steal and kill & destroy; I have come that they may have life, & have it to the full” John 10:10 NIV What is stealing your joy, killing your motivation and destroying your soul? Are you feeding it? Challenge today is to eat better?
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts.... We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes. Charles R. Swindoll
What can you do? Some Tips: Focus on improving some little things: Stand depressed Just change your stance stand hands up smiling and be depressed Practically focus on the multitude of little things every day – eg ring tone, pictures on wall, shows you watch, music you listen to etc
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago Ephesians 2:10 NLT YOU ARE BLESSED LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL LIVE WITH NO REGRETS!