Today, February 24th is my 32nd birthday.
I’m going to have a GREAT time with my amazing wife, who loves to spoil me by the way, my incredible kids, and my wonderful family. Even though I’m going to eat way more than I should, I want to do something different on my birthday…
Instead of GETTING gifts for my birthday, I want to GIVE YOU a gift, a FREE eBook I wrote. I hope the application makes a difference in your life the way it has impacted my own.
CLICK BELOW FOR THE BOOK
Please feel free to drop a comment as a birthday gift. Or even better, answer this question…
WHAT ARE WAYS THAT YOU EXPERIENCE FULFILLMENT IN YOUR LIFE?
I’ll look forward to reading and responding soon.
God bless you!
12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.
13 O Lord, come back to us!
How long will you delay?
Take pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!
Replace the evil years with good.
16 Let us, your servants, see you work again;
let our children see your glory.
17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful!
Do you know anyone who doesn’t want to succeed in life? Most of us have dreamed since we were little kids of doing remarkable things. The older we get, the more our reality, circumstances, society, and ourselves get us to go to sleep without ever taking action on those dreams. If they seem to far out of reach, we retract into ourselves instead of reaching out for something greater. Other pursue their dreams with reckless abandonment, only to find out that the dream they thought would bring them fulfillment turned out to be a nightmare that left them asking the question, “What’s next?”.
Define success right now! Don’t use the world’s playbook. All David wanted was to be close to God and for his family and friends to know how amazing God is too. A successful life is found when one enjoys a relationship with JESUS and seeks to add value to the life of others in hope that they may know that joy too. For many of us, defining success is not the problem, it’s doing something to achieve that success. Let me encourage you with this if you feel like there is NO TIME to do anything worth while.
MAKE YOUR DOWN TIME COUNT BEFORE YOUR TIME IS UP & CREATE IN THE CRACKS
- Start create great content on social media that blesses others instead of just consuming content.
- Listen to a good audio book on your way to and from work instead of whatever is on the radio.
- Eat dinner as a family or with great friends and share life together.
- Read your kids a bedtime story & pray with them
- Get up 30 minutes earlier and write. You could finish a book in 6 months if you wrote 500 words a day, 5 days a week!
Finally, if you want to discover success, believe in Christ, accept his forgiveness for your sins, and give JESUS some space in your heart, mind, thoughts, and attention. If you do, He will do more than just fill the cracks in your life. He will instigate something incredible.
What about you? What are ways that you can CREATE IN THE CRACKS of your down time? Please share and gives others some great ideas that they never might’ve considered.
Serious truth. What if God had answered you’re prayer and He’s waiting for you? The Seven Decisions by Andy Andrews – http://pinterest.com/pin/435652963929045677/?s=3&m=wordpress
Day 13: EZRA 4-10
Reading Ezra’s comments in chapter 9 must have been gut wrenching. The people had just returned after God had showed them grace after they had been exiled for their wickedness. And how do the people respond the God’s mercy? They start doing the same thing that got them exiled in the first place. They never learned their lesson after 70 years as slaves in a foreign country!
I could see why Ezra could be so upset. His people were squandering an amazing second chance at life. If you have been forgiven, why would you continue doing that exact same thing that God had forgiven you for? We have a lot of Christians who don’t look, dress, or act any different than the next godless person. What does that say of us? What do we then communicate to others about who God us?
May we be different, repent of out compromises, and return to Him with open arms and an open heart. He waiting to bring you back. Pray for our cities and nation tomorrow for just that, and may it usher in a new generation of sold out followers of Jesus who will prepare the way for our coming King.
Day 112: EZRA 1-3
This entry will be short. There is a reason that 30+ days have past since the first time I blogged about my daily Bible reading. Have you ever watched your favorite team play in a game that slowly slipped out of control? Almost like quick sand, it seems almost like the harder the team fights back the faster they sink. It’s a hopeless feeling.
One day turned into 1 week which turned into a month. I had a choice to make. Give up. Make excuses. Or get back up. THe people of Israel had been in exile for 70 years during the time of Ezra. Many left to go rebuild their nation. Others stayed behind. I would rather die trying than live and never risked. God’s Spirit is stirring me like He did the people in exile. In the same way, I choose to get up, walk out, and follow my God in His mission to restore individuals, families, and our nation!
Day 81: 1 SAMUEL 1-3
What is a true sign of love? If it gives or takes. Things that I loved really were more like leeches. The more I gave of myself, the less I was left with. Jesus turned that around. The more I give myself to Him, the fuller I am. He never stops giving of Himself. In 1 Samuel, we see God give Hannah the baby she wanted. What does she do? Give it back. She wasn’t trying to exchange the baby. She dedicated him to God because she lived Him more than she did her dream. Then we see Hophni and Phinehas, two priests who instead of serving people, they instead thought people were to serve them. They loved themselves and their position more than they did God. I want to be like Hannah. My life belongs to Jesus because He offers me His life in return. There is. Phong I can obtain by my own hand that can equal what u can find in Jesus by giving everything to Him. I’m going to lose everything when I die anyways so might as well make it count and give it to God!
Day 80: RUTH 1-4
After a whole book of a nation going from bad to worse we have a change of pace with the book of Ruth. Her story is my story. It’s our story. People who leave God’s promises because they thought they could do better on their own. In the process, they lost everything, When everything seemed hopeless and lost, here comes someone who had noticed the sincere turn of heart from the those who returned back home to God. That person took the responsibility to save the lost out of love, not obligation.
This is our story with Jesus. If you feel like you are at your wit’s end or if you have nothing left to give, do what Ruth did, humble yourself before your God. If you do, He will lift you up and show you how great His love is for you!