Understanding Grace and Gifts.
We all won’t be millionaires. We all won’t own big businesses and corporations. We all won’t start big churches and ministries. To think we shall is to live in delusion. To teach it is to perpetrate a lie. Unfortunately many people have been sold that lie and try to live it with great frustration.
The media plays on human greed by telling us stories about super successful people, stirring desire for money and achievement in us. However, the truth is that no matter how much we long for such success, if we don’t have the grace and gift combination to attract that level of success, we won’t have it. It is that simple. Whoever tells you that God wants us all to be millionaires is telling you a lie. It is just as erroneous as saying that giving of money to a church or ministry will make you rich. Yes, it makes someone rich, but it is definitely not you doing the giving; it is probably those doing the collecting. If you want to attract money in your life, do what normal people do: work and invest for it.
Taking little steps.
Every new year, billions of people make resolutions and jump into the year with excitement. They use up all their energy in the first few weeks trying to manifest results that should take some months and in some cases, even years to accomplish. When the adrenaline from the new year church service pumps through their veins, they feel invincible, powerful, unstoppable and rush immediately into action believing as they did the previous year and the one before: ‘this is my year!’ But as the weeks pass by, the adrenaline slowly loses its rousing effect on their emotions, reality hits them in the most unpleasant way and it seems as if it is taking ‘forever’ to achieve their goals; that is when many throw up their hands in frustration and revert to their ‘pre-new year’ lifestyle.
It is not easy to break out of the old into the new. Change is tough. Change takes time. Change is a process and should never be rushed. If you rush it, you could easily get overwhelmed and decide to remain in your comfort zone where it is safe and warm.
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The Law Of Use.
One principle that will help you achieve more in the next 12 months is the law of use. It is a very simple but powerful law. It is so simple that you may not believe the amazing results that will manifest in your life when you apply it. I have seen the law of use work for me and transform me into an international bestselling author. It continually puts money in my pocket and expands my financial possibilities. You too can apply this law in your life and watch your life change for the better.
In Mathew 25:14-30, we read about the parable of talents. A man gave out talents to his servants and went on a journey. One was given 5 talents, another 2 and another 1. The servant who received five talents traded with it and gained five more talents. The one who received two talents did the same. The one with the one talent hid it in the ground, did nothing with it and gained nothing. When the man returned, he rewarded those who gained more talents and punished the one who refused to use his talents. There are a few lessons we can learn from this parable.
4 steps to success in 2012
1. Assess your progress.
In the past 12 months, what have you accomplished with your time, talents, relationships, connections and resources? What have you produced in your life that has meaning for you? You may have accomplished certain things that made you look good in the eyes of your friends, family and colleagues, but does it make you feel good about yourself? It is important that you look back at what you have done this year and feel happy with yourself. If you are not happy with yourself, you should ask yourself, ‘Why didn’t I move in the direction of my happiness and fulfillment?’ You can correct this error in the next few minutes and move in the right direction.
The Gift Of Work
Once upon a time, an old man was dying in his home. His three sons hung around his bed anxiously waiting for him to tell them where he kept his secret gold stash. When they were children, they worked with their father on the farm. But they were lazy and hated the hard work on the farm. When they got older, they relocated to the city where they thought that life was going to be easier. But life was tough in the city. After many years of struggle, they did not achieve the elusive success they dreamed of. They all believed that the old man had some money hidden somewhere which would make their lives more comfortable. This was their inheritance and they were going to get their share.
The dying man opened his eyes and asked for a drink of water. The youngest son gave him a drink and he lay silent for a few minutes. He opened his eyes again and tried to speak. His voice was very weak and shaky. They all strained to hear his final words. Before he could utter a word, he was caught in a spasm of coughing. The children were getting impatient. They had plans for the evening. If the old man wanted to die, he should do it quickly, they thought.