Life is Precious

In the past three months, I have attended many funerals. This morning I heard about the death of a ladies husband who had been in the hospital for a long time.

Life is so precious. We go to great lengths to find solutions, find doctors, take tests, undergo surgeries, rehab, and heal. We try to save ourselves or our loved ones from pain, indignity and death.

I know a sweet man who is undergoing care for dementia. Caregivers are attending to him hourly to support and sustain any memory he has left. I know another man who walks with horrible pain and is about to have back surgery. I know a man who had his leg amputated. I heard of a lady who died from the flu. I heard a story about a teenager who died because she would not deny Jesus.

All of these situations are painful and make us weak and worry. We are not promised tomorrow, however. No amount of medication, prayer, surgery or money will save us from death one day. It is the cycle of life.

Jesus, however, was not sick. He didn’t need a doctor. He was the doctor. He was not old with a worn out body. He could have gone back to heaven without dying. BUT, he chose to become SIN (2 Cor 5:21) and die on a cross. He was healthy with supernatural power and he chose to die for us.

How do you show your love and devotion and appreciation to God who gave his only son for you? Not that you will have an easy life here on earth, but that you will be with Him in heaven AFTER this life of aches and pains and death.

We say so many great things about people at their funerals. Sometimes we say great things at retirement parties, 50th wedding anniversary parties or 90th birthday parties, but how about saying them before they die? Same with God. Praise him for his blessings before it is too late. Thank him for answered and unanswered prayers before you have no more prayers to offer. I’ll even go so far as to bow before the Lord in thanks and praise BEFORE the time when EVERY knee WILL bow (Philippians 2:10).

Jesus gave it all. What is your ALL? How can you sacrifice for others? How can you point others to Jesus?

If you need help discovering your God-anointed purpose; if you want to learn how your gifts can be used for the glory of God and to help others; if you want to boldly share your story, let’s talk.

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Erin

Two Simple Words for Success

Simple Tool to Evaluate 5 Areas of Your Life
And the TWO words that will help you make a breakthrough in each

For the New Year, everyone makes goals and tries to find their purpose. They look back on positive things that happened and (hopefully) have overcome the negative while allowing it to make you stronger.

Many still think they have not found their purpose. Many think they don’t have one to find. Many think that because of a setback, they must have been mistaken about their purpose.

I want to encourage you that no matter if you failed or succeeded compared by worldly standards, you learned something spiritually. You just have to figure out what it is.

Here is a tool to help you evaluate the 5 most important areas of your life. At the end, I will explain the ONE thing you can do in each area to make it an even better year than last. The One thing applies to all 5 areas. It is short and simple and only TWO words.

Rate yourself in growth in these 5 areas for the year 2017.

Spiritual 1 2 3 4 5
Social 1 2 3 4 5
Emotional 1 2 3 4 5
Physical 1 2 3 4 5
Vocational 1 2 3 4 5

Spiritual:
I give myself a 4.
Two areas I need to work on to grow.
Focus on God’s Word before Social Media in the morning.
Pray more deeply and more often.

Social:
I give myself a 2.
Two areas I need to work on to grow.
I want/need that one best friend who I can share my deepest thoughts so she can help me grow, but I tend to hold so much inside.
I need to initiate coffee and dinner and concerts and get-togethers instead of waiting to be asked.

Emotional:
I give myself a 4.
Two areas I need to work on to grow.
I need to continue to fiercely forgive and show it.
I need to share my hopes/dreams/failures with my husband more.

Physical:
I give myself a 1.
Two areas I need to work on to grow.
I need to make time to workout and exercise.
I need to stick to healthy routine of drinking water and taking supplements.

Vocational:
I give myself a 2.
# areas I need to work on to grow.
I give myself a 2 because I lost 7 months of the year because of a bad decision. I am better for it, but it stings. Make better decisions for my business.
Get help in areas I am weak. (I’m looking for a tech assistant.)
Take risks.
Share great value to help others find their purpose.

As promised, here are the two words that will make your and my 2018 better than last year:
SAY YES!
Say YES to every opportunity that God places before you.
Say YES to forgiveness.
Say YES to a friend in need.
Say YES to someone who offers you help.
Say YES. Say YES. Say YES.

Obviously, be wise and avoid immoral, unethical and sleazy conduct. BUT, say YES to those things God is holding out to you.

Think about it: How many opportunities did you let pass last year vs. how many you took hold of?

Evaluate why. Fear? Say Yes! Financial? Just say YES! Unknown? Say YES! Risk? Say YES!

Benjamin Franklin looked like a fool for years but he is in every history book. J.K. Rowling was rejected 12 times for Harry Potter, but now her books have sold over $400 million, not to mention the movies; the last one earning over $475 million.

If Ben had of given up, someone else would have harnessed electricity. If J.K. would have thrown the manuscript in the trash, raising her daughter by herself would have been a huge struggle.

Ben said YES thousands of times! J.K. kept saying YES even when publishers told her NO.

Robin Williams said NO to life. Jack Nicholson said NO to the role of Godfather in “The Godfather”. My father-in-law said NO to a friend wanting to start Churches Chicken.

Ephesians 1:11, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity to the purpose of his will…” This plan for our lives only works if we say YES!